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Jakarta Post

Jeers in House as it selects rights members

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 23 2012   /  08:51 am

As a gay candidate was openly taunted by lawmakers, the House of Representatives selected on Monday 13 new members of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM).

Several of the individuals selected by lawmakers on House Commission III overseeing law and human rights lack strong track records on human rights, including Natalius Pigai, a Papua-born civil servant; and Siane Indriani, a former television journalist and the public relations manager of the University of Indonesia.

One of the selected candidates, Maneger Nasution, was singled out for criticism by human rights groups for his previous membership of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).

“The MUI has several times challenged the implementation of universal human rights in the country. We are afraid that the MUI will easily promote its biased stance on human rights through its representation [on Komnas...