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Jakarta Post

Jokowi handles human rights better than Soeharto: Minister

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Fri, December 13 2019   /  01:50 am

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD has acknowledged that human rights violations are still prevalent in Indonesia but has said there is almost no systematic state violence in the current administration.“We are improving, so don’t look back to the past as if it’s the same political violence. Democracy has been put in place and has been distributed to all institutions. Before the Reform Era, human rights shortcomings and structural violence were hegemonic, leaving 12 problems of human rights violence from the past,” Mahfud said in a speech on Human Rights Day, which falls every Dec. 10, at the Merdeka Building in Bandung on Tuesday.Mahfud said today’s human rights violations occurred between societal groups rather than being state sanctioned.“Are there still human rights violations? Of course there are. Now human rights violations are hor...