Refusing to Forget Munir: defending human rights defenders in Indonesia

Posted: September 10, 2012 in Meeting

Refusing to Forget Munir

When: Sunday, 16 September 2012, 2pm – 4pm
Where: Amnesty International Korea Office, 3rd Fl. Geumag Bldg., 454-3, Hapjeong-dong, Mapo-gu, 1280954

We will hear from Indonesian human rights defenders Adit Satriya and Indria Fernida who both worked closely with was Munir bin Thalib (Munir), perhaps the most well-known human rights defender in Indonesia. Friday, September 7 marked eight years since Munir’s assassination and there are still a number of questions surrounding his death that remain unanswered. Munir challenged state corruption and impunity and the ongoing struggle to bring those behind his murder to trial is central to the task of protecting
human rights defenders in post-Suharto Indonesia.

In 2011 Amnesty International called for a new investigation into Munir’s case. There is a long way to go for justice to be realized, but thanks to the tireless efforts of human rights defenders like Adit, Munir’s legacy continues to inspire a new generation of activists in Indonesia and around the world.

Adit will discuss the case of his friend, Munir, as well as the work he has been doing throughout the Indonesian archipelago for the last fifteen years. We will also be joined live by telecast from Oslo by Indria Fernida who will discuss Munir’s case from an international law perspective.

Adit Satriya is currently studying towards his master’s in inter-Asia NGO studies in Seoul. He has worked as a researcher and human rights defender at both of Indonesia’s leading human rights organizations, Kontras (founded by Munir) and Imparsial Human Rights Monitor, and has also authored a number of works on contemporary human rights issues in Indonesia. As part of his work he has traveled to many places where human rights defenders face great risks for carrying out their work including Timor-Leste, Aceh, and Papua. Adit was a close friend of Munir Said Thalib and continues to give public talks on his friend’s life and the circumstances surrounding his death in order to raise awareness and bring about justice.

Indria Fernida is currently studying toward her master’s in the philosophy and practice of human rights in Oslo. She also worked in Kontras on the Commission of “The Disappeared” and Victims of Violence.

You can learn more about Munir here.
You can learn more about Kontras here and Imparsial here (most content only in Bahasa)


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