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OPEN LETTER
Subject: Decision to follow up the Parliament Assembly of the case of enforced disappearance activists in 1997/98


 

Dear,
Mr. Anas Urbaningrum
Chairman of the Democratic Party Faction
In --
        Jakarta

 

Warms greeting,

Through this letter, we are victims and families of the enforce disappearance 1997/1998, The Indonesian Association of Families of the Disappeared (IKOHI) and The Commission of the disappeared and victims of violence (KONTRAS) would like to express the appreciation of the decision of the Plenary Session of the Parliament which has approved the conclusion and recommendations of the Special Committee (Special Committee) of the discussion on Handling of Investigation Results on the case of enforced disappearances in 1997 to 1998, on 28 September 2009. As we all know, these recommendations are:

  1. Recommend to the President to establish an Ad Hoc Human Rights Court.
2. Recommend to the President and all government institutions and related parties to immediately conduct a search of 13 people who by the National Commission on Human Rights is still missing;
3. Recommend to the Government to rehabilitate and provide compensation to the families of the missing
4. Recommend to the government to immediately ratify the Convention against Enforced Disappearances '[About the International Convention on Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances]' as a form of commitment and support to stop the practice of Enforced Disappearances in Indonesia.

 

These recommendations mandate to the President to establish the ad hoc Human Rights Court, according to Article 43 of Law 26/2000 on Human Rights Court.

We looked at the four recommendations as a positive progress in this case, both part of political reform in Indonesia. The decisions of the Parliament Plenary automatically terminate the legal debate between the Attorney General and the Parliament about the establishment of procedures for the ad hoc Human Rights Court. Decision House is now a political basis and legal foundation to complete the formation of ad hoc human rights court for the settlement of this case.

Legal mandate, based on the above, we expect the House of Representatives, Democrat Party Faction in particular to encourage the House's decision. The Parliament has an important role to oversee and ensure the implementation of recommendations by the government, meaning the President of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his cabinet. We see that a heavy of Democratic political forces and its coalition of political capital seems good enough for the Democratic Party faction and for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to take a progressive political decisions on the settlement of cases of human rights violations.

We hope that Faction and the Democratic Party to encourage the next government under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice President Boediono to enter the agenda of the Plenary session following the decision of the House of Representatives Special Committee on the recommendations of the House of Representatives as one of the main agendas of human rights enforcement in Indonesia especially for the first 100-day period leadership. We ask the Government to take effective measures to operational, namely:

    1. Issuing a Presidential Decree on the Formation of an ad hoc human rights court for the case of enforced disappearances
    2. Issuing a Presidential Decree on the establishment of the Commission for Missing Persons to search the 13 victims still missing
    3. Establishing Presidential Regulation or Government Regulation of Rehabilitation and Compensation Mechanisms for Victims and families of the victims. Regulation must answer the impasse of PP No.3/2002 on Compensation, Restitution and Rehabilitation which was not operational
    4. Integrating the ratification of Convention against enforced disappearances in the National Legisalasi program (Prolegnas) and RANHAM 2009-2014, with orders to the Minister of Justice and Human Rights to review and preparation.

 

So the letter was delivered. We hope this can be followed up. For your attention and thank our cooperation.

Jakarta, October 8, 2009

Utomo Rahardjo  
(Ayahanda Bimo Petrus Anugerah)

Nurhasanah
(Ibunda Yadin Muhidin)

Mulyadi
(Kakanda Mugiyanto)

Suyadi
(Kakanda Suyat)

Sipon
(Isteri Wiji Thukul)

Tuti Koto
(Ibunda Yani Afri)

Paian Siahaan
(Ayahanda Ucok Siahaan Munandar)  

Fatah
(Ibunda Gilang)

Mugiyanto
(IKOHI/Korban Penculikan) 

Usman Hamid
(KontraS)