Indonesia has placed sanctions on the United States and four other countries over the death of a high school student in the Southeast Asian country, including a U.N. human rights investigator, according to a report by the independent watchdog group.
The report, based on a complaint lodged with the United Nations, said the death was the result of torture by the government of President Joko Widodo, who is the first democratically elected leader of Indonesia since independence in 1965.
The U.K.-based Human Rights Watch group said the Indonesian government is seeking to silence the United Kingdom’s rights chief, John Mann.
It is not clear whether the United State and four countries – the U.A.E., Brazil, Japan and Singapore – will face sanctions for the alleged torture.
But they will be subjected to a new round of inspections that will be based on the latest information, the report said.
The Indonesian government had initially said the man, who had been in hiding since his death, had been tortured by his captors.
The man had said his captor had choked him and that he had been raped.