Berlin: Finding Truth and Reconciliation – Establishing a Culture of Remembrance and Critical Reappraisal of Human Rights Abuses in Indonesia and Timor-Leste

Dialogue with advocacy groups from Indonesia and Timor-Leste (East Timor)

Wednesday, 16th October 2019 from – 6:30 pm – 9 pm– Doors open 6 pm, free entry

Venue: Club, Werkstatt der Kulturen, Wissmannstr. 32, 12049 Berlin

*in English with whispering translation into German on demand

Human rights violations committed in Indonesia and Timor Leste (East Timor) are hardly acknowledged by the Indonesian state, let alone adequately addressed. The massacre of 1965/66 in which at least half a million people branded as communists were murdered, remains unprocessed and excluded from historiography. The adequate reappraisal of human rights violations committed during the occupation of East Timor (1974-1999) moves just as slow as those committed during the military conflict over Aceh’s independence. Initiatives that advocate for a culture of remembrance and policy of reappraisal often encounter strong resistance, sometimes even with threats to life and limb.

Nevertheless, numerous initiatives of civil society have started to address impunity by working towards establishing a culture of remembrance.

A delegation of such initiatives from Indonesia and Timor-Leste visits Germany to investigate cultures of remembrance and practices of reappraisal of history. We invite you to join them to discuss about the challenges and hurdles they face and their first reflections on their visit to Germany.


Evi Zain, Deputy Chairwomen Aceh Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Vicente Maia, Director of Education and Trainingof Centro Nacional Chega! mandated to preserve the memory of Timor-Leste’s history for the period of 1974-1999

Andi Achdian, university lecturer, board member and curator of the Omah Munir Museum for Human Rights

Maria Manuela Leong Pereira, Director Asosiasaun Chega Ba Ita (Acbit)

Moderator: Henry Schürmann, Education Officer, Misereor

The panel discussion is part of the project “Against oblivion: Paving the way for the promotion of a culture of remembrance in Indonesia and East Timor” initiated by Asia Justice and Rights (Ajar) and Watch Indonesia! e.V. with financial support from Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit (LEZ) Berlin.


How to get there

Underground line 7: stop Hermannplatz – Exit: Hasenheide, 6 minutes walk

Bus line M 41: Stop Hermannplatz/Urbanstr – 9 minutes walk

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