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Aceh reconciliation commission for past human rights abuses seeks legal certainty

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Jakarta   /   Sun, January 26, 2020   /  04:27 pm
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Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel are on patrol in Jeunieb district, Bireun regency, Aceh while people pass on the road. (JP/Hotli Simanjuntak)

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (KKR) has urged the government to follow up on its “15-year-old debt” to settle alleged human rights violations during prolonged conflict in the country’s westernmost province amid legal uncertainty. The commission demanded that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issue a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) or a presidential regulation (Perpres) regarding the establishment of the commission. “We are in legal limbo. There is no law that regulates the KKR since the Constitutional Court scrapped the law on the KKR,” Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) secretary-general Ady Irfan said on Thursday. Initially, the government and the House of Representatives passed a law on the KKR in 2004 but it was revoked by the Constitutional Court in 2006 on the grounds that such a commission w...