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No justice, no aid to Kopassus!

  • Usman Hamid

Jakarta   /   Sun, June 6 2010   /  09:40 am

One month before President Obama’s planned June 14 visit to Indonesia, members of the US Congress raised questions about his administration’s apparent plans to restore aid to Kopassus, the Indonesian Army’s Special Forces. In a May 13 letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Minister Robert Gates, legislators from both parties urged an end to impunity and requested clarity on what was being asked of Indonesia in exchange for full military ties.Congress is right to raise these questions, but they do not go far enough. The problem of human rights violations by the Indonesian military is not just about Kopassus, and it cannot be solved just by vetting individual soldiers.The Congressional letter comes during a pitched debate about whether to lift the last remaining restrictions on US military assistance to Indonesia. Senator Patrick Leahy, for who the law that restrict...