The Jakarta Post
Suciwati, the widower of rights activist Munir Said Thalib, has revealed a plan to expand the Omah Munir museum in Batu, East Java, which was built to provide audiovisual information about Munir and his battle to protect human rights in Indonesia.
The museum, built on a 290-square meter land plot in 2013, could no longer accommodate the ever-increasing number of visitors, she said.
The plan, supported by the Indonesian Architects Association (IAI) and the Batu administration, is to build a bigger museum on a 2,000-square meter plot. The East Java provincial administration has pledged funds to help finance the construction, which is estimated to cost Rp 14 billion (US$939,568) and to take two years.
“The display will remain more and less the same, but the new museum will have more rooms for discussions or art performances,” Suciwati said.
The construction project is expected to kick off on Dec. 8, the birth date of Munir, or Dec. 10, which is celebrated as the World Human Rights Day.
M. Chottob of the IAI Malang chapter said that the association initiated a design competition to attract the best ideas for the new museum. The winner will win a total prize of Rp 220 million.
Batu mayor Dewanti Rumpoko said that the new Omah Munir is expected to become the largest human rights museum in Southeast Asia.
Munir was assassinated in 2004 while traveling to the Netherlands. (swd)