Transitional Justice and Political Settlement: GAM and the KKR Aceh

Lia Kent, Rizki Amalia Affiat

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    In a 2016 interview, Irwandi Yusuf, former governor of Aceh and senior figure in the Gerakan Aceh Merdeka (GAM, Free Aceh Movement), expressed his scepticism about the recently established Komisi Kebenaran dan Rekonsiliasi (KKR Aceh, Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Aceh). Arguing that it was the responsibility of the national rather than the provincial government to establish a truth commission to address the violence committed during the decades-long conflict in Aceh (1976–2005), he predicted that the provincially mandated KKR Aceh would ‘stumble’. It would be ‘one-sided’ because it would focus principally on GAM violence and GAM perpetrators, causing issues associated with the conflict to resurface. The commission would also ‘revictimise victims’, as it would be unable to compel perpetrators to appear at public hearings to confess and apologise. The Acehnese government, he said, ‘should avoid it at all costs’
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationResisting Indonesia’s Culture of Impunity: Aceh’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission
    Editors Jess Melvin, Sri Lestari Wahyuningroem, Annie Pohlman
    Place of PublicationAustralia
    PublisherANU Press
    ISBN (Print)9781760465834
    Publication statusPublished - 2023

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