Human rights protection after reform, on the shadow of failure?

DSC_0205It 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.

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