Mahfud MD: People Don't Grasp What Human Rights Violation Is



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  • Coordinating Security Minister Mahfud MD. TEMPO/Imam Sukamto

    Coordinating Security Minister Mahfud MD. TEMPO/Imam Sukamto

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD said people in general failed to understand the definition and what constituted a human rights violation. He made this comment following the eviction of a residential area in Tamansari, West Java. 

    His comment came after he claimed there had been no human rights violation during the administration of President Joko Widodo. 

    “Ah, don’t make a fuss about it. You people do not grasp the meaning behind a human rights violation,” said Mahfud at the Presidential Palace complex on Friday, December 13. 

    When asked about police repression during the eviction that was caught on camera, Mahfud MD chose to remain silent. This has caused the civil society coalition to urge the government to revoke the award recently bestowed to Bandung as “human rights-friendly city.”

    Thursday’s eviction was executed by the local public order agency (Satpol PP) against 33 families living in the area of Tamansari, Bandung city, using heavy equipment. A representative of the coalition, Willy Hanafi, said the forced eviction by the Bandung city administration was inhumane, carried out under wrong procedures, and marred with physical brutality by authorities on the field.