The Jakarta Post
Jakarta, Tuesday 25 October 2016
Rights activists have urged the government to increase the protection of rights defenders amid mounting violence against them.
Activists of the Indonesian Forum for Environment (Walhi), Protection International (PI) and Arus Pelangi said their fellow activists across the country had experienced various abuses when fighting for people’s rights.
“Activists are always abused because they are at the forefront of human rights conflicts, so the opposing side always wants to shut them down,” PI activist Cahyadi told The Jakarta Post, adding the government should protect activists.
UNAIR NEWS – Human Rights Study Center of Faculty of Law Universitas Airlangga (UNAIR) held another public discussion. The topic was “Scholars and Activists at Risk: Research on Human Rights Defenders in Indonesia”, on Wednesday, September 14 I Building C, FH Study Center.
In the occasion, there were five speakers sharing their perspectives on human rights defenders in Indonesia. They were Dr. Alice M. Nah (Center for Applied Human Right, Universitas York, UK), Dr. Herlambang P. Wiratraman (Center for Human Right Law Studies FH UNAIR), Andy Irfan (KontraS Surabaya), Abd. Wachid Habibullah, M.H (LBH Surabaya), and Dwi Rahayu, M.A. (Human Rights Teacher Association of Indonesia).