US-Indonesia military ties spark outrage

From UCA News: US-Indonesia military ties spark outrage

Jakarta human rights groups have criticized the lifting of a US ban on military cooperation with Indonesian special forces troops.

A statement by several human rights groups including the Indonesian Association of Families of the Disappeared (IKOHI) and Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) slammed the resumption of cooperation with the Kopassus (Special Force Command) while human rights violations in Timor Leste, Aceh and Papua remain unresolved.

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“As part of civil society and the human rights community in Indonesia, we are very disappointed,” Catholic human rights activist Maria Katharina Sumarsih told a July 23 press conference in Central Jakarta.

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