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TAPOL calls on the UK Government to apologise for its role on 1960s massacre in Indonesia

Media Statement

London, 3 November 2021

UK Government should apologise for encouraging 1960s massacres of alleged leftists in Indonesia and appoint independent counsel to investigate 

On 17 and 24 October, the Observer newspaper published new research undertaken by academics and journalists, disclosing the existence in 1965 of a covert unit in the UK Foreign Office. The unit spread disinformation purporting to be from Indonesian ‘patriots’ living outside Indonesia, encouraging massacres. 

Committing Crimes Against Humanity is Not for Celebration


President Widodo Should Revoke Award for Human Rights Violator 

Committing Crimes Against Humanity is Not for Celebration

London, New York, Berlin 

Saturday 14 August, 2021

TAPOL, ETAN and Watch Indonesia! strongly condemn President Joko Widodo’s decision to grant ‘Bintang Jasa Utama’, one the highest national awards, to Eurico Guterres on Thursday, 12 August 2021. 

Fifty Years on: A Personal Story

It was early in the morning of 1 October 1965, that my family and I woke up to the deafening sound of army trucks driving up and down outside our house in Menteng, Jakarta. One of our close neighbours was General Nasution who had apparently been one of the targets of an attempt early that morning by a group of soldiers to overthrow the government of President Sukarno.