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Demand President Jokowi Support Justice for All

October 19, 2015

Oct. 28 Call to Action, Support Justice in Mountain View, CA

Date : Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Time : 09:00 – 12:00 PST
Where: Computer History Museum
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043

The Computer History Museum is approximately 2 miles from the Mountain View Caltrain/VTA Light Rail Station located at Castro and Evelyn Streets in downtown Mountain View.

Contact :

Peter Phwan, ETAN/ICANet, San Francisco (415) 812-2414
John M. Miller, East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN), john

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Indonesia’s President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will shortly visit the United States to meet with President Obama. On October 28, President Jokowi is set to give a speech at Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley. This forum will be all about business. Jokowi was elected with the promise that his administration would different. He has yet to fulfill this promise. Positive initiatives by President Jokowi have been undermined by his own officials and many important issues, such as justice and accountability for past human rights crimes, have not been seriously addressed.

Please join us on October 28 as we break the silence and demand that President Jokowi seriously address the following issues:

1. Indonesia must reveal the truth and provide justice for past human rights violations from the mass killings in 1965 on to the illegal invasion and occupation of East Timor

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Suharto’s 1965 seizure of power and the 40th anniversary of Indonesia’s illegal invasion of East Timor (Timor-Leste). During Suharto’s decades in power, Indonesian security forces and their proxies killed hundreds of thousands. Indonesia has taken only halting steps to acknowledge these crimes against humanity and has yet to serious steps to hold those responsible for the crimes committed throughout the archipelago from Aceh to Timor-Leste (East Timor) to West Papua. Many of those responsible maintain powerful positions, including in Widodo’s own political party and administration. Refusing to acknowledge the past, the Indonesian military is increasingly re-inserting itself into domestic affairs.

2. End the Persecution of Religious Minorities

Religious minorities in Indonesia remain under threat. The recent burning of churches in Aceh is only the latest example. Followers of minority religions continue to face persecution and to have trouble opening houses of worship. Many localities enforce discriminatory regulations in violation of national law.

3. Stop Human Right Violations in West Papua

While Jokowi has promised a new deal for Papua, many of those promises remains unfulfilled. Political prisoners remain in jail and the rules governing media access remain unclear. West Papuans advocating for freedom face harassment, arrest or worse. Expanded "development" projects threaten indigenous rights and livelihoods. Indonesia continues to rebuff appeals for direct dialogue with the independence movement.

4. End Virginity Tests

Defying an international outcry Jokowi’s commanders continue to defend discriminatory and invasive "virginity tests" on female military and police recruits.

5. Protect the Environment, Stop deforestation

Indonesia’s forests continue to be stripped to establish palm oil and other plantation agriculture. The rate of deforestation is among the worst in the world. Much of this logging is illegal, often facilitated by lax enforcement and corrupt military and police. Haze from the burning of forests in Indonesia affects the health and well-being of millions in several Southeast Asian countries. Plans to add additional coal-fired electric plants pose an additional health hazards and will contribute to climate change that already threatens Indonesia’s coral and coasts.

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