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Indonesia Topics

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  • In the worst violence since protesting toppled dictator Suharto last May, at least five people have been killed today in Jakarta. Indonesian security forces opened fire on thousands of protesters, and shot water cannons and tear gas into the crowds. Student activists who marched on parliament demanding greater democratic change in Indonesia said that more than 50 people were injured, and two were in critical condition. Armored personnel...
    November 13, 1998 | Story
  • Witnesses in Jakarta say Indonesian troops opened fire to block protesting students attempting to reach the parliament. They have called for the parliament to implement deeper political reforms. The Indonesian parliament convened for the first time since the ouster of President Suharto.
    November 12, 1998 | Story
  • Post Suharto —- as post Sani Abacha -—- are the people about to realize their dreams of participatory democracy, or see a democratic face painted on the same old military machine?
    August 26, 1998 | Story
  • The East Timorese independence leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos Horta is testifying at the United Nations de-colonization hearings on East Timor. On Tuesday, he said that he would accept an offer for immediate limited autonomy within Indonesia and a five-year delay on a referendum on the permanent status of the territory. Horta refused however to recognize Indonesian sovereignty in the meantime.
    July 01, 1998 | Story
  • The general who oversaw the troops who opened fire on civilians during a memorial service was appointed senior military advisor by B.J. Habibie. Lieutenant General Sintong Panjaitan oversaw the 1991 slaughter of 271 East Timorese and their supporters during a memorial service in Dili. His appointment comes on the heels of Mr. Habibie’s promises to improve Indonesia’s human rights record.
    June 22, 1998 | Story
  • A conversation with an American labor activists who just returned from Indonesia.
    June 22, 1998 | Story
  • The Indonesian Human Rights Commission has just officially upped the number of deaths that have occurred in Indonesia over the last few weeks to more than one thousand. For these and other developments, we now turn to two people.
    June 04, 1998 | Story
  • When the Indonesian dictator Suharto resigned last week, he handed over the Presidency to his hand-picked successor — vice-president B.J. Habibie. Habibie has been described as almost a son to Suharto — in his autobiography, Suharto wrote that Habibie "regards me as his own parent. He always asks for my guidance and takes down notes of [my] philosophy." This week’s Time magazine profile of Habibie notes his...
    May 29, 1998 | Story
  • Indonesia started to release political prisoners Tuesday only hours before a top IMF official was due to arrive. Sri Bintang Pamungkas and Muchtar Pakpahan, the first two of thousands of prisoners held around the country, were freed from Jakarta’s Cipinang Jail shortly after midnight.
    May 26, 1998 | Story
  • Hours after Jusuf Habibe addressed the nation, thousands of students occupying parliament for the fifth straight day demanded that Habibe step down. The students say they won’t leave the parliament until Habibe follows Suharto. The students are also demanding that the former dictator Suharto be put on trial.
    May 22, 1998 | Story