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Indonesian Civil Society Urges Government to Support the Appointment of the UN Special Rapporteur on
Truth, Justice, Reparations and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence

Civil society members of the Coalition for Justice and Truth (Koalisi Keadilan dan Pengungkapan Kebenaran - KKPK) in Indonesia declare their support for  the UN Human Rights Council Resolution No. A/HRC/18/L.22 on the establishment of a special rapporteur for truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence which was adopted on September 26, 2011. This resolution is an important initiative to strengthen state accountability for serious crimes and gross human rights violations through judicial measures, acknowledgment of truth, and provision of reparations.

In this resolution, the UN Human Rights Council reiterates the importance of protection and promotion of human rights through actions to combat impunity, and the importance of a comprehensive approach incorporating the full range of judicial and non-judicial measures, including, among others, prosecutions, reparations, truth-seeking, institutional reform, and vetting of those implicated in the commission of crimes.

The resolution establishes a special rapporteur mandated to evaluate and make recommendations on domestic measures addressing gross violations of human rights and serious violations of international humanitarian law. The resolution also calls for victim-centered approach and a gender perspective to be integrated throughout the work of the mandate.

To date, Indonesia still faces the legacy of gross human rights violations and serious violence in the past that have not been redressed. There are ongoing incidences of abuse and violence committed by members of the security forces in conflict areas, such as Papua. The Attorney General has failed to take action on several cases of gross human rights violations. At the same time Indonesia’s Human Rights Court has not provided justice for victims. Meanwhile, plans for establishing a truth commissions as a complementary mechanism for judicial proceedings has still not been established. KKPK believes that this resolution presents a challenge to the Government of Indonesia to engage actively in the implementation of this mandate by ensuring measures to redress crimes against humanity and other gross violations in the country, as well as putting in place measures to combat impunity. The President of Indonesia must provide a comprehensive and integrated mechanism to redress gross human rights violations and fulfill the rights of victims to truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.

Further, KKPK urges the Indonesian Government to engage actively in the implementation of this resolution, cooperating and assisting the Special Rapporteur in fulfilling his or her mandate, providing him or her with full access to persons and information, and agreeing to allow him/her to conduct an official visits to Indonesia.  We also urge the Government of Indonesia, especially the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to engage actively in the selection of the Special Rapporteur and to co-sponsor any follow-up resolutions next year.

Jakarta, October 12, 2011

Koalisi Keadilan dan Pengungkapan Kebenaran (KKPK)
Coalition for Justice and Truth

Demos, Elsam, Foker LSM Papua, HRWG, ICTJ, IKOHI, Imparsial, JKB, LPH Yaphi Solo, LBH Jakarta, Kalyanamitra, KontraS, PEC, PPRP, Pusdep Yogyakarta, SKP HAM Palu, SHMI, Syarikat Indonesia, YDRI Menado, Sekber 65, Koalisi NGO-HAM Aceh