This report gives an historical overview of the 1965–66 massacres, persecutions, and continuing discriminatory policies against alleged communists and their descendants in Indonesia. It shows how such practices have over the years also been extended to other groups, contributing to a state of political repression, inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts. Failure to address the past could fuel conflict and even result in further atrocities.
Indonesia’s failure to address the legacy of the1965-66 massacres against alleged Communists and their associates could continue to stir community divisions, fuel conflict and result in further atrocities, says a new report,’ Indonesia’s unresolved mass murders: undermining democracy’, by TAPOL, a UK-based organisation which promotes human rights, peace, and democracy in Indonesia.
Victims of the tragedy and their families are treated as second-class citizens and continue to suffer economic and social discrimination to this day.
We have just had the privilege of hosting one of Indonesia’s foremost writers and producers of documentary films.
Putu Oka Sukanta is one of hundreds of thousands of Indonesians who spent many years as political prisoners, held without charge or trial in prisons and camps across the country, for no other reason than that they were suspected of being members or alleged sympathizers of the Indonesian Communist Party, the PKI, or of organizations allegedly affiliated to the PKI.
In an open letter to the presidents of Indonesia and Timor-Leste, a worldwide coalition of three dozen human rights organizations led by groups from Indonesia and Timor-Leste have called on President Yudhoyono and President Ramos-Horta to close the bilateral Commission for Truth and Friendship (CTF).