Genocide and Justice: The Ongoing Search for Truth and Accountability for the 1965-1966 Indonesian Mass Killings
Coming up in New York City, a lecture on the 1965 atrocities in Indonesia. For more information, click here.
Fifty-two years ago, in the wake of an alleged coup attempt known as the September 30th Movement, the Indonesian Army launched a campaign of mass murder against supporters of the Indonesian Communist Party and its affiliated organizations, killing an estimated 500,000 unarmed civilians, imprisoning hundreds of thousands more, and bringing to power General Suharto, who ruled Indonesia for 32 years before his ouster in 1998.
This talk will explore recent efforts to research the mass killings in Indonesia as well as ongoing campaigns for truth and accountability, nearly twenty years after Suharto’s ouster. It will argue that, amidst a resurgence of “anti-communist” campaigns and repression, the success of both is crucial for the stability of Indonesia’s fragile democracy.