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Jakarta Post

Crimes against humanity in Rumoh Geudong case: Komnas HAM

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 7 2018   /  01:08 am

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has found strong evidence of crimes against humanity in the Rumoh Geudong case in Pidie, Aceh, which lasted from 1989 to 1998, implicating the Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus).

The report, which has been handed over to the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), was a document long-awaited by victims and their families after decades of physical and mental suffering.

Rumoh Geudong in Billie Aron village was the former headquarters of Kopassus during the period of military operations in Aceh. Residents also referred to the building as the “slaughter house”.

Even though Komnas HAM does not have the precise number of victims, it is believed that over hundreds of men and women were brought by Kopassus members to the building to be questioned about their alleged involvement in the Aceh Freedom Movement (GAM).