Human rights, Democracy, and Peace Resolution in Indonesia

Event date: 
26 Feb 2010 (All day)


A Roundtable Discussion hosted by the Diplomacy Training Program and the Australian Human Rights Centre.

In the twelve years since the fall of President Suharto, human rights have been at the heart of political developments and change in Indonesia, with the human rights movement playing an important role.   There have been achievements in building democracy and free elections, separating the military from politics, and a peace settlement to resolve the 30 year conflict in Aceh.  But Indonesians still face many challenges, including continuing impunity of the police and military, corruption, poverty and destruction of the environment with impacts on Indigenous peoples.  Continuing conflict, human rights violations, social injustice and stalled political discussions in West Papua have created deep distrust among Papuans toward Jakarta’s policy, and growing concern inside Indonesia and internationally.    Indonesian Solidarity has invited two leading human rights advocates from Jakarta and West Papua to Australia to promote dialogue and understanding..  They will speak at several public forums in Sydney and Canberra. They will explore the developments in Indonesian democracy and human rights and the current situation in West Papua. 

Usman Hamid is the Coordinator of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) in Jakarta. He has been sued for criminal defamation by the retired State Intelligence Agency head, Gen. Muchdi Purwopranjono, alleged to have orchestrated the murder of a leading human rights lawyer, Munir Said Thalib. He will speak on the issue of democratic consolidation in Indonesia and legal impunity.  
Yan Christian Warinussy is a human rights lawyer and the Director of the Institute for Research, Analysis and Development of Legal Aid, known as LP3BH in Manokwari, West Papua.  He was the winner of the 2004 John Humphrey Freedom Award, to highlight his outstanding exemplary struggle to expose human rights violations in West Papua. He will speak about the prospect of political dialogue between Jakarta and the Papuans to address the social injustice in the province.