The Jakarta Post
The team from the National Symposium on the 1965 Tragedy is set to submit to the government their recommendations, based on detailed analysis of the communist purge, in the hope of providing closure and justice for victims and survivors.
Symposium chairman Agus Widjojo said on Wednesday morning that his team had narrowed down their recommendations and would hand them over to Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan on Wednesday afternoon.
"The settlement plan has been narrowed to reconciliation through a non-judicial process, in accordance with the year 2000 law on human-rights tribunals," he told journalists.
The recommendations will cover a reconciliation concept, Agus said, without giving specific details. The team will include in documents to be handed to the government academic research and input from various related parties.
The government held the two-day national symposium in April, bringing together together survivors, families of victims, government representatives, academics and human-rights activists to discuss and make recommendations on reconciliation options with regard to the mass killings carried out in 1965 and early 1966. During the tragedy, at least 500,000 people are believed to have been murdered, and millions other sent to prison without trial.
The government has long planned to settle the 1965 communist purge through reconciliation and not a judicial process, claiming it would be difficult to find valid evidence for the crimes. However, families of victims, survivors and human-rights activists have been pushing for a judicial process to bring justice to the victims and their families. (vps/rin)
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