Calling for truth about the mass killings of 1965/6 in Indonesia

- After more than 16 years of “reformasi,” the framework of transitional justice has not yet been able to function properly as an integral approach in settling past human rights abuses in Indonesia, says Indria Fernida, graduate from NCHR's Master Program in Human Rights.

Indria Fernida. Photo: Private

Impunity persists

In her master thesis (2014), Indria Fernida states that the mass killings of 1965/6 is the most serious of human rights violations in Indonesia’s history.

According to Fernida, this illustrates very well how systematic impunity persists even in cases considered as crimes against humanity.

- The struggle of the Indonesian civil society to combat impunity during the “reformasi” era highlights an important fact that achieving the integrated transitional justice approach takes a long time and requires a gradual process.

Thus, calling for truth is crucial for the historical clarification of the nation, Fernida explains.

Civil society pushing for the truth

Fernida's study finds that the experiences of civil society organizations in the local, national and international context is significant in revealing the truth.

Civil society is also important in providing alternative knowledge to the public, and in pushing for formal acknowledgement from the state.

- However, as “postponed transitional justice” is still ongoing, truth, justice, reparations and the guarantee of non-recurrence for past abuses, as a comprehensive framework of transitional justice, are still very difficult goals to achieve, Fernida argues.

For more information, read Indria Fernida's master thesis


Published Sep. 19, 2014 2:03 PM