Seven gross human rights cases, yet to be settled: Komnas HAM

Bandarlampung (ANTARA News) - The National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas Ham) said the state still has seven cases of gross violation of human rights, "a debt" yet to be settled.

It would be a burden that has to be carried by the next president, the agency said.

"The next president would have heavy burden, having to carry out legal settlement for a number of gross human right abuses, such as the Talangsari massacre and forced disappearance of activities in 1998," Komnas Ham commissioner Siti Noor Laila said here on Saturday.

The seven cases of gross human rights abuses had been recommended by the Team of Settlement of Gross Human Right Abuses in Indonesia set up by Komnas HAM, in December 2012.

At that time there were 10 cases of gross human rights abuses recommended by Komnas HAM to be settled legally by the state. Three of them including Abepura (East Timor) and Tanjung Priok massacre were already legally processed .

The dossiers of the seven other cases not yet settled are already submitted to the Attorney General office, but the state agency baulked at handling the case.

"As it is, the cases have become a political consumption to attract the sympathy of voters in the presidential election," Laila said .

She referred to July 9 presidential election with one of the candidates Prabowo Subianto widely accused of being the mastermind of the forced disappearance of 13 pro-democracy activities opposing authoritarian rule of President Suharto, the father in law of Prabowo, who was then commander of the army elite troop Kopassus.

In addition to the forced disappearance of the 13 activists and Talangsari massacre , five other cases of gross human rights abuses included Trisakti, Semanggi I and Semanggi II student shootings, mysterious shooting and massacre after the communist rebellion (G30s/PKI), and the May, 1998 rioting.

Laila said the new government under the president elect to be announced on July 22 must have good will to settle all of the cases.

She said there are two ways the president could do -- judicial settlement and out of court settlement.

Judicial settlement is made by setting up human rights court to try suspects , and non judicial settlement could be made politically such as by the president announcing national reconciliation, she added.

"The government must have strong will to settle the problem otherwise it would continue surface anytime in the future," she said.

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