Election in Indonesia, with reminders of ugly past

A former Human Rights First award-winner, wife of slain Indonesian activist Munir Said Thalib, co-wrote a compelling op-ed in the Jakarta Post calling for a reckoning with Indonesia’s past, and justice for its many abuses.

Today is election day in Indonesia, and as results come in, this op-ed looks beyond those results to what it means that two of the vice-presidential candidates have been broadly and credibly reported to be implicated in human rights violations in the past.

The elected leaders have a lot to do to restore the rule of law in Indonesia and this opinion piece reminds us that to move forward, an accounting of the past will be necessary.


Published on July 8, 2009


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