Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Re-investigate Dutch role in Indonesia, scholars say

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A new, comprehensive investigation should be launched into conduct of the Dutch military in the former Dutch East Indies in the years 1945-1949. This is the conclusion reached by three Dutch research institutes. 

The directors of the Institute for War Documentation NIOD, the Dutch Institute for Military History and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies KITLV, told the Dutch daily newspaper that it is essential that further investigation take place, because the controversy over the role the Dutch military played in the region continues.
The three institutes estimate that a new investigation would cost 2 to 3 million euros and take about three years to complete. The directors point out that it would be essential that Indonesian historians and researchers be consulted. 
Last year, the Netherlands formally apologised and paid damages for the Rawagede massacre, in which the entire male population of that village, 431 people, were murdered by Dutch soldiers. Last month, a group of Indonesian families began proceedings to hold the Netherlands responsible for another bloodbath in South Sulawesi.

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