Yudhoyono ignoring human rights: Kontras

The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras), an NGO focussing on human rights issues, says the newly installed Cabinet and the governmentâ??s new directives were unlikely to do anything to tackle human rights issues.

â??We have learned that this administration has no sympathy, let alone will, to tackle many cases that have shown indications of human rights violations,â? Kontras national coordinator Haris Azhar said Thursday as quoted by tempointeraktif.com.

The unresolved murder of former Kontras coordinator Munir was a clear example of how the government had done nothing in this area, he said.

Aside from human rights issues, he added, the President’s latest decision to put an army general in charge of the National Intelligence Agency (BIN) could also be seen as setting a bad precedent in the countryâ??s growing democratic climate. During the recent reshuffle, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appointed Lt. Gen. Marciano Norman to replace Gen. (ret) Sutanto, a former national police chief, as the head of BIN.

â??We are now starting to witness an increase in the administrationâ??s militaristic character,â? he said.