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Jakarta Post

Wiranto told to walk the talk on human rights

  • Haeril Halim/Tama Salim/Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 29 2016   /  09:18 am

The public is waiting for newly appointed Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto to walk his talk and complete the ongoing settlement of past rights abuses, as he pledged to do after his inauguration on Thursday.

He made such a promise despite concerns over his independence on account of his links to at least two of six rights cases investigated by the coordinating minister’s office while under predecessor Luhut Pandjaitan’s leadership.

Luhut had made progress by inviting rights activists, the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), the police and the attorney general to discuss solutions, whether through judicial or non-judicial means, to solve the six cases, namely those on the 1965 communist purge, the 1989 Talangsari, Lampung, massacre, the Trisakti, Semanggi I and II shootings and the 1998 disappearance of pro-democracy activ...