Press Release
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No: 301/SK-KontraS/V/2014
Subject: Call for Peace and Avoiding Violence in Dealing with the Conflict of South China Sea

To the Honorable Ambassador of People’s Republic of China,

On behalf of the Commission for Dissapeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) – a human rights organization in Indonesia – we deplore over the recent updates in the South China Sea, and urge China and Vietnam to refrain from doing the actions that would be more endanger and and threaten the safety of many people.

In the past week the Sino-Vietnamese conflict related to the territorial dispute in the South China Sea, increasingly worrying. China steps that triggered oil rig shifts closer to the location that so-called Vietnam as their territory, make the atmosphere become more fiery heat. The transfer of the oil rig that caused the ship to an incident between the two countries, one of the worst incidents in the conflict. Even more alarming, this incident sparked anti-Chinese protests on a large scale in a number of cities in Vietnam, which caused fatalities.

This action led to rioting with destruction of objects that are considered to be associated with China. So far, two Chinese workers were killed with dozens more injured, the doctor at a hospital in central Ha-Tinh province said five Vietnamese workers and 16 other people described as Chinese were killed in rioting, number of Chinese and Taiwanese-owned factories were destroyed, and more than 3.000 Chinese nationals have been evacuated from Vietnam since the violence erupted.

Realizing the condition is getting worse and could threaten the regional security, through this letter we urge:

  • Vietnam and China to immediately stop the using of harm manuvers of the ships at sea that has caused injuries and material damage;
  • Vietnam and China to respect the commitments in the international laws and avoid steps that can increase the tension and the risk of expanding the conflict, due to the use of violence is prohibited in the United Nations Convention On The Law Of The Sea (UNCLOS) and Declaration of the Parties in the South China Sea (DOC);
  • Vietnam and China to communicate peacefully to stabilize the situation, including through the use of hotline communication lines that have been provided earlier;
  • ASEAN and AICHR to push and facilitate Vietnam and China in solving the South China Sea disputes through peaceful means based on international law principles.


Jakarta, May 22, 2014

Haris Azhar
Executive Coordinator of KontraS