I have already linked to the background story of the death on September 7th from arsenic poisoning of noted human rights worker, Munir, on flight GA-974 to Amsterdam where he was to take up a scholarship for an MA in Human Rights.
Developments this weekend give rise to further concern.
1. The Dutch government took over two months to complete the official autopsy report, which was handed over to the Indonesian government by the Dutch Embassy here last Thursday.
2. Munir's family, and, in particular, his widow Suciwati, have been denied access to the report. On Friday, Usman Hamid, coordinator of Kontras, the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence, was quoted as saying that Dutch authorities had told him they could only give more details if requested by the Indonesian government.
3. Suciwati, received a death threat mailed to her house in Bekasi,
4. Jakartass sources, returning to
Note: Family and kampung connections are the strongest ties here in
Jakartass supports reformasi. This must include the inalienable rights of individuals to speak out against perceived injustice, whether perpetrated by individuals or organisations.
Why, therefore, is the Indonesian government sitting on the report into Munir's assassination? A continued cover-up will only breed further gossip which, in turn, could well lose SBY the trust of the electorate.
Hivos (Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries) in
Jakartass does not have any connections in the Presidential Palace so we await developments with keen interest.
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