Obama arrives in Indonesia for Asian economic summit: Will the President Speak Out on Human Rights?

Obama loves Indonesia. He lived there as a boy and returned, last year, as president of the United States.

In his homecoming speech at the University of Indonesia he reminisced about the Jakarta of his youth, conjuring scenes of rice paddies and kites drifting on the breeze. “Indonesia is a part of me,” he mused, lauding the young democracy for its tolerance and diversity. His affection for his onetime home is understandable. But, at this weekend’s East Asia Summit on Bali, he should hold the country to account for failing to live up to its purported ideals. Read more

Editor’s Note: The article challenges Human Rights by citing Ahmadiyyah Case and democracy in Papua, Indonesia.

Categories: Asia, Human Rights, Indonesia

1 reply

  1. Indeed it would be interesting to know whether the question of the Human Rights of members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Indonesia will be raised. Personally I am not so optimistic. Even if it is raised ‘by the way’ both host and guest will know that it is not really taken serious…

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