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Demo in San FranciscoDemand President Jokowi Support Justice for All

Contact:
John M. Miller, East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN), 917-690-4391, john@etan.org
Peter Phwan, ETAN/ICANet, San Francisco (415) 812-2414
Muhamad Amin, San Francisco (415) 412-6372


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For Immediate Release

On Tuesday, February 16, human rights and environmental activists, members of the Indonesian-American community and others will gather in San Francisco, California, to urge Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to make justice a priority of his administration.

Demonstrators will gather in silence from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in front of the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St, San Francisco, CA 94123, where the President is scheduled to speak, They will call for greater efforts to bring to justice those responsible for past and ongoing human rights violations.

"President Widodo took office pledging to break with the past. Instead, we see too many echoes of Indonesia's lawless past," said John M. Miller, National Coordinator of ETAN.

Peter Phwan of ICANET, a Bay Area Indonesia-American group, said "Jokowi should keep his campaign promise for commitment of human rights. So far, he has disappointed us."

"The persecution of religious minorities continues. Churches still burn and minority faiths still have trouble getting permits to build houses of worship. This was the pattern of the past administration."

Recently Jokowi's own officials made hateful remarks against gays and lesbian, even banning gay emoji (sticker) in apps such as Whats App, Facebook and Twitter. Jokowi must address this minority rights," he added.

"Repression of West Papuans demanding their rights is ongoing, despite Widodo's promises of change. Security officials recently censored efforts to discuss the brutal killings that began in 1965 and brought the U.S.-backed dictator Suharto to power, Miller added. "Suppressing discussion is characteristic of authoritarian governments."

"Victims and survivors of human rights crimes from the 1965 mass killings to the illegal invasion and occupation of East Timor (Timor-Leste) and the war in Aceh still await justice," said Miller. "The lack of accountability for the past contributes to lawlessness in the present."

Other issues of concern to the demonstrators include the continued cutting and burning of Indonesia' forests to establish palm oil and other plantation agriculture. The rate of deforestation is among the worst in the world. Much of this logging is illegal, often facilitated by lax enforcement and corrupt military and police. Haze from the burning of forests in Indonesia affects the health and well-being of millions in several Southeast Asian countries


Development projects such as the land reclamation such in Benoa Bay in Bali threaten Indonesia's coasts to build hotels and golf courses.

Groups organizing the protest include the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (etan.org), ICANET, and California against Reclamation in Benoa Bay, Bali.

The demonstration in the news:

Tempo: Di San Fransisco, Aktivis Tagih Janji HAM Presiden Jokowi
Kabari News: Aksi Diam Aktivis Indonesia di AS
Suarabali: Di Amerika, Jokowi Disambut Demo Tolak Reklamasi
ETAN: Indonesia over-reacts to ETAN protest in San Francisco
Tabloid Jubi: DI AS, PRESIDEN JOKOWI DISAMBUT AKSI DIAM SEPUTAR HAM, TERMASUK ISU PAPUA
Asia Pacific Report: President Widodo greeted by protests over Bali plan in San Francisco
Viva: Datang ke San Fransisco, Jokowi Disambut Unjuk Rasa




Photo of San Francisco demonstration at Jokowi event

BACKGROUND


1. Indonesia must reveal the truth and provide justice for past human rights violations from the mass killings in 1965 on to the illegal invasion and occupation of East Timor

It is 50 years since Suharto's 1965 seizure of power and 40 years after Indonesia's illegal invasion of East Timor (Timor-Leste). During Suharto's decades in power, Indonesian security forces and their proxies killed hundreds of thousands. Indonesia has taken only halting steps to acknowledge these crimes against humanity and has yet to take serious steps to hold those responsible for the crimes committed throughout the archipelago from Aceh to Timor-Leste (East Timor) to West Papua. Many of those responsible maintain powerful positions, including in Widodo's own political party and administration. Refusing to acknowledge the past, the Indonesian military is increasingly re-inserting itself into domestic affairs.

2. End the Persecution of Religious Minorities Religious minorities in Indonesia remain under threat.

The recent burning of churches in Aceh and bans on Ahmadi worship are among the most recent examples. Followers of minority religions continue to face persecution and to have trouble opening houses of worship, including GKI Yasmin and HKBP Philadelphia churches. Many localities enforce discriminatory regulations in violation of national law.

3. End the Persecution of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender people

Public officials have made a series of troubling anti-gay statements, urging barring LGBT people from universities and other institutions. Recently, the Communication and Information Ministry threatened to ban gay and lesbian emoji or stickers in WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter.

Signs are being readied for October 28 demonstraton.

4. Stop Human Right Violations in West Papua

While Jokowi has promised a new deal for Papua, many of those promises remain unfulfilled. About 40 political prisoners remain in jail and the rules governing media access remain murky. West Papuans advocating for freedom face harassment, arrest or worse. Expanded "development" projects threaten indigenous rights and livelihoods. Indonesia continues to rebuff appeals for direct dialogue with the independence movement.

5. Protect the Environment, Stop Deforestation

Indonesia's forests continue to be stripped to establish palm oil and other plantation agriculture. The rate of deforestation is among the worst in the world. Illegal logging is often facilitated by lax enforcement and corrupt military and police. Haze from the seasonal burning of forests in Indonesia affects the health and well-being of millions in several Southeast Asian countries. Plans to add additional coal-fired electric plants also pose health hazards and will contribute to climate change that already threatens Indonesia's coral and coasts. The massive Benoa Bay Reclamation Project would destroy a large conservation area in Bali for hotels and tourism.

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See also
Human Rights & Justice page
Indonesia and West Papua Struggles page
West Papua Report

MEDIA ADVISORY


AKSI DIAM MENGINGATKAN JANJI HAM PRESIDEN JOKOWI


SEGERA

Pada hari Selasa, 16 Februari 2016, aktivis Hak Asasi Manusia (HAM) dan lingkungan hidup serta sejumlah warga Indonesia di di Amerika Serikat melakukan aksi diam di San Francisco, California, mendesak Presiden Joko Widodo untuk memperhatikan isu HAM dan keadilan sebagai prioritas dalam pemerintahannya.

Aksi diam ini dilakukan pada jam 5:30 sampai 7:30 petang di depan Palace of Fine Art, 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123, di mana Presiden akan bertemu dengan komunitas diaspora Indonesia di AS. Aksi diam ini menyerukan agar Presiden Jokowi melakukan upaya serius untuk mengadili pelaku pelanggaran HAM masa lalu dan kini.

"Presiden Jokowi menjanjikan pemerintahan yang berbeda dengan masa lalu. Tetapi, kita melihat begitu banyak gaung pelanggarana hukum masa lalu,“ ungkap John M. Miller, Koordinator Nasional ETAN.

Peter Phwan dari ICANET di San Francisco mengungkapkan,“Jokowi harus memenuhi janji-janji kampanyenya dalam Nawa Cita”. Salah satunya janji Jokowi adalah komitmen terhadap HAM. Sebegitu jauh, rekam jejak HAM pemerintahan Jokowi masih mengecewakan.

Muhamad Amin, aktivis San Francisco lainnya berkata, “Belakangan sejumlah fraksi DPR semakin mendukung Jokowi. Agar terjadi check and balance, Presiden Jokowi perlu diingatkan soal isu HAM ini."

Phwan menambahkan, "Penganiayaan terhadap kelompok minoritas agama, seperti kasus GKI Yasmin, HKBP Philadelphia, Syiah dan Ahmadiyah masih berlangsung.” Gereja masih dibakar dan kelompok minoritas agama masih sulit memperoleh ijin untuk membangun tempat ibadahnya sendiri. Ini adalah pola pemerintahan masa lalu.

Baru-baru ini beberapa menteri di Kabinet Jokowi mengungkapkan ujaran kebencian terhadap kaum gay dan lesbian. Bahkan, melarang emoji (stiker) gay dan lesbian di aplikasi seperti WhatsApp, Facebook dan Twitter. “Jokowi harus memberi pernyataan soal perlindungan HAM terhadap minoritas ini”, ungkapnya.

"Orang-orang Papua Barat masih juga menuntut hak-haknya, meskipun Jokowi menjanjikan perubahan. Pejabat di bidang Politik Keamanan baru-baru ini melakukan upaya sensor dengan melarang diskusi masyarakat tentang pembunuhan brutal yang terjadi di tahun 1965 yang memungkinkan berkuasanya Soeharto, diktator yang didukung AS, ujar Miller. “Pelarangan diskusi adalah gaya pemerintahan otoriter”.


"Korban dan penyintas kejahatan pembunuhan masal 1965 sampai invasi ilegal ke Timor Timur (Timor-Leste) dan pelanggaran HAM di Aceh masih menanti keadilan, “kata Miller. Lemahnya pertanggungjawaban terhadap masa lalu punya andil terhadap pelanggaran hukum di masa kini.

Isu lain yang diusung para aktivis adalah pembalakan dan pembakaran hutan Indonesia untuk perkebunan kelapa sawit dan hasil pertanian lainnya. Tingkat penggundulan hutan Indonesia adalah salah satu yang terburuk di dunia. Ini karena adanya penebangan hutan secara liar, seringkali dipermudah dengan lemahnya penegakan hukum dan militer serta polisi yang korup. Asap dari kebakaran hutan di Indonesia jelas mengganggu kesehatan dan kehidupan jutaan orang di beberapa negara Asia Tenggara.

Proyek-proyek pembangunan seperti reklamasi Teluk Benoa untuk pembangunan pusat pariwisata jelas mengancam kelestarian alam dan pantai di Bali.

Kelompok peserta aksi diam:

East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (etan.org), ICANET, and California against Reclamation in Benoa Bay, Bali.

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