Demand President Jokowi Support Justice for All in San Francisco
Demand President Jokowi Support Justice for All
Location : The Palace of Fine Art Theatre
Address : 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123
Time : February 16, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Indonesia’s President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is back in the United States for the US-ASEAN Summit Meeting near Palm Springs, CA. On February 16, President Jokowi will meet and address Indonesians in San Francisco before touring Silicon Valley hi-tech companies.
This trip will be all about business. Jokowi was elected with the promise that his administration would be different. He has yet to fulfill this promises on human right issues. 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 February 16 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
It is 50 years since Suharto’s 1965 seizure of power and the 40 years after 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 take 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 and LGBT
Religious minorities and LGBT people in Indonesia remain under threat. The recent burning of churches in Aceh and bans on Ahmadi worship are among the most recent examples. Public officials have made a series of troubling anti-gay statements. Recently, the Communication and Information Ministry threatened to ban apps, such as Twitter and Facebook, that allow pro-LGBT emojis. Followers of minority religions continue to face persecution and to have trouble opening houses of worship, including GKI Yasmin and Philadelphia. 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. Most political prisoners remain in jail and the rules governing media access remain murky. 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. Illegal logging is often facilitated by lax enforcement and corrupt military and police. Haze from the seasonal 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 also pose health hazards and will contribute to climate change that already threatens Indonesia’s coral and coasts. The massive Benoa Bay Reclamation Project would destroy a large conservation area in Bali for hotels and tourism.