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Jakarta Post

Papuan political prisoners: Broken promises, broken lives

  • Julia Suryakusuma

    Author of Julia’s Jihad

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 11 2019   /  01:22 am

Antara/Novrian ArbiDo you remember when you were a child and your dad made a promise he didn’t keep? You felt pretty crushed right? Well, you don’t have to be a child to feel let down by a broken promise. A promise is a commitment to do or not do something. Different kinds of promises include: personal and professional ones, solemn promises like marriage vows, the Hippocratic Oath for doctors, the military oath, allegiance to the nation, etc., and election promises. Then there is the promise that states make when they sign international agreements. Thirteen years ago, on Feb. 23, 2006, Indonesia ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (CCPR). “Indonesia is a nation based on law and since its founding in 1945, strongly upholds the principle of human rights,” is the first sentence explaining why it ratified the CCPR. So clearly, the state made a promise to...