Despite a Smooth Implementation of the August 2005 Peace Agreement, People in Aceh Remain Afraid of Soldiers and Police

A poll of more than 1,000 Acehnese by the Indonesian Survey Institute found that half the people in Aceh still fear that security forces may arrest them unjustly. This lingering fear is a reflection of repressive acts carried out by security forces during many years of conflict and martial law.

Some 76 percent of respondents thought that their overall security was good. The initial phase of the peace agreement—weapons decommissioning and government troop withdrawals—was highly successful. Acehnese attitudes will now be heavily influenced by the outcome of deliberation in the Indonesian parliament, which is debating a law on elections and governance in Aceh.

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“Half of Acehnese Still Fear Security Arrest—Survey,” Reuters AlertNet, 28 March 2006.