06 December 2012

JSMP appeals to Indonesian government to implement Keppres 71/2011 on forced disappearances

Image of Xanana Gusmao and Susilo Bambang Yudhono
SBY and Xanana
ETLJB 06 November 2012 - The peak law and justice NGO in East Timor, the Judicial System Monitoring Program, has appealed to the Government of Indonesia to implement Presidential Decree No 72 of 2011 on the Action Plan for the Implementation of the recommendations of the Commission of Truth and Friendship (CTF) between Indonesia and Timor-Leste proclaimed the President of Republic of Indonesia, Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, n 6th of October 2011.

In a press release on 05 December 2012, JSMP noted that after more than one year later, there is still no action on the implementation of that decree.

The decree followed the recommendations of the Commission of Truth and Friendship (CTF) that was established on 14 of December 2004 the Governments of Timor-Leste and Indonesia to address the issue of crimes of human rights violations that committed by the Indonesian military and pro militias in and after the referendum in 1999. The Commission officially conducted its mandate on 11 of August 2005.

On 15 July 2008, the two Governments declared that they were ready to accept and were committed to implement all the recommendations of the CTF when they received the final report of CTF but no real action has been taken.

“It shows that the Governments of Indonesia and Timor-Leste are not serious in addressing the issue of past crimes to respond to the suffering of the victims,” said Luis de Oliveira Sampaio, the Executive Director of JSMP.

JSMP believes that “the Presidential Decree is very important because it is served as a legal instrument to demand the Government of Indonesia and Timor-Leste to prepare plan and real action to implement the recommendations of the Commission of Truth and Friendship. The implementation of these recommendations can provide justice for the sufferings of the victims.”

JSMP demanded the Government of Indonesia, particularly the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to quickly conduct the implementation of the recommendations of CTF, especially on the issue of forced disappearance people through the Action Plan attached to the Presidential Decree No. 72/2011. 

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