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Jakarta Post

Activists skeptical of resolution on 26th anniversary of Marsinah’s death

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 12, 2019   /  05:27 pm
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Activists of the Solidarity Network of Victims for Justice attend the 574th 'kamisan', a weekly silent protest, in front of the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta recently. (The Jakarta Post/Dhoni Setiawan)

As human rights and labor activists gathered for the 585th kamisan protest on Thursday, they commemorated the 26th anniversary of the death of laborer and activist Marsinah. Kamisan is a silent protest held every Thursday by Victims Solidarity Network for Justice (JSKK), calling on the government to take action to resolve cases of past human rights violations. Marsinah, a worker at a watch factory in Nganjuk, East Java, organized a strike to demand decent wages and benefits in early May 1993. On May 5, the local military command forced 13 factory workers, including Marsinah, to resign. Marsinah disappeared later that day after expressing her intention to file a lawsuit against the military. Her bruised and lifeless body was found three days later, on May 8. “For us, Marsinah is an inspirational figure,” Dian Septi of the Factory Workers Federation (FBLP) told other p...