Indonesia: Past abuses remain untouchable

Asia Human Rights
February 9, 2017
Reproduced with Permission
Asian Human Rights Commission

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to inform you about a paper entitled Kidnapping and Forced Disappearances of Activists in 1997-1998 ": Who was Responsible?" This paper shows the stagnation of the investigative process. In 2006 the National Commission on Human Right (Komnas HAM) investigated the case and issued a recommendation report. It concerned allegations of gross violations of human rights in the cases of enforced disappearances in 1997-1998. As of now, the Attorney General is reluctant to continue the investigation any further and has not shown a willingness to prosecute the perpetrators.

The Parliament issued four recommendations on the establishment of an ad hoc committee of the Human Rights Court for the enforced disappearances in 1997-1998. Still, the government remains silent and avoids the judicial process to address the case. Thereby, impunity is strengthened. Victims remain in the dark with no effective answers provided. And despite the fact that the perpetrators had been convicted by a military court and some dismissed from military service, they were later promoted to higher rankings. To read this paper please click here.