TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The human rights defenders from around the world gathered in Paris, France, to hold 2018 The Human Rights Defenders World Summit, on October 29-31.
In the series of events, there was a joint photo session at the Place du Trocadéro in front of the Palais de Chaillot, the place where the International Human Rights Declaration was signed 70 years ago. The photo session was attended by all participants holding photographs of world human rights activists. One of them is a picture of Munir Said Thalib.
“Munir Said Thalib represents a prominent human rights defender from Indonesia,” KontraS Deputy Coordinator of Advocation Putri Kanesia told Tempo on Thursday, November 8.
According to Putri, the display of Munir’s photo and 19 other world human rights activists was deliberately carried out to represent human rights defenders who could not attend the event.
“The pictures represent the human rights defenders who died in their human rights struggle, and who cannot attend because they were arrested, kidnapped, or banned to travel,” he said.
Munir Said Thalib was an Indonesian human rights figure who died on a flight to Amsterdam on September 7, 2004. Based on the autopsy results done by the Dutch and Indonesian police, Munir died of arsenic poisoning.