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Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association & West Papua

June 20, 2016

News from Mr. Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association

update from UN SR on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association mention West Papua in his latest report.

In relation to Indonesia, the Special Rapporteur received reports that authorities’ enforcement of the nationalist ideology extends to the repression of demonstrations by ethnic West Papuans. He stresses that the State has the responsibility to protect and facilitate protests that advocate for political and cultural views that differ from, and even oppose, those espoused by the Government.

A section from his oral statement as a panelist in the interactive debate on the right to peaceful assembly and of association on 17-6-2016:

”; the threats to the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association are numerous, geographically widespread and grave – much more so than when I began in 2011.

The concept of fundamentalism is emblematic of this rising threat. But it is also a concept that is frequently misunderstood. Most define “fundamentalism” in strictly religious terms or equate it with violent extremism. I have adopted a different definition for this report: I believe that fundamentalism can and should be defined more expansively, to include any movements – not simply religious ones – that advocate strict and literal adherence to a set of basic beliefs or principles. To that end, my report discusses four distinct types of fundamentalism: Free market fundamentalism, political fundamentalism, religious fundamentalism and nationalist or cultural fundamentalism.
–in cultural and national fundamentalism – the belief that certain cultures, languages or traditions are superior to others. There has been a disturbing rise in this form of fundamentalism in recent years, as seen in the increased popularity of many far-right political parties, especially in Austria, Denmark, Hungary, and Switzerland. My report also documents this phenomenon in China, to restrict the assembly and association rights of Tibetans and Uighurs; in Indonesia against ethnic WEST PAPUANS; and in places like India and Mauritania against individuals considered to be of lower caste. “

Souce 32nd session Human Rights Council Geneva, Switzerland: http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/watch/clustered-id-sr-on-education-sr-on-peaceful-assembly-14th-meeting-32nd-regular-session-of-human-rights-council/4945197436001#full-text

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