Asia Pacific

Indonesian rights groups call for truth about murder of Munir

In November 2004, Indonesia’s newly elected president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, pledged to bring to justice the murderers of Indonesia’s most prominent human rights activist, Munir Said Thalib. Yudhoyono called the killing a “test case for the nation” on “how much Indonesia has changed”. Six years later and one year into Yudhoyono’s second term, those who masterminded his murder remain free. Numerous other cases of past human rights violations remain unsolved. For many, Munir’s death represents one of the most obvious examples of the impunity enjoyed by human rights violators in Indonesia.

Indian left takes steps towards realignment

Four fighting organisations of the Indian left - Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation, Communist Party Marxist (Punjab), Lal Nishan Party (Leninist) of Maharashtra and Left Coordination Committee (Kerala) - formed an All-India Left Coordination (AILC) through a joint convention held in New Delhi on August 11.

Asia Solidarity website: a gold mine of information on struggles

In the Indonesia News Digest 31, August 16-23 there are more than 70 news items covering a wide range of issues relating to struggles for social justice and full democracy in Indonesia. The items are listed under categories such as issues, actions, demos, protests, Aceh, West Papua, human rights & law, freedom of expression & press, politics & political parties, electoral commission & elections, environment & natural disasters, health & education, women & gender, graft & corruption, war on terror, ethnic & religious conflicts, Islam & religion, land disputes & evictions, legislation & parliament, armed forces & defence, judiciary & legal system, police & law enforcement, criminal justice & prison system as well as analysis & opinion.

Indonesia: where do we go from here?

We undertake united front work because it is a principal tactic with which to bring broader layers of the poor majority into the movement challenging the power of the ruling class. It is a tool to bring together and mobilise different forces and build consciousness on a common platform of struggle. For revolutionary forces, it is also an arena to propagate the strategic aims of socialism through overthrowing pro-capitalist and imperialist governments and their state and establishing a government of the working class and the poor.

School puts together the pieces of world problems

A range of interesting topics was discussed in the Second Asian Global Justice School, organised by International Institute for Research and Education in Manila for three weeks in August. Representing the Political Committee of the Poor-People’s Democratic Party in Indonesia, I attended the school with 10 others from Taiwan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Japan and Pakistan.

Indonesian left group launches revamped English language website

The Political Committee of the Poor-People’s Democratic Party (KPRM-PRD) recently revamped its English language website, making it more possible for people outside Indonesia to follow developments on the Indonesian left. There are already almost 100 items posted on the site, including both party statements and reports and articles on different developments. These include materials on the history of the group and its emergence out of an earlier left party, the People’s Democratic Party (PRD), which was the most influential group on the Indonesian left until around 2002. The KPRM-PRD was formed in 2008 as a result of expulsions from the PRD.

Materials on this website date back to 2008, the time of the formation of the KPRM-PRD. The site is KPRM PRD English.

Seminars celebrate Vietnam's liberation

“A Victory for all humanity” was how the cover of Direct Action welcomed the liberation of Saigon and final unification of Vietnam on April 30, 1975, and that was the theme of a series of seminars in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane organised in September by Direct Action and the Revolutionary Socialist Party. (The final seminar will be in Perth on October 2.) The seminars also celebrated Vietnam’s independence in 1945, and discussed the long struggle for freedom and independence, the antiwar and anti-conscription struggle in Australia, and the situation in Vietnam today.

A first-hand insight into Vietnam's long revolutionary struggle

The 30 Year War: Memoirs of War
The Gioi Publishers, Hanoi, 2009. 709pp.
Available from all Direct Action offices for $20.

People's hero celebrates 100th birthday

On August 25 Vo Nguyen Giap celebrated his 100th birthday, accompanied by tributes and well wishes from the people of Vietnam and from revolutionaries around the world.

Flood-hit Pakistan should stop foreign debt payments

A call for Pakistan to stop foreign debt repayments and use the money for flood relief was launched at a press conference at the Lahore Press Club on August 13. The call was launched by the Labour Relief Campaign, a network of eight social and political organisations: the National Trade Union Federation, Women Workers Help Line, Progressive Youth Front, Labour Party Pakistan, Pakistan For Palestine, CADTM Pakistan, Labour Education Foundation and Pakistan Kissan Rabita Committee.