Since December 10, 1950, the world has commemorated International Human Rights Day. In Indonesia, the National Human Rights Commission -Komnas HAM commemorates the day on Monday 9 December, attended by Vice-President Ma'ruf Amin.
In his remarks, VP Ma'ruf Amin emphasized the government's commitment to resolve the issue of past human rights violations. He also emphasized that the government continues to seek the best solution through studies by various competent agencies. To support the solution, VP Ma'ruf Amin expects the support of the National Human Rights Commission in conducting studies, research and mediation. He also said that the government is committed to making concrete efforts to fulfill human rights in the fields of civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, which have not yet been fully achieved. He also assessed the need for an ongoing process to achieve better human rights standards or qualities.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Ahmad Taufan Damanik said that past extraordinary human rights violations are still the homework of the Joko Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin government.
In addition, there are still other problems related to agrarian conflicts and natural resources. More importantly, there are problems of intolerance, discrimination and extremism with violence that can disrupt economic and political development.
Komnas HAM recorded 11 cases of extraordinary human rights violations which have been handled such as the 1965 Tragedy, Talangsari Case, Mysterious Shooting (Petrus), May 1998 Riots, Missing Activists, and the murder of human rights activist, Munir. These cases have not been resolved until now.
Damanik supports the plan of Coordinating Minister for Political Law and Human Rights, Machfud MD who will establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (KKR). So, the cases of human rights violations can be resolved without delay. For Damanik, this is a step forward by the government.However, Damanik believes that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission should start revealing the truth first. What will be reconciled if the truth is not revealed?
Indonesia's step forward in fulfilling human rights is also recognized by the world. Indonesia has been elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for the period 2020-2022. This means that the world entrusts international human rights defense to Indonesia as a member of the UN Human Rights Council. Therefore, the Indonesian government must maintain the world's trust by showing its seriousness in resolving cases of extraordinary human rights violations at home. This is consistent with what is mandated in the 1945 Constitution and International Human Rights.