Dec 06, 2022 Last Updated 6:29 AM, Nov 29, 2022

Military Oppression

The red thread

A recently uncovered report reveals how anti-communist paranoia stoked abductions of pro-democracy activists in the last days of the New Order

Murdering army, silent church

Reverend Mery Kolimon, researcher and advocate working on the 1965 killings in Eastern Indonesia, has a personal connection to this piece of history

Testimony of a messenger

A memoir by a former army officer offers insights into Suharto’s moves in October 1965

No ‘magic bullet’

Dealing with human rights abuses has been business as usual under the Jokowi administration

I am Suciwati

A monologue

Prabowo and human rights

Jakarta 1998 was bad, but Prabowo likely had more blood on his hands in East Timor

Big prison, little prison

Stories from Papua’s political prisoners show life at the edge of freedom

Hunted communists

Many of those accused of being communists fled to South Blitar after the Surabaya crackdown, only to become the target of the Trisula Operation in 1968

Sensitive truths

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

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

Genocide and demographic transformation in Papua

A response to Jim Elmslie and Stuart Upton

Not just another disaster

Papuan claims of genocide deserve to be taken seriously

A disaster, but not genocide

Migration has caused many problems in Papua, but it is not part of a genocidal master plan

A man on a mission

From the highlands of Papua to exile in England, Benny Wenda is a leader of his people

Children of the enemy

A child abducted during the Indonesian occupation returns to her former home

Obama's Indonesia question

Will the US president continue unrestricted aid to Indonesia’s military?

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