Report on civil rights violations sparks concern over Indonesia's democracy

Report on civil rights violations sparks concern over Indonesia's democracy

The Jakarta Post-News·2019-10-30 09:39

Freedom of speech as a key civil liberty in a democratic Indonesia has shown deteriorating symptoms in recent years, as those who have protested against the government have faced violence and restrictions, according to a report. In the report, released Sunday, the Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) found 78 major cases of alleged civil rights violations in the country as of October this year. The violations were grouped into seven categories, with the most common including criminalization, in which protesters were arrested, detained or named suspects; violence, ranging from intimidation to physical abuse; and illegal dispersion with the use of force, including with tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds. The other four categories are restrictions to protests, with officers conducting raids and unwarranted searches and using policies to prevent people from...

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