TAPOL in the press

13 May 2005
Overcoming Papua repression through peace

At the recent Asian-African summit in Jakarta, the Indonesian government has once again demonstrated its instinctive mistrust of fundamental freedoms by its response to an international meeting on West Papua.

Appeared in: Jakarta Post
28 Apr 2005
Human Rights violations continue to haunt us

Oppression is bad for a government's image, especially a government such as Indonesia that is still struggling to repair its reputation internationally. It deprives it of its legitimacy and provides other countries with a justified reason for censure.

Appeared in: Jakarta PostTagged: Aceh
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