Opinion : Unearthing Indonesia’s 1965-66 Massacre Victims

    Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo wants to know where the bodies are buried. Literally. On April 25, Jokowi instructed his security minister, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, to start documenting the location of mass graves of the estimated more than 500,000 victims of the 1965-66 “anti-communist” massacres. Jokowi’s order is an act of political courage toward accountability that defies a half-century of official lies and denial. Establishing the location of those mass graves is a first step toward identifying the victims buried within and the circumstances of their deaths. This poses a threat to an official narrative that has long silenced survivors and family members of the...

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