Human rights activists urge Komnas HAM to treat Munir’s murder as extraordinary case

first_imgRepresentatives from various human rights groups in the country said on Monday that they would immediately hand a legal opinion to the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) on the assassination of prominent human rights defender Munir Said Thalib on Sept. 7, 2004, which has yet to be resolved completely.Jakarta Legal Aid Institute director Arif Maulana said on Monday that the legal opinion would encourage Komnas HAM to treat Munir’s case as an extraordinary one to allow law enforcers to pursue the case without time limitations.”It’s a problem if the state continuously regards the murder as an ordinary crime because a statute of limitations applies to it. Two years from now, the case could be closed for reaching the time limit of 18 years,” Arif said. “And if we fail to find out who the masterminds behind the case are, they will walk free without punishment,” he added.The law expert further said Munir’s case apparently checked all the boxes required by prevailing regulations to be an extraordinary crime, which includes gross human rights violations, comprising crimes against humanity. The 2000 law on human rights courts, meanwhile, defines crimes against humanity as a systemic attack on civilians. Read also: In light of Munir’s murder, Sept. 7 proposed as ‘national human rights defenders day'”Munir was a civilian who was intentionally murdered,” Arief said, adding that evidence gathered previously by a fact-finding team investigating the killing showed that there was a murder plot involving state institutions, namely the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) and national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia.On Sept. 7, 16 years ago, Munir was murdered with arsenic aboard a Garuda Indonesia plane on his way to the Netherlands to pursue a master’s degree in international law and human rights. Garuda Indonesia pilot Pollycarpus Budihari Prijanto was found guilty of carrying out the poisoning, but later the Supreme Court only convicted him of document forgery. The fact-finding team found that Pollycarpus had several times contacted a BIN telephone number belonging to then-BIN deputy head Muchdi Purwopranjono on the day of the murder. Muchdi was taken to the court but was later acquitted in a trial in 2008 as witnesses retracted their sworn statements or failed to appear. A member of the fact-finding team, Usman Hamid, who is director of Amnesty International Indonesia, said the fact-finding process was not properly working due to the lack of cooperation from BIN and the national police to pursue the case.”The state must take effective steps to ensure that human rights violations committed against all human rights defenders are promptly, effectively and impartially investigated and that those responsible are brought to justice in fair trials,” said Usman, urging President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to resolve the case as he had pledged before.Topics :last_img read more

Semco Maritime prepares Noble jack-up for cold weather, enters winterization pact

first_imgWinterization exclusivity agreement signed The upgrade project has also formed a new partnership in the industry. Namely, Advanced Mat Systems and Semco Maritime have entered into an exclusive cooperation agreement to strengthen both companies’ growing interest in winterization of rigs as well as other offshore installations developed for operations in cold regions.Under the cooperation agreement, Advanced Mat System will deliver winterization equipment while Semco Maritime conducts surveys and performs project management, including installation. Semco Maritime will hold exclusive rights to buy Advanced Mat Systems’ offshore winterization equipment in specific markets.According to Semco Maritime, the agreement also sets a common goal to improve the effectiveness of winterization measures, ensuring that offshore installations are capable or suitably prepared to operate in cold climates and adhere to the International Maritime Organization IMO’s “Polar Code” requirement and Class Society Winterization Notations and Standards.“To Semco Maritime, this agreement underlines our commitment to go that ‘extra mile’ to secure the best possible solutions for our customers, along with our facility, track record and expertise in upgrading rigs in the North Sea,” says Lars Skov.JP Hawkins, President and CEO, Advanced Mat Systems, said: “As for AMS it is quite simple, AMS is a leading manufacturer of Winterization Solutions and Equipment, Semco Maritime is the nerve center, muscle and expertise that drilling contractors and operators trust and rely on globally. This cooperation allows us as a network to provide the most comprehensive winterization solution, service and support package available anywhere in the world today.” Project engineering company Semco Maritime has completed a winterization provisioning on a Noble Corp.-owned jack-up for future deployment to a cold-weather climate. The order follows an exclusive partnership agreement with offshore winterization supplier Advanced Mat Systems (AMS), Semco Maritime said on Thursday.The winterization work was completed at Semco Maritime’s Queens Dock facility at Invergordon, Scotland. The work included Arctic Pads, heat tracing and insulation, injector head skidding systems, installation of various fluid transfer systems as well as enhancing pollution control measures.The highly specialized job has been conducted by a 100-man project team collated from Semco Maritime departments all over the world, mainly United States, Denmark and the UK.“Semco Maritime’s installation of Arctic Pads provides a modernized solution to the challenge of providing a durable, non-slip surface for cold environments,” says Project Director Hatem Elgamiel, Noble Drilling Services Inc.“We are pleased that Noble Corporation has chosen us for this complex scope of work. Winterization rig-upgrade and maintenance is a highly specialized area, which demands deep knowledge and experience in order to deliver upgraded rigs that are durable and safe in cold regions,” says Senior Vice President Lars Skov, Semco Maritime Rig Projects.last_img read more