Indonesia: Further Information: Human rights defenders charged with defamation: Haris Azhar and Fatia Maulidiyanti

Haris Azhar and Fatia Maulidiyanti were charged on 17 March 2022 with defamation under article 27 of the Electronic Information and Transactions Law, after being reported by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs on 22 September 2021. The police investigation relates to a YouTube video of a conversation between the two human rights defenders where they discussed the findings of a report on the alleged involvement of several military figures in the mining industry. Haris and Fatia could face up to six years in prison if found guilty. Indonesian police should drop the charges against them.

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