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Jokowi under fire for failing to address human rights

  • Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 23 2019   /  12:53 am

Human rights activists have lambasted President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo for failing to address human rights issues in his inauguration speech on Sunday, pointing out that he instead focused on the country’s economic development.The 10-page speech raised concerns among activists of civil society groups who questioned Jokowi’s commitment to protecting human rights, fighting corruption and improving law enforcement.Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) director Asfinawati said neglecting to even mention the issues at such an important event showed that Jokowi did not understand the importance of them.According to the YLBHI, human rights violations increased under Jokowi during his first term. Moreover, the organization also noted that law enforcement institutions tasked with protecting the public instead had shown excessive force.“The President is only focusing on ...