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Jakarta Post

Lawmakers urge govt to find, disclose report on Munir's death

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 11, 2016   /  07:17 pm
Lawmakers urge govt to find, disclose report on Munir's death A visitor wears a Munir mask during a public information openness dispute trial on the murder of the human rights defender 12 years ago at the Central Information Commission (KIP) in Jakarta on Oct.10. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Lawmakers have advised the government to comply with the request from the Public Information Commission (KIP) to officially disclose the report of a fact-finding team regarding the murder of prominent rights defender Munir Said Thalib.

The government must fulfill the KIP’s request to reveal the fact-finding team’s report on Munir's death following the commission’s ruling issued on Monday, said Asrul Sani, a member of House of Representatives' commission III overseeing legal affairs.

The government would have to find the report in their archives following the State Secretariat’s claim they were unsure of its whereabouts.

"If [the report] is lost, government officials can just ask for another copy from members of the fact-finding team. We should inquire to the state secretary why [disclosing the report] is so complicated," said the United Development Party lawmaker on Monday.

Meanwhile, NasDem lawmaker Teuku Taufiqulhadi, also of House Commission III, said officials should not dwell on the "lost" documents and blame anyone from the previous administration of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, but instead put more effort in settling the issue.

Disclosing the report on Munir's death was important to restore public trust toward the government and to prove the country was committed to providing justice for its citizens, he added.

Twelve years on from Munir's murder, the KIP ordered the government to disclose the investigative report into the rights activist’s murder, who was poisoned with arsenic during a Garuda Indonesia flight to the Netherlands in 2004. The ruling was made in response to a public information request filed by Munir's widow Suciwati, the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) and the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) in April. (rin)

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