Indonesian NGOs doubt Government’s sincerity in creation of human rights tribunal

February 27, 2013

The Jakarta Post of February 26 2013, reports that Human Rights Defenders suspect the government’s recent initiative to hold discussions on the possibility to open human rights tribunals relating to the 1997/98 abuses were politically motivated. They argued that the discussion, which was raised in the run up to the 2014 General Elections, could implicate some of the strong presidential candidates. “We are actually surprised to learn that the Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister, Djoko Suyanto, had just begun talks with the House of Representatives leadership on the plan to establish an ad hoc human rights tribunal on the 1997-1998 forced disappearance case” the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) and the Families of Missing Persons Association (IKOHI) said in a joint statement issued on Tuesday. “On the one hand, it is good that the tribunal might be finally established. On the other hand, however, we are concerned that the tribunal is merely [a] political tool to crush political opponents,” they added. The activists were referring to two former military leaders who are active in politics:  General Wiranto and Lt. General Prabowo Subianto, who were both implicated in the violations during the 1998 riots. Kontras and Ikohi are among the organizations who have repeatedly accused the government of ignoring the victims of past human rights abuses because it failed to establish an ad hoc human rights tribunal even though a mandate had been given by the House already in 2009.

via NGOs accuse Govt of delaying human rights tribunal | The Jakarta Post.

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