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Jakarta Post

Komnas HAM takes IPT verdict into consideration

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 26 2016   /  09:11 am

Rights event: International People’s Tribunal (IPT) 1965 steering committee member Dolorosa Sinaga speaks during a hearing with the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) in Jakarta on Monday. IPT 1965 handed over a copy of the IPT ruling to the rights body.(JP/DON)Unlike other government institutions, the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has warmly welcomed the International People’s Tribunal’s (IPT) verdict finding the state of Indonesia guilty of crimes against humanity in 1965.

The verdict stated that the state committed nine crimes against humanity, including massacres, forced disappearances, enslavement and sexual abuse. The commissioners said the verdict, read out in Cape Town, South Africa, on Wednesday, had some similarities to findings of the commission, except the part about genocide.

“We should not consider the IPT verdict as in...