Washington, DC – As President Obama travels to Bali for this week’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, Human Rights First is urging him to question the Indonesian government about ongoing human rights concerns, including impunity for human rights abuses. Human Rights First was in Indonesia this week meeting with human rights defenders, all of whom said that these abuses should be among President Obama’s key concerns.
“Human rights defenders tell us that the lack of accountability and justice for human rights abuses by state actors creates an environment of intimidation and fear. Abusers are empowered by the message that the government will not fully prosecute offenders,” said Human Rights First’s Quinn O’Keefe.
So far President has spoken of trade deals which are crucial to USA economy. We hope to hear from him about basic human rights too such as freedom to practice religion peacefully and justice for all- the rights USA advocates globally loud and clear.