1965 victims to summon Yudhoyono over request for rehabilitation

, by Tempo

Rofiuddin, Sohirin, Semarang — Victims of the
September 30 Movement/Indonesian Communist Party
(G30S/PKI) affair will issue a summons against
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono because up until
now the president has never provided rehabilitation
to the victims of the 1965 affair.

Semaun Utomo, the chairperson of the Struggle
Institute for the Rehabilitation of New Order Regime
Victims (LPR-KROB) said that around one month ago,
together with the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation
(YLBHI) and the Commission for Missing Persons and
Victims of Violence (Kontras), they had submitted a
request for rehabilitation to the president. “But up
until now the president has still not responded to
our request”, said the former chair of the PKI
Central Committee History Institute when speaking
with Tempo in the Central Java provincial capital of
Semarang on Friday September 21.

Utomo said that in accordance with Paragraph 14
Article 1 of the 1945 Constitution, it states that
the one with the right to provide rehabilitation is
the president. “Because the current president is
Yudhoyono therefore we are summoning President
Yudhoyono”, said Utomo.

Utomo was unable to explain when the summons will be
presented. “Within the next two or three days”, he
said. He added that two years ago victims of the
G30S/PKI affair had already obtained a
recommendation from the Supreme Court (MA) that PKI
victims be rehabilitated.

In addition to this said Utomo, the House of
Representatives (DPR) and the National Human Rights
Commission (Komnas HAM) had also made similar
recommendations. “But we don’t know why the
president has not provided rehabilitation for us,
whereas we have already attached the recommendation
from MA, DPR and Komnas HAM [in the request sent] to
the president”, he said.

Notes:

G30S/PKI – An acronym referring to an alleged coup
attempt in 1965 which the New Order regime
officially described as a PKI conspiracy. Since the
overthrow of former President Suharto in 1998
however, the involvement of the PKI in G30S affair
has been publicly questioned and it is now generally
referred to only by the acronym G30S. Despite this,
the Attorney General’s Offices has continued
confiscating history school books that fail to
mention the PKI’s involvement in the affair.

P.S.

* From Tempo Interactive - September 21, 2007.

* Translated by James Balowski, The INDOLEFT news service.

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