Abu Pane, Jakarta – Vice President Jusuf Kalla (JK) has insisted that the government will not apologies for past cases of human rights violations.
Nevertheless this does not mean that the government will not try to shed light on these violations. Kalla said that investigations into past violations already been carried out but the government is having problems uncovering who is behind them because they occurred a long time ago.
“I’m not making excuses here. We will continue to [try] and find out what happened. But [finding out] what happened in these cases is not as easy as we hoped. It’s not easy, what has to be done”, said Kalla in Jakarta on December 10.
Kalla criticised the behaviour of people who are quick to accuse the government of violating human rights saying that society also often violates human rights.
Such as mobs blockading roads, burning down government buildings and killing police officers. Because of this in order to clarify human rights cases the government is planning to establish an ad hoc or temporary human rights court.
[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the report was JK: Pemerintah Tidak Akan Minta Maaf Pada Pelanggaran HAM Masa Lalu.]