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Jakarta Post

Rights abuse victims tell govt to end impunity

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 20 2012   /  10:48 am

Victims of human rights abuses and rights advocacy groups are pushing the government to formally admit past human rights violations and apologize to families and survivors of the victims.

The pressure is being given as part of the International Day to End Impunity which falls on Nov. 23.

“We want the President, whoever he or she is [or was], to be willing to apologize to us, the victims of atrocities conducted by the state,” said Sri Sulistyawati in Jakarta on Monday.

The 72-year-old former journalist said she was forcefully arrested after the New Order administration suspected her of being a member of the outlawed Indonesian Communist Party (PKI). She was also imprisoned for 11 years without trial.

Sulistyawati and other victims of the 1965 purge, as well as victims of the 1984 Tanjung Priok riot, the 2003 Aceh incident and the 1998 May riot, have joine...