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Govt asked to persuade US to open 1965 archive

  • Stefani Ribka

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 14 2016   /  08:26 am
Seeking a resolution: Human Rights Watch (HRW) executive director Kenneth Roth (left to right), HRW Indonesia researcher Andreas Harsono and Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) coordinator Haris Azhar talk during a discussion focused on resolving the 1965 tragedy.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)(HRW) executive director Kenneth Roth (left to right), HRW Indonesia researcher Andreas Harsono and Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) coordinator Haris Azhar talk during a discussion focused on resolving the 1965 tragedy.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Seeking a resolution: Human Rights Watch (HRW) executive director Kenneth Roth (left to right), HRW Indonesia researcher Andreas Harsono and Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) coordinator Haris Azhar talk during a discussion focused on resolving the 1965 tragedy.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)Human rights activists have implored President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to send a formal request to the US government to unlock archives related to the 1965 communist purge.

The US has records about what happened in 1965 regarding the level of involvement of the US government and the alleged killers, US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) executive director Kenneth Roth said.

“We want to know who knew what. What were the channels of communication? Were names conveyed by the US government to the Indonesian government and, if so, what happened to those people? It reg...