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Jakarta Post

AGO rebuff of PKI report a blow to human rights

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 12 2012   /  08:10 am

The decision by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to dismiss the National Commission on Human Rights’ (Komnas HAM) finding that the 1965 communist purge was a gross violation of human rights is a setback for the human rights campaign in the country.

Komnas HAM said that the AGO’s decision was premature and that it could further degrade the institution’s image as obstructionist in any efforts to uncover the truth about past human rights abuses.

“The AGO can officially declare whether or not it will continue to investigate the PKI [Indonesian Communist Party] purge only after it has studied our new report,” outgoing Komnas HAM chairman Ifdhal Kasim told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

On Saturday, Attorney General Basrief Arief repeated his statement that the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) rejected Komnas HAM’s findings of gross human rights violations ...