• Urgent Action


April 7, 2022

Haris Azhar and Fatia Maulidiyanti were charged on March 17, 2022, with defamation under article 27 of the Electronic Information and Transactions Law, after being reported by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs on September 22, 2021. The police investigation relates to a YouTube video of a conversation between the two human rights defenders where they discussed the findings of a report on the alleged involvement of several military figures in the mining industry. Haris and Fatia could face up to six years in prison if found guilty. Indonesian police should drop the charges against them.


  1. Please take action as-soon-as possible. This Urgent Action expires on June 2, 2022.
  2. Write a letter in your own words or using the sample below as a guide to one or both government officials listed. You can also email, fax, call or Tweet them.
  3. Click here to let us know the actions you took on Urgent Action 107.21. It’s important to report because we share the total number with the officials we are trying to persuade and the people we are trying to help.
General Listyo Sigit Prabowo Chief of Indonesian National Police Indonesian National Police Headquarter Jl. Trunojoyo No.3, Jakarta Selatan DKI Jakarta 12110 Phone: +62 21 7218396 Email: [email protected] Twitter: @ListyoSigitP
Ambassador Freddy Hari Susanto Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia 2020 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20036 Phone: 202 775 5200 Twitter: @IndonesiainDC Facebook: @IndonesiainDC

SAMPLE LETTER Dear Mr. Prabowo, I am writing to express my deep concern about the ongoing police investigation against human rights defenders Haris Azhar and Fatia Maulidiyanti. The two were reported to the police by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, on allegations of defamation under the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law. Furthermore, Luhut sued Haris and Fatia 100 billion rupiahs each (approximately USD 7 million). The allegations relate to a video on Haris’ YouTube channel, where he and Fatia discuss a report about the alleged connections between military operations and mining activities in Intan Jaya Regency, in Papua. It is very distressing to learn that Haris and Fatia face criminal charges for simply exercising their right to freedom of expression, which is guaranteed under both international and national law. Therefore, I urge you to:
  • Drop the charges and close the investigation against Haris and Fatia
  • Amend the ITE to decriminalize defamation and ensure that defamation is only treated as a civil matter
  • Ensure that all human rights defenders can carry out their peaceful activities without harassment, intimidation, arbitrary detention, or fear of reprisals, in line with the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders