19 Years of Reform, Information Disclosure Considered Unfulfilled

19 Years of Reform, Information Disclosure Considered Unfulfilled

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JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – After 19 years of reform in Indonesia, public information disclosure is considered still a problem.

Until now, people still have difficulties when trying to request data and public information to the State.

It was complained by non-governmental organizations Greenpeace Indonesia, and the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras).

Both institutions are equally difficult to access information to the government.

"The spirit of open and participative government in Nawacita actually shows good intentions, but the implementation can not be realized yet, because there is a denial of public information that we are trying to access," said Greenpeace Indonesia Forest Campaigner Ratri Kusumohartono in a press conference in Jakarta on Sunday (5/28/2017).

According to Ratri, currently the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) closed the meeting of public information related to forestry data.

Although there has been a decision of the Central Information Commission (KIP), KLHK still refuses to provide forest information data.

According to Ratri, KLHK actually appealed the decision of KIP through State Administrative Court (PTUN).

"The documents will help mapping experts to measure deforestation, and to monitor the potential of hotspots during forest fires," Ratri said.

(read: According to Kontras, There is an Effective Effort to Decision KIP about TPF Munir Document)

Similar fate was also experienced by Kontras when asked the government to open a document of the investigation of the fact finding team (TPF) in the murder of human rights activist Munir.Instead of providing data, the government actually says that the documents have been lost.

Currently, Kontras' struggle to open the document is being rolled out in the Supreme Court.

According to Putri, the closure of information related to the investigation into Munir's death case has raised questions.

The government is suspected of hiding the intellectual auctor behind Munir's murder.

"If covered by the State, what is the difference between now and the period before 1998? The government is repressive or restricted the rights of the people," said Putri.

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