HL Deb 09 June 2004 vol 662 c36WA
Lord Alton of Liverpool

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have made representations to the Government of Indonesia regarding the Reverend Rinaldy Damanik, who is being held as a prisoner of conscience. [HL3077]

Baroness Crawley

The British Embassy in Jakarta followed the trial of Reverend Damanik closely and is in contact with a number of NGOs and community groups connected to his case. We discussed Reverend Damanik's case with the Indonesian Ambassador at our roundtable discussion with NGO's in November 2003. We will also continue to stress to the Indonesian Government the importance of a fair and transparent judicial system, and of applying the law in an evenhanded way to all. In April 2003 the Indonesian Government accepted our offer of human rights training for Indonesian Supreme Court judges. Five judges attended a human rights training programme in 2003. We hope to offer this training to more judges later in the year.

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