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Indonesia Human Rights

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Indonesia's military (TNI) and the United States government have been compromised by serious human rights abuses committed by Indonesian security forces. This troubled relationship came to a crisis point after raging violence by military and militias in September 1999. After the people of East Timor overwhelming voted for independence from Indonesia in a UN-supervised referendum. Indonesia's retreating military and militias terrorized, killed, and drove people from their villages.

Open brutality and systematic devastation of the country's food, water, power and other infrastructure shocked the world and led Congress to cut off direct military/financial support of TNI.
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This is a film by Amnesty International that highlights some of the abuses suffered by Indonesian migrant domestic workers who go to work in Hong Kong.

Their problems start in Indonesian where they are deceived about the terms and conditions they will work under, including salary. They acquire huge debts from illegally charged recruitment fees which they have to pay back once in Hong Kong via sham loans.

Many are paid as little as half the minimum wage, have their passports confiscated by placement agents and employers, and face physical and verbal abuse in the workplace. The interviews for this video were mainly shot in Java with returnee domestic workers who had worked in Hong Kong.

Spring Solidarity Action for Filep Karma

Filep Karma has recently been transferred back to the Abepura Prison after spending several months, without charges, in a local police jail.

Activists are asked to send messages of support to Filep Karma during the month of April. These messages not only tell him that the world continues to be outraged by his case, but also remind prison officials that we care about Filep's treatment.

He would especially appreciate your words of solidarity on Easter (April 24) – Filep is Christian, such holiday greetings are appropriate and welcomed.

Please send a message of hope to:
Filep Karma
Melalui Cyntia Warwe
KONTRAS PAPUA
Jl. Raya Sentani No. 67 B.
Depan Ojek Padang Bulan
Jayapura – Papua,
Indonesia

Postage is $.98.

Indonesia News



July 1, 2018 • Report

Indonesia: Police and military unlawfully kill almost 100 people in Papua in eight years with near total impunity

Indonesian security forces have unlawfully killed at least 95 people in little more than eight years in the restive eastern provinces of Papua and West Papua, with the overwhelming majority of perpetrators never being held to account for these crimes, Amnesty International reveals in a new report today. All but 10 of the victims were of Papuan ethnicity. The …

February 14, 2018 • Press Release

Indonesia: Police must protect – not attack – transgender women living under threat in Aceh

Indonesian authorities are completely failing to protect the transgender women who were appallingly ill-treated and humiliated by police in North Aceh on January 27, some of whom have since had to go into hiding due to fears for their safety, Amnesty International Indonesia said today.

August 15, 2017 • Press Release

At least 60 killed as police shootings of drug suspects skyrocket in Indonesia

The number of police killings of suspected drug dealers has skyrocketed in Indonesia this year, an alarming rise which signals that authorities could be looking to emulate the murderous “war on drugs” in neighboring Philippines, Amnesty International said today.

May 23, 2017 • Press Release

Indonesia: Caning of gay men an outrageous act of cruelty

Responding to news that two men have been caned 83 times each for having sex with each other in Indonesia’s Aceh province, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Josef Benedict, said:

May 22, 2017 • Press Release

Indonesia: Government exploiting pornography law to target LGBTI community

In response to the news that 141 men in Jakarta, Indonesia, have been arrested after attending what police described as a ‘gay sex party,’ Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director of Campaigns said:

October 13, 2016 • Press Release

Indonesia: Halt chemical castration and expansion of the scope of death penalty

Indonesia’s authorities must immediately repeal provisions that allow sex offenders to be punished by forced chemical castration and even the death penalty, Amnesty International said today. “The sexual abuse of children is indescribably horrific. But subjecting offenders to chemical castration or executions is not justice, it is adding one cruelty to another,” said Papang Hidayat, …

July 28, 2016 • Press Release

Jokowi should not become the most prolific executioner in recent Indonesian history

The Indonesian authorities have told the relatives of 14 death row prisoners that they will execute them by firing squad tonight, Amnesty International has learned.

July 27, 2016 • Press Release

Indonesia: The appointment of Gen. Wiranto as top security official shows contempt for human rights

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s decision to make Gen. Wiranto Indonesia’s most powerful security official a mere day after Indonesia ordered the execution of 14 death row prisoners shows contempt for human rights, Amnesty International said today.

July 26, 2016 • Press Release

Indonesia: Executions will put Jokowi on the wrong side of history

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as ‘Jokowi’ will be putting his government on the wrong side of history if he proceeds with a fresh round of executions, Amnesty International said today.

June 17, 2016 • Press Release

Shots fired amid attempt to illegally push Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers back out to sea in Indonesia

The Indonesian authorities in Aceh are endangering lives of a group of more than 40 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers by firing warning shots and threatening to push them back out to sea in flagrant violation of international law, Amnesty International said today.