Indonesia to ignore 'people's ruling' on 1965 purges

International People's Tribunal at Hague declared killing of hundreds of thousands of people 'crime against humanity'

Indonesia to ignore 'people's ruling' on 1965 purges

World Bulletin / News Desk

Indonesia's government has said it will ignore a non-binding decision by an international panel of judges which has ruled that the country committed crimes against humanity from 1965-1966 when around 400,000 people were killed in anti-communist purges.

On Wednesday, the International People's Tribunal 1965 (IPT) at The Hague ruled that the Indonesian state was directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of followers of founding president Sukarno and Indonesia's Communist Party (PKI).

The killings were triggered by a failed coup on Oct. 1 1965 that led to the deaths of six army generals.

On Thursday, Indonesia's senior political and security minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan told reporters that the decision did not need to be addressed as the tribunal was not an official institution and clearly did not understand Indonesia.

"How is it going to talk about Indonesia, if it does not know Indonesia? We do not need to react," reported him underlining at Parliament, adding that the decision would not affect government policy and it would not apologize.

He also cast doubt on the number of victims quoted by the tribunal, saying that Indonesia would open its own investigation if necessary.

"We'll see [if such graves exist], if it is still needed. But we did not think there was a significant mass grave that could prove their allegations," he said.

On Wednesday, the tribunal declared that the Indonesian state had committed crimes against humanity after the murder of the generals and that the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia were complicit.

In a statement accompanying the decision, the international panel ruled that the killings that intended to annihilate the PKI and some of President Sukarno's staunchest supporters fall within the Genocide Convention of 1948.

"Thus the Indonesian genocide must be included among the major genocides of the 20th century," it ruled.

The report also detailed 10 "gross human rights violations", including the imprisonment of civilians, torture and sexual violence.

The IPT was formally established in 2014 with the intention of ending impunity for the crimes against humanity committed in and after Oct. 1 1965 in Indonesia.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Temmuz 2016, 17:47