Sign the Petition to halt the Obama administration’s plan to resume training of Indonesia’s notorious Special Forces, Kopassus. Please join AK Rockefeller in signing this important petition. I’ve signed and hope you will too.
Indonesia’s Special Forces (Kopassus), more than any other in the Indonesian military, stands accused by of some of the most 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 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. Independent journalist Allan Nairn has recently documented political murders involving Kopassus in Aceh.
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.
See the letter signed by more than 50 U.S. organizations -including School of Americas Watch, Pax Christi, Peace Action – opposing training for Kopassus. For background about the crimes of Kopassus go here: http://www.etan.org/news/2008/04brikop.htm.