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.