Jakarta (ANTARA) - National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Chief Ahmad Taufik Damanik rhetorically stated that no one could impinge on another's freedom and basic rights or abuse, disgrace, and treat them unfairly in an independent country.

"This is regardless of whether it is in politics, legal, economy, social, and culture," Damanik stated at the commemoration of World Human Rights Day here on Thursday.

Equality and justice have become the very essence of the life of people in Indonesia as a nation and a state. All policies and regulations must be formulated with respect to the two principles.

"This is the nation's big task for now and in future," he remarked, adding that building a civilized nation based on the principles of humanity and justice has been the ideas of Indonesia's founding fathers.

World Human Rights Day is commemorated on December 10 to increase public awareness to work hand-in-hand in national solidarity, he stated while reminding that national solidarity had often been forgotten, as several people preferred to prioritize their personal and group's interest.

"I want to call all people to strengthen national solidarity, with the application of the values of humanity," he stated.

The COVID-19 pandemic that gripped the world, including Indonesia, should be viewed as an opportunity to boost solidarity and values of humanity, Damanik affirmed. Related news: Rights body's fact-finding team probes alleged shooting of FPI members
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Translator: M Zulfikar, Sri Haryati
Editor: Suharto
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