I recently bought a book (I buy lots of books and they are starting to over run my house) Kerusuhan Mei 1998: Fakta, Data, dan Analisa (Riots May 1998: Facts, Data, and Analysis). I am reading through it albeit at a much slower pace than I would like. I have too much to do so I cannot devote as much time to reading as I would sometimes like to.
The book is published by Asosiasi Penasehat Hukum dan Hak Asasi Manusia Indonesia (APHI) and Solidaritas Nusa Bangsa, and they have been facilitated (I am guessing funding) by Yayasan TIFA.
The book is comprehensive in terms of the facts and data it supplies. It also relies on the public record for statements from people with knowledge of the events and how they unfolded.
Based on what I have read so far, I have this question.
Can Indonesia really move past the tragic events of May 1998 and really heal if the perpetrators of these heinous crimes are not held to account and where possible punished?
It would be interesting to see whether people favour a truth and reconciliation commission or the much more rigid justice of a court system (assuming that Indonesia's Human Rights Courts were given the mandate and tools to deal with these crimes).