• Human rights showed little improvement in 2013, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s last full year in office. He made public appeals for greater religious freedom, but national authorities continued to respond weakly to growing violence and discrimination against religious minorities like Ahmadis, Christians, and Shias. Other concerns include local decrees that violate women’s rights, and mistreatment of the increasing number of refugees and migrants, including unaccompanied migrant children, reaching Indonesia. Corruption and mismanagement deprive government coffers of billions of dollars in forest revenues, and threaten Indonesia’s ability to deliver on its “green growth” promises. Conditions in Papua, still virtually off-limits to foreign journalists, remain volatile, with security forces enjoying virtual impunity for abuses, including excessive and at times lethal use of force against peaceful proponents of independence. Meanwhile, the armed Free Papua Movement, though small and poorly organized, continues to carry out attacks against government forces.
  • Two arrested French journalists Thomas Dandois (center), 40, and Valentine Bourrat (left), 29, from Franco-German television channel Arte are photographed with an unidentified Indonesian immigration official in Jayapura city in Papua province on August 28, 2014.
    The Indonesian government should dismiss charges against two French journalists in the easternmost province of Papua and end restrictions on foreign media there.

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