Dutch colonial military torture of Indonesians


This video is called Inside prison, Indonesia under Dutch colonialism. Torture prison from Dutch colonialism in Indonesia.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Attorney: government liable for torture of Indonesian

Today, 01:48

According to lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld, the [Dutch] government is responsible for the treatment of an Indonesian prisoner by Dutch soldiers during the so-called police actions of the late nineteen forties. According to Zegveld there was “systematic torture”.

She relies on the testimony of the former prisoner, other sources and on the Note on Excesses from 1969, the report of a government investigation into the actions of the Dutch army in the former colony.

The now 86-year-old Mr. Yaseman was captured in 1947 in East Java by soldiers of the KNIL, the Royal Dutch East Indies Army. He was suspected of supporting the movement which sought independence for Indonesia. To get a confession, Yaseman is said to have got electric shocks. Also, he would be forced to drink lots of water, and then interrogators would stand on his belly, the so-called water ordeal.

Five days

According to Zegveld Yaseman suffered serious psychological and physical harm on account of the torture. She is seeking damages. The level of this amount is not clear. Because of the age of her client she wants a response within five days from the Dutch State, reports the Committee Dutch Debts of Honour.

Zegveld has been working longer for victims of the police actions. Like, she advised the widows of men who at that time were executed by Dutch troops. In 2013, they got an apology and compensation.

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  17. Staat wil geen 5000 euro schadevergoeding betalen aan Yaseman, een Indonesiër die tijdens de koloniale oorlog maandenlang werd gemarteld

    Afgelopen maandag maakte de Nederlandse staat bekend dat men in hoger beroep gaat in de zaak Yaseman. Deze inmiddels overleden Javaanse man stelde de staat in 2014 aansprakelijk voor de ernstige folteringen die hij heeft ondergaan tijdens de koloniale oorlog van Nederland tegen Indonesië. In juli van dit jaar oordeelde de Haagse rechtbank dat de Nederlandse staat inderdaad verantwoordelijkheid draagt voor een aantal van de martelingen die Yaseman naar voren had gebracht. Hij was het eerste Indonesische oorlogsslachtoffer dat in een rechtszaak via een skype-verbinding werd gehoord. Yaseman zelf heeft de uitspraak van de rechter niet meer kunnen meemaken. Enkele weken na zijn getuigenis overleed hij op 89-jarige leeftijd in zijn Indonesische woonplaats Malang. Lees meer: https://www.doorbraak.eu/staat-wil-geen-5000-euro-schadevergoeding-betalen-aan-yaseman-een-indonesier-die-de-tijdens-koloniale-oorlog-maandenlang-gemarteld-werd/

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