Indonesia's military business reforms are totally inadequate and have failed to dismantle the armed forces' business empire, Human Rights Watch says. The U.S.-based group alleges that many of the military's businesses have been implicated in human rights abuses - charges the Indonesian army denies. Indonesia's army used to be one of the most powerful in South East Asia. The military was stripped of its once significant political powers after Indonesia became a democracy. Under the terms of a 2004 law, it was also expected to divest management of its military businesses by 2009. The Human Rights Watch report says that has not happened, with the army still running businesses worth millions of dollars. The rights watchdog goes on to say this hinders military accountability. It also alleges that many of the businesses owned by the army are corrupt and have committed human rights abuses. (BBC)

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