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Jakarta Post

Human rights absence from reform package is a mystery

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 28 2016   /  09:42 am

Notorious case: Activists with the Victims Solidarity Network for Justice staged a protest in front of the State Palace on Sept. 8, in line with the 12th commemoration of the murder of rights activist Munir Said Thalib, in September 2004. The protesters demanded the government to uncover the mastermind behind his murder.(JP/PJ Leo)Haris Azhar could not hide his disappointment when speaking about the legal reform package President Joko Widodo introduced to the public last month.

As a human rights campaigner, he is dismayed because the package was supposedly intended to vitalize the economy by stemming acute corruption, such as illegal levies and bribery, but in his opinion it grossly sidelines the promotion increased respect for human rights.

Haris is coordinator of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras), a civil society group that made its na...