Report – By Ryan Dagur in Jakarta
A lack of trust between the Indonesian government and the people of Papua has jeopardised hopes for a lasting peace in the restive province, according to a prominent human rights activist.
Persistent human rights abuses, a crackdown by the government on civil liberties and a focus on corporate development, rather than on the people, has left citizens feeling disenfranchised and distrustful, Latifah Anum Siregar said.
“We ask for open space for democracy, freedom of expression, and dialogue as promised by President Joko Widodo several times,” Siregar told ucanews.com during a two-day “Torture and Violence in Asia” workshop held in Jakarta. Read more »