Target: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Goal: Urge the Indonesian government to thoroughly investigate forced disappearances
An Indonesian man named Dedek Khairudin was recently taken from his home by force in North Sumatra by military personnel. The government of Indonesia must act on this man’s forced disappearance by conducting a thorough investigation into his whereabouts. So far, they have arrested five soldiers in connection with the crime, however, there has been no further progress in the investigation. Among those arrested is a member of military intelligence, as well as four marines who were all reportedly present when Mr. Khairudin was taken. The Indonesian government needs to press harder to figure out where Mr. Khairudin was brought and what happened to him.
According to Mr. Khairudin’s family, the Indonesian military had been searching for another man who was accused of stabbing a soldier. For an unknown reason, the men who took him believed that Mr. Khairudin knew the location of the criminal but was unwilling to disclose the information. The intelligence officer who took Mr. Khairudin from his home claims that he has no idea where Mr. Khairudin is now and that the two men were separated after Mr. Khairudin was taken to the Pangkalan Brandan region. From there, there is no information as to the whereabouts of Dedek Khairudin.
The Indonesian military has a long history of allowing enforced disappearances, yet the government has done next to nothing to figure out where these disappeared people have gone. There are still over 500 open cases involving disappeared persons in territories under the control of the government even though it has ratified the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. Sign this petition to demand that the Indonesian government do more to discover the whereabouts of disappeared people.
Dear President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono,
The recent disappearance of Dedek Khairudin is disturbing. Mr. Khairudin was forcibly disappeared by members of the military who have since denied knowing his whereabouts. Your government has a terrible record of uncovering the truth regarding people who have been disappeared. You must do more to end this cycle of violence against your people by the military.
I ask that you do more to fulfill your national and international human rights organizations. Your government is currently contemplating passing the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. Doing so would be a positive step to showing the international community that you are serious about protecting the human rights of your people.
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