State ‘re­spon­si­ble for geno­cide’ in 1965

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A fi­nal re­port on “war crimes” com­mit­ted in In­done­sia decades ago has called on the gov­ern­ment to in­ves­ti­gate and pros­e­cute all those in­volved in the deaths of at least 400,000 of its own cit­i­zens.

The in­ter­na­tional peo­ple’s tri­bunal formed at The Hague said on Wed­nes­day the In­done­sian state was “re­spon­si­ble” for the “geno­cide” against mem­bers and sup­port­ers of the coun­try’s Com­mu­nist party and fol­low­ers of Pres­i­dent Soekarno dur­ing the 1965-66 killings.

Zak Ya­coob, chief jus­tice of the civil so­ci­ety tri­bunal, said the gov­ern­ment of In­done­sia needed to act “ur­gently and with­out qual­i­fi­ca­tion” to ad­dress the in­jus­tices com­mit­ted in the deadly purge.

Ya­coob also said that aside from pros­e­cut­ing those in­volved in the killings, the gov­ern­ment must also “apol­o­gise” to all vic­tims or their sur­vivors, as well “en­sure ap­pro­pri­ate com­pen­sa­tion and repa­ra­tion”.

Start­ing on Oc­to­ber 2, 1965, In­done­sia’s Gen­eral Suharto launched a cam­paign to wipe out Com­mu­nist party of­fi­cials and sym­pa­this­ers, fol­low­ing a failed coup which re­sulted in the death of six gen­er­als.

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