Inauguration Speech of 7th Truth Foundation Award of South Korea in Seoul June 26, 2017
AWARD FOR MARTYR OF MANKIND
Dear the Board of Truth Foundation, Victims of Human Rights Violations after the Korean War, Victims of persecution during Park Chung-hee/ Chun Doo-hwan Military Dictatorship Regime, Delegates of Victims, Activists, Human Rights Defenders from various countries in Asia and representatives of the International Agency, Representatives of State/Governmental Institutions, also Victims of Human Rights Violations Crimes Against Humanity the Victims of Genocide of the 1965/66 in Indonesia and Victims of Human Rights Violations everywhere in the World.
On behalf of the Victims of the Tragedy of 1965/66 Massacre (Tragedy –abbrv) and myself as the Chairperson of YPKP 65 (Indonesian Institute for the Study of 1965/66 Massacre) It is a great honor for me to have most prestigious opportunity to express our deep gratefulness to the Truth Foundation for selecting me and the Institution of YPKP 65 as the receiver of the 7th Human Rights Award by The Truth Foundation of South Korea.
This award is not merely for myself but – actually the most worthy – is to all Victims of Tragedy 1965 which is until to this moment still endured of injustice, intolerance, marginalised and unhumane. The victims of the tragedy of 1965/66 scattered throughout Indonesia from Aceh western of Indonesia to Papua in the eastern of Indonesia. In fact, Victims of the tragedy are also scattered abroad in Europe, the Netherlands, France, England, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Cuba, China etc – we call it the Exile victims, due to their political choice they refused to support dictatorship of Suharto, then they became stateless citizen.
This Award is also not only for YPKP 65 alone but also for all Victims organizations of the tragedy that concern to the advocation of the victims. They protect us, they support us, they give solidarity to us especially when YPKP 65 was under military persecution, terrorize and intimidation by using the hand of intolerant groups, anti-democratic and human rights organizations.
Special thanks to the late political detainees: Madam Sulami activist of Indonesian Women Movement, Mr. Pramoedya Ananta Toer novelist, Mr. Hasan Raid a former politician, Mr. Suharno activist of Indonesian Student Movement, Mr. Kusalah Soebagyo Toer translator and writer, Madame Sumini activist of Indonsian Women Movement, etc., as the Founder of YPKP 65 who enable me to stand here.
Also special thanks to Madam Nadiani chairwoman of YPKP 65 branch of Bukittinggi West Sumatra, Mr. Supardi from Pati, Sudarno from Pekalongan, Mr. Edi Sugiyanto from Cirebon, Madam Suwarti from Cilacap, Mr. Badri from Kulon Progo Yogyakarta, Mr. Supangat from Boyolali, Mr. Budiono from Pacitan, Mr. Handoko from Surabaya, Mr. Asep Hidayat from Sukabumi, Mas Aris Panji from Kebumen Central Java and all Comrades that I can not mention one by one because of their tireless work and great spirit of breaking through the valley, step up and down the hill, walk into and come out the forest, breaking through bushes in remote areas to search and record the Victims and identify mass graves scattered in various places. Those the volunteers who work hard, do not bother either the threats or terrorize of military.
From my humble opinion, for them and the victims that are still alive and have passed away as martyr of mankind this award should be presented.
Value of the Award
Of course, the Award will stimulate the spirit of the victims in Indonesia to reveal and open up the truth. We then feel confidient that our work and struggle got sympathy and solidarity from victims of Human Rights especially from South Korea. Almost 52 years the military have hidden the true history, they kept fake one.
The Award also as a mean of recognition from International communities especially from South Korea.
We may study the experiences of South Korean people how to resolve the Human Rights violation either through yudicial or non yudicial process. We may also share what we have done – exhumation and memorialisation- and the bitter experience when we are raid by military or intolerant groups.
When I speech in front of you today I can not hide my pride of happiness because you acknowledge my long and tireless struggle, I remember the period of detention without knowing when I will be released. Nine years is a long time. My productive time just faded away in the prison. I have lost the opportunity to study at school but I have to work hard in the concentration camp, force labour without paid and enough food. I have to eat rats, mice, snails, snakes, etc.. This condition led to starvation, most of my friends died of hunger.
When I was released in 1979 due to International pressure, my friends and I are still acted as prisoners, got discrimination, no working access, not allowed to apply to be governmental officers, teachers, armed forces, even we are not allowed to marry with military families. We live as if in the large barbed cell of society.
Persecution, repression is always happened to the victims.
YPKP 65 was establisbed as a mean of deeply consolation for the victims of the tragedy who for a long time suffered in the prison and have been fighting during their life.
Through YPKP 65 the Victims may get accesses to get their rights of medical/psycholocical care of the government based on the constitution Number 13/ year 2006 and Number 31/year 2014.
YPKP 65 also lead to investigate and collecting data of the victims, the records of disappearances, detention, extra judicial killings, rapes, force labour, records on tortures, camp concentration, mass-graves, testimony of the victims. It would be very important as the heritage of the nation for young generation to let them know the true history.
Our demand is the Victims of the tragedy should be rehabilited as they are innocent. Their rights such as truth, reparation, rehabilitation, compensation and a guarantee of no reoccurrence in the future should be clearly stated by the government.
The perpetrators should be punished.
Call for Solidarity
On this very important occasion on behalf of the institution of YPKP 65 and myself I herewith call for your solidarity, the Truth Foundation of South Korea and to all Civic Society Organisation in South Korea and others to hold hand by hand with YPKP 65 to echo and boost the voice of the Victims of the tragedy 1965/66 in Indonesia.
In particular, I invite you to cooperate in the research, data collection with the ultimate goal of Human Rights enforcement, striving for the truth. In long-term aim – with the approval of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Commission on Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia as well the Attorney General – we conduct exhumations of mass graves to obtain evidence of material truth and to respect Human Rights.
UN Human Rights Council should make an independent investigation on the Indonesian national trauma of the 1965-66 massacres, crimes against humanity and Genocide that has never been resolved. An estimated 500,000 – 3 million people were killed, and hundreds of thousands more were detained without trial. Until today, no justice has been done to the victims, they and their families still live under a stigma perpetuated by those in the corridors of power. (Refer to Recommendation of Indonesian Commission of Human Rights in 2012 and Final Report of the International People’s Tribunal in The Hague 2016).
Last but not the least I appreciate the Award given to me and YPKP 65. You, the Truth Foundation has raised me up from the burden I got. This award will be a symbol of friendship among the Victims of Human Right Violation in Indonesia and South Korea, it is a real solidarity of the torture victims and the people of both countries who are struggling to uphold Democracy and Human Rights.
How can a nation walk into its future when dark spots of its history remain hidden behind a smoke screen?
Bone and body may be buried but Truth may not perished
Sky may ruin into pieces but truth should be revealed.
We Love Peace but We Love Justice More
Chairman of YPKP 65