The Dutch cabinet supports independent follow-up research into the post-war decolonization period in the former Dutch Indies, and the context in which violent conflicts at that time took place. The research must not focus solely on the military actions, but must include the political, administrative and judicial actions between 1945 and 1949 as well.
Three Dutch research institutes (NIMH, KITLV, NIOD) want to carry out the research into the sensitive postwar period. These three organisations submitted a similar proposal in 2012, but the Dutch cabinet did not see a role for the government at the time. However, social developments, studies and new insights from the past few years have now given the cabinet sufficient cause to financially support a wide-ranging research programme.