Seven gross human rights violations yet to be settled: Komnas HAM

Seven gross human rights violations yet to be settled: Komnas HAM
A handout photo released on May 13, 2014 shows Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (R) meeting Jakarta's Governor Joko Widowo (L) at the presidential palace in Jakarta.

JAKARTA - The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) said that the next president will have to deal with seven cases of gross human rights violations yet to be resolved.

According to Komnas HAM commissioner Siti Noor Laila as well as the Team of Settlement of Gross Human Right Abuses in Indonesia, set up by Komnas HAM in December 2012, say that unresolved cases include the 1989 Talangsari massacre and the forced disappearance of pro-democracy activists in 1998.

Other cases include the Trisakti University shootings, Semanggi I and Semanggi II student shootings, mysterious shootings in 1980's, the massacres of 1965-1966 and the May 1998 riots.

Originally, the team had recommended that the state address ten cases, but three of them have already been legally processed -- the Abepure, East Timor, and Tanjung Priok massacres.

Laila said that even though the dossiers of the seven outstanding cases had been submitted to the Prosecutor's Office, the state had yet to handle them.

"Due to this, the cases have become politicized to win votes during the presidential election," she said.

Laila said that the next president must be able to resolve the cases, adding that it could be done in two ways: either the president approaches it in a judicial manner in which he will set up a human rights court, or politically by announcing a national reconciliation.

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