1965 Survivors Met Students from Kebayoran Labschool

Jakarta, November 8th, 2014

ELSAM, Jakarta – Approximately 80 high school students from Kebayoran Labschool thronged to ELSAM office on November 8th, 2014 to hear testimonies from survivors of 1965 abuses. This event which was held on the ELSAM Office Yard triggered by Labschool. Students who attended this event were assigned to interview survivors of human rights violation, particularly of the 1965 abuses.

ELSAM, as an organization for advocating human rights abuse, including 1965 abuses, invited seven survivors. They were Mrs. Mujiati (former political prisoner on Bukit Duri and Plantungan); Ucikhowati (the victim’s family, her mom and dad were arrested); Mr. Tedjo Bayu (former political prisoner on Buru Island); Mrs. Katri (political prisoner from Klaten who had moved her detention until finally being detained at Bulu prison in Semarang); Mr. Kusnendar (former political prisoner on Buru Island); Mr. Endang Darsa (former political prisoner at Salemba and Tangerang prison); and Mr. Hersutejo (lecturer of Airlangga University who became political prisoner in Malang).

This event which began at 10:00 a.m started with “Jembatan Bacem” (Bridge of Bacem) film screening. From this movie, the high school students of Labschool expected to get initial picture of human rights violation happened during 1965 case. After the screening, the students divided into seven groups to discuss with one survivor. During the group discussion, the students dug up information about what happened to the survivor before, during and after 1965 abuses. In addition, the students also dug up information about what they are doing at this time related to the settlement of past human rights violations, particularly of the 1965 abuses. During 30 minutes of the group discussion, the students transcribed testimony from survivor.

Those testimonies were finally retold by student who represented the group. Retelling is a versatile tool because at the moment we know when students are engaged to the testimonies. In addition, it was expected that the retelling would also be delivered to their school even to their families.

Transformation of the survivors’ experience to the young generation would be very important thing to do, so that the young people get a full understanding of history. Moreover, the transformation is also expected to be able to prevent the recurrence of similar human rights violations in the future. (Rini/AY)