Thursday, September 15, 2011

Dutch State Responsible for 1947 War Crimes in Indonesia

The Court in The Hague has judged that the Dutch state is responsible for the damage which the surviving family members have suffered from Dutch war crimes in the village of Rawagede on the island of Java. The Court decided that the state cannot claim statute of limitations despite the fact that the murders took place 64 years ago. On 9 December 1947, Dutch soldiers penetrated the village, searching for an independence fighter who the villagers were supposedly hiding. The Dutch soldiers executed 433 men – almost the entire male population of the village - without process. The Netherlands have never offered apologies or compensation. The commanding officer was not prosecuted.

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