Indonesian government supports Komnas HAM’s recommendation


The government says it supports the recommendation by the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) that the 1965 communist purge was a gross human rights violation, saying that this is the state's obligation.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Wednesday that the government was still collating the commission’s facts for further study by the Attorney General's Office (AGO).

“I’ve instructed the AGO and await their results,” Yudhoyono told reporters on Wednesday at the AGO headquarters.

On Monday, the Komnas HAM declared the systematic prosecution of alleged members of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) after the failed 1965 coup a gross human rights violation.

The rights commission urged that military officials who were involved in the purge be brought to trial.

During more than three years of investigation, the team had gathered testimony from 349 witnesses.

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The Jakarta Post