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Indonesia: Open letter to Minister for Justice and Human Rights: Criminal defamation proceedings against Indonesian human rights defender, Usman Hamid

, Index number: ASA 21/019/2009

In this letter members of the Indonesia NGO Forum and Watch Indonesia raise concerns regarding the situation of human rights defenders in Indonesia. The organizations are concerned that the Indonesian legal system is being used to intimidate human rights defenders instead of being used to ensure that they are able to carry out their important work in line with the United Nations General Assembly Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and their right to freedom of expression guaranteed by the Indonesian Constitution.

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