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Suciwati urges Jokowi to be consistent and open with Munir case

  • Lita Aruperes

    The Jakarta Post

Manado, North Sulawesi   /   Fri, October 28, 2016   /  03:29 pm
Suciwati urges Jokowi to be consistent and open with Munir case Seeking justice – Munir’s widow Suciwati (fourth from right) attends a discussion with the Alliance of Independent Journalists in Manado, North Sulawesi, on Oct. 27. (JP/Lita Aruperes)

Suciwati, the widow of murdered human rights activist Munir Said Thalib, has called on the government to immediately make public a report composed by a fact finding team (TPF) into the death of Munir. She also urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to be consistent in resolving the murder case.

“It is Jokowi who bears most of the responsibility to reveal the case. We are calling on the government to open up the TPF report to the public,” said Suciwati.

Accompanied by Yati Andriyani from the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence, Suciwati expressed this hope in a discussion with the Alliance of Independent Journalists in Manado, North Sulawesi, on Thursday.

Suciwati said she saw alleged carelessness and legal disobedience within the President’s administration.

The current government claimed it did not have the TPF document while former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono earlier admitted it had been officially received on June 24, 2015.

Suciwati said the government’s response, which stated that it could not publicize the Munir report because it did not have it in its possession, and then defended itself by saying that the document was probably being kept by Yudhoyono, showed that it was in a state of panic.

“This case shows that a citizen, who should have been protected by the state, was instead killed by a state institution. This is an injustice, perpetrated by the state. We have to fight against this,” said Suciwati.

Yati said they would visit 10 other cities across Indonesia to call for more government openness.  

“This is to show that Indonesians want the government to be transparent.” (ebf) 

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