À travers la quête de l’eau potable, le documentaire Le Porteur d’eau raconte comment des villageois indonésiens - catholiques et musulmans - en arrivent à travailler ensemble.

In my 1994 film Death of a Nation there is a scene on board an aircraft flying between northern Australia and the island of Timor. A party is in progress; two men in suits are toasting each other in champagne. "This is an historically unique moment," effuses Gareth Evans, Australia’s foreign affairs minister, "that is truly uniquely historical." He and his Indonesian counterpart, Ali Alatas, were celebrating the signing of the Timor Gap Treaty, which would allow Australia to exploit the oil and gas reserves in the seabed off East Timor. The ultimate prize, as Evans put it, was (...)
Three years ago, I wrote a piece talking about attempts to oust Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri in East Timor, then a new struggling independent nation. I wrote that I believed the US and Australia were determined to oust the Timorese leader, due to his hardline stance on oil and gas, his determination not to take out international loans, and their desire to see Australia friendly President Xanana Gusmao take power. Three years later, I am unhappy to say that the events I have predicted are currently taking shape. The patriotic Australia media, that has unquestionably fallen into (...)

On February 25, the five-day blockade by several hundred West Papuan villagers of the sole access road to Freeport’s Grasberg mine was called off. The villagers achieved their modest goal of retaining the right (although formally illegal) to fossick among the mine’s tailings to collect copper and gold remnants.

The primary objective of this action is to abate poverty by engaging local communities in the conflict -affected provinces of Central Sulawesi, Maluku and Papua in initiatives that seek to re-establish sustainable livelihoods. This five year project will be a component of a wider program to abate local conflict over resources, increase grass-roots participation in decision-making and environmental governance, and reinforce local economic rights through democratisation at the village, county and district levels. The larger program will bring together resources from (...)
Indonesia continues to be affected by a range of low-level conflicts. Occasional flare-ups of communal violence, ongoing counter-insurgency campaigns, and the loss of indigenous resource rights have all contributed to a growing internally displaced population. These factors often act in unison, undermining communities’ economic and agricultural systems. The end result has been an increase in poverty within communities that have witnessed conflict. This project aims to support conflict-affected communities to re-establish their economic and agricultural activities by engaging (...)
Since Indonesia’s economic collapse in 1997, and the fall of the Suharto rule that it precipitated, Indonesia has been struggling to rebuild its economy, while implementing a range of democratic reforms. While a great deal of success has been achieved, as was evidenced by 2004’s peaceful elections wherein the nation experimented for the first time with complete suffrage in a direct vote for the president, a number of smouldering regional conflicts, and a general feeling that the past economic growth and the current recovery are not being shared equally across the nation, pose a (...)
The Indonesian Society for Social Transformation (INSIST) is a vast network of CBOs, and is very present in the three targeted regions (Maluku, Papua and Sulawesi). The staff of INSIST head office, based in Jogyakarta, provides training and expertise to the organisations member of the network. INSIST head office staff will largely be responsible of training to trainers programme, overall implementation of the subcomponents of this action, general evaluation, reporting and monitoring, as well as information dissemination and popular media production. INSIST, together with its (...)
Alternatives, under the CIDA funded “Supporting Peace in Papua” and the Strenthening Peace in Central Sulwaesi” projects, has been undertaking initiatives that seek to transform conflicts in the eastern Indonesia. After a series of missions to Indonesia between 1999 and 2001, Alternatives began working, with CIDA support, intervening alongside key elements of Papuan society to create new economic opportunities for indigenous groups, support peaceful dialogue around the Special Autonomy issue and build the capacity of civil society. The success of this work is the result of the (...)

Gaïa, déesse de la Terre, n’aurait pu trouver un moment et un lieu plus appropriés pour nous envoyer un message sur ses pouvoirs cachés ; ce message nous dit que nous ne sommes que secondairement indiens et indonésiens, sri-lankais et suédois, thaïlandais et maldiviens. Nous sommes avant tout citoyens et enfants de la Terre qui partageons le même sort et la même catastrophe, ainsi que le même désir d’aider et de soigner.

"One of the worst mass murders of the twentieth century." That was how a CIA publication described the killings that began forty years ago last month in Indonesia. It was one of the few statements in the text that was correct. The 300-page text was devoted to blaming the victims of the killings — the supporters of the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) — for their own deaths. The PKI had supposedly attempted a coup d’état and a nationwide uprising called the September 30th Movement (which, for some unknown reason, began on October 1). The mass murder of hundreds of thousands of the (...)

“The propagandist’s purpose”, wrote Aldous Huxley, “is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human”. The British, who invented modern war propaganda and inspired Joseph Goebbels, were specialists in the field. At the height of the slaughter known as the First World War, the prime minister, David Lloyd George, confided to C. P. Scott, editor of the Manchester Guardian: “If people really knew [the truth], the war would be stopped tomorrow. But of course they don’t know, and can’t know.”

Alternatives est heureuse d’apprendre que Yan Christian Warinussy, l’un de nos partenaires oeuvrant pour la justice auprès des populations de Papouasie occidentale, s’est vu octroyé le prix John-Humphrey pour la liberté. Cette récompense est décernée chaque année par l’organisme canadien Droits et démocratie à une personne ayant contribué de façon exceptionnelle à la défense des droits humains. Un défenseur de la justice en Papouasie occidentale, récipiendaire du Prix John-Humphrey pour la liberté 2005 MONTRÉAL - le 14 juillet 2005 - Droits et Démocratie a le plaisir d’annoncer que M. Yan (...)

Alternatives est heureuse d’apprendre que Yan Christian Warinussy, l’un de nos partenaires oeuvrant pour la justice auprès des populations de Papouasie occidentale, s’est vu octroyé le prix John-Humphrey pour la liberté.

Cette récompense est décernée chaque année par l’organisme canadien Droits et démocratie à une personne ayant contribué de façon exceptionnelle à la défense des droits humains.

Acehnese seperatists stepped up their demands for a political role in the tsunami-ravaged region as part of any peace deal, as negotiations with the Indonesian government entered a crucial stage Wednesday.

The recent appeals court acquittal of twelve soldiers convicted last year of the 1984 massacre of demonstrators in Jakarta shows the almost complete failure of Indonesia’s human rights courts, Human Rights Watch said today. The latest decision means that no one has been convicted for the so-called “Tanjung Priok” massacre, in which security forces killed at least 33 civilians in 1984.

Bagdad, en février 1955 : l’Irak, Etat alors client des Britanniques, et la Turquie, alliée des Américains, ont signé un Pacte bientôt élargi à l’Iran (où la CIA avait fait tomber le progressiste Mossadegh), au Pakistan, et à ses architectes, la Grande-Bretagne et les Etats-Unis.

Pris en tenaille entre l’armée indonésienne et les séparatistes du GAM, les survivants du tsunami ne rêvent que d’une chose : la sécurité.

Washington announced on February 26 that Indonesian participation in the US International Military Education and Training (IMET) program would restart immediately.

En parcourant la route de Medan vers Banda Aceh, dans la province indonésienne dévastée par le tsunami en décembre, la beauté du paysage nous coupe le souffle.

(New York, February 7, 2005) The Indonesian government’s plan in Aceh to register and relocate more than 100,000 people displaced by the tsunami to semi-permanent camps threatens their right to return home, Human Rights Watch and Human Rights First said today. The Indonesian government needs to ensure that any relocation program in the province fully respects the rights of the displaced people.

Le tsunami qui a durement frappé l’Asie et les pays riverains de l’océan Indien en décembre a particulièrement ravagé la province indonésienne de l’Aceh, sur le côté occidental de l’île de Sumatra.

Alternatives travaille depuis de nombreuses années avec des organisations indiennes et indonésiennes qui oeuvrent à la construction d’une société juste et équitable, démocratique, sans violence ni répression, où les droits de la personne et les droits civils sont respectés.

(Montréal) - Une coalition ad hoc d’ONG canadiennes, comptant parmi les plus importantes, demande que le gouvernement indonésien cesse immédiatement toute opération militaire dans la province de Aceh, qui ne soit pas en lien avec l’aide humanitaire. Ce, à la suite des raz-de-marée tueurs du 26 décembre.

Le décompte des victimes en Indonésie n’est pas terminé, mais déjà il dépasse les 100 000 personnes, majoritairement sur le côté ouest de l’archipel. On est encore à recenser les victimes et à aider les survivants, dans des conditions presque surréalistes. Mais de plus, tout le monde le prédit, il faudra des mois pour reconstruire la province de Aceh où sévit depuis plusieurs années un violent conflit.

The year is ending tragically for hundreds of thousands of our Southeast Asian neighbours. The only hope to be drawn from the sad situation is the thought that the international community is geared to respond with urgent aid.

(Montreal) - An ad hoc coalition of major Canadian civil society and aid organizations is demanding that the Indonesian government immediately cease all non-aid related military operations in Aceh in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster. The organizations condemn the Indonesian military’s failure to adhere to a ceasefire in Aceh province and its role in hindering the delivery of emergency aid.

1. About taxing of assistance or humanitarian workers;

This information we received from one of our volunteers on 29th December, who is currently travelling from Tapak Tuan to Banda Aceh (it is best that their name is not disclosed). They witnessed that not only volunteers, but also the people that are attempting to enter Meulaboh, are being forced to pay a fee that is as high as we mentioned previously. This could be the work of rogue elements of the TNI, however what is certain is that they are not being coordinated or that the local
military command is deliberately doing nothing to stop them. The people are aware of this problem, but are too afraid to complain as they need to be able to get into Meulaboh in order to search for their family.

Canadian Foreign Minister Pierre Pettigrew said he had raised the fighting with Indonesian counterpart Hasan Wirayuda in Jakarta on Wednesday, becoming the latest of several western political leaders to do so. "I made it clear that Canada wants that ceasefire to be respected by all parties including the military and the independence movement," Pettigrew told reporters in a conference call from Phuket, Thailand. His remarks followed a demand by human rights groups for the withdrawal of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) from emergency relief efforts in the area hammered by the (...)
La province d’Aceh, située au nord de l’île de Sumatra, en Indonésie, couvre 12 % du territoire de l’île. Sa capitale, Banda Aceh, compte 400 000 habitants. Une guerre d’indépendance, qui embrase la région depuis 30 ans, a fait plus de 12 000 morts et de 100 000 à 300 000 déplacés. Djakarta refuse toute idée d’indépendance de la province de 4,2 millions d’habitants, riche en hydrocarbures. Les revenus de ces ressources naturelles sont rapatriés à plus de 90 % vers le gouvernement de Djakarta. L’armée approvisionnerait des factions d’islamistes radicaux afin de susciter des conflits, faire (...)


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