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Jakarta Post

Human rights concerns arise after Jokowi-Prabowo meeting

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 16, 2019   /  06:22 am
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Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto (left) talks to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Activists have criticized a recent meeting between President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his former challenger Prabowo Subianto, saying that it was a political maneuver that risks further pushing human rights issues to the side during the President’s second term. The long-time political rivals met in public for the first time since the election in Jakarta on Saturday, with both signaling that Prabowo could eventually join Jokowi's ruling coalition after the hard-fought presidential race. Lokataru Legal and Human Rights Foundation executive director Haris Azhar refused to use the "reconciliation" term that had been thrown around by the two parties and instead described the meeting as mere negotiations between two politicians of similar interests. Haris suggested that both Jokowi and Prabowo were on the same page in terms of human rights, claiming that n...