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Government fails to implement Helsinki deal: NGO

Jakarta Post - August 15, 2011

Jakarta – The Indonesian government has yet to fulfill its commitment to realize the Helsinki Agreement in Aceh, a rights group says.

"We urge the government to realize the agreement by setting up a human rights court to try past human rights abuses in the province," Impasial executive director Poengky Indarti said in a press statement.

She said although the province has been run by the Indonesian government alongside with the Aceh Freedom Movement (GAM) that signed the peace deal, the issue of providing justice to the victims of past abuses has yet to be resolved.

"Conflict victims are omitted while no regulations have been issued to address the problem," Poengky said. The peace treaty was signed in Helsinki on Aug. 15, 2005, ending decades of conflict between the government and the GAM.