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Tapol speech on Aceh

03 April 1999

Delivered at the International Conference on Aceh, Washington (US), 3 April 1999I must first extend warm greetings from TAPOL and our gratitude to the International Forum on Aceh for holding this conference and inviting us to attend. We are very keen to be a part of the joint efforts to mobilise international support for the people of Aceh in the struggle to have their human rights upheld in all respects. We now stand at a turning point in the struggle of the Acehnese people. The downfall last year of Suharto, the Indonesian dictator, opened the floodgates for thousands of Acehnese,...

Impact of the Asian crisis on minorities

26 March 1999

Delivered at the Conference on the Asian Crisis "A Chance for Democracy and Human Rights?", Berlin, 26 - 28 March 1999 Many journalists nowadays raise the burning question: Is Indonesia facing Balkanisation? If one follows recent events in Indonesia it is tempting to answer in the affirmative, but my answer is: I don’t think so. The danger facing Indonesia at present is much more one of social rather than territorial of disintegration Any country hit by economic contraction of 15 per cent after years of 7 per cent growth, comparable to the global crisis of the thirties, will face...

151, March 1999

03 March 1999

Bulletin no. 151Contents1. East Timor: Indonesia's retreat from East Timor2. Social Unrest: Huge death toll in Maluku riots3. Aceh: Army shoots scores of people in Aceh [text unavailable]4. Aceh: Army brutality reigns supreme in Aceh [text unavailable]5. Aceh: 'You'd better come along with us...' [text unavailable]6. Armed Forces: Major reshuffle in ABRI [text unavailable]7. Armed Forces: Trial of Kopassus abductors a farce [text unavailable]8. Human Rights: Indicting Suharto9. UK-Indonesia Ties: Governments shamed by TV programmes [text...

149-150 December 1998

21 December 1998

Dec 1998 Bulletin no. 149 Contents 1. East Timor: Are the forces of occupation losing control? 2. East Timor: Jakarta offers autonomy 3. East Timor: Calls for the governor to resign 4. East Timor: Renewed military operations 5. East Timor: Killings and terror in Alas 6. East Timor: Students occupy parliament building 7. Aceh: Conflict with ABRI intensifies 8. Aceh: Lhokseumawe explodes on 2 November 9. Aceh: Shoot-out at Kandang 10: May riots: The findings of the TGPF 11: Aceh: Forcibly deported refugee Ishak Daud goes on trial 12: Jakarta: Students shot dead...

TAPOL: 25 years and still going strong

30 October 1998

TAPOL's 25th anniversary comes just months after the downfall of the Indonesian dictator, Suharto. A glance back at what we have tried to do provides an insight into the depth and persistence of gross human rights violations suffered by people living under Indonesian rule. It will help identify the tasks which lie ahead as Indonesia struggles to create a democratic countryIt was in June 1973 that, for the first time, a small group of people demonstrated outside the Indonesian embassy in London's Grosvenor Square, to protest against the continued detention without trial of tens of thousands of...

East Timor under the Indonesian jackboot

15 October 1998

Occasional Report No. 26, Oct 98 - An Analysis of Indonesian Army DocumentsIn October 1998 a large number of Indonesian army documents found their way out of East Timor and landed on the desk of an East Timor solidarity activist in Australia. The documents, in total more than 100 pages, consist of numerous tables containing details of military personnel in East Timor and covering many aspects of the army's presence in the occupied country. They provide, for the first time ever, a comprehensive picture of the precise nature of the army's structure in the territory and the extent and depth of...