Govt supports Komnas HAM’s recommendation
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.
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).
the AGO and await their results,” Yudhoyono told reporters on Wednesday at the
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
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
After the Sept.
30, 1965 movement, thousands of people – some estimate as more than 500,000
–suspected of being PKI members and sympathizers, were killed. Many more were
imprisoned for years without charge.
Basrief Arief said his office would decide whether the evidence given by the
commission was enough to follow up the recommendations.
“I don’t know
when this will finish, but we are hoping as soon as possible,” he said. (fzm)