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Exxon accused of rights abuses
Audrey Gillan in Washington
June 22 2001

ExxonMobil, the world's largest oil company, has been accused of complicity in human rights abuses committed by security forces in Indonesia, it emerged yesterday.


Acheh to be tamed by force
John Aglionby in Jakarta
April 13 2001

President Abdurrahman Wahid of Indonesia has authorised a military offensive in the north Sumatran province of Acheh, where the conflict with separatists is rapidly growing, as part of a strategy to restore peace.


Ceasefire deal in Indonesia's Acheh province gives hope of talks
John Aglionby in Jakarta
January 11 2001

The Indonesian government and separatist rebels in Acheh yesterday agreed a one-month ceasefire to allow talks to continue to find a political solution to decades of violence in the province.


Threat of war in Indonesia's rebel province
John Aglionby in Jakarta
December 21 2000

A separatist leader has warned that civil war could break out in Indonesia's violence-racked province of Acheh, after nine people were killed in a rash of shootings.


Indonesia's Acheh province on verge of war
Staff and agencies
December 18 2000

Six months after government and rebel negotiators reached a ceasefire for Acheh province in western Indonesia, hopes that it might lead to a lasting peace are fading fast.


Horror on oil islands revealed
Antony Barnett
December 17 2000

He is now deaf and has problems speaking. Muhibbudin, 23, was arrested by the Indonesian military and held for 20 days on suspicion of being a member of the group that is fighting for the independence of Indonesian's northernmost province of Acheh.


No talks until killings stop, Jakarta told
John Aglionby in Jakarta
November 13 2000

Separatist guerrillas in Acheh last night pulled out of peace talks planned for this week with the Indonesian government, as police and army brutality in the restive province continued unabated.


21 dead as Jakarta cracks down on separatists
John Aglionby in Jakarta
November 10 2000

Indonesian security forces have killed at least 21 people across the restive province of Acheh in the last two days in a bid to prevent tens of thousands of people descending on the provincial capital, Banda Acheh, for a massive pro-independence rally tomor...


Lower ranks take blame for killings
John Aglionby in Jakarta
May 18 2000

In an effort to improve Indonesia's woeful human rights image, a panel of judges jailed 24 soldiers and one civilian for up to 10 years each yesterday for murdering 57 unarmed civilians in the restive province of Acheh last year.


Jakarta and Acheh rebels sign truce
Elif Kaban in Geneva
May 13 2000

The Indonesian government and separatist rebels yesterday signed a three-month ceasefire aimed at ending more than two decades of violence in the resource-rich north-western Acheh province.


Province greets the ceasefire warily after decades of violence
John Aglionby
May 13 2000

Euphoria was not the prevalent emotion in Acheh yesterday when the news filtered through that the Indonesian government and separatist rebels in the province had signed a three-month ceasefire.


Indonesian army drives rich region into rebels' arms
John Aglionby in Kembang Tanjung, Acheh, Indonesia
March 11 2000

When Mohammed Assegaf and his two friends finished describing how Indonesian soldiers had killed some people and terrorised dozens of others in their part of Acheh province during the past two months, they slipped out of the café's back door, across...


Indonesia's Acheh province on verge of war
Staff and agencies
December 18 2000

Six months after government and rebel negotiators reached a ceasefire for Acheh province in western Indonesia, hopes that it might lead to a lasting peace are fading fast.


Horror on oil islands revealed
Antony Barnett
December 17 2000

He is now deaf and has problems speaking. Muhibbudin, 23, was arrested by the Indonesian military and held for 20 days on suspicion of being a member of the group that is fighting for the independence of Indonesian's northernmost province of Acheh.


Crackdown in Indonesia
John Aglionby in Banda Acheh
June 02 1999

The Indonesian province of Acheh is rapidly collapsing into anarchy as the military respond with heavy-handed tactics to an escalating separatist movement and a wave of mysterious attacks on government property and personnel.


Jakarta's army wants to rule rebel province
John Aglionby in Jakarta
November 24 1999

Indonesia's military declared yesterday that the only way to control growing separatist movements in the oil province of Acheh and elsewhere across the archipelago was to impose martial law in the affected areas.


Acheh threatens to destabilise Indonesia
By John Aglionby in Banda Acheh
December 08 1999

Only the wind rustling through the palm trees breaks the eerie silence that hangs over the village of Peuribu in west Acheh. Even dogs and water buffalo, ubiquitous elsewhere in the Indonesian province on the northern tip of Sumatra, are nowhere to be see...


First East Timor, now Acheh. Will Indonesia fall apart?
John Aglionby in Banda Acheh
December 06 1999

Only the wind rustling through the palm trees breaks the eerie silence that hangs over the village of Peuribu in west Acheh. Even dogs and water buffalo, ubiquitous elsewhere in the Indonesian province on the northern tip of Sumatra, are nowhere to be see...


Terror stalks rebel province
John Aglionby in Takengon, central Acheh
December 03 1999

The last thing Suprianto heard before he passed out was his wife shrieking as she burned to death, locked inside their home by five masked gunmen.


Acheh and Ambon learn true cost of resisting Jakarta's rule
John Aglionby in Jakarta
September 16 1999

Thousands of people in Acheh province in western Indonesia demonstrated yesterday to demand a referendum on independence from Jakarta amid reports of unabated military brutality both there and on the eastern spice island of Ambon.


Jakarta and Acheh rebels sign truce
Elif Kaban in Geneva
May 13 2000

The Indonesian government and separatist rebels yesterday signed a three-month ceasefire aimed at ending more than two decades of violence in the resource-rich north-western Acheh province.

Walking wounded in a fight for riches
John Aglionby in Pidie, Indonesia
August 07 1999

The bloody blisters on the soles of A'Jalil's feet are indisputable facts: such concrete certainties are few in the intensifying separatist conflict in Indonesia's province of Acheh.


21 dead as Jakarta cracks down on separatists
John Aglionby in Jakarta
November 10 2000

Indonesian security forces have killed at least 21 people across the restive province of Acheh in the last two days in a bid to prevent tens of thousands of people descending on the provincial capital, Banda Acheh, for a massive pro-independence rally tomor...


No talks until killings stop, Jakarta told
John Aglionby in Jakarta
November 13 2000

Separatist guerrillas in Acheh last night pulled out of peace talks planned for this week with the Indonesian government, as police and army brutality in the restive province continued unabated.


Lessons from the Acheh School
By Martin Woollacott
January 30 1999

A century ago Dutch commanders returned in triumph from an expedition to Pidie, at the northern tip of Sumatra, where they had confronted the last major forces opposing them in the long and painful war for Acheh. That principality, strongly Muslim, bravel...


Lessons from the Acheh School
By Martin Woollacott
January 30 1999

A century ago Dutch commanders returned in triumph from an expedition to Pidie, at the northern tip of Sumatra, where they had confronted the last major forces opposing them in the long and painful war for Acheh. That principality, strongly Muslim, bravel...


Indonesian army shoots villagers
By John Aglionby in Jakarta
May 04 1999

Indonesian troops searching for two kidnapped soldiers shot at a rural crowd of hundreds of people in the north Sumatran province of Acheh yesterday, killing at least 19 and seriously injuring more than 100.


Independence rally draws a million in Acheh province
Irwan Firdaus in Banda Acheh
November 09 1999

Hundreds of thousands of people in Acheh province rallied yesterday, chanting "Freedom, freedom", in the biggest demonstration yet for a vote on breaking away from Indonesia.


Threat of war in Indonesia's rebel province
John Aglionby in Jakarta
December 21 2000

A separatist leader has warned that civil war could break out in Indonesia's violence-racked province of Acheh, after nine people were killed in a rash of shootings.


Indonesia's president in bid to thwart Irian Jaya uprising
Staff and agencies
December 20 2000

Indonesia's President Abdurrahman Wahid is to visit troubled Irian Jaya province in a bid to quell violent separatism, officials said today.


Violence in Indonesia leaves 13 dead
Staff and agencies
July 06 2001

Separatist, ethnic and religious clashes have claimed 13 lives in recent days across several Indonesian provinces, officials said today.

Our freedom must be complete
John Aglionby in Sigli
August 10 1999

Tengku Abdulah Syafi'i is incredibly calm, considering that thousands of Indonesian soldiers are hunting for him, desperate to see him dead.


'Dozens' die as police fire into crowd
By John Aglionby in Jakarta
February 05 1999

Indonesian soldiers and police fired into a crowd of thousands of people returning from an Islamic prayer meeting in the north Sumatran province of Acheh, killing dozens and injuring more than 100, human rights activists said yesterday.


Rifts open in legacy of Suharto
John Aglionby in Jakarta
August 15 1999

The company of Indonesian soldiers was clearly very frightened. Two of their colleagues and one civilian were dead, three other soldiers and half-a-dozen civilians were badly injured; the ground was littered with spent cartridges.


A political supertanker is adrift on the China Sea
Martin Woollacott
September 03 1999

If there is one word which frightens those trying to steer the drifting political supertanker which is Indonesia today it is "referendum". It is "Referendum" which is painted in huge white letters on walls and rockfaces along the main roads leading into ...


Province greets the ceasefire warily after decades of violence
John Aglionby
May 13 2000

Euphoria was not the prevalent emotion in Acheh yesterday when the news filtered through that the Indonesian government and separatist rebels in the province had signed a three-month ceasefire.


Acheh to be tamed by force
John Aglionby in Jakarta
April 13 2001

President Abdurrahman Wahid of Indonesia has authorised a military offensive in the north Sumatran province of Acheh, where the conflict with separatists is rapidly growing, as part of a strategy to restore peace.


Indonesian unrest 'ignored by Wahid'
John Aglionby in Jakarta
July 07 2001

Despite another day of sectarian and separatist violence which claimed at least 13 lives across Indonesia yesterday, its beleaguered president, Abdurrahman Wahid, focused solely on efforts to stave off his impending impeachment.


Separatists vow war on Jakarta
John Aglionby in West Acheh
December 05 1999

Indonesia lurched much closer towards major civil conflict yesterday when separatist leaders in the strongly Islamic province of Acheh vowed to launch a war against Jakarta unless given a referendum on independence within months.


The International Arms Trade to Indonesia

September 09 1999

Since the mid-1970s the international community, in particular the West, has supplied large amounts of military equipment to Indonesia. This is despite the regime's brutal invasion in 1975 and occupation of the former Portuguese colony of East Timor whic...

Indonesian massacre

July 31 1999

Local people and human rights workers investigating an alleged army massacre in Indonesia's troubled western province of Acheh discovered five more corpses yesterday, bringing the total unearthed in the past few days to 56, writes John Aglionby in Jakarta.


In brief
Guardian staff and agencies
November 05 1999

Indonesia region may vote to go
The new Indonesian president, Abdurrahman Wahid, said yesterday that he was prepared to allow a referendum on independence in the rebellious province of Acheh: a development which many analysts have warned could ...


Ceasefire deal in Indonesia's Acheh province gives hope of talks
John Aglionby in Jakarta
January 11 2001

The Indonesian government and separatist rebels in Acheh yesterday agreed a one-month ceasefire to allow talks to continue to find a political solution to decades of violence in the province.


Exxon accused of rights abuses
Audrey Gillan in Washington
June 22 2001

ExxonMobil, the world's largest oil company, has been accused of complicity in human rights abuses committed by security forces in Indonesia, it emerged yesterday.


In brief

November 19 1999

Bonfire caves in killing students


Lower ranks take blame for killings
John Aglionby in Jakarta
May 18 2000

In an effort to improve Indonesia's woeful human rights image, a panel of judges jailed 24 soldiers and one civilian for up to 10 years each yesterday for murdering 57 unarmed civilians in the restive province of Acheh last year.


News in brief

March 27 1999

Papon loses libel case...


Indonesia in turmoil over poll dispute
John Aglionby in Jakarta
July 27 1999

Indonesia's bumpy transition to democracy stalled yesterday when the majority of political parties refused to endorse the results of the June 7 general election. They cited 120,000 unresolved violations and an electoral process that was not transparent.


International news in brief

January 06 1999

Troops fire at mob...


Suharto's enemy set for power
John Gittings in Jakarta
June 09 1999

The party of Indonesia's most prominent opposition figure, Megawati Sukarnoputri, was running well ahead of the pack last night as initial results were tallied from a peaceful election that sent confidence soaring in a country battered by economic crisis ...


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