Rights abuses: Indonesian President touts reconciliation over prosecution

(From Jakarta Globe)

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has indicated that the government has no intention of prosecuting perpetrators of past human rights abuses, in a state of the nation address that only briefly touched on the issue.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo

Indonesian President Joko Widodo

Speaking before the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) in Jakarta on Friday, Joko said his administration was working on setting up a “reconciliation committee for severe rights violations.”

“The government is at the moment trying to find the most judicious and noble way to resolve human rights abuse cases,” he said.

“The government wants there to be a national reconciliation so that future generations will not have to bear the burdens of history. Our children have to be free to face the wide future,” he said. Read More

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