Netherlands Offers Compensation to Children of Indonesians Executed During the Indonesian War of Independence

The government of Netherlands announced last Oct. 19 that it will offer compensation to the children of the Indonesians executed by the Dutch military during the Indonesian War of Independence between 1945 to 1950.

The government of Netherlands announced last Oct. 19 that it will offer compensation to the children of the Indonesians executed by the Dutch military during the Indonesian War of Independence between 1945 to 1950.

The Dutch government said that it will pay €5,000, which translates to US $5,890, to the children with credible claim that the parent was executed during the war decades ago.

The decision follows a court ruling last March that ordered compensation for the widows and children of the men executed from 1946 to 1947 in Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, formerly called Celebes.

Those who will claim the compensation are required to follow a set of criteria such as providing identity papers as proof of paternity and proof of the parent’s execution.

“Children who can prove that their father was a victim of summary execution as described… are eligible for compensation,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok and Minister of Defense Ank Bijleveld said in a joint letter to the parliament, as reported by news media outlet Al Jazeera.

According to a Dutch appeals court last year, Dutch soldiers delivered the executions without trial and tortured prisoners.

The Dutch government formally apologized in 2013 for the executions and offered compensation to the widows, but they had refused to pay damages to their children.

According to a government spokesperson, it was unclear how many would ask for the compensation.


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