Posts with tag: 1965 Violence

Talking Indonesia: transnational human rights activism

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In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Dirk Tomsa chats to Dr Vannessa Hearman about the letter-writing friendships that political prisoners under Soeharto developed with supporters and human rights activists overseas.

Best of 2018

It’s time again for Indonesia at Melbourne to take a short break over the Christmas and New Year period. Here we reflect on some of our favourite and most popular blog posts and podcasts from 2018. We look forward to seeing you again when we return in mid-January.

Misinformation, Ratna the hoaxer, and 1965

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What does the 1965 violence have to do with Ratna Sarumpaet? Hellena Souisa examines two incidents that demonstrate how serious the problem of hoaxes has become for Indonesian politics.

There’s now proof that Soeharto orchestrated the 1965 killings

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According to official government narratives, the military was forced to step in to save the nation from a coup on 1 October 1965. Drawing on her remarkable new book, Dr Jess Melvin explains how rather than reluctantly stepping in, Soeharto and the military used existing military chains of command to actively seize power.

Jokowi is not fooling anyone with latest nod to victims of rights abuses

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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo last week met participants of Indonesia’s longest running human rights protest, Kamisan (“Thursdays”). Dr Ken Setaiwan writes that despite the promising photographs that came out of the meeting, his government has little interest in pursuing justice for past crimes.

Talking Indonesia: resisting impunity

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20 years after the fall of Soeharto, how is Indonesia facing up to the violence of the New Order era? What is being done to resist enduring impunity in democratic Indonesia? Dr Jemma Purdey discusses these issues and more with Galuh Wandita in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Will UN rights chief's criticism of Indonesia have any impact?

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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein last week issued a stern warning about Indonesia's plans to revise its Criminal Code. Tim Mann looks at Hussein's recent visit to Indonesia and questions whether the country's engagement in the UN rights process is just window dressing.

The biggest hoax of all: the 30 September Movement

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Many Indonesians are concerned about the damage that hoaxes and so-called "fake news" are doing to social cohesion. Professor Ariel Heryanto writes that it is difficult to find a more powerful hoax than the story of the 30 September Movement, which has provided the basis for numerous other nonsensical and dangerous hoaxes.

Telegrams confirm scale of US complicity in 1965 genocide

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On 17 October, dozens of declassified files confirmed that the United States had detailed knowledge of and actively supported Indonesian military efforts to destroy the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) and its alleged sympathisers. Dr Jess Melvin, who was involved in the declassification project, looks at the most significant revelations.

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