Confirmed victory

In 1965-67, millions of alleged communists were murdered, imprisoned and tortured without trial. After their release, they and their families still had to live under a stigma during Suharto's governance. Even now, they are still stigmatised, live in fear and their gathering in Yogyakarta on 27/10/2013 was attacked by FAKI (the anti-communist organisation). The National Comission on Human Rights (Indonesia) has demanded SBY to issue a formal apology, followed by rehabilitation and reparation to the victims of 1965. But, is this SBY’s answer to that demand? Making Sarwo Edhie as a national hero? 

Sarwo was the commander of the Army’s Para-Commando Regiment (RPKAD) from 1965-67. Several reports have alleged that he orchestrated and presided over the murder of hundreds of thousands of supporters of Sukarno, who were accused of being communist sympathisers. As Joshua Oppenheimer states in his press release: "Sarwo Edhie Wibowo was one the architects of this crime. Anointing him a national hero is a statement to the entire world that Indonesia will continue to be a place of fear and thuggery, corruption and violence." Making him a national hero will add more injustice to the victims and the families of the victims of 1965.

(Source: Douglas Kammen and Katharine McGregor, The Contours of Mass Violence in Indonesia, 1965-68. Singapore: NUS Press, 2012; John Roosa. Pretext for Mass Murder: The September 30th Movement and Suharto's Coup D'etat in Indonesia. University of Wisonsin, 2006.).

Letter to
President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
To Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the President of the Republic of Indonesia

In 1965-67, millions of alleged communists were murdered, imprisoned and tortured without trial. Even now, they and their families are still stigmatised and still live in fear. The National Comission on Human Rights (Indonesia) has demanded you to issue a formal apology, followed by rehabilitation and reparation to the victims of 1965. But, is this your answer to that demand?

Several reports have alleged that Sarwo Edhie orchestrated and presided over the murder of hundreds of thousands of supporters of Sukarno, who were accused of being communist sympathisers. Making him a national hero will add more injustice to the victims and the families of the victims of 1965.
We demand that you do not make Sarwo Edhie a Hero.
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Kepada Yth.
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Presiden Indonesia
Pada 1965-67, jutaan orang yang dituduh komunis dibunuh, dipenjarakan, dan disiksa tanpa pengadilan. Bahkan sampai sekarang, mereka dan keluarganya masih terus menghadapi stigma dan hidup dalam ketakutan. Komnas HAM telah mendesak Anda agar meminta maaf secara resmi dan dilanjutkan dengan rehabilitasi dan reparasi korban-korban 1965. Tapi, inikah jawaban Anda?

Beberapa laporan menyatakan bahwa Sarwo Edhie mendalangi dan bertanggung jawab atas tewasnya ratusan ribu pendukung Sukarno yang dituduh sebagai simpatisan komunis. Menjadikan Sarwo Edhie sebagai pahlawan nasional hanya menambah ketidakadilan bagi korban dan keluarga korban tragedi 1965.

Kami meminta Anda agar membatalkan Sarwo Edhie sebagai pahlawan nasional.

Hormat saya,