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Jakarta Post

Nadiem asked to teach students about rights abuses

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 7 2019   /  12:58 am

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has asked the Education and Culture Ministry to teach the history of the country’s human rights abuses in school. The recommendation came after a recent study showed that the younger generation was largely unaware of the darker chapters of the country’s past.A new survey by Komnas HAM in collaboration with the Kompas Research and Development Department (Litbang) found that people under 22 years old had little awareness of past human rights tragedies in the country. These included the 1997 to 1998 riots and activist abductions and the 1965 purge of the now-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI).  The young respondents, called Gen Z in the study, knew little about the critical traumas of the country’s history, which claimed thousands of lives and shifted Indonesia’s political course.   Komnas HAM commissioner M. ...