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What is ASNLF?

ASNLF = Acheh-Sumatra National Liberation Front, better known in Acheh as Atjèh Meurdéhka (AM).

The UN General Assembly Resolution 2621-XXV, adopted on October 12, 1970, which contains a complete program of action to implement the Declaration on Independence categorically called as a crime, all efforts to maintain a colonial domination over any people, and recognized "the inherent right of all colonized peoples to struggle with all necessary means" against the colonialist powers.

The UN General Assembly Resolution 2711-XXV, adopted on October 14, 1970, recognized the legitimacy of the liberation struggle, including armed struggle, waged by the colonized peoples to gain their rights of self-determination and to get rid of colonial or foreign domination. All member nations are requested to give necessary aid to such struggles.

These are legal basis in International Law of the foundation of the Acheh-Sumatra National Liberation Front in the struggle to regain their legitimate right of self-determination from Indonesian colonialism. The movement affirms its internationalist character by its solidarity with other liberation movements of the oppressed peoples all over the globe.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Achehnese

Finally, our version of the Achehnese translation of the UDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights) is now available online:

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the Most Universal Document in the World

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has been awarded the Guinness World Record for having collected, translated and disseminated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into more than 300 languages and dialects: from Abkhaz to Zulu. The Universal Declaration is thus the document most translated - indeed, the most "universal" - in the world.

In the words of the former High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson: "This project bears a special symbolism. It immediately brings to us a sense of the world's diversity; it is a rich tapestry with so many different languages and peoples. But, at the same time, it shows that all of us, in our different forms of expression, can speak the "common language of humanity", the language of human rights, which is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."

This project, developed in the framework of the United Nations Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2004), provides an example of what global partnership for human rights is about. It was made possible thanks to the cooperative efforts by many partners within and outside the United Nations system: OHCHR and its field presences; the UN Department of Public Information (DPI) and many of its Information Centres and Services (UNICs and UNISs) around the world; the International Telecommunication Union (ITU); the United Nations Development Programme and its field presences (UNDP); UNESCO with some of its National Commissions and Regional Office); various Governments and their Permanent Missions to the United Nations; selected universities and linguistic institutes; numerous international, regional and local non governmental organizations; and the Government of the Republic of San Marino, who generously sponsored the final phase of this project.

UN Human Rights Day

Acheh-Sumatra National Liberation Front
Press Release
10 December 2012

UN Human Rights Day

On December 10th, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. It proclaims a simple, powerful idea: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.

A few days ago, on December 4th, 2012, the people of Acheh celebrated peacefully the 36th anniversary of its independence day, by raising their "crescent and star" flag both in Acheh and abroad. Unfortunately, in Acheh they have to risk their life and limb during and after the anniversary. The Indonesian armed forces and police including militias lowered down and seized all the flags, whereas the flag raisers were being persecuted.

Universal human rights certainly include the right to freedom of expression and the freedom of belief, including the right to self-determination. We strongly denounce the actions done by the Indonesian security forces with regards to the flag-raising, as it is the rights of Achehnese to freely express their own beliefs.

Acheh-Sumatra National Liberation Front urges all parties to respect the people of Acheh and let them exercise their rights in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Indonesia is well known for its flagrant violations of these rights and, therefore, it is indispensable for international community to put more pressure on it.

We sincerely wish all the peoples around the world a happy UN Human Rights Day and hopefully the people of Acheh can also exercise all their fundamental rights freely, without fear and intimidation.


For more information, please contact:
Madinatul Fajar, ASNLF Head of Secretariat


Press Release
7 November 2012


European separatism

The Edinburgh agreement, signed by British Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond on 15 October, has paved the way for a Scottish independence referendum in 2014, allowing the people of Scotland to freely determine their future whether to remain within the UK or to break away from the kingdom.

Congratulations! Long live freedom, democracy and justice!

The news has been received by a shrug in the capitals of the European Union, considering the possibility of the domino-effect which may arise upon the ”yes” vote for an independent Scotland. The fear, of course, is that the cracks in Scotland will widespread the aura of separatism to the rest of Europe.


Press Release
Acheh-Sumatra National Liberation Front / Atjèh Meurdéhka
June 23, 2012

Peace Without Justice and Acheh’s Growth Constraints

The Helsinki peace process is approaching its 7th year anniversary, which is on August 15th of this year. Despite its success in discontinuing Acheh’s over three decades armed conflict, the deal has yet to generate proven stability to post-conflict Acheh. Turmoil during the most recent local governor election has shown a despairing prospect of the accord. Meanwhile, uncertainty in regards to past human rights settlement and current security issues have put Acheh’s peace process in an insecure situation, just in time for the European Union (EU) and the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) to end their peace mission in Acheh by the end of this year. Inevitably, Acheh’s future towards a sustainable peace is once again being questioned.


Press Release
May 23, 2012


“Violence is certainly an important part of the short history of Indonesia. The Indonesian government has systematically violated fundamental human rights for over 20 years and continues to do so with impunity.” Asia Watch Report 1990

For almost three decades Acheh had become a slaughter-house, a killing field for the Indonesian armed forces, in its efforts to crush the Free Acheh Movemnet (GAM) – a popular movement to liberate Acheh from the Republic of Indonesia. During the process, thousands of Achehnese civilians had been killed, including extra judicial killings, massacres, torture, arbitrary arrests and 'disappearances'. And international and local human rights organizations had extensively documented about these atrocities.


Press Release
 April 20, 2012

 For opposition, Acheh still a dangerous place to live in

 Current Situation

The feast of democracy is over and Achehnese has just exercised its democratic rights to choose its governor, district heads and mayor posts in the April 9 election. Almost 7 years after the signing of Helsinki deal, ending the war between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), Achehnese once again endured one of the most difficult periods in times of peace.