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Lawmaker rejects Soeharto as street name

Jakarta Post - September 2, 2013

Jakarta – A lawmaker has blasted a proposal to change the name of one of the capital city's main thoroughfares, Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat, to Jl. Soeharto, after the country's second president.

Lawmaker Eva Kusuma Sundari of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and member of the House of Representatives Commission III on legal and human rights said that Soeharto did not deserve the honor, given the rampant human rights violations he had facilitated during his 32-year reign.

"The government should not undertake any efforts that would free Soeharto from scrutiny," Eva said, as quoted by tribunnews.com. The name change had been proposed by a government-sanctioned team.