At this writing nearly 1120 people have signed ETAN’s petition opposing
U.S. military training for Indonesia’s notorious special forces
Kopassus. We’d like to think that there are many more people who would
oppose this wrong-headed idea – if only they knew about it. We want to
add hundreds of signatures in the next few weeks. This is where you
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Don’t Train Indonesia’s Deadly Kopassus
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Indonesia’s Special Forces (Kopassus), more than any other in the
Indonesian military, stands accused by of some of the most worst human
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 Timor-Leste (East Timor),
Aceh, West Papua, the streets of Jakarta, and elsewhere in Indonesia.
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.
The Obama administration is actively considering resuming U.S. training
for Kopassus. 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 a whole.