||H. CON. RES. 281
105th CONGRESS, 2d Session
Expressing the sense of Congress that
Indonesia completes a transition to a democratically elected, nonmilitary government.
(Introduced in the House).
Additional co-sponsors include Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Barney Frank (D-MA)
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 22, 1998
Mr. STEARNS (for himself, Mr. SANDERS, Mr. ROHRABACHER, Mr. KENNEDY of Rhode Island, Ms.
ROS-LEHTINEN, Mr. OLVER, Ms. MCKINNEY, Mr. KUCINICH, Mr. STRICKLAND, Mr. STARK, Ms.
WOOLSEY, Mr. EVANS, Mrs. LOWEY, and Mr. SMITH of New Jersey) submitted the following
concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations
Expressing the sense of Congress that Indonesia completes a transition to a democratically
elected, nonmilitary government.
Whereas the political situation in Indonesia has been in a state of chaos;
Whereas innocent people have been killed by Indonesia's military forces;
Whereas General Suharto has finally resigned, and his vice president, Joseph [sic] Habibie
has assumed the presidency of Indonesia;
Whereas General Suharto came to power through a military takeover that led to the deaths
of a half million Indonesians;
Whereas President Habibie has hand-picked General Suharto to carry out policies consistent
with the past 32 years of economic exploitation and political repression;
Whereas General Suharto has said that he will remain leader of the Golkar ruling party;
Whereas President Habibie has declared that he will serve out the remainder of General
Suharto's term that ends in March 2003;
Whereas the policies of General Suharto and the Indonesian military regime have caused the
deaths of at least 200,000 people, one-third of the population, in East Timor;
Whereas the State Department Report on Human Rights reports that in 1997, the Indonesian
government continued to commit serious human rights abuses' and `demonstrated that it
would not tolerate challenges to the fundamental elements of the political system by
arresting and placing on trial some of its critics';
Whereas Indonesia continues to imprison democratic, student, labor, religious, and ethnic
Whereas General Suharto and his family have looted the Indonesian treasury of between
$30,000,000,000 and $40,000,000,000; and
Whereas General Suharto's cronyism has enabled his friends to pillage billions of dollars
more from the Indonesian people:
Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of
Congress that the United States should support a complete transition that will lead
immediately to a democratically elected, nonmilitary government in Indonesia including--
(1) release of political prisoners;
(2) legalization of political organizing activities;
(3) international monitoring of human rights conditions;
(4) roundtable all party discussions;
(5) a transitional government of national unity;
(6) democratic elections;
(7) a truth commission to address past political crimes; and
(8) recognition that past injustices require redress.
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