Stockholm, 6 Agustus 2004

Bismillaahirrahmaanirrahiim.
Assalamu'alaikum wr wbr.
 

65 ANGGOTA CONGRESS MENOLAK KERJASAMA MILITER AS - TNI
Ahmad Sudirman
Stockholm - SWEDIA.

 

SURAT DARI 65 ANGGOTA CONGRESS KEPADA MENTERI PERTAHANAN AMERIKA DONALD H. RUMSFELD YANG MENOLAK KERJA SAMA MILITER AS - TNI

"We request that the Department of Defense voice its concern with all levels of leadership in the TNI about the brutal human rights record of the Indonesian military. Specifically, we hope that you can weigh in on critical issues such as the military campaigns in Aceh and Papua, the role of Indonesian security forces in the violence in Maluku, the murder of Americans, justice for East Timor, and transparency in the TNI budget. It is imperative that these concerns not be waived in the pursuit of other goals. We again urge you to reconsider the decision to resume the United States' Bilateral Defense Dialogue with the Indonesian military." (Reps Write Rumsfeld on US-Indonesia Military to Military Ties)

Makin kelihatan jelas TNI yang telah melakukan tindakan brutalitas pelanggaran hak-hak asasi manusia, khususnya di Acheh dan Papua, begitu juga keterlibatan TNI dalam konflik di Maluku, dan terbunuhnya dua warga Amerika Rick Spier dan Ted Burgon, serta melakukan kejahatan perang di Timor Timur.

Ternyata membuat anggota Congress Amerika menyatakan sikap mereka yang diformulasikan dalam bentuk surat protes yang ditandatangani oleh 65 anggota Congress ditujukan kepada Menteri Pertahanan Amerika Donald H. Rumsfeld yang sebagian isi suranya menyebutkan: "We were surprised and disappointed to learn that the Bilateral Defense Dialogue between the U.S. Pacific Command and the Indonesian military (TNI), is scheduled to reconvene. This additional step towards resumption of normalized military to military relations without setting benchmarks for a reform of the TNI is a cause for concern." (Kami senang dan tidak setuju ketika mempelajari bahwa Dialog Pertahanan Bilateral (Bilateral Defense Dialogue) antara Komando Pasukan Amerika di Pacipic dan TNI dimasukkan dalam agenda untuk dibahas. Untuk melangkah kearah normalisasi hubungan militer tanpa mencantumkan persyaratan adanya reformasi dalam tubuh TNI, ini yang menjadi masalah.)

Mengapa pihak Anggota Congress Amerika keberatan dan tidak setuju dengan adanya rencana pihak Kementrian Pertahanan Amerika Donald H. Rumsfeld untuk membuka kembali Dialog Pertahanan Bilateral (Bilateral Defense Dialogue) antara Komando Pasukan Amerika di Pacipic dan TNI ?

Alasannya adalah sebagaimana yang disebutkan dalam surat yang ditujukan kepada Menteri Pertahanan Amerika Donald H. Rumsfeld: "As you may know, a Bilateral Defense Dialogue (BDD) between Indonesia and the U.S. has not occurred since 1997, in part because of the tremendous TNI violence committed in East Timor in 1999. Since then, the TNI has successfully evaded accountability for its well-documented crimes against humanity and war crimes in East Timor, and there has been little progress in improving human rights practices in Indonesia. Additionally, the TNI continues its brutal tactics in Aceh, Papua, and elsewhere. There are reports that the TNI has extensive connections to the terror group Laskar Jihad, which has re-emerged in renewed violence in Maluku and is operating in Papua. The TNI is also implicated in the murder of U.S. citizens Rick Spier and Ted Burgon, in what the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta described as "an outrageous act of terrorism."

"Sebagaimana yang anda ketahui, Dialog Pertahanan Bilateral (Bilateral Defense Dialogue) antara Komando Pasukan Amerika di Pacipic dan TNI tidak pernah terjadi sejak tahun 1977, yang sebagiannya dikarenakan adanya pelanggaran hukum di Timur Timur dalam tahun 1999. Kemudian dari sejak itu TNI secara terus menerus, dengan bukti-bukti yang telah didokumentasikan secara baik, melakukan pelanggaran hak-hak asasi manusia dan kejahatan perang di Timur Timor, dan hanya sedikit usaha dari pihak Indonesia untuk melaksanakan hak-hak asasi manusia. Ditambah dengan pihak TNI yang terus menerus melakukan tindakan yang brutal di Acheh, Papua, dan ditempat lainnya. Ada laporan yang menunjukkan bahwa TNI telah melakukan hubungan kerjasama dengan grup teroris Laskar Jihad di Maluku dan di Papua. TNI juga telah terlibat secara diam-diam dalam kejadian terbunuhnya dua warga Amerika Rick Spier and Ted Burgon, yang oleh pihak Kedutaan Besar Amerika di Jakarta disebut dengan suatu tindakan perkosaan terorisme."

Dengan fakta-fakta tersebut ditambah dengan pelanggaran-pelanggaran hak-hak asasi manusia lainnya yang telah dilakukan TNI yang masih tetap belum bisa diselesaikan inilah pihak Congress Amerika meminta dengan hormat kepada Menteri Pertahanan Amerika Donald H. Rumsfeld untuk mempertimbangkan kembali rencana membuka Dialog Pertahanan Bilateral (Bilateral Defense Dialogue) antara Komando Pasukan Amerika di Pacipic dan TNI.

Dimasa depan, kemungkinan membuka Dialog Pertahanan Bilateral (Bilateral Defense Dialogue) antara Komando Pasukan Amerika di Pacipic dan TNI bisa terjadi, apabila telah dilakukan reformasi yang benar dalam tubuh TNI termasuk menghormati hak-hak asasi manusia dan mengetahui konsekwensi hukum dari adanya tindakan pelanggaran berat hak-hak asasi manusia.

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Wassalam.

Ahmad Sudirman

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Reps Write Rumsfeld on US-Indonesia Military to Military Ties

The Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000

Dear Secretary Rumsfeld,

We were surprised and disappointed to learn that the Bilateral Defense Dialogue between the U.S. Pacific Command and the Indonesian military (TNI), is scheduled to reconvene. This additional step towards resumption of normalized military to military relations without setting benchmarks for a reform of the TNI is a cause for concern.

As you may know, a Bilateral Defense Dialogue (BDD) between Indonesia and the U.S. has not occurred since 1997, in part because of the tremendous TNI violence committed in East Timor in 1999. Since then, the TNI has successfully evaded accountability for its well-documented crimes against humanity and war crimes in East Timor, and there has been little progress in improving human rights practices in Indonesia. Additionally, the TNI continues its brutal tactics in Aceh, Papua, and elsewhere. There are reports that the TNI has extensive connections to the terror group Laskar Jihad, which has re-emerged in renewed violence in Maluku and is operating in Papua. The TNI is also implicated in the murder of U.S. citizens Rick Spier and Ted Burgon, in what the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta described as "an outrageous act of terrorism." Although we are pleased that an indictment was recently issued in this case, we believe that further investigation into collaborators in this ambush is warranted.

Given the fact that so many serious human rights issues relating to the Indonesian military remain unresolved, we respectfully ask you to reconsider resuming the Bilateral Defense Dialogue. We believe a resumption of the dialogue at this time would go against the strong posture Congress and the Executive Branch took in the late 1990's to severely limit military assistance, joint exercises, and exchanges with the TNI until human rights issues were addressed.

While the TNI is being given credit for some reforms, including refraining from interfering in the April 5th national election, they should not be given too much credit for too little reform. The absence of misconduct by the military in an election should be expected, not praised. The TNI's welcome withdrawal from parliament occurred several years ago; the military's real power lies in its vast territorial command structure, which remains intact.

In the future, there may be a possibility of normalized US- Indonesia military to military ties, but first we must have genuine reform of the TNI according to well-laid out benchmarks that include a respect for human rights and the rule of law and an end to impunity for serious human rights violations. These are objectives expected of any professional military and the TNI should not be an exception.

We request that the Department of Defense voice its concern with all levels of leadership in the TNI about the brutal human rights record of the Indonesian military. Specifically, we hope that you can weigh in on critical issues such as the military campaigns in Aceh and Papua, the role of Indonesian security forces in the violence in Maluku, the murder of Americans, justice for East Timor, and transparency in the TNI budget. It is imperative that these concerns not be waived in the pursuit of other goals. We again urge you to reconsider the decision to resume the United States' Bilateral Defense Dialogue with the Indonesian military.

Thank you for your consideration of these most important matters. We look forward to your prompt response.

Sincerely,

Lane Evans (D-IL)
Chris Smith (R-NJ)
Thomas Tancredo (R-CO),
Dennis Kucinich
James McGovern
Bernie Sanders
Diane Watson
Barney Frank
Nita Lowey
Raul Grijalva
Peter DeFazio
Ed Markey
Carolyn Maloney
James Oberstar
Anthony Weiner
Maurice Hinchey
Michael Capuano
Tammy Baldwin
Donald Payne
Barbara Lee
Eleanor Holmes Norton
Carolyn McCarthy
Robert Brady
Bennie Thompson
Jan Schakowsky
Ted Strickland
William Clay
Rush Holt
Bob Filner
John Olver
Partrick Kennedy
Mark Udall
Zoe Lofgren
Betty McCollum
David Price
Jim McDermott
Anna Eshoo
Jim Gerlach
Jim Langevin
Rosa DeLauro
Sam Farr
Darlene Hooley
Henry Waxman
Tom Udall
Eni Faleomavaega
Pete Stark
Marty Meehan
Danny Davis
Rob Simmons
Joseph Hoeffel
Jose Serrano
George Miller
James Greenwood
Juanita Millender-McDonald
Lynn Woolsey
Chaka Fattah
Stephanie Tubbs Jones
Bobby Rush
Neil Abercrombie
John Lewis
Julia Carson
Steven Rothman
David Wu
Nydia Velazquez
Hilda Solis
Cc: Secretary of State Colin Powell
US Pacific Commander Admiral Thomas Fargo
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