Netherlands to Open Human Rights Office in Nusa Dua

Netherlands to Open Human Rights Office in Nusa Dua

DENPASAR ~ The Dutch government is to open an office in the Nusa Dua tourism enclave dealing with human rights across the island, as part of its commitment to upholding the rights of minorities, officials said this week.

The office will be operated in cooperation with The Sukarno Center and the University of Mahendradata and is slated to open next year, Dutch and local officials said.

President of The Sukarno Center and leader of the Mahendradata foundation IGN Arya Wedakarna said during a human rights conference here this week that office would deal with human rights in Bali.

“When we look at human rights issues, the minorities are always ignored. The government should be the ones dealing with these issues within their country,” he said.

Wedakarna said any criticism of foreigners’ involvement in what may be perceived as domestic affairs was nullified by a lack of action locally.

“If the government is unable [deal with human rights issues], they shouldn’t accuse the foreigners who come to solve the problem of meddling.”

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