Indonesia: The 1965 prisoners - a briefing
On 17 August 1995 Indonesia celebrates 50 years of independence. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the alleged coup by the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) in October 1965. Some 27 men are believed to remain in prison for their alleged role in the coup and the PKI, five of them are entering their third decade on death row. Most of those detained are prisoners of conscience; all were imprisoned after unfair trials. Many of them are frail and in poor health, and several have recently died in prison. On 28 July the government announced that three, Subandrio, Omar Dhani and Sutarto, have been granted presidential clemency. Many prominent Indonesians have called for those still imprisoned also to be granted clemency.
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