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Monument a rare but clouded window into Indonesia massacres

2017-04-21T12:20:24+00:00 October 13th, 2016|Categories: Article, Feature|

PLUMBON, Indonesia (AP) — In a country pockmarked with hidden graves from one of the 20th century's worst mass killings, the village of Plumbon has something that sets it apart: a monument that names some of those believed killed when the nationwide bloodletting engulfed this hamlet half a century ago. Down a rutted track that passes [...]

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Indonesia’s brutal history brought to global attention

2017-04-21T11:55:59+00:00 October 5th, 2016|Categories: Feature|

Source : The Financial Times, september 27, 2016 Since the fall of Suharto in 1998, authors have tried to broadcast an alternative version the country’s history In 1999, as Indonesians were still celebrating the end of 31 years of dictatorial rule by Suharto, their second president, an unemployed philosophy graduate started writing a sprawling novel that [...]

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Buru Island, challenging a single version of history

2017-04-20T23:24:15+00:00 August 30th, 2016|Categories: Feature|

By Airlangga Pribadi Kusman Source : Indonesia in Melbourne, August 4 2016 On 18 May, the Faculty of Cultural Studies at Airlangga University in Surabaya notched up a small victory against decades of state propaganda about the events of 1965. It held a successful screening of the filmPulau Buru, Tanah Air Beta (Buru Island, My Homeland), by [...]

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Dadang Christanto, Witnesses from Indonesia

2017-04-20T23:45:09+00:00 June 17th, 2016|Categories: Feature|

WITNESSES FROM INDONESIA a roundabout route to Australia Recent art from Indonesia seeks to bear witness and counteract the silence surrounding crimes perpetrated on the powerless not only in Indonesia but everywhere. Dadang Christanto has made bearing witness to crimes the subject of his art throughout the last decade of the 20th century, a century he [...]

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Indonesia challenged to admit existence of mass graves from anti-communist purges

2017-04-21T11:52:56+00:00 June 1st, 2016|Categories: Feature|

Eko Sutikno was due to be executed at this Semarang site in 1965 but his place was taken by another prisoner.ABC News: Adam Harvey and Ari Wuryantama President Joko Widodo wants an inquiry into the location of the mass graves, but the man he has put in charge of the investigation — cabinet minister [...]

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Nightmares of 1965

2017-04-21T09:14:06+00:00 March 25th, 2016|Categories: Feature|

  By ANONYMOUS As part of their early schooling, Indonesians in the Soeharto era were deliberately traumatized by the state THIS is a photograph of my mother as a schoolgirl in the fourth grade in Jakarta, circa 1965-1966. She is the one with the short bob and mildly petulant facial expression, indicative of a stubborn sulking [...]

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MRS. TINTIN RAHAYU: “MAY I MENTION HIS NAME?”

2017-04-23T20:57:38+00:00 November 17th, 2015|Categories: Feature|

Joss Wibisono & Linawati Sidarto Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdEPYRfN9uo At IPT 1965 The Hague 11 Nov. 2015 Starting at the prosecutor’s question: “Apakah Ibu tahu pelakunya (Do you know the perpetrator)?” at 38’55” Few eyes were dry on the second day in the IPT 1965 courtroom. On the witness stand this Tuesday afternoon was Mrs. Tintin Rahayu (not [...]

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Ko Swan Sik: “It’s a Human Rights Game”

2017-04-23T16:07:15+00:00 November 13th, 2015|Categories: Feature|

  by: Yanti Mualim   YM: My guest is Professor Ko Swan Sik, an expert in international law. We have listened to a number of testimonies in the past few days. What is your view after hearing these testimonies, as a law expert and a person? KS: Let’s first go from the human point of view: [...]

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Martin Aleida: “A World That Is Reaching Out. Not My Country”

2017-04-23T16:09:26+00:00 November 12th, 2015|Categories: Feature|

Joss Wibisono (JW) : I am now with Martin Aleida, who has just testified in front of IPT. A very dramatic testimony. How do you feel ? Martin Aleida (MA): Thank you. I feel like I’m surrounded by a world that is reaching out their hand to me. Something I don’t find in my own country. So I [...]

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