cover foto : Former Buru political prisoners stand together in the arts hall – Ken Setiawan
Between Law, Politics and Memory: The Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and Justice for Past Human Rights Crimes – Ken Setiawan*
Australian Journal of Asian Law, 2018, Vol 19 No 1, Article 8: 1-14
Since the 1998 fall of authoritarianism, one of the most controversial questions in Indonesia has been what to do with the country’s legacy of human rights violations. Various justice measures developed at the national level, whether judicial or non-judicial in nature, have been largely unsuccessful in establishing the truth about past crimes, holding perpetrators to account, or providing redress to those who were victimised. This article seeks to explain why justice for past human rights crimes remains elusive in contemporary Indonesia, using the 2012 report of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) on the 1965-66 mass violence as a case study. The article will use critical discourse analysis to examine this report and responses towards it, to establish what factors explain the stagnation of human rights reform in this area. This article will argue that while the lack of reform is commonly attributed to the influence of powerful political actors and the broader context of a weak legal system, critical discourse analysis shows that an equally important factor is the role of historical memory and how this influences reform trajectories. This has implications for the way human rights are socialised, and requires these discourses to move beyond the ambit of the law.
The omnipresent past: Rethinking transitional justice through digital storytelling on Indonesia’s 1965 violence Ken Setiawan
THE NEWSLETTER 80 SUMMER 2018
Dr Ken Setiawan, McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow di Universitas Melbourne membahas tentang warisan pribadinya dari peristiwa 1965.
How is the Indonesian government addressing the legacy of 1965? What could the government do that would be meaningful to victims of 1965, including former political prisoners?
In this week’s Talking Indonesia podcast, I speak to Dr Ken Setiawan (from the Asia Institute) about these issues, who addresses them through the lens of her trip with her father to Buru Island in eastern Indonesia earlier this year, where he was held as a political prisoner from 1971 until 1978.
Seri Kompilasi Kajian Ilmiah Genosida 1965-1966
Asvi Warman Adam,Baskara T. Wardaya, Ariel Heryanto,Robert Cribb, Annie Pohlman, John Roosa, Saksia Wieringa, Katharine McGregor, Peter Dale Scott, Benedict Anderson, Vannessa Hearman, Jess Melvin, Noam Chomsky, Bradley Simpson, Geoffrey Robinson, Greg Poulgrain, Alex de Jong, Andre Vltchek, Taomo Zhou , Soe Tjen Marching, Peter Kasenda, Aiko Kurasawa, Vijay Prashad, Akihisa Matsuno , Ruth Indiah Rahayu, Nathaniel Mehr, Adam Hughes Henry , Henri Chambert-Loir, Wim F.Wertheim, Steven Farram, Sri Lestari Wahyuningroem , Joss Wibisono, Leslie Dwyer – Degung Santikarma, Vincent Bevins,Wijaya Herlambang, Budiawan, Ong Hok Ham, Rex Mortimer, Olle Törnquist, Max Lane, Hilmar Farid , Michael G. Vann , Gerry van Klinken, Grace Leksana, Ken Setiawan, Ayu Ratih, Yosef Djakababa, Aan Anshori, Muhammad Al-Fayyadl, Roy Murtadho, Deirdre Griswold , David T. Hill, Yoseph Yapi Taum, Aboeprijadi Santoso, Adrian Vickers, John Gittings, Jemma Purdey, Henk Schulte Nordholt, Martijn Eickhoff, Made Surpriatma, Dahlia Gratia Setiyawan, Uğur Ümit Üngör, Manunggal Kusuma Wardaya, Gloria Truly Estrelita, Wulan Dirgantoro, Kar Yen Leong