This report gives an historical overview of the 1965–66 massacres, persecutions, and continuing discriminatory policies against alleged communists and their descendants in Indonesia.
Indonesia has made substantial progress in its transition to democracy, but its overall record on justice and accountability still falls far short of international standards. Our work on transitional justice aims to support Indonesia in coming to terms with its abusive and authoritarian past and adapting to a more democratic future, based on justice and the rule of law.
The problem of impunity continues to dominate the transitional justice debate in Indonesia. Our effort to promote greater accountability for human rights violations focuses on one of the twentieth century’s worst atrocities, the mass murders that accompanied former President Suharto’s rise to power in 1965/66. We undertake international advocacy and support civil society partners and victims’ groups in their struggle for official acknowledgement of the truth about the tragedy and an end to ongoing discrimination against victims and their families.
TAPOL regards the protection of Human Rights Defenders as an important aspect of our work in promoting transitional justice, and we continue to call for justice for the state-directed murder in 2004 of Munir, Indonesia’s foremost human rights defender and prominent critic of the Indonesian military.