wp DN: Despite Military Crackdown in Papua & Other Rights Abuses, Obama Hosts Indonesian President in D.C.
Despite Military Crackdown in Papua & Other Rights Abuses, Obama Hosts Indonesian President in D.C.
OCTOBER 27, 2015
On Monday, President Obama met Indonesia’s new president, Joko Widodo, at the White House to discuss climate change, trade and strengthening U.S.-Indonesian ties. President Obama described Indonesia as one of the world’s largest democracies, but human rights groups paint a different story, citing the military’s ongoing repression in West Papua as well as discriminatory laws restricting the rights of religious minorities and women. Indonesia has also been criticized for attempting to silence any discussion about the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Indonesian genocide that left more than 1 million people dead. We speak to John Sifton of Human Rights Watch and journalist Allan Nairn, who has covered Indonesia for decades.