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Jakarta Post

Rights activists paint bleak picture of 2020

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana
    Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 16, 2020   /  09:34 am
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An increasingly unjust court system, a shrinking space for freedom of expression and assembly and President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's apparent emphasis on attracting investment above all does not bode well for the country's human rights situation this year, activists have said. "The most alarming thing is that the trend of the country moving in the wrong direction is not just happening in practices on the ground, as it also extends to the diminishing space human rights occupies in the vision of the government and the head of state, and in planned government policies," Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) advocacy division head M. Isnur said at the release of the foundation's 2019 annual report in Central Jakarta on Wednesday. The Human Rights Watch’s recently released World Report 2020 did not paint a much rosier picture. &l...