Sunday, October 03, 2010

Indonesia signs the UN Convention on Enforced Disappearances

After long campaign and advocacy works by the victims and their families, supported by human rights activists and networks, national and international including AFAD, FEDEFAM and the international coalition ICAED, Indonesia finally signs the UN Convention on Enforced Disappearances on September 27, 2010.

The signing was done at the same time when the families and victims set up a "tent of concerns" in front of Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia. The victims urge the President to implement the recommendations of the Parliament issued in September 2009 in order to resolve the cases of disappearances in 1997-1998. The recommendations of the parliament to the president include; the establishment of the ad hoc human rights court, the seeking of the 13 still missing activists, the fulfillment of victims rights to compensation and rehabilitation, and the ratification of the UN Convention on Enforced Disappearances.

Now there are still more efforts to be undertaken by the civil society organizations, from the ratification and 3 others points of recommendations.

However, we appreciate the government and tremendously thank all friends and networks for their continous supports to our struggle in Indonesia.

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