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Jakarta Post

Human rights activists question Mahfud MD's promises

  • Gisela Swaragita
    Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 26, 2019   /  02:15 pm
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Coordinating Political, Legal Affairs and Security Minister Mahfud MD gestures during the Indonesia Onward Cabinet announcement by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD has promised he will resolve cases of past human rights abuses for the sake of the nation. Mahfud, a former Constitutional Court chief justice, made the statement shortly after he was sworn-in as a minister, replacing Wiranto. “It [past human rights abuses] will be discussed. The efforts to close past human rights [abuses] have been discussed,” Mahfud said at the Office of the Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister in Central Jakarta on Friday. However, human rights activists have neither been impressed nor convinced by Mahfud’s statement as he emphasized that he is committed to resolving the cases of human rights abuse not for certain groups but “for the good of the nation”. “Don’t think that this has to fulfil the will of a particular group. ...