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Jakarta Post

Discourse: Pillay gets no clear answer on discriminatory laws

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, November 16 2012   /  11:32 am

The Indonesian government has balked at complying with the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) recommendations, issued during its quadrennial “Universal Periodic Review” in May, that the country must amend or repeal laws and regulations discriminatory against the country’s religious minorities. Five months later, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay arrived in the country and repeated the same call and grew more concerned about the increasing violence against religious minorities.

Pillay, a South African national, was the first woman to start a law practice in her home province of Natal in 1967. She has acted as a defense attorney for anti-apartheid activists, exposing torture, and helping establish key rights for prisoners on Robben Island.

In her public statement, Pillay also highlighted several other cases of human rights violati...