Sam in Indonesia: Indonesian Human Rights Activist Challenges Government

26.01.10

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by SAM ABRAMS

Meet Mufti Makaarim al-Akhlaq. A good-humored 33-year-old, Mufti is the executive director of the Institute for Defense, Security and Peace Studies (IDSPS). IDSPS, advocates for security sector reform.

Mufti became politically active in the mid-1990s with PMII (Pergerakan Mahasiswa Islam Indonesia — the Indonesian Muslim Student Movement), a group that challenged President Suharto’s policies. Along with the Legal Aid Foundation, which had worked with PMII, PMII helped establish KontraS, also known as The Commission for “the Disappeared” and Victims of Violence) in March 1998. In 2007, he took charge of IDSPS.

The military’s idea of reform is incomplete, Mufti says. Though it has made some significant changes, the military resists robust inquiry into its past. “If we deny this, the past abuses,” Mufti says, “we create a precedent for the future.”

When people challenge his nationalist credentials and accuse him of being an instrument of foreign interests, Mufti has a ready answer:

We can check who is the most nationalist … I never took the money from the government or abused the power … I worked with no support from the government. I keep working for this. I have been doing this from 1994. Nobody cared about that but I still worked for it. I’ve been arrested by the military. I’ve been arrested by police, but I never stopped doing this. Who is the nationalist one?

“After that,” Mufti says, “they say ‘Okay, okay.’”

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  2. kamala says:

    Hello there,

    Just got your contact when i looked for human rights activists.

    Have you heard about Tamils from srilanks in a boat at port of Merk. Can you please do something under humaniterian ground and compasanate ground please.

    children have developed big wounds in private parts.

    there is a pregnet mother and all of them are suffering without medication and in open port.

    The international community is just fun watching.

    can you please go there and see the situation as a co citizens in the world please

    hope to hear from you soon.

    just to tell about me, i am a tamil from srilanka but i am compasanate and caring towards any life, i would help anyone without any differnce so i cant sleep knowing these peoples” struggle.

    I am a volunteer at a workers center.

    thanks

    thevi

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