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Indonesia: The Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute Raided and Attacked

September 19, 2017

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On 17 September 2017, thousands of anti-communist demonstrators surrounded and besieged the office of the Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) in Jakarta, on false allegations that a gathering held inside the building was attended by supporters of the former Indonesian Communist Party. On 16 September 2017, police raided the same premises to cancel an event held by Jakarta Legal Aid to discuss human rights violations which occurred during the mass killings in 1965-1966, which targeted communist sympathisers. The YLBHI office was sealed by the police on 18 September, and lawyers from Jakarta Legal Aid have been prevented from entering the building.

On 17 September 2017, at roughly 9:30pm the headquarters of the Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute were attacked by anti-communist protesters. The protesters wrongly believed that an event at the YLBHI was a gathering of supporters of the Indonesian Communist Party, which was banned in 1966. The YLBHI was holding a discussion and musical performance to protest against the dispersal of the Jakarta Legal Aid event the previous day. Some demonstrators attempted to enter the premises while the mob shouted nationalist slogans and death threats. Around roughly 1:20 am, the protestors began pushing against police and threw bottles and rocks at them. Clashes erupted, which led to  several police officers being injured. Several people trapped inside the YLBHI’s office suffered panic attacks and one individual was injured by shattered glass caused by large rocks being thrown at the building. Everyone inside the YLBHI office were safely evacuated shortly after 2:00 am, once the protesters had dispersed.

On 16 September 2017, a group of scholars, activists, survivors and families of victims of the 1965-66 massacres gathered for an academic discussion on the human rights violations that occurred between 1965 and 1966. However, this event, which was organised by Jakarta Legal Aid, and attended by members of several human rights organisations, was forcibly broken up by the police. Police raided the headquarters of YLBHI, where the event was taking place without a warrant, removed the banner of the event and intimidated Jakarta Legal Aid’s lawyers.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/foundation-indonesian-legal-aid-institute-raided-and-attacked

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/09/18/government-advised-to-resolve-1965-case-after-mob-attack-on-ylbhi.html

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/09/19/jokowi-should-uphold-justice-for-1965-victims-hrw.html

http://asiantribune.com/node/90983

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/09/19/mob-insisted-on-attacking-ylbhi-police.html

http://www.benarnews.org/english/news/indonesian/indonesia-communists-09182017190146.html

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/09/19/police-name-7-suspects-in-connection-to-violent-anti-communism-protest.html

http://www.thehansindia.com/posts/index/International/2017-09-19/Indonesia-22-detained-over-violent-anti-communist-protest/327643

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Indonesia: Lawyer challenges KPK’s arrest of Constitutional Court justice

January 31, 2017

Lawyer challenges KPK’s arrest of Constitutional Court justice

A lawyer of Constitutional Court (MK) justice Patrialis Akbar, who is implicated in a bribery investigation, has questioned the arrest of his client by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Indra Sahnun Lubis, who is also the chairman of the Association of Indonesian Lawyers (IPHI), said the arrest was flawed, because his client had not been caught red-handed receiving a bribe when the KPK investigators carried out their arrest last Wednesday.

“It is incorrect to call it a sting operation, because no transaction was found taking place during the raid,” he said at KPK headquarters on Tuesday.

A KPK spokesperson had said on Monday evening that the arrest was in accordance with the Corruption Law, because the illicit transaction had been conducted long before the raid was carried out.

(Read also: Patrialis’ arrest nothing to do with religion, party: Ex-chief justice)

KPK investigators arrested Patrialis, along with 10 other people, during raids in three separate locations in Jakarta last Wednesday over alleged bribery in connection with a judicial review of a law on cattle health.

Apart from Patrialis, the antigraft body named three more people suspects in the case, namely Kamaludin, Ng Fenny and Basuki Hariman, a businessman who allegedly bribed the judge to influence the review.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/01/31/lawyer-challenges-kpks-arrest-of-constitutional-court-justice.html

Indonesia: Indonesia human rights lawyer speaks up

July 29, 2016

 

Some people see their ideal job as one that makes a difference. That’s the thinking that drove Indonesian Todung Mulya Lubis to becoming a human rights lawyer.

He’s been speaking out against his country’s death penalty. Indonesia executed four people for drug offences overnight, three of them foreigners.

Mr Lubis had previously defended Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran who were executed last year for drug-smuggling, in a case that grabbed international attention.

Mr Lubis shared with the BBC why he chose this challenging profession.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-36920617

Indonesia: The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the maltreatment of lawyer Alldo Fellix Januardy in Indonesia

May 27, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the maltreatment of lawyer Alldo Fellix Januardy in Indonesia.

The Law Society has received reports that on 12 January 2016 Alldo Fellix Januardy was attacked by members of the Civil Service Police Unit and the Sub-District Head of Tebet, resulting in several wounds to his face. The alleged attack occurred during a forced eviction in Bukit Duri, Tebet, South Jakarta. According to reports, Alldo Fellix Januardy was attempting to persuade police to wait until the Administrative District Court had ruled on the legality of the eviction order when he was attacked.

The Law Society is deeply concerned that the maltreatment of Alldo Fellix Januardy by the police appears to relate solely to his legitimate actions as a lawyer.

The Law Society of Upper Canada wrote to His Excellency Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia, urging the government of Indonesia to comply with Articles 16 and 23 of the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147502524

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147502524&langtype=1036  (FRANCAIS)

 

 

Indonesia: Attack on Lawyer Asrul Azis Sigalingging | Letter

May 26, 2016

Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) is an independent and non-political Dutch foundation that seeks to promote the proper functioning of the rule of law by pursuing freedom and independence of the legal profession. Lawyers Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of lawyers and others who promote human rights and the rule of law through education, legal research and advocacy.

L4L and LRWC are concerned about the physical attack on lawyer Asrul Azis Sigalingging by members of Satuan Polisi Pamong Praja (Satpol PP). L4L and LRWC have reason to believe that Mr. Sigalingging was targeted in connection to his legitimate activities as a lawyer.

On 25 March 2016, at 12:00 am, seven students who were enjoying street food at Tugu Gempa Padang were suddenly targeted by a sweeping operation and attacked by Satpol PP personnel. The Satpol PP accused the students of disturbing public order, and six of the students were beaten and kicked. One student, Gianesha, was arrested after he tried to clarify that his girlfriend Berlian, who is also a student, has an identity card and they were there only for sightseeing and enjoying street food. Subsequently, Gianesha was brought to the Satpol PP office.

http://www.lrwc.org/indonesia-attack-on-lawyer-asrul-azis-sigalingging-letter/

Indonesia Attack on lawyer Asrul Azis Sigalingging

Indonesia: The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the harassment of lawyers Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika in Indonesia

April 29, 2016

The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the harassment of lawyers Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika in Indonesia.

The Law Society has received reports that on 30 October 2015, Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika attended a peaceful protest rally at the Presidential Palace in order to monitor police violence against protestors. The lawyers were arrested along with 24 activists and subsequently charged under Article 216 of the Indonesian Criminal Code for ‘disobeying police orders’; however, reports indicate that the lawyers and the protestors were already dispersing the area when police started to beat them and put them in custody.

In their joint submission of 4 April 2016, Lawyers for Lawyers and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada noted that the charges appear to relate solely to Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika’s “legitimate actions as lawyers and human rights defenders.”

The Law Society presently writes to voice its deep concerns that charges laid against Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Andre Dominika appear to relate solely to their legitimate actions as lawyers and human rights defenders.

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147502428

http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147502428 (VERSION FRANCAISE)

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Indonesia: Maltreatment of Alldo Fellix Januardy | LRWC & L4L Letter

April 13, 2016

Lawyers for Lawyers is an independent and non-political Dutch foundation that seeks to promote the proper functioning of the rule of law by pursuing freedom and independence of the legal profession. Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada is a committee of lawyers and others promoting international human rights through advocacy, legal research and education.

 

Lawyers for Lawyers and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada are concerned about the maltreatment of Alldo Fellix Januardy by members of the Civil Service Police Unit during a forced eviction in Bukit Duri, Tebet, South Jakarta on 12 January 2016. Alldo Fellix Januardy is an independent public interest lawyer at the Legal Aid Institute (LBH) in Jakarta. He has represented numerous people in a great variety of public interest cases.

Alldo Fellix Januardy was maltreated following his effort to negotiate a suspension of the plan to forcefully evict his clients. The Adminstrative District Court was still to issue a ruling on the legality of the eviction. Furthermore, the people of Bukit Duri were still awaiting the outcome of an audience with the Municipal Council. Alldo Fellix Januardy requested the members of the Civil Service Police Unit and the Sub-District Head of Tebet to await the outcome of the legal process before taking any actions. Instead of accepting this legitimate request, members of the Civil Service Police Unit and the Sub-District Head of Tebet attacked Alldo Fellix Januardy, resulting in wounds on his eyebrow and chin.

Indonesia: Maltreatment of Alldo Fellix Januardy | Letter