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Jakarta Post

RI comes under spotlight at UNHRC

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 25 2012   /  08:35 am

Despite claims made by Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa that Indonesia’s human rights report received a “warm welcome” at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) summit in Geneva, delegates say they are concerned about the prosecution of religious minorities.

A series of recommendations proposed by nations participating in the UNHRC’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) discussed the persecution of minority groups in Indonesia.

“The Indonesian government must strengthen efforts to ensure that any assaults against religious minorities are properly investigated and that those responsible are brought to justice,” the UPR’s review committee said in its recommendations.

A member of the Human Rights Working Group (HRWG), Choirul Anam, said that the statement amounted to a rebuke of the nation’s human rights record.

“The fact that such a recomm...