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Yasonna H. Laoly was born in Tapanuli Tengah, North Sumatra on May 27, 1953. He is Minister of Justice and Human Rights in the current administration and has been an activist, academic and and prominent intellectual. He was a member of House of Representatives in 2004-2009 period from Indonesian Democratic Party Struggle (PDI-P). This father of four earned his Doctorate degree in law from North Carolina University in the USA and won the Outstanding Graduate Student Award from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1986.