Human Rights of Chinese-Indonesian in Indonesia.
Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person, and these rights should not be violated. Everyone has the right to live peacefully, safely, with these rights guaranteed by their governments. In 1945, all members signed the charter defining human rights and guarantee to protect those rights. Human rights, as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set out therein, without distinction of any kind, in particular as to race, color or national origin. (http://www.bayefsky.com, ) .
Human rights are very important. No matter where you are, country or continent, every person has human rights. It is a responsibility of government to protect the human rights of its citizens. However, the human rights of the Chinese-Indonesians in Indonesia were violated in May 1998 and had no human rights. Chinese in Indonesia became the scapegoats for the government, being successful and easy-targeted for any mistakes of the government. For The Chinese-Indonesians, the riots in 1998 would seem almost as much of "a hell" as Berlin pre WWII for the Jews. The government did not attempt to stop the violation, too. .
During the riots of May 1998, the Chinese-Indonesians had their human rights systematically violated. Their human rights actually have been violated repeatedly throughout the country's history. Many facts suggest that this was totally wrong and Indonesian government should work harder to protect Chinese-Indonesian rights. Also, the other countries in ASEAN should pressure the government of Indonesia to change.
II Economic situation of Indonesia in 1998.
In 1998, Indonesia's economy was very bad, and most people viewed Chinese as the cause. Many people lost their jobs. Prices rose highly. A crowd rampaged, looted, burnt down, and attacked the supermarkets in Indonesia, protesting against increased food prices.