Incoming Prabowo government must uphold human rights

By Usman Hamid, Executive Director of Amnesty International Indonesia

Indonesia faces a pivotal moment as the country’s leadership will be handed over by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to president-elect Prabowo Subianto, following the announcement of Prabowo’s victory in the 2024 presidential election by the General Elections Commission (KPU). Prabowo is set to assume the presidency on Oct. 20 2024.

There is an expectation by the people that every incoming government will bring in effective protection and promotion of human rights. However, the fundamental question many people are asking is: Will Prabowo’s presidency improve Indonesia’s international obligations to uphold human rights and ensure access to justice and effective remedies for victims? As the transition takes place, at least two significant challenges emerge.

This article was published in The Jakarta Post on 26 March 2024 with the same title. Read the full article here