"Say Sorry for ‘65" campaign launches on TAPOL’s 40th anniversary

28 Jun 2013

London - The 40th anniversary of the human rights organisation TAPOL is being marked today by the launch of Say Sorry for ’65, a campaign calling on President Yudhoyono to acknowledge the truth about the 1965 mass killings in Indonesia.  

The campaign launches at the opening-night screening of the multi award-winning film THE ACT OF KILLING at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton.

The powerful documentary is having a major impact around the world and helping to raise awareness of the horrific crimes against humanity committed during General Suharto’s rise to power in 1965-66. Up to a million Indonesians were massacred as Suharto took power in what amounted to one of the worst mass murders of the 20th century.

“The shocking fact is that while everyone has heard about the atrocities in Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia, the 1965 massacres are hardly known about and no-one has been brought to justice for these appalling crimes. Now is the time for President Yudhoyono to do the right thing and apologise to those who have suffered so much,” says TAPOL founder Carmel Budiardjo.   

Say Sorry for ’65 seeks to raise awareness of the nightmare events of 1965 and generate international support for the victims who are desperately seeking an official apology.  An online petition to the President aims to gather 10,000 signatures worldwide.

TAPOL was set up in 1973 as a campaign for the tens of thousands of political prisoners imprisoned by the Suharto regime. Carmel Budiardjo was herself held in detention by the regime for three years without trial. She established TAPOL following her release and return to the UK.

Over the past four decades, TAPOL has consistently campaigned for justice and spoken out on behalf of victims of human rights violations in East Timor, Aceh, West Papua and elsewhere. It has challenged military and police abuses and monitored and opposed UK arms sales to Indonesia. It continues to address the very serious human rights problems that remain, especially in West Papua, despite the progress made by Indonesia in its transition to democracy since the downfall of Suharto in 1998.

TAPOL’s work in relation to Say Sorry for ’65 and THE ACT OF KILLING is supported by the Bertha Foundation, Picturehouse Cinemas, and Dogwoof, the UK distributor of the film.


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