Human Rights Council Forum on Minority Issues:

"Preventing and addressing violence and atrocity crimes targeted against minorities”

Seventh Session 25-26 November 2014, Room XX,

Palais des Nations,Geneva, Switzerland

By: Mr. Yusuf Daud

 

Item 6: Avoiding renewed violence building the peace and managing diversity

 

Thank you Mr. Chairman,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Acheh-Sumatra National Liberation Front or ASNLF fully supports the draft recommendations document, particularly articles 69, 78 and 80 concerning this item.

The ASNLF would like to draw your attention to the situations facing ethnic minorities in Indonesia.

 

As an archipelago, Indonesia consists of hundreds of ethnic and linguistic minorities, with different histories, backgrounds, cultures etc. And It is well known that minorities in Indonesia, especially in some hotspot areas such as Acheh in Sumatra, West Papua and South Moluccas are often collectively subjected to violence, as a result of their distinct identities.

 

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Press Release
10 December 2012

UN Human Rights Day

 

On December 10th, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. It proclaims a simple, powerful idea: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

A few days ago, on December 4th, 2012, the people of Acheh celebrated peacefully the 36th anniversary of its independence day, by raising their "crescent and star" flag both in Acheh and abroad. Unfortunately, in Acheh they have to risk their life and limb during and after the anniversary. The Indonesian armed forces and police including militias lowered down and seized all the flags, whereas the flag raisers were being persecuted.

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Press Release
7 November 2012

THE RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION IS WELL AND STILL ALIVE

 

European separatism

The Edinburgh agreement, signed by British Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond on 15 October, has paved the way for a Scottish independence referendum in 2014, allowing the people of Scotland to freely determine their future whether to remain within the UK or to break away from the kingdom.

Congratulations! Long live freedom, democracy and justice!

The news has been received by a shrug in the capitals of the European Union, considering the possibility of the domino-effect which may arise upon the ”yes” vote for an independent Scotland. The fear, of course, is that the cracks in Scotland will widespread the aura of separatism to the rest of Europe.

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Press Release
July 12, 2012

A Rise in Security Tension in Acheh

"Those who sacrifice liberty for security, deserve neither" -- Benjamin Franklin

We are deeply sorry to convey that recent occurrences in Acheh have signaled a rise in security tension in the area. Since the inauguration of the Indonesian Governor for Acheh on June 25, 2012, several security incidents have taken place in some parts of Acheh. Now and again the situation reflects the fragility of the Helsinki peace deal and shows that the peace process has not taken even a slight root into Acheh society. On the contrary, it has only touched the surface of the community, thus any small disturbances to peace has a potential damage to shatter the whole process.

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Press Release
June 23, 2012

Peace Without Justice and Acheh’s Growth Constraints

The Helsinki peace process is approaching its 7th year anniversary, which is on August 15th of this year. Despite its success in discontinuing Acheh’s over three decades armed conflict, the deal has yet to generate proven stability to post-conflict Acheh. Turmoil during the most recent local governor election has shown a despairing prospect of the accord. Meanwhile, uncertainty in regards to past human rights settlement and current security issues have put Acheh’s peace process in an insecure situation, just in time for the European Union (EU) and the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) to end their peace mission in Acheh by the end of this year. Inevitably, Acheh’s future towards a sustainable peace is once again being questioned.

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Press Release

23 May 2012

THE IMPACT OF IMPUNITY IN ACHEH

“Violence is certainly an important part of the short history of Indonesia. The Indonesian government has systematically violated fundamental human rights for over 20 years and continues to do so with impunity.” Asia Watch Report 1990

For almost three decades Acheh had become a slaughter-house, a killing field for the Indonesian armed forces, in its efforts to crush the Free Acheh Movemnet (GAM) – a popular movement to liberate Acheh from the Republic of Indonesia. During the process, thousands of Achehnese civilians had been killed, including extra judicial killings, massacres, torture, arbitrary arrests and 'disappearances'. And international and local human rights organizations had extensively documented about these atrocities.

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Press Release

20.04.2012

 

For opposition, Acheh still a dangerous place to live in

 

 

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