Andrew Conroe, Jakarta – What does it mean to have knowledge about a violent historical event that, for the most part, has never made it into national history books?
1965 Affair & Anti-Communist Purge
September 30, 2022
February 20, 2022
Jakarta – One of the victims of gross human rights violations during the 1965 tragedy, Bedjo Untung, says he appreciates that the Dutch government has apologised to Indonesia for violen
February 18, 2022
Greg Poulgrain – National security advisor Kissinger and President Nixon described their visit to Chairman Mao Zedong in February 1972 – fifty years ago this month – as 'turning a page
February 16, 2022
An interview with Michael G. Vann. Interview by Daniel Finn
January 26, 2022
Sholto Byrnes – Who bears responsibility for the 1965-66 anti-communist purge in Indonesia in which at least half a million, and maybe even more than a million, people died?
January 23, 2022
Paul Lashmer, Nicholas Gilby, James Oliver – Shocking new details have emerged of Britain's role in one of the most brutal massacres of the postwar 20th century.
November 7, 2021
Kartika Sukarno – My father, Sukarno, the first elected president of Indonesia, was put under house arrest in March 1967 a few days after I was born. He was 67.
November 3, 2021
London – UK Government should apologise for encouraging 1960s massacres of alleged leftists in Indonesia and appoint independent counsel to investigate
October 24, 2021
Paul Lashmar and Nicholas Gilby – Survivors and descendants of those massacred in Indonesia's anti-communist purge of 1965-1966 are urging the UK government to apologise for its role in
October 22, 2021
Resty Woro Yuniar – Survivors and descendants of those killed in Indonesia's anti-communist purge of 1965-1966 are urging Western countries to apologise for their roles in what the CIA
October 19, 2021
Amnesty International Indonesia is calling for the reopening of the investigation into the 1965 humanitarian tragedy following the revelation of new facts reported by the British media
October 18, 2021
Greg Poulgrain – During my ten days in Jakarta in May 1998 when the Suharto era ended, I visited Cipinang penitentiary to speak with Colonel Abdul Latief.
Sebastian Strangio – Yesterday, The Guardian published a fascinating article shedding fresh light on the role played by the United Kingdom in the ghastly liquidation of the Indon
October 17, 2021
Paul Lashmar, Nicholas Gilby and James Oliver – A propaganda campaign orchestrated by Britain played a crucial part in one of the most brutal massacres of the postwar 20th century, shoc
Paul Lashmar, Nicholas Gilby and James Oliver – In early 1965 Ed Wynne, an official from the Foreign Office in London in his late 40s, arrived at the door of a two-storey villa set in t
January 4, 2021
W. T. Whitney – U.S. imperialism was on a roll in the mid-20th century as Cold War problems were emerging.
October 2, 2020
Jakarta – A former political prisoner who was arrested in the aftermath of the September 30 Movement (G30S) affair in 1965, Bedjo Untung, is asking all parties to stop pinning or using
October 1, 2020
Belseran Christ, Buru – The sun was setting in the sky of Buru Island, Maluku, that Tuesday evening, yet Diro Sutopo seemed unbothered and continued to tend to his rice fields.
Galih Gumelar, Jakarta – Several years ago, during a meeting with a group of women at an undisclosed location, former National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) co
Dominique Tasevski – This year marks one hundred years since the founding of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA) and the Communist Party of Indonesia (Partai Komunis Indonesia, PKI).
September 30, 2020
Jess Melvin – It is 55 years since the Indonesian military under former general Soeharto launched a military operation to take over the country following an attempted coup that was blam
Jakarta – "It's difficult not to admit that the discourse on the revival of communism surfaces every year in lead up to September 30 or October 1.
HE Dame Barbara Woodward,Permanent Representative
United Kingdom Mission to the UN
New York, NY
December 1, 2019
Grace Leksana – As Indonesians are moving further from 1965, scholars and activists are starting to raise awareness about the risk of 'collective forgetting': a state-induced situation
November 25, 2019
Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto has asked teachers to inform students about the country's "dark" history relating to the long-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI).
November 23, 2019
Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto has asked teachers to be diligent in relating the history of the rebellion and evil of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) to students at s
October 3, 2019
Jakarta – The Institute for the Study of the 1965-1966 Massacres (YPKP 65) is ready to provide a list of names of people to the Attorney General's Office (AGO) who can be witnesses to
September 30, 2019
Siddharth Chandra – The Indonesian killings of 1965-66 marked a turning point in Indonesian politics, and rank among the most traumatic episodes in the country's history.
May 19, 2019
Arya Dipa, Bandung – The Dialita Choir, a group of survivors of the 1965 tragedy in Indonesia, has been honored with the 2019 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights for "showing the path to re
April 12, 2019
Olivia Tasevski – In January, during Indonesia's first presidential debate in the lead up to the Indonesian election next week on 17 April, Indonesian president, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo p
October 11, 2018
Karina M. Tehusijarana and Nedi Putra AW, Malang – A history seminar scheduled for Oct.
June 26, 2018
Jess Melvin – As Indonesia commemorates 20 years since the fall of the New Order military dictatorship, the foundation myth of the regime (and, indeed, the post-New Order state as well)
May 23, 2018
Peggy McInerny – In the course of six months, from October 1965 through mid-1966, roughly half a million members of the Communist Party of Indonesia (Partai Komunis Indonesia, or PKI) w
March 15, 2018
Julia Lovell – Joshua Oppenheimer's 2012 documentary The Act of Killing follows a cabal of ageing hoodlums around the city of Medan, in north-west Indonesia.
February 22, 2018
M Yusuf Manurung, Jakarta – The Human Rights Commission or Komnas HAM is still processing the report on the findings of 162 mass grave sites of 1965 massacre victims.
January 16, 2018
Ariel Heryanto – Many Indonesians are worried about the damage that hoaxes and disinformation are causing to social cohesion in the country.
December 11, 2017
Konradus Epa – Indonesian Aris Panji Irianto did not mind traveling from his home in Central Java to Jakarta to meet with fellow victims of the nation's bloody 1965-66 anti-Communist purge.
November 17, 2017
A new set of mass graves from Indonesia's anti-communist purges has been discovered, a victim right's group said Thursday, after recently declassified US documents showed Washington had full knowle
November 16, 2017
Heyder Affan – A number of locations in the vicinity of Purwodadi, Central Java, have been confirmed as sites of mass grave, places where bodies were disposed of and sites where people accused of b
Andreas Harsono – An Indonesian organization representing victims of the mass killings of 1965-66 has located 16 suspected mass graves in central Java that may contain the remains of up to 5,000 vi
November 15, 2017
Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Jakarta – The head of an Indonesian group representing victims of the mass killings of alleged communists in the mid-1960s said he had pinpointed 16 suspected mass grave sit
October 31, 2017
Max Walden – A file released by the United States government last week among those pertaining to the assassination of former president John F Kennedy has revealed that the Central Intelligence Agen
October 24, 2017
Bimo Wiwoho, Jakarta – The chairperson of the Institute for the Study of the 1965-1966 Massacres (YPKP 65), Bedjo Untung, claims that they have found 10 new mass grave sites containing the bodies o
Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – Survivors and families of victims of the 1965 communist purge have urged the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) to use the recently released declassi
October 22, 2017
Jakarta – Recently declassified United States Embassy archives documenting Indonesia's 1965 mass killings may not be included in legal proceedings before their veracity can be established, Chief Se
Jakarta – Amnesty International has urged the government to use the information contained in recently declassified United States Embassy archives on the Indonesian mass killings of 1965 as new mome
October 21, 2017
Newly-released US government documents on mass killings in Indonesia in 1965 have provided new momentum for the authorities to reveal the truth about the atrocities that have been ignored for decad
Jewel Topsfield, Jakarta – Among a trove of chilling declassified documents that reveal the US government's knowledge and support of a campaign of mass murder against Indonesia's Communist Party in
October 20, 2017
Jess Melvin – There is much outrage in the United States that a foreign state might have attempted to influence its 2016 Presidential Election.