Activist criticizes Jokowi on human rights

Activist criticizes Jokowi on human rights

JAKARTA - Noted rights activist Hendardi has criticised President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo for what he perceives is a lack of concern on human rights issues.

Hendardi said it was difficult to deny that Jokowi had only manipulated human rights issues to defeat his political rival in this year's presidential election.

He then cited a recent statement by Attorney General HM Prasetyo, regarding the President's order to put aside the prosecution of human rights cases and prioritize prosecutions in drug abuse and corruption cases.

Hendardi said this was a big indication that the President lacked commitment on human rights issues.

"The fact that Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto, the convict who has been proven to have murdered activist Munir Said Thalib, is given parole on Jokowi's watch should also be treated as a warning for all of us," he said as quoted by tribunnews.com on Saturday.

Hendardi said Jokowi had failed to ensure that his government was committed to resolving cases of human rights violations.

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