UN to Scrutinize Indonesia's Human Rights Record

In recent years, religious minorities have often been subject to violent attacks in Indonesia. (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro)

By : Alin Almanar | on 6:31 PM October 14, 2016
Category : News

Jakarta. The United Nations is set to scrutinize Indonesia's human rights record next year, following a broad report on rights developments in the past four years, human rights commissioners said on Friday (14/10).

Assessing the government's effort to address international recommendations, the report was submitted by the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) late last month.

Commissioners included in the report recommendations for the government on issues ranging from the suppression of free speech and religious intolerance to torture and the death penalty.

Next year, the United Nations Human Rights Council will review the report with each of its 193 member-states set to respond to its content.

"There will be no sanctions if we haven't met their recommendations, but it will be a cause of shame for the government. We've ratified many international human rights treaties," Komnas HAM commissioner Sandrayati Moniaga told the press.

Commissioners have twice submitted the same reports to the council, in 1998 and 2012, when member-states voiced concerns over religious freedom in Indonesia.

In the recent report, Komnas HAM recommends the government should complete — in three years or less — the drafting of a new law to improve religious freedom in the country.

In recent years, religious minorities have often been subject to violent attacks in Indonesia — the world's most populous Muslim-majority country.

"We're particularly concerned that when intolerant groups resort to violence, law enforcers are often nowhere to be found," Komnas HAM researcher Yossa Nainggolan said.

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