Prejudice at the Polling Booth
When 121 million Indonesians went to the polls to vote in the country's first direct presidential elections in 2004, Wahyu Adi Nugroho was not among them. It was not apathy that kept him away. It was 15 kilograms of steel and rubber. Nugroho, 35, is from Pundong in Bantul, Yogyakarta. He used to use a wheelchair, and he could not vote because his local…
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IF exposing the Munir tragedy was to be a "test of our nation's history" then the government and its apparatus have most assuredly failed. For more than a decade since the human rights activist's death from arsenic poisoning while on a trip to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, the law has only touched the perpetrator.
Two weeks ago, the authorities failed the test even more completely as Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto, the perpetrator found guilty in this case, was released.