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Jakarta Post

Groups reject justice for 1965 survivors

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 16 2012   /  09:16 am

A coalition of 23 civil society organizations has condemned the move by the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) to declare the anti-communist purge in 1965 a gross human rights violation and rejected the establishment of a tribunal to deal with human rights violations during the period.

The groups are also opposed to the plan by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to deliver an official apology to victims and survivors of the purge, arguing that they deserved their fate for violating the national ideology, Pancasila.

“We are against the idea of setting up a human rights court and ask all citizens to stay alert to the rise of ideologies that are against Pancasila. No ideology other than Pancasila should be allowed to exist here. The President should not be forced to make a public apology to the victims and survivors of the 1965 purge because it would be a force...