Monday, August 17, 2015

Research Institute: Investigate the War in Indonesia

Gert Oostindie, director of the Royal Institute for the Knowledge of Language, Land, and People (KITLV) has said that the Netherlands should order a major and systematic investigation of the largest war it has ever carried out, the Colonial War, which led to Indonesian independence in 1948. During that conflict thousands of Dutch soldiers and civilians were killed and about 100,000 Indonesians. Oostindie said that while there have been major investigations of the Second World War and the Dutch involvement in Srebrenica, never has there been such an investigation of the Indonesian Colonial War. There are indications of large-scale war crimes. Oostindie added that it may well be that the whole issue has been covered up by politicians in order to avoid damage to the image of the Netherlands. An important question is whether the violence was systematic. Recently a list was found in the National Archives of victims of executions in the southern part of the Indonesian island which nowadays is called Sulawesi. 

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