INDONESIA after 64 YEARS of 'INDEPENDENCE' STILL NOT A BETTER PLACE
INDONESIA AFTER 64 YEARS OF 'INDEPENDENCE':A CATALOGUE OF MASSACRES, TORTURE, MILITAIRY OPPRESSION, ONGOING IMPUNITY, INIQUITY, WIDESPREAD CORRUPTION, INCREASED POVERTY, PLUNDERING of NATURAL RESOURCES, ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION, NATURALDISASTERSAND DISEASES.
More than 10 million Indonesian illiterate
As many as 10.16 million Indonesians, or 6.22 percent of the Indonesia population over 15 years old, are illiterate Continue.
What independence means for a young Indonesian
if you ask me what Indonesia's 63rd anniversary of independence means my answer will probably be, "I don't know."Continue.
OPINION: Indonesians losing faith in democracy
In 1999, some 86 per cent of Indonesians came out to vote, reflecting their hopes for democracy to improve their lives. However, many are now staying away from voting as corruption, combined with social and economic hardship, has made the populace Continue.
Noam Chomsky - "Despite democratic reform progress after the ouster of the dictator Suharto in 1998, the military still retains much power. Military reform has stalled, and perpetrators of past crimes have evaded justice for human rights violations."
Indonesia`s human rights watchdog - The State Intelligence Agency (BIN) has become a "political player." Continue.
Indonesian Military returns to politics?
Evan A. Laksmana, Singapore - In the past few weeks, a debate surrounding the 2009 general elections has revolved around the role of the Indonesian Military (TNI) in political parties where almost every major political party has former military officers Continue.
Benedict Anderson - "there used to be one big Suharto; now there are hundreds of little ones."
Leonard C. Sebastian – President Susilo Bambng Yudhoyono enjoys the loyalty and trust of the TNI elite. The current relationship can be defined as partnership where the President protects the institutional interests of the TNI while insulating it from excessive reform measures that might impede its effectiveness and in return benefits from the assurance that the TNI will secure his Presidency.
Ch. Narendra – "The question that needs to be asked is does Indonesia know the quintessence of human rights?
"UN rapporteur Param Cumaraswamy
July, 2002 - Indonesia defends 'worst' legal system
Jimly Asshiddiqie, president of the Indonesian constitutional court: Corruption among judges in Indonesia remains a key problem and the whole judicial system still needs a root-and-branch overhaul.
U.N. Committee Against Torture - "Indonesia's police, armed forces and intelligence services routinely torture and degrade criminal suspects to extract confessions, with almost total impunity for those responsible."
George Aditjondro- "TNI is still present in places where big investments exist and we can still see a link between investment and military interests."
Allan Nairn- Oct. 25, 2007 .. the main terrorist threat in Indonesia comes not from the fanatics like the Bali bombers, who have killed hundreds of civilians, but from the Indonesian military and police forces themselves,.... In more recent years, they've done similar mass slaughter operations in Aceh, now more recently in Papua. They've done provocation operations in the Moluccas, where they set Christian and Muslim peasants against each other, in which thousands have died. BRIMOB itself, which is just one of many very menacing security forces, was notorious for using checkpoints in Aceh to take women and rape, and they're now doing political rapes in Papua. They're the larger threat.
Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch - "Indonesia claims to have become a democracy, but democracies don’t put people in prison for peaceful expression."
Lisa Misol, researcher with the Business and Human Rights Program at Human Rights Watch - "The Indonesian government says it wants to professionalize its military, but we’ve seen little evidence of real change. Troops are breaking the law, violating human rights and hiding the money they make on the side. Military reform means getting soldiers out of business and prosecuting those who broke the law."
Rully Syumanda - "Security forces have become one of the parties profiting from various national forestry policies. The military/police have played an important role in consolidating and attempting to maintain New Order power, as well as their business interests, resulting in a conflict of interest in the enforcement of laws passed to regulate industry."
Brian Fegan - "The Navy is profiting from the plunder. The navy’s cooperative, Inkopal, is the business partner of the leading foreign fishing companies whose trawlers ply the Arafura Sea. "
West Papua and South Moluccas demonstrating for Independence: no confidence in the imposed Indonesian Unity