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Item 6 UPR adoption

Human Rights Watch welcomes the adoption of the outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of the Republic of Indonesia, which reflects recommendations to protect the rights of religious minorities, women and girls and urges the elimination of…
Murni Amris, an Acehnese woman, is caned as part of her sentence in the courtyard of a mosque in Aceh Besar district, Indonesia's Aceh province October 1, 2010.
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Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

We welcome the first report of the Independent Expert on SOGI-related violence and discrimination. We recognize that some States opposed creation of the mandate, but are encouraged that it was reaffirmed by the General Assembly with support from all UN…
Delegates arrive for the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, February 27, 2017.
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Human Rights Watch and KontraS Press Conference

(Jakarta) – Today we will be addressing what to do about the 1965 killings. Why do these still matter and how can we properly address them? Obviously the murder of at least half a million people in the course of a few months is one of the most horrendous…
Press conference.
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John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director

  Testimony of John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch:   Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Hearing of May 23, 2012 “Human Rights in Indonesia”   Mr. Chairman, I would like to thank you for inviting me to testify today, and thank the…
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AHRD falls far below international standards

Disregarding the deep concerns expressed by senior United Nations officials, human rights experts and hundreds of civil society and grassroots organisations at the national, regional and international levels, ASEAN leaders nonetheless adopted  yesterday…
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AICHR Formal Consultation with Civil Society on the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration

Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists, Human Rights Watch, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Dignity International, and Article 19 welcome the first official consultation between ASEAN Intergovernmental…
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Human Rights Watch Recommendations

Indonesia has made great strides in recent years in consolidating a stable, democratic government with a strong civil society and independent media, but serious human rights concerns remain. While senior officials often speak of protecting human rights,…
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Summary of Main Issues of Concern Although Indonesia has made great strides in consolidating a stable, democratic government with a strong civil society and independent media since the previous UPR in 2008, serious human rights concerns remain. While…
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Human Rights Watch 's Submission to the Human Rights Council

1. Main issues of concern: Human rights abuses in Papua and West Papua In 2006 Indonesia succeeded in securing membership of both the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Security Council. Indonesia also acceded to the ICCPR and the ICESCR. These are…
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Briefing to the 60th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights

In its annual resolution on torture, the Commission on Human Rights should reaffirm the absolute obligation of states not to return (“refouler”) a person to a country where he or she is at risk of being subjected to torture or other cruel or inhuman…
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Taken from Human Rights Watch interview no. 6, Cisawa, Indonesia, April 11, 2002

Fatima (not her real name) is an Iraqi refugee with three daughters (7, 16 and 17) and one son (12). Their father is now living in Sydney. He fled from political persecution in Iraq in September 1999, first to Syria and then on to Australia. His wife did…
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Human Rights Watch Oral Intervention at the 57th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights

Geneva Mr. Chairman, It is laudable that President Andrés Pastrana and his Armed Forces chiefs have made strong statements against paramilitaries.Paramilitary activity has increased and these groups, often working with the tolerance or support of the…
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I am a twenty-two year old field worker for the nongovernmental organization Rehabilitation Action for Torture Victims in Aceh (RATA). We provide counseling and rehabilitation services to victims of torture and abuse in Aceh… "Then the cuak ordered us to…
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Testimony before the House International Relations Committee Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee by Sidney Jones, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch, Asia Division

The first free elections in Indonesia since 1955 are now less than a month away. I would like to focus my attention on areas where the forthcoming election has generated little excitement and where discontent with the government in Jakarta is so deep…