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Commemorating the assassination of Munir

September 29, 2014

Press release issued by Watch Indonesia, Berlin, 24 September 2014

Ten years have passed since Munir, a leading human rights activist
in Indonesia, was killed, an event that is being commemorated not
only in Indonesia but also across Europe and elsewhere. To this day,
the person who masterminded the killing is still walking free.

What people in Indonesia people know is that a Garuda pilot named
Polycarpus was responsible for administering the poison that killed
Minir. He was tried and convicted of administering the poison and has
spent time in prison for the crime. But to this day, people in
Indonesia do not know who it was who ordered the killing of this human
rights activist. The former deputy chief of the State Intelligence
Agency (BIN), Muchdi Puswoprandjono was tried but acquitted of the
murder. However, Hendropriyono who was the head of BIN at the time of
the murder has now been named as an advisor to President-Elect, Joko

The failure to deal with this murder is still is a matter of deep
concern to civil society in Indonesia and in Europe who are inspired
by a sense of solidarity with victims of human rights violations and
who question the determination of the authorities to deal with basic
human rights abuses.

The case of Munir is a clear example of the fact that human
rights activists have been killed and are still being killed in a
country that is regarded throughout the world as a democratic country.

Can we hope that the newly-elected president of Indonesia, Joko
Widodo, will resolve this problem? This was the main issue of a
two-day conference held in Germany on 23-24 September 2014, the tenth
anniversary of Munir’s killing.

Suciwati, the widow of Munir, and many activists throughout
Indonesia, continue to raise their voices regarding the many human
rights violations that continue to occur in Indonesia. A large number
of activists demonstrated outside the Foreign Affairs Ministry in
Berlin as well as holding meetings with members of the German
Parliament during the course of this week. What they aimed to do at
these meetings is to inform these officials about the Munir case and
how other cases have been handled as well as about the current
situation of human rights in Indonesia.

Suciwati, along with Fernida from KontraS, will urge the German
Government and other governments in Europe to take firm action
regarding the killing of Munir and to pay closer attention of human
rights violations in the country.

‘Resolving the case of Munir’s murder will be a real test of the
mission and vision the the forthcoming government under
President-elect Joko Widodo. This is a test of the new government in
standing firm by its commitment, bearing in mind the fact that these
perpetrators are linked to those in positions of power in Indonesia.
Resolving all cases of human rights violations comprehensively is a
real test of the commitment of any government to prove its integrity.’

The two-day meeting in Berlin will hear speakers from Indonesia,
Germany and The Netherlands and will discuss actions by civil society
in Indonesia and in strengthen their solidarity and work
together, exchanging information and experiences regarding the many
basic human rights abuses that have occurred in the past and continue
to occur In Indonesia. It will open with recitations of poetry by
Indonesian poet, Wiji Thukul and Wayang performances.

[Note: Munir died from arsenic poison while on a flight from Indonesia
to Amsterdam on 24th September 2004]

Translated from Indonesian by Carmel Budiardjo]

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