Indonesia Human Rights

Background Information

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
Jl. Raya Sentani No. 67 B.
Depan Ojek Padang Bulan
Jayapura – Papua,

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 …

February 18, 2016 • Report

Amnesty International State of the World 2015-2016

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

February 25, 2015 • Report

State of the World 2014/2015

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones. Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need. Amnesty International believes that this can and must finally change.

November 20, 2014 • Report

Prosecuting Beliefs: Indonesia’s Blasphemy Laws

Indonesian authorities have increasingly made use of a range of oppressive blasphemy laws to imprison individuals for their beliefs, contributing to an intensifying climate of intolerance in the country. "Prosecuting Beliefs" shows that the number of blasphemy convictions skyrocketed during former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s decade in power (2004-2014) compared to previous administrations. Scores of individuals have been imprisoned – some for nothing more than whistling while praying, posting their opinions on Facebook or saying they had received a “revelation from God”.

December 2, 2013 • Report

EXPLOITED for profit, FAILED by governments: Indonesian migrant domestic workers trafficked to Hong Kong

Out of 319,325 migrant domestic workers in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong SAR), about half are Indonesian and nearly all are women. Indonesians must migrate via recruitment agencies that are registered with their Government. This report is a detailed examination of the experiences of Indonesian migrant domestic workers, from their recruitment in Indonesia to their employment in Hong Kong, and documents a series of human and labour rights violations that these workers are subject to in both territories.

May 20, 2013 • Report

Annual Report: Indonesia 2013

Republic of Indonesia Head of state and government Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Security forces faced persistent allegations of human rights violations, including torture and other ill-treatment and excessive use of force …

April 18, 2013 • Report

Indonesia: Time to Face the Past: Justice for past abuses in Indonesia’s Aceh province

Amnesty International and other bodies documented a range of violations committed by members of the security forces and their auxiliaries, including unlawful killings, enforced disappearances, torture, forcible displacement of civilians, arbitrary arrest and detention of those suspected of supporting GAM.

June 20, 2011 • Report

Annual Report: Indonesia 2011

Head of state and government: Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Death penalty: retentionist Population: 232.5 million Life expectancy: 71.5 years Under-5 mortality (m/f): 37/27 per 1,000 Adult literacy: 92 per cent   …

March 26, 2011 • Report

“We cry for justice”: Impunity persists 10 years on in Timor-Leste

"We cry for justice": Impunity persists 10 years on in Timor-Leste Available in PDF format

March 26, 2011 • Report

Indonesia: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review. First session of UPR Working Group 7-18 April 2008

Amnesty International raises concerns over shortcomings of the Indonesian Criminal Procedure Code; on death penalty and counter-terrorism legislation; concerns related to harassment of human rights defenders, prisoners of conscience, restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly, impunity for human rights violations, and exploitation and abuse of women domestic workers.