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Amnesty to take Novel’s case to US Congress

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 26, 2019   /   08:59 pm
Amnesty to take Novel’s case to US Congress Amnesty International United States' Asia Pacific advocacy manager, Fransisco Bencosme (left), shakes hands with Corruption Eradication Commission investigator Novel Baswedan in Jakarta on Thursday. (Courtesy of Amnesty International Indonesia/-)

Amnesty International Unites States’ Asia Pacific advocacy manager, Fransisco Bencosme, visited Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission on Friday to meet senior investigator Novel Baswedan, who was attacked with acid two years ago.

Bencosme said he would bring Novel’s case to the attention of the US Congress, a statement from Amnesty International Indonesia said.

“For Amnesty International, Novel Baswedan is a human rights defender in the anticorruption sector and he is entitled to get justice after the attack on him,” it added.

Amnesty has a commitment to help advocate for human rights abuse cases at international level, therefore Bencosme would present Novel’s case to US decision makers at an official forum in the US Congress.

Amnesty presented Novel’s case in a session at the 40th regular session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, which took place in February to March this year.

The organization hoped that after the presentation, the US decision makers would raise the matter when they meet their Indonesian counterparts.

Bencosme also encouraged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to form an independent investigation team to uncover the acid attack against Novel, which happened on April 11, 2017. (evi)