Sign the Petition – http://www.gopetition.com/online/29600.html
Don’t Train Indonesia’s Deadly Kopassus
(please spread the word!)
Indonesia’s Special Forces (Kopassus), more than any other in the
Indonesian military, stands accused by the Indonesian people of some of
the most egregious human rights violations.
The history of Kopassus human rights violations, its criminality and
its unaccountability before Indonesian courts extends back decades and
includes human rights and other crimes in East Timor, Aceh, West Papua
and elsewhere. The crimes of Kopassus are not only in the past. A
recently published Human Rights Watch report details ongoing Kopassus
human right violations in West Papua.
In 2008, the Bush administration proposed to restart U.S. training of
Kopassus. the State Department legal counsel reportedly ruled that the
ban on training of military units with a history of involvement in
human rights violations, known as the Leahy law, applies to Kopassus as
See the letter signed by more than 50 U.S. organizations opposing
training for Kopassus: http://www.etan.org/news/2009/07kopassus.htm.
Additional background about the crime of Kopassus here:
Tyneside East Timor Solidarity
Web site: http://tets.sdt-eu.org