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Indonesian Forces Training

EDM number 652 in 1996-97, proposed by Ann Clwyd on 12/03/1997.

That this House is appalled that the Department of War Studies at King's College, London, has agreed to teach 10 Indonesian officers in the coming academic year and in addition that the Centre for Defence Studies at King's College is planning to train members of Indonesia's armed forces, including members of the Special Forces; notes that the Indonesian armed forces have an atrocious human rights record, fully demonstrated in the Santa Cruz cemetry, East Timor, in November 1991, when troops fired on peaceful protesters at a funeral, killing 270; further notes that the UN Special Rapporteur on Indonesia reported that the Indonesian police and military commit human rights violations with virtual impunity, the majority of cases are not systematically investigated and the perpetrators are rarely brought to justice; further notes that the Ministry of Defence currently subsidises the CDS by ú120,000 a year, that the British Government's training programme for the Indonesian police force has been shown by the National Audit Office to be an abject failure and that Indonesian police officers trained under the British aid programme went on to commit human right abuses, including torture, on their return; congratulates the students and staff who have voiced their concerns over this project; and calls on King's College to reconsider its position, since it would bring those involved into serious disrepute.

This motion has been signed by a total of 42 MPs.

Ann Clwyd12/03/1997Cynon ValleyProposed
Alice Mahon12/03/1997HalifaxSigned
Harry Cohen12/03/1997LeytonSigned
Jeremy Corbyn12/03/1997Islington NorthSigned
Bill Michie13/03/1997Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Michael Clapham13/03/1997Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Norman Godman13/03/1997Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Harry Barnes13/03/1997North East DerbyshireSigned
Paddy Tipping13/03/1997SherwoodSigned
Tony Banks17/03/1997Newham North WestSigned
Dafydd Wigley17/03/1997CaernarfonSigned
Nick Ainger17/03/1997PembrokeSigned
Paul Flynn17/03/1997Newport WestSigned
Tom Cox17/03/1997TootingSigned
Denis MacShane17/03/1997RotherhamSigned
Elfyn Llwyd17/03/1997Meirionnydd Nant ConwySigned
Ieuan Wyn Jones17/03/1997Ynys MSigned
Eric Illsley17/03/1997Barnsley CentralSigned
Roy Hughes17/03/1997Newport EastSigned
Alan Howarth17/03/1997Stratford-on-AvonSigned
Brian Sedgemore17/03/1997Hackney South & ShoreditchSigned
Peter Pike17/03/1997BurnleySigned
Ken Livingstone17/03/1997Brent EastSigned
Ian Davidson18/03/1997Glasgow, GovanSigned
Tony Benn18/03/1997ChesterfieldSigned
Kevin Barron18/03/1997Rother ValleySigned
Angela Eagle18/03/1997WallaseySigned
Michael Connarty18/03/1997Falkirk EastSigned
Edward O'Hara18/03/1997Knowsley SouthSigned
Chris Mullin18/03/1997Sunderland SouthSigned
Andrew MacKinlay18/03/1997ThurrockSigned
Eddie Loyden18/03/1997Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Lynne Jones18/03/1997Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Llew Smith19/03/1997Blaenau GwentSigned
Nick Harvey19/03/1997North DevonSigned
Neil Gerrard19/03/1997WalthamstowSigned
Mike Watson19/03/1997Glasgow CentralSigned
Simon Hughes20/03/1997Southwark and BermondseySigned
Bill Etherington20/03/1997Sunderland NorthSigned
Maria Fyfe20/03/1997Glasgow, MaryhillSigned
John Gunnell20/03/1997Leeds South and MorleySigned
Mike Hall20/03/1997Warrington SouthSigned

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