Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS)

Country: Indonesia

KontraS, which was born on 20 March 1998, is a task force formed by a number of civil society organizations and community leaders. It is a successor to a task force originally named KIP-HAM, which was formed in 1996. As a commission that worked to monitor human rights issues, KIP-HAM received many complaints and input from the public, both victims and communities who dared to express their aspirations about the human rights problems that occurred in their areas. At first KIP-HAM only received a number of complaints through letters and telephone contacts from the community. However, over time some victims became brave enough to submit complaints directly to the KIP-HAM secretariat.