This is part of the closing statement of the Indonesian delegation at the end of a conference in 1993 under the aegis of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
It is noteworthy … that the Final Document also stresses that it is the duty of States to promote and protect all human rights and fundamental freedoms.
We have always believed that all human rights are vital and important by and for themselves. ,,,, It is for these reasons that we are pleased that this Conference has been able to emphasize the principle that the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international level should be conducted without attaching conditions.
Um … 1993?
That was the year that the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) was established.
It holds UN accreditation and does enjoy a degree of independence from the government, as I observed on Monday when I attended the press conference launching Refleksi Memori at the Jakarta Institute of Art. We were addressed by the chairman of Komnas HAM, and heard from all the others who had good reason to question the non-acceptance of successive governments to recognise that the suffering of the families of the victims from the anti-communist genocide continues to this day.
7th December 2015
However, I had left TIM by the time a vociferous group, “dozens of artists calling themselves the “Jakarta Theater Big Family Concerned with the Jakarta Theater Festival”, staged a protest at the venue, demanding that the reading and discussion of a theater script titled Family Album: #50years1965 be cancelled, saying that political agendas should not be brought up at the festival.
The police issued a letter backing the group.
May 29th 2006
Sidoarjo Mudflow started. Some 10% of the thousands of dispossessed are still awaiting full compensation from the responsible company which is owned by the politically wired Bakrie family.
Disappearances, rapes, shootings …
27th July 1996
Soldiers, police, and civilians attacked the headquarters of the Indonesian Democratic Party (Partai Demokrasi Indonesia, PDI) in Central Jakarta,
8th May 1993
Marsinah was a 24-year old factory worker and labour activist. Her mutilated body was discovered in a forest having been kidnapped following a demonstration. Her killers, widely thought to be soldiers, were never brought to justice.
I’m now going to watch the national news. Did this demonstration go ahead as planned, or was there another letter from the police banning it?