The Indonesia's NGO Coalition for International Human Rights Advocacy (HRWG) was established by a the majority of NGOs working in different issues but share interest in human rights to serve the need for elaborate advocacy works already in place with the aim of maximizing the goals and putting more pressures on the Indonesian government to execute its international and constitutional obligations to protecting, fulfilling, respecting and promoting human rights in the country.
By Matthew O. Berger
WASHINGTON, Oct 15, 2010 (IPS) - Just over three years after having voted against it at the United Nations, the...
U.S. Weighs Endorsing Indigenous Rights DeclarationLast Updated on 2010-10-16 14:05:33
By Matthew O. Berger
WASHINGTON, Oct 15, 2010 (IPS) - Just over three years after having voted against it at the United Nations, the United States is in the process of reviewing its position on the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
The declaration lays out the fundamental rights and freedoms of the world's indigenous peoples, although it is not legally binding. It was originally opposed by just four countries – the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The latter two have since reversed their positions and, in March, Canada announced its intention to change its position. Around the same time, the U.S. also decided to undertake a review of its position.
The process of that review has been ongoing since then, but it heated up a bit this week in Washington, where a series of meetings between U.S. indigenous... More »
Is Indonesia Outgrowing ASEAN?Last Updated on 2010-10-05 08:50:13Indonesia’s democratisation has been accompanied by calls for a foreign policy that is not only more assertive but also more autonomous of ASEAN. Is the growing democracy also unleashing forces that will lead to more strident nationalism?
By Barry Desker
IN RECENT months, there has been a debate within Indonesia on whether Indonesian foreign policy should look beyond ASEAN. These observers contend that Indonesia should see itself as a major emerging power like Brazil, South Africa, India and China with global interests and concerns.
Indonesia’s post-independence foreign policy has reflected the changes in its political system. In the 1960s, Sukarno’s Guided Democracy emphasised the role of the progressive New Emerging Forces and attracted strong support from the communist bloc and newly independent states while engaging in an undeclared war with his... More »
Elderly Victims of Communist Purge Seek Justice After a Lifetime of PainLast Updated on 2010-10-05 01:11:34 Nivell Rayda
Jakarta. A group of people imprisoned in the aftermath of the 1965 coup attempt that swept strongman Suharto into power have demanded the government apologize and clear their names.
The failed coup, which was blamed on the communists, began with the kidnapping and assassination of six military generals in Lubang Buaya, East Jakarta, by soldiers calling themselves the September 30 Movement.
An estimated 500,000 people were killed in the nationwide anticommunist pogrom that followed, while thousands more were forced into exile or, like Mudjaydin, now 80, given long prison sentences.
For Mudjaydin, the events of this time were distorted by Suharto, who pinned the blame on the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) and its sympathizers.
“I was a journalist with Minggoean Sport [a sports weekly] and I never supported any communist... More »
3rd AICHR meetingLast Updated on 2010-09-28 01:06:53 AICHR telah menyelenggarakan meeting di Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia pada 20-24 September 2010 lalu. Dalam meeting ini telah dibahas beberapa topik penting dalam keberlangsungan AICHR, baik skala dua tahun, maupun lima tahun ke depan dalam 5 year Workplan of AICHR. AICHR juga mendiskusikan untuk segera membentuk Guidelines on AICHR's Modalities untuk dapat memberikan kerangka aturan yang jelas, khususnya dalam menjalin relasi dengan sectoral bodies lain,dan dengan organisasi internasional lain. Pada hari terakhir, AICHR menerima kedatangan dari Working Group of ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism. More »
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