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Jakarta Post

1965 purge a gross violation of human rights

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 24 2012   /  08:53 am

(tribunnews/Herudin) After almost four years struggling to get their voices heard, survivors of the 1965 massacre of communists finally got what they asked for as the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) finally declared the purge a gross violation of human rights.

On Monday, Komnas HAM announced that the state-sponsored purge that followed the 1965 aborted coup met all the criteria of a gross violation of human rights. The commission also said that government officials were involved in the systematic and widespread killing of the members of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) and countless other civilians with political ties to the group.

“Our investigation has concluded that the mass killing was organized, done systematically and widespread all across the archipelago except Papua. The killings had also featured similar patterns, starting with victims being...