An international human rights watchdog on Wednesday identified at least six senior Indonesian military figures with histories of “gross” human rights violations who are now playing key roles in Jakarta’s five-month-old offensive against separatists in Aceh. In a new report, New York-based Human Rights Watch called for the immediate removal of the six men from the operation in Aceh, Indonesia’s largest military venture since its 1975 invasion of East Timor. Since imposing martial law in the province on May 19 after the breakdown of a ceasefire with the Free Aceh Movement brokered by international mediators, Indonesian security forces have been accused of widespread human rights violations in the province. Full Story
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