Jul 02, 2022 Last Updated 4:52 AM, Jun 27, 2022

Social & Political Unrest

Sensitive truths

The exhumation of mass graves from 1965-66 is a fraught and dangerous business

Dictionary of a disaster

This mini-encyclopedia explains some of the key terms pertaining to the events of 1965-66

Accomplices in atrocity

The mass killings of 1965-66 in Indonesia were international, not just local, events - and the US played an important role

I'm still here

Forty-five years later, survivors are telling their stories about their suffering in detention 

Survival through slavery

Suspected communists who survived the killings of 1965-66 in South Sulawesi spent the next 20 years working for the military in an isolated jungle camp

Terror in Tandes

Two villagers from the rural fringe of Surabaya recall the most frightening night of their lives

Watching Balibo in Jakarta

Packed screenings of the controversial film about the deaths of five Australian journalists in East Timor continue, despite an official ban

The Aceh Party

The elections were tense in Aceh but in the end helped to consolidate the peace process

Surviving conflict

Aceh’s performing arts have blossomed despite the conflict and the tsunami

We miss you wali nanggroe

Hasan di Tiro returns to an Aceh in transition

Arnold Ap and Theys Eluay

Political assassinations targeted West Papua’s culture and political identity

Torture in Papua

Human rights groups report on abuses

West Papua: Inside Indonesia?

This edition of Inside Indonesia marks an important anniversary, and explores the multiple faces of Indonesian Papua today

The name game

Or, the years of living with no one to blame

A sibling rivalry

Since their institutional separation, the relationship between the police and the military has been troubled

Teaching and remembering

The legacy of the Suharto era lingers in school history books

Un-natural disaster

An unstoppable flow of mud from an explosion in a gas well in Sidoarjo, East Java, has unleashed a plethora of political issues.

Shifting faultlines

In the aftermath of religious conflict, ethnic difference is becoming more prominent in Ambon

Outbreak of rioting: Tinder-box or conspiracy?

Is Indonesia a 'tinder-box'? A potential Bosnia in Southeast Asia? Or is it essentially peaceful, but someone is stirring the pot, perhaps to make a point before the 1997 elections? GERRY VAN KLINKEN visits the sites of three riots.

The fear and the fury

FRANZ MAGNIS-SUSENO believes that riots happen because people feel threatened by change.

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