It has been fifteen years after Indonesia witnessed one of its most crucial moments as a democratic country. The May 1998 political reform gave a lot of hopes, particularly on the protection and fulfillment of human rights. The hopes, however, remain grim. While Heinz Klug (2003) states that adopting the human rights principles is among the most important phases during the democratic transition, what we have seen today, even if it is a bitter pill to swallow, is the possibility for us to go back to authoritarianism.
This nation has released itself from the clench of an authoritarian regime for more than a decade, however, various issues inherited, as a result of policies made in the past, were still attached in the nation’s journey. One of the main factors of the continuance of the past problems, in daily life, was the unclear solution to deal with some mistakes committed in the past. Many past human rights abuses have remained unresolved until today. More details click here