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House criticizes Marty on rights diplomacy

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 11 2012   /  09:27 am

The House of Representatives lambasted the government for padding up its human rights records only to improve the country’s standing in the international community while actually doing little to protect the rights of minority groups domestically.Several lawmakers accused the government for being hypocrites for actively promoting interfaith harmony at the global level by campaigning on an international protocol banning blasphemy, but failed to equally protect the rights of religious minority groups in the country.“I appreciate the government’s efforts in proposing such an initiative to the international community. That sounds good. But, how will the government deal with the ongoing religious intolerance at home, because, for example, it hasn’t resolved discrimination against the Shia community in Sampang [East Java],” Tjahjo Kumolo of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle ...