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AJAR Annual Report 2019

3 years ago – On its tenth anniversary, AJAR’s most important contribution to sustainable peace and prosperity has been building resilient cultures and accountable societies, free from impunity. To mark the occasion, AJAR is…

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Indonesia: Transitional Justice Timeline

5 years ago – Twenty years after reformasi, Indonesia has experienced both progress and challenges in addressing mass human rights violations that have happened prior to and after the New Order regime. The following timeline…

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Stolen: A Journey Home in Photographs and Memories

5 years ago – During Indonesia’s occupation of Timor Leste, thousands of East Timorese children were forcibly removed from their families and brought to Indonesia. In 2016, AJAR published a photo book to provide…

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Women Survivors Voiced Their Truth through Theatre

5 years ago – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akHpAnh47hk&t=128s On 13 July 2017, a group of elderly women performed a theatre play called “Gejolak Makam Keramat” in Yogyakarta. Adapted from another script entitled “Leng”, the play told the…

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A Drink for Humanity

6 years ago – by Pat Walsh Originally published on Inside Indonesia, February 20 2017   The Herb Feith Foundation gave its inaugural human rights education award to Putu Oka Sukanta. Pat Walsh presented…

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Reuniting Timor Leste Children Stolen by Indonesia

7 years ago – “See this scar? I did that!” Peals of laughter and bright smiles erupt as Rosa’s brother touches her forehead gently, brushing an almost invisible scar. He reaches for her earlobe,…

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‘Stolen Children’ Revisit Tragic Past

7 years ago – Published on The Jakarta Post by Tama Salim “I want to hug & kiss my mother,” said Muhammad Yaqub, born Manuel da Costa, shortly before traveling home to Timor Leste…

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A Reunion for Timor-Leste’s Stolen Children

7 years ago – Dili, 19 May 2016. “I want to hug and kiss my mother,” said Muhammad Yaqub, born as Manuel da Costa, on the day before traveling home to Timor-Leste after 25…

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1965 Symposium: Uphill Road to Truth, Rehabilitation

7 years ago – Written by AJAR’s Director, Galuh Wandita. Last week an extraordinary thing took place in Jakarta. For the first time, survivors of the 1965 atrocities were in the same room with…

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Remembering Marabia in Timor-Leste & Indonesia

7 years ago – On June 10 2015, survivors and community members of Marabia marked 35 years since the violence, mass arrests and disappearances that took place in their community, a village in the…

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South-South Exchanges: Pakistan-Indonesia

7 years ago – In June 2015 AJAR hosted a group of senior Pakistani government officials and civil society representatives on a week-long learning exchange to Indonesia. At the end of the exchange, participants…

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Reuniting Timor-Leste’s “Stolen Children”

7 years ago – In May 2015, AJAR reunited fourteen of an estimated 4,000 ‘stolen children’ with their families, after up to 35 years apart. These children were taken from East Timor to Indonesia…

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Combating Torture: Past and Present

7 years ago – A major EU-funded anti torture program is nearing completion, following a two-year series of activities in four countries: Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Timor Leste. The program focuses on both…

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Popular Television for Human Rights Education

7 years ago – In May 2015, the first series of eight one-hour episodes of the TV series The Sun, the Moon and the Truth was broadcast to large audiences on national television in…

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Participatory Action Research on Women and Impunity

7 years ago – A participatory research program in Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Myanmar is focused on understanding how women victims of gender-based violence in conflict and post-conflict settings survive in situations where impunity is…

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Developing Community Learning Centres

7 years ago – In early 2015 AJAR commenced a two-year program to support victims of serious violations in Indonesia by establishing community-based learning centres focused on human rights education and capacity-building. Participants in…

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Seeding victims to become human rights defenders

8 years ago – Dealing with past abuses is challenging to Indonesia’s democracy. A key element to rebuild a nation struggling for the truth of history is to hear and include the experience of…

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Chega! Remembering Timor Leste for Indonesia

8 years ago – AJAR is assisting the Post-CAVR Secretariat in Dili, Timor-Leste, to disseminate the Commission for Truth, Reception, and Reconciliation (CAVR) report entitled Chega! This is the English language version, newly published…

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Burmese women activists exchange visit to Timor-Leste

8 years ago – AJAR supported 10 women NGO workers from Burma/Myanmar, involved in our participatory research to learn new strategies to strengthen peace and justice. As part of a capacity-building strategy, AJAR invited…

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Action Research with Women Survivors of Torture and Violence

9 years ago – AJAR is conducting a two-year action research project, with support from IDRC, to understand how women victims in conflict/ post-conflict settings experience impunity, develop strategies for survival, and find ways…

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Myanmar Rule of Law TV Edu-tainment Drama Series

9 years ago – AJAR is providing technical assistance to the Pyoe Pin project in Myanmar, writing a script for a high quality popular TV drama, with underlying rule of law and human rights…