Attacks on Legal Aid in Indonesia – Joint Media Release with the Victorian Bar
The ICJV and the Victorian Bar are concerned to learn that the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation and the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute have been subjected to a raid by police and mob violence in the course of carrying out legitimate and lawful activities in the service of human rights.
Freedom of association and freedom of speech are protected by international law including under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Art 19 and 20) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Art 19 and 22). Those fundamental human rights are also protected by Art 28 of the Indonesian Constitution. The capacity of Indonesians to exercise those rights is vital to Indonesia’s democracy.