Government ponders non-judicial process to solve past human rights abuses

The Indonesian government is pondering the formation of a special agency to resolve past human rights abuses through non-judicial mechanisms, The Jakarta Post Online reported on Thursday.

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto believes that a non-judicial process will be the best option to settle past rights abuse cases, arguing that such approach could create win-win solutions for all concerned parties.

Wiranto said the non-judicial process could solve the hurdle confronted by the government in finding evidence to settle the cases through trials at court. A non-judicial process is also preferable because it can ensure a more peaceful settlement, he added.

The minister noted that non-judicial processes delivered by indigenous laws had been part of Indonesian culture for a long time.

He said the special agency would comprise state institutions, law enforcement agencies and representatives from civil societies.