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Indonesia: Human Rights

Volume 688: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What information they have received from the Finnish presidency about the reaction of the Government of Indonesia to their representations concerning the investigation of the murder of the human rights activist Munir Said Thalib on a Garuda flight from Jakarta to the Netherlands on 7 September 2004; and whether they have any information about the approach by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to the Government of Indonesia about that murder. [HL763]

The Finnish presidency, on behalf of the EU, made representations to the Government of Indonesia (GoI) urging an investigation into the death of Munir. The EU presidency in Jakarta has not received a response to these representations. The Indonesian Defence Minister has stated that the GoI would not welcome foreign involvement in this case, and rejected any involvement by the UN Special Rapporteur. We continue to press the Indonesian Government to carry out a thorough investigation into the death of Munir.