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Indonesia, Aceh rebels disagree on jurisdiction of human rights tribunal

[JURIST] The Indonesian government and separatist rebels in the province of Aceh are disputing the jurisdiction of the human rights tribunal to be established under their newly signed peace accord [JURIST report]. The Indonesian government believes the tribunal is being created for "future needs, not for the past," and does not want the court to try cases that occurred before last week, when the accord was signed. A spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement [Wikipedia backgrounder], Bahtiar Abdulah, said the parties signed the Memorandum of Understanding [PDF text] with the intent to make it retroactive. The Aceh Monitoring Mission [AFP report], which will be composed of officials from the European Union and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, will help to resolve dispute when it begins operations on September 15. VOA has more.

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