Gender Based Crimes Against Humanity : Listening to the Voice of Women Survivor of 1965
According to Presidential Decree No.65/2005, the National Commission on Violence
Against Women (Komnas-Perempuan) has a mandate to contribute to the establishment
of a situation conducive to the elimination of violence against women and promote
understanding about all forms of violence against women. In keeping with this
Komnas-Perempuan received a complaint presented by women victims of
the 1965 atrocities. These women, mostly elderly, testified about the violations and violence they experienced in the past, as well as the discrimination they continue to experience. They also presented their demands and hopes for a better future.
In a genuine response to the needs of these victims, Komnas-Perempuan tasked it self to understand and analyze the experiences of women victims of 1965, facilitate dialog on the experiences of women victims of 1965 with government and non-government
institutions, and produce an official report on its findings, with recommendations to the President and Government of Indonesia.
Komnas-Perempuan consulted with historians and experts, studied academic research on this period, collected historical archives and other evidence, and conducted an in-depth analysis of 122 testimonies of women survivors of 1965.
Komnas-Perempuanis aware that these testimonies represent only a small portion of the victims. However,
it is confident that the findings in the report capture the main patterns of violations that took place
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