Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin affirmed that the government is in quest of ways to fulfil the rights of victims of the recently acknowledged past grave human rights violations.

"I believe the government is doing what it must do to restore the rights of those whose rights were violated (in the past). Be patient, there is already a working team for the task," Amin said after attending the Nusantara Ulema Conference here, Friday (January 13).

While acknowledging that not all demands of human rights violations victims could be fulfilled in the resolution process, the vice president made assurance that the government would strive to restore their rights according to the legal basis.

"It is certain that not all demands could be fulfilled because our focus is on human rights (violations) resolutions. There has been a regulation to regulate this issue," the vice president stated.

Earlier on Wednesday (January 11), President Jokowi affirmed that the Indonesian government acknowledged 12 past major human rights violations after scrutinizing the Human Rights Violation Non-Judicial Resolution Team (PPHAM) team report.

"With a clear mind and a sincere heart, as the head of state of the Republic of Indonesia, I acknowledge that major human rights violations had occurred in the past," Jokowi stated.

Apart from expressing sympathy to victims of human rights violations, the president also reiterated the commitment to fulfil unresolved rights of victims and prevent human rights violations in future.

The 12 past human rights violations acknowledged by the government are the post-September 30 Movement mass killings in 1965-1966, "Petrus" extrajudicial killings in 1982-1985, Talangsari incident in 1989, Rumoh Geudong and Pos Sattis incident in Aceh in 1989, forced disappearance of activists in 1997-1998, and 1998 May riots.

Moreover, the Trisakti and Semanggi shootings in 1998-1999, the witch hunt and murder of dukuns (black magic practitioners) in 1998-1999, Simpang KKA incident in Aceh in 1999, Wasior incident in Papua in 2001-2002, Wamena incident in Papua in 2003, and Jambo Keupok Aceh incident in 2003 are recognized as human rights violations by the government.

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Translator: Rangga Pandu AJ, Nabil Ihsan
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