We stand in solidarity with our comrades, the people’s movement in Indonesia who are struggling to reclaim democratic rights and economic sovereignty against the monopolist power of oligarchs and corporations backed by the Government of Indonesia, which secretly ratified the Omnibus Law on Job Creation.
We condemn all forms of silencing the people’s voices, especially when security forces are used to curb people’s protest,and peaceful protests broken up by armed police. This is unacceptable in a world that upholds the values of true justice. The secretive behaviour of the Indonesian policy makers is a departure from accountability and an aberration from the democratic principles that Indonesia had promised their people. This behaviour shows the systematic hollowing out of democracy in Indonesia.
The current COVID-19 pandemic cannot be used as the cover to trick people and to make decisions that have a tremendous impact on the survival of the Indonesian people. The restrictions of movement should be in place for everyone, both civil society and decision makers but has been used as a covert method where people are immobilised on account of threats and fear emanating from Covid-19. Indonesian and many other people’s movements do not believe that there is only a black-or-white choice between saving the economic crisis or preventing the spread of covid19. There are many alternate methods of saving the economy through consultations with unions, workers and civil society.
We are really concerned about the current economic policy which is a carte blanche acceptance of a model that is based on destructive, extractive policies with disregard for the delicate ecology, exploitative, and monopolistic strategies that emphasise on profits as opposed to equity, without any protection for human rights. This model has expired. Right now, we live in a different world, where people are aware of their rights and choices. We need new policies, the permanent capitalism crisis can no longer be addressed with a profit only business as usual policies.
In a society where capitalistic economic models are still considered as the only recipe for economic growth, social and economic inequalities will become sharper and polarising that are the basis of social conflicts. Further, these policies only encourage the irreversible destruction of the environment and that will increase the devastating climate which the world has acknowledged as an existential threat.
Therefore, we urge all international parties to:
1. Support the democratic struggle of the Indonesian people’s movement to realise justice for all Indonesian people.
2. Stand up for the demands of the Indonesian people as they claim environmental sustainability and a maximum protection to advance labor and human rights while developing a new alternative economic development model.
We will continue to pay attention to the situation in Indonesia. We stand in solidarity with our comrades, trade unions activists, farmers, fishermen, students, women, and all the people’s movements in Indonesia. The world will continue to keep an eye on you. The struggle of the Indonesian workers is part of the struggles of peoples across the globe for a just and sustainable world.
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