Acheh-Sumatra National Liberation Front
Human Rights Council Forum on Minority Issues: "Preventing and addressing violence and atrocity
crimes targeted against minorities”
Seventh Session 25–26 November 2014, Room XX,
Palais des Nations,Geneva, Switzerland
By: Mr. Yusuf Daud
Item 6: Avoiding renewed violence — building the peace and managing diversity
Thank you Mr. Chairman,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Acheh-Sumatra National Liberation Front or ASNLF fully supports the draft recommendations
document, particularly articles 69, 78 and 80 concerning this item.
The ASNLF would like to draw your attention to the situations facing ethnic minorities in Indonesia.
As an archipelago, Indonesia consists of hundreds of ethnic and linguistic minorities, with different
histories, backgrounds, cultures etc. And It is well known that minorities in Indonesia, especially in
some hotspot areas such as Acheh in Sumatra, West Papua and South Moluccas are often
collectively subjected to violence, as a result of their distinct identities.
Branded as separatists, they face serious state-sponsored human rights violations, including arbitrary
arrests, disappearances, and extra-judicial killings, whenever they engage in political activities to
express their opinions and assert their minority rights.
In this opportunity, we would like to focus on the post conflict situations of Acheh. Following a
sporadic thirty-year armed-conflict between the Free Acheh Movement and Indonesia, a ceasefire
agreement called Memorandum of Understanding or MoU was reached in 2005 in Helsinki, Finland.
One of the many provisions stipulated in the agreement is the establishment of the Human Rights
Court (HRC). This rights body should have been set up at the latest one year after the Law on
Governing Acheh (LoGA) have become effective.