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After four years in office, the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla administration has not yet met their campaign promise to settle cases of serious human rights violations. With no intention to take the cases to trial, the government wants the matter to be settled through reconciliation and no apology. The National Commission on Human Rights is highlighting Wiranto’s role.
THE offer was put on the table by Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo in a meeting at the coordinating ministry for politic, justice and security affairs in May. National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) chief Ahmad Taufan Damanik recalls that during that meeting Prasetyo first offered solutions for serious past human rights violations that occurred after the turn of this century. “That made sense,” Damanik said last Wednesday, repeating his reply to the offer.
Efforts to deal with the 1965 human rights violations have stalled. Initiatives for resolutions actually come from the regions.
The police investigation into the case of KPK investigator Novel Baswedan is stagnated. The unsolved case can become a blemish on the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla administration.
As the end of their term of office approaches, President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla still have some unfulfilled campaign promises. One of them is to resolve the past human right abuse cases. While acknowledging their failure in following through on their promise, Kalla said, “the government has done its best,” in a special interview with Tempo in his office two weeks ago.
A research conducted by the Center for Islamic and Social Studies (PPIM) of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University has indicated that the majority of Muslim teachers in Indonesia are intolerant of other religious adherents. Based on a PPIM survey of 2,237 teachers, those maintaining the intolerant view constituted 63.07 percent of respondents. “The research aims at examining the pluralist view and attitude of school and madrasah (Islamic school) teachers in Indonesia,” said PPIM Executive Director Saiful Usman last Tuesday.