Tsarina Maharani, Jakarta – National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) chairperson Ahmad Taufan Damanik hopes that past cases of gross human rights violations will be soon be investigated by the Attorney General's Office (AGO).
Damanik is urging President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to order Attorney General M. Prasetyo to resolve the cases.
"We very much hope that the president will issue a clear instruction to the Attorney General to start the investigations by forming an investigative team", said Damanik at the House of Representatives (DPR) building in Senayan, Jakarta, on Wednesday June 6.Damanik said that Komnas HAM has already handed over nine dossiers on gross human rights violations to the AGO, including the 1965 anti-communist purge, the 1989 Talangsari massacre and the 1998 Semanggi I and II student shootings.
"There are nine dossiers that were given to the Attorney General quite some time ago", he added.
Damanik said there is no point in the AGO and Komnas HAM continuing to send the dossier back and forward because the AGO has the authority to gather stronger material evidence than Komnas HAM.
"We believe that it would be best if the Attorney General immediately form an investigation team and determine the legitimacy of the cases rather than engaging in a discourse about how they lack this or that. We don't think that this will resolve the problem", said Damanik.
"It would be better to immediately form an investigation team. Study the dossiers, and if there are things that are still incomplete they can be dealt with", he added. (tsa/fdn)
[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the article was "Komnas Desak Jokowi Perintahkan Jaksa Agung Tuntaskan Kasus HAM".]