Enduring Impunity captures the images and voices of 140 women survivors of torture and other forms of violence from Indonesia, Timor-Leste and Myanmar — part of our series of final report on participatory action research. Based on participatory action research with women survivors, this book presents a new approach and knowledge on how women experience impunity in conflict and post-conflict settings in Southeast Asia. As pictured in the title, the stories inside the book are not merely about how the victims and survivors experienced violations during conflict, but also how they endure impunity in their daily lives by finding new energy for change and survival. This book gives us a clear picture of how violence is connected with impoverishment and violations of economic, social, and cultural rights.
The book is intended to reach various groups of reader: women in grassroot level, policy makers, academics, and ordinary people who never experience conflict before.
This research was carried out by AJAR, together with women’s organisations in three countries. In Indonesia: Jaringan Perempuan Indonesia Timur (JPIT), Kiprah Perempuan (KIPPER), Lingkar Pemberdayaan Perempuan (LAPPAN), Women’s Legal Aid (LBH Apik) Aceh, and Lembaga Studi dan Advokasi HAM (ELSHAM Papua). In Timor-Leste: Assosiasaun Chega Ba Ita (ACbit). In Myanmar: Women’s Organizations Network (WON), Kachin Women Association Thailand (KWAT) and Karen Women Empowerment Group (KWEG).