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US top envoy expresses concerns over rights abuse

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 9 2012   /  06:00 am

The United States Ambassador to Indonesia Scot A. Marciel said lax law enforcement was responsible for cases of violence against minority groups in the country.

Commenting on fatal shootings in Papua and continuing abuses against minority groups, which included church closures and attacks on Ahmadiyah followers, Marciel said that rule of law was key to address human rights abuse and cases of religious intolerance and strict implementation could prevent reoccurrence of these violations in the future.

“Overall, Indonesia, as well as the US, are very tolerant countries where the people respect others’ views. But I hear from Indonesian friends growing concerns about intolerant groups,” Marciel said during a discussion with Indonesian journalists over the weekend.

Marciel said that he was aware of the alleged involvement of security officials in the fatal shootings ...