Indonesia in state of human rights 'emergency'

Indonesia in state of human rights 'emergency'

JAKARTA - Indonesia is in a state of emergency regarding human rights violations, according to the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), the National Commission for Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) and the Indonesian Children's Protection Commission (KPAI).

"With the increase of rights violations, unresolved past cases and the potential of many more victims, we can say Indonesia is in a state of emergency in its human rights situation," said Siti Noor Laila, Komnas HAM chair.

Siti was speaking to the press after a one-day annual hearing on rights violations held by the three institutions on Thursday in Central Jakarta.

The situation was endemic, Siti said, perpetrators could be members of the police or the military or employees of corporations right down to the common man.

Komnas HAM commissioner Imdadun Rahmat added their label of "state of emergency" was also due to the state's "unwillingness" to prevent rights violations, as it would rather "cover it up". He added that Komnas HAM had received 6,000 reports of rights violations this year compared to 5,000 in 2010.

The commissions said the themes selected for the hearing, which centred on cases considered to be "large scale" and were at high risk of continuing unabated, were sexual violence and sexual exploitation of children; violence against minority faiths; and violence and the "povertization" of women.

KPAI chairperson Badriyah Fayumi said increasingly the victims of sexual violence were getting younger and younger and involved crimes that were "beyond the capacity of human reason".

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