Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
‘Postpone deadline for relatives of victims in Indonesia’
Survivors of men who during the Indonesian war of independence were executed by the Dutch armed forces should get more time to file claims. This says the Stichting Comité Nederlandse Ereschulden which investigates war crimes committed during the Indonesian struggle for independence.
Two years ago, the Dutch government announced that widows of victims would get two years time to file claims. On September 11 that deadline will run out.
The foundation calls the deadline “not realistic, not generous and undesirable.” The time people need to get the documents together is too short, they say. They also say that relatives face “petty restrictions”.
One of the objections is that widows are only eligible for compensation if the execution is “listed in already published public sources”. The foundation points out that many cases have not yet come to light and that the necessary documents are often not available.
The foundation also wants to make the children of executed Indonesian men able to claim compensation. They points out a ruling by the court in The Hague on March 11th. Which ruled in favor of five children of men who had been executed in South Sulawesi (formerly Celebes). The Netherlands, according to the verdict, had wrongly argued that the cases are time barred and that the arrangement with widows already had taken into account the loss of income for the family.
The Dutch army executed during the war of independence (1945-1949) thousands of men. Many victims died in South Sulawesi. Another infamous massacre occurred in the village Rawagede (Java).
In 2011, a judge already ruled that the crimes were not time barred. After that, a settlement was reached with widows of Rawagede. In August 2013 a settlement was reached as well with widows of victims in Sulawesi. The compensation amounted to 20,000 euros.
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