10 December 2012
On December 10th, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. It proclaims a simple, powerful idea: All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
A few days ago, on December 4th, 2012, the people of Acheh celebrated peacefully the 36th anniversary of its independence day, by raising their "crescent and star" flag both in Acheh and abroad. Unfortunately, in Acheh they have to risk their life and limb during and after the anniversary. The Indonesian armed forces and police including militias lowered down and seized all the flags, whereas the flag raisers were being persecuted.
7 November 2012
The Edinburgh agreement, signed by British Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond on 15 October, has paved the way for a Scottish independence referendum in 2014, allowing the people of Scotland to freely determine their future whether to remain within the UK or to break away from the kingdom.
Congratulations! Long live freedom, democracy and justice!
The news has been received by a shrug in the capitals of the European Union, considering the possibility of the domino-effect which may arise upon the ”yes” vote for an independent Scotland. The fear, of course, is that the cracks in Scotland will widespread the aura of separatism to the rest of Europe.
July 12, 2012
"Those who sacrifice liberty for security, deserve neither" -- Benjamin Franklin
We are deeply sorry to convey that recent occurrences in Acheh have signaled a rise in security tension in the area. Since the inauguration of the Indonesian Governor for Acheh on June 25, 2012, several security incidents have taken place in some parts of Acheh. Now and again the situation reflects the fragility of the Helsinki peace deal and shows that the peace process has not taken even a slight root into Acheh society. On the contrary, it has only touched the surface of the community, thus any small disturbances to peace has a potential damage to shatter the whole process.
June 23, 2012
The Helsinki peace process is approaching its 7th year anniversary, which is on August 15th of this year. Despite its success in discontinuing Acheh’s over three decades armed conflict, the deal has yet to generate proven stability to post-conflict Acheh. Turmoil during the most recent local governor election has shown a despairing prospect of the accord. Meanwhile, uncertainty in regards to past human rights settlement and current security issues have put Acheh’s peace process in an insecure situation, just in time for the European Union (EU) and the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) to end their peace mission in Acheh by the end of this year. Inevitably, Acheh’s future towards a sustainable peace is once again being questioned.
23 May 2012
“Violence is certainly an important part of the short history of Indonesia. The Indonesian government has systematically violated fundamental human rights for over 20 years and continues to do so with impunity.” Asia Watch Report 1990
For almost three decades Acheh had become a slaughter-house, a killing field for the Indonesian armed forces, in its efforts to crush the Free Acheh Movemnet (GAM) – a popular movement to liberate Acheh from the Republic of Indonesia. During the process, thousands of Achehnese civilians had been killed, including extra judicial killings, massacres, torture, arbitrary arrests and 'disappearances'. And international and local human rights organizations had extensively documented about these atrocities.
For opposition, Acheh still a dangerous place to live in