President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed concern here on Monday over human rights violations that happened in horizontal or communal conflicts in the country caused by excessive euphoria in the implementation of freedom of expression.
“Human rights violations by state apparatus have dropped but they still happened during horizontal conflicts. That was because of a euphoria factor. People have exercised their rights in a wrong way,” he said at the commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day and Human Rights Day at the palace.
He said freedom of expression was not without limits because there are also other rights which also must be respected.
“I hope the quality of the implementation of human rights in the country would be better and protection of human rights in our country could be stepped up,” he said.
To improve understanding about human rights the head of state said people must be encouraged to actively contribute to the development of human rights besides conducting continued education and familiarization efforts.
Minister of justice and human rights Amir Syamsuddin meanwhile said that although human rights violations still occurred their implementation in the country had been very good and people could sense it.
“I think if we are honest the Indonesian people have never enjoyed their human rights so well like now,” he said.
Source: ANTARA News