Violence, murders, the disappearance of activists, oppression against minorities and other human rights issues will be in the spotlight when activists, public figures and youth groups participate in a road-running event in Jakarta to commemorate cases of rights violations in the country, many of which still remain unsolved.
Called “Run to Remember,” the 5-kilometer run also aims to serve as a call for the younger generation to participate in efforts to push the government to complete its investigations and fight ongoing injustice in the country.
“Through events that are relevant to the youth and by using a cultural approach, Barisan Pengingat [Reminders’ Front] aims to transform youth anxiety into awareness of the importance of human rights and values of humanity and justice,” organizers said in a statement.
Literary icons, actors, artists, journalists, activists and academics will be among those participating at the event on Sunday, Feb. 2.
Participants will start from the Gelora Bung Karno TransJakarta shelter and run towards Jl. Imam Bonjol near the Hotel Indonesia roundabout.
In addition to the run, Pengingat said organizers will also be launching “ Dinding Berpuisi ” or “Wall of Poetry” in six strategic locations across the city, featuring the works of Widji Thukul, a pro-democracy poet and political activist who was critical of the government.
Widji was among the many who disappeared during the upheaval in 1998.
“The Wall of Poetry is designed as an art installation in public spaces in Jakarta that will remind citizens of the many issues within the society,” the statement said.
Run to Remember A 5-kilometer fun run Sunday, Feb. 2 More information visit www.pengingat.org