Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Soeharto as Hero?

Human rights activists, however, have repeatedly voiced concern over Soeharto’s human right abuses.
Sumarsih from the Solidarity Network of Victim Families of Human Rights Violations said Soeharto was a corrupt and authoritarian leader whose regime was largely supported by the military.
“During his tenure, he committed many gross human rights abuses as has already proven by the investigations of the National Commission on Human Rights,” she said.
Sumarsih added that Soeharto’s role as the country’s “father of development”, a commonly cited reason behind the push to name him a national hero, must be re-examined.


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