TAPOL in the press

13 Apr 2005
Acehnese, Islam and foreigners: Clearing up the misapprehension

Do the Acehnese hate foreigners? Do they want the many foreign aid workers laboring to help them to leave their villages? Are the Acehnese, you may ask, fanatical Muslims?

Appeared in: Jakarta PostTagged: Aceh
18 Mar 2005
Aceh's disasters: 'Man-made' and natural

It is almost impossible to imagine what the lives of tsunami survivors is like. Not only have they lost many members of their families and all their worldly goods, but they will have to try and rebuild a life in an ongoing conflict area that is little more than a man-made disaster.

Appeared in: Jakarta PostTagged: Aceh
20 Nov 2004
Palestine and Aceh: Limits of Solidarity

An interesting opinion article appeared in this newspaper, which drew a comparison between the plight of the Palestinians and the Acehnese. (The Jakarta Post, Nov. 8). This is maybe the first time an Indonesian has connected the two conflicts.

Appeared in: Jakarta PostTagged: Aceh
1 Nov 2004

Aceh will be the best place to judge whether the new government will be any different from previous regimes in Indonesia. One of the biggest challenges for Bambang Susilo Yudhoyono's government is to resolve the conflict in Aceh peacefully.

Appeared in: Jakarta PostTagged: Aceh
21 Oct 2004
Prospects for peace in Papua

It is not yet clear whether the election of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as president of Indonesia is a positive development for West Papua and whether he will bring peace and stability to the restive

Appeared in: Jakarta PostTagged: West Papua
1 Oct 2004
The need for justice in Indonesia, 39 years on

Thirty-nine years ago, on Oct. 1, 1965, an event occurred that was to trigger an earth-shattering upheaval in Indonesia. On that day, seven army officers were kidnapped and gunned down. The details of that incident are well known in Indonesia and have formed an essential part of the history taught in schools and solemnly commemorated every year in the media.

Appeared in: Jakarta PostTagged: Political Prisoners