Sunday, September 14, 2008

Indonesian Survivors Accuse Dutch Government of Murdering their Families

Ten survivors of the Indonesian village Rawagede are suing the Netherlands for the murder of their families in the colonial war in 1947. On 9 December of that year Dutch troops attacked the village, separated men from women and executed most of the men. The Dutch government admitted killing 150 people, but a Dutch foundation claims that 431 people were murdered. The UN has called the murder intentional and merciless. The Dutch government has never apologized for the murder, although in 2005 then Foreign Minister Ben Bot expressed regrets. This is the first time Indonesians have brought such a claim against the Netherlands.

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