Press Releases

1 Jun 2007

When the governor of Jakarta, Sutiyoso, rejected a request earlier this week to attend and testify at the inquest into the death of British journalist Brian Peters, he was showing contempt for a long-delayed effort to examine the circumstances that led to the deaths of the 'Balibo Five' in October 1975.

24 May 2007

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).

9 Feb 2007

The revelation this week by Defence Minister Juwono Sudarsono that Indonesia is considering the procurement of BAE Systems Hawk aircraft from the UK confirms that the two countries are intent on securing a substantial upgrade in their military relations.

3 Jun 2003

As the war in Aceh enters its third week and military operations in the Central Highlands in Papua intensify, it is timely to put these developments into a broader context.

17 May 2002

For 23 years, the people of East Timor waged a bitter and at times lonely struggle against a mighty military dictatorship which enjoyed unstinting support from western governments, who valued their economic ties – trade, investments and the sale of arms – to the exclusion of all else.

7 Jun 2001

West Papua's leading human rights group, ELS-HAM, the Institute for Human Rights Study and Advocacy and TAPOL, the Indonesia Human Rights Campaign in London, are today demanding the release of 22 p