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June 2009




Indonesia's Elections a Decade After Suharto: The Elite-Mass Gap, Human Rights, and Mass Movements from Below

Speaker: Max Lane

6:30 pm, Wednesday, June 24th

At the Peace Pentagon (339 Lafayette Street), Manhattan, New York

Free (Donations Encouraged!)

Sponsored by the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (www.etan.org)

This summer Indonesians will elect a new president. More than a decade after social movements forced the ouster of the notoriously corrupt and ruthless president Suharto, the Indonesian political system is still systemically corrupt, and human rights violations are still routine. Presidential and vice presidentail candidates have overseen and been directly involved in major violations of human rights in East Timor as well as Aceh, West Papua and elsewhere. There is a major gap between elites and the social movements organizing from below. Social movements in the nation continue to push for basic land rights, labor rights, and respect for human rights.


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