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In Geneva, Indonesia promises more action on human rights

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 21 2012   /  09:46 am
Gone too soon: Children observe the portraits of victims of human rights abuses on display by activists who staged their weekly silent protest across from the Presidential Office in Jakarta on Thursday. It was their 274th protest aimed at pressuring the government to reconcile various human rights abuses. (Antara/Fanny Octavianus)(Antara/Fanny Octavianus)

Gone too soon: Children observe the portraits of victims of human rights abuses on display by activists who staged their weekly silent protest across from the Presidential Office in Jakarta on Thursday. It was their 274th protest aimed at pressuring the government to reconcile various human rights abuses. (Antara/Fanny Octavianus)Following its move to reject some recommendations from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the Indonesian government made a face-saving gesture by offering to set up a long-awaited truth and reconciliation commission.

Speaking at the UNHRC’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland late on Wednesday, Representative of Indonesian Permanent Mission to Geneva Edi Yusuf said that the government was working to finalize the bill on a truth and reconciliation commission.

“This bill is designed to strengthen our national legal framework in deal...