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Telegrams confirm scale of US complicity in 1965 genocide

2017-10-21T12:50:15+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , |

October 20, 2017 | Jess Melvin* There is much outrage in the United States that a foreign state might have attempted to influence its 2016 Presidential Election. The release on 17 October of a cache of previously classified telegrams sent from the US Embassy in Jakarta provides new and damning evidence that the US is no stranger [...]

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Q&A: Was China behind the Sept. 30 1965 failed coup?

2017-10-21T06:14:35+00:00 October 20th, 2017|Categories: Opinion|

Devina Heriyanto | Jakarta | Fri, October 20, 2017 | 08:05 am Decades have passed and Indonesians are keen to debate what exactly happened on the fateful night of Sept. 30, 1965 and during the months-long communist purge that followed. Last year, an attempt at reconciliation was made by the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) with a [...]

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New Documents Reveal US Complacency in Indonesian Massacres

2017-10-20T02:04:01+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , |

18 October 2017 Newly declassified reports reveal that U.S. officials documented the killings of hundreds of thousands of civilians by the Indonesian government. Human rights organizations are calling on the United States and Indonesia to declassify more documents regarding the 1965-66 anti-communist purges that took place under the leadership of Suharto, formerly an important ally of [...]

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It is 50 years since the Indonesian massacre of 1965 but we cannot look away

2017-10-02T01:26:28+00:00 September 30th, 2017|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , |

Laksmi Pamuntjak As 250 million Indonesians face up to the 50th anniversary of one of the most crushing episodes of our nation’s history – the massacre of up to 500,000 or more alleged Communists between 1965 and 1968 by the Suharto regime – the business of confronting the past has reached a new urgency. And it [...]

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After Long Silence, Indonesia Allows Talk of Anti-Communist Atrocities

2017-10-07T20:40:39+00:00 April 17th, 2017|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , |

By JOE COCHRANE | April 17, 2016 JAKARTA, Indonesia — When Putu Oka Sukanta was awakened by knocking on his door late one night in October 1966, he says, he instinctively knew who was there. Indonesian soldiers, police officers and plainclothes intelligence agents took Mr. Sukanta, then a 27-year-old high school teacher and poet, to a military [...]

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The truth first, Mr. President

2017-10-02T01:52:58+00:00 April 5th, 2017|Categories: Article|Tags: , |

Jakarta | Wed, April 5, 2017 | 08:47 am | Reza Muharam* Victims and human rights defenders celebrated the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims on March 24. The right to the truth, together with the right to justice, and reparation — including [...]

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A drink for humanity

2017-10-02T01:58:20+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Categories: Article|Tags: , |

The Herb Feith Foundation gave its inaugural human rights education award to Putu Oka Sukanta. Pat Walsh presented the award. ‘I’m wearing this cap to keep my head warm because of the AC, but also to stop me from getting a swelled head,’ said Pak Putu wryly after I presented him the inaugural Herb Feith Human [...]

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Victims of rights violations decry goverment’s silence, inaction

2017-10-09T09:12:17+00:00 January 19th, 2017|Categories: News, Opinion|Tags: , , |

Margareth S. Aritonang | The Jakarta Post | Jakarta | Wed, January 18, 2017 | 05:07 pm Victims and the families of victims of gross human rights violations gathered at the Judicial Commission building on Wednesday to scrutinize the challenges that have hampered their plea to be heard by the government. After 10 years of staging [...]

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For reconciliation, Indonesians need to embrace a new understanding of the 1965 ‘anti-communist’ purg

2017-04-21T12:19:07+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Categories: Article|

Source : The Conversation, October 1 2016 Over half a century after a bloody “anti-communist” purge, Indonesians remain divided about the events of 1965-1966, thanks to the 32-year hardline rule by former President Suharto, who both initiated the massacre and ensured that remained absent from official histories. In the early hours of October 1 1965, six [...]

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