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Jakarta Post

Ordered to return scholarship funds, Veronica Koman pleads for justice

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti


Jakarta   /   Thu, August 13 2020   /  01:00 am
Human rights lawyer Veronica Koman(tribunnews/-)

With accusations mounting against her, Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman has said she is being forced to return hundreds of millions of rupiah in government-sponsored scholarships in what she claims is a move to financially punish her as she pleads for Finance Minister Sri Mulyani's impartiality in handling her case. Veronica, who is currently residing in Australia, said she was forced to return scholarship money totaling Rp 773.8 million (US$52,760) from the Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) that she received in September 2016. “The Indonesian government has imposed a financial punishment as its latest effort to pressure me to stop advocating human rights issues in Papua,” Veronica said in a statement obtained by The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. The public lawyer was a recipient of a scholarship program run under the Finance Ministry that supported her...