On Thursday, the Dutch government apologized for the mass killing of thousands of Indonesians during colonial occupation which ended in 1949.
The Dutch ambassador for Indonesia, Tjeerd de Zwaan, officially presented the state’s apology at a ceremony in Jakarta.
Dutch Special forces carried out thousands of “summary executions” between 1945 and 1949 in Indonesia. In total, 40,000 people were executed, according to the Indonesian government; the Dutch government has only acknowledged a few thousand of these deaths.
“On behalf of the Dutch government I apologize for these excesses,” De Zwaan said at the ceremony.
“The Dutch government is aware that it bears a special responsibility in respect of Indonesian widows of victims of summary executions comparable to those carried out by Dutch troops in what was then Celebes [Sulawesi] and Rawa Gede [now West Java],” De Zwaan added.
The Dutch government had already apologized for some specific murders, and paid compensation to victims’ families in those cases, but this was the first general apology for all the murders during the colonial era.
Via Impunity Watch.