31 August 2007
Mr. Effendi Anas
North Jakarta City Mayor
The City Jakarta Administration
Jl. Medan Merdeka Selatan 8–9
Blok G, Lantai 3
Fax: +62 (0)21 384–8850 / 344–6634
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Dear Mr. Anas:
Our organization has received troubling information from civil society organizations and mass media in Indonesia about your government’s planned mass eviction by force of 4,646 families (18,584 people) living under Jakarta freeways. According to our information, these include communities at Rawa Bebek (Block A–G), 2,100 families; Jembatan Tiga, 500 families; Kolong Tol Walang A, 125 families; Kolong Tol Walang B, 131 families; Kolong Tol Muara Karang, 200 families; Kolong Tol Petak Seng-Jelambar, 231 families; Kolong Tol Jalan Tongkol,159 families; and Kolong Tol Warakas, 1,200 families.
We are equally alarmed at the repressive actions that your government has taken against the affected families’ exercising their right to peaceful assembly and free expression, in this case, their protest against the government’s planned eviction. On 27 August 2007, some 600 residents demonstrated at the North Jakarta City Office and, later, on 29 August 2007, another 300 residents protested in front of the Ministry of Public Works office. Public order officers violently dispersed both legitimate actions in violation of the minimum code of conduct for law enforcement officials. Some of the demonstrators suffered grave injuries and had to be rushed to hospitals for treatment.