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Abuse Widespread in Indonesia's Aceh-Rights Group

Indonesia’s military is waging an extensive campaign of extra-judicial killings, kidnapping and torture in Aceh province, mostly targeting young men and forcing thousands to flee their homes, a human rights group said. Authorities are trying to cover up the situation in the war-torn northern province by restricting access by journalists, rights workers and aid groups, New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Wednesday. “We fear that the abuses we have uncovered against the civilian population may be just the tip of the iceberg,” said Brad Adams, executive director of the group’s Asia division in a statement accompanying the report. The report titled “Aceh Under Martial Law: Inside the Secret War” prompted an angry response from the government, which put the province under martial law in May year and launched its biggest military operation in years to crush the rebels. Full Story

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