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Rights advocates need more protection after raid at LBH APIK: Activists

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Jakarta   /   Mon, February 24, 2020   /  01:20 pm
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Threats, intimidation and attacks on human rights defenders, especially women, have occurred far too often and should no longer be seen as the norm, a rights group has said, calling for more measures to end the violence. The recent raid conducted on the office of the Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice (LBH APIK) by a group of men, which included police personnel, has raised alarms about the lack of protection for the country’s activists. On Feb. 3, dozens of people forcefully entered and threatened to damage the LBH APIK office in East Jakarta. Four of them claimed to be members of the Matraman Police, though none were wearing uniforms nor produced a warrant. One man started a video call with someone from the National Police — or so he claimed. The man who led the group, AA, accused the LBH APIK of abducting and hiding his 21...