In the past, oppressive regimes had strive to put Indonesia as a power to contend with, but in the process, its inhabitants and citizens encounter the greatest atrocity the government can ever commit towards its people. Death ensued due to conflicts which the government help perpetrate. With its poor control over its vast armed forces, violent problems arise as too much power is given to the military which was tasked to aid the government in its clamor for power and control.
Unprecedented power over the military opened random acts of violations that later increased as civilians surrender to the powers of the armed forces. The only consolation is the fact that Indonesia never relinquished its governance to military rule like the countries of Sierra Leone, Rwanda and many others in Africa. Indonesia’s common behavior of violence that resulted to human rights violations exist during and after a conflict which is often brought about by democratic transitions where authoritarian control is weakened.
Ethnic groups decidedly conflict at a time of democratic transition in order to protect their rights and interests. The government at the same time use force in order to heighten controls and abusive factions take this opportunity to exercise power even at the lost of human value for life. There is also a noteworthy perception that religion had a lot to do with the violence in Indonesia. As a predominantly Islamic state, the practice of Jihad is embarked upon by Muslims against Christians in the fight for control and dominion.
The presence of separate laws for the Muslim inhabitants likewise makes it all the more reclusive for those who are victims of religious violence. Likewise, the predominance of Muslim religion in top governments’ offices encourages favor to those of their kind and unfair practices to those who are not. Different laws for a nation also encourage inconsistencies in the implementation of punishments for offenders and a varying set of rules for the general public.
The widespread perception that corruption is a part of government activities catapults how laws in Indonesia can be mended or reformed in order to provide favor to those who can afford to bribe. These corrupt practices are being question by the local media and state sovereignty and power ultimately tries to extinguish any means to display their corrupt acts. Despite heavy monitoring from foreign NGO’s, the Indonesian government continues to view human rights violations as an internal affair and part of internal governance despite human costs.
In effect, discrimination against gender, race and social status is effectively practiced by Indonesia and its past governments most likely in an effort for control of land and resources and to enforce a modicum of acceptance through violence perpetrated by its brutal military force. Any moral realizations were dashed due to ambition and greed prompting abuses to its citizens.
Conclusion: Indonesia’s efforts for control in its mode of governance are spun by years of braking away from colonial mentality that becomes a common sentiment among Asian nations with the same historical experience.
Laws in Indonesia are made put generally in the guise pf creating a protective cover for its nation yet, laws at the same time can be bent to favor those whom the government wishes to protect. The societal discrimination is not a random act but a mass action against ethnic and marginalized minorities that are stigmatized by the government and concurrently left to rot if not for the roving international eye and sentiment trained at them. In effect, the government has continued to withhold the local manpower as a dispensable commodity without any rights unless the government desires to entrust or provide them with it.
Even women who are empowered among many nations lie as a secondary citizen without strong rights as cultural traditions and religious beliefs tends to dissolve their rights. All Indonesia desires is a populace who could not question the government’s actions as it continues to dissect its human resource for their own gain. Although latest reports showed improvements in Indonesia’s jurisprudence, it has in fact a long way to go after so many years of injustice towards its heavy and populous nation.