Activists carry posters at a protest outside the US Embassy in Jakarta on International Human Rights Day on Tuesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Begging to Be Heard

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

DECEMBER 11, 2019

Human rights activists and factory workers marched to the State Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday to commemorate International Human Rights Day. They also stopped briefly to protest outside the nearby US Embassy.

Amnesty International tried to deliver a black box containing 5000 letters from ordinary Indonesians to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, most of them demanding an improvement in law enforcement and bringing perpetrators of human rights abuses to justice.

The protesters highlighted the still unresolved acid attack on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan, missing and disappeared persons cases and incidents of religious violence and discrimination.

The factory workers meanwhile demanded pay rises and improved working conditions, including putting an end to unpaid internship and union busting.

Human rights activicts negotiate with police as they want to send 5000 letter for President Jokowi during International Human Rights Day in front of State Palace in Central Jakarta on Tuesday (10/12). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Activists negotiate with police to deliver 5000 letters addressed to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A box of letter for President. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A box of letters for the president. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Human rights activist brought a giant airplane papercraft to State Secretariat during commemoration of International Human Rights Day on Tuesday (10/12). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A paper airplane for the State Secretariat. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Activists march under the heavy rain fall as they protest during the International Human Rights Day on Tuesday (10/12). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Heavy rain greets protesters in the afternoon. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Labour activist carry a placard that reads stop criminalization againts Papuan and stop union busting as she protests during the International Human Rights Day outside U.S. Embassy on Tuesday (10/12). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Sympathy for the Papuans from factory workers. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Labour activist march with car commando in front of U.S Embassy, Jakarta on Tuesday (10/12). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A truck belonging to the Indonesian United Labor Union in front of the US Embassy. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Activist wears theatrical atribute during protest outside the U.S Embassy in Jakarta on Tuesday (10/12). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A factory worker demanding minimum wage raise. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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