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Jakarta Post

Relatives demand justice for past human rights abuses in Aceh

  • Hotli Simanjuntak

Banda Aceh   /   Sat, October 17 2009   /  01:09 pm

Hundreds of relatives of Acehnese people who went missing during the conflict, which lasted from 1976 to 2005, have strongly urged the provincial government to establish a special court to settle unresolved human rights abuses and provide them with compensation. The coordinator of the the Association of Acehnese Families of Missing Persons (Kagundah), Roukayah, said recently that the establishment of an ad hoc human rights court and a truth and reconciliation commission should have been conducted following the signing of the 2005 Helsinki Peace Agreement between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), but so far, the government has shown no political gestures to do so immediately. She said more than 2,000 people were killed and hundreds of others went missing during the 29-year conflict between GAM rebels and the Indonesian Military. The peace deal reco...