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Human Rights - Indonesia, Maluku and Detachment 88

Estimates & Committees
Scott Ludlam 3 Dec 2010

Senator Ludlam asked:

Does Australia have a view on the 70 political activists who were imprisoned in Maluku, Ambon, Indonesia, since 2007, and have we made representations at any level on the incarceration of these pro-democracy activists? What are the specific dates and times of these representations?

Answer:

Embassy officials in Jakarta engage regularly on human rights issues with government and civil society representatives, including human rights groups.

On 28 May 2009, Embassy officials in Jakarta made representations to the Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs on the conviction of pro-separatist flag-raisers in Maluku and the Papuan Provinces.

On 5 November 2010, Embassy officials made further representations to the Indonesian Department of Foreign Affairs on the conviction of the flag-raisers in 2007 and the alleged serious misconduct by members of Detachment 88 in Maluku in 2010. Officials have also raised concerns about the Ambon cases during broader discussions with relevant Indonesian authorities.

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