Where Are They? In Remembrance of Victims of Indonesia’s Enforced Disappearance

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had promised to make amends to the families of victims of the human rights abuse cases in the past when he ran in the 2014 and 2019 elections. Despite the fact that Jokowi had started the non-judicial process, the victims’ families still long for the judicial process as well as the uncloaking of the truth regarding the fate of the victims. In this 75th International Human Rights Day, New Naratif looks back at Indonesia's history of enforced disappearances.

Wanma Yetti (58) still remembers what her father, Bachtiar Johan, said prior to his departure to the pengajian akbar (large-scale religious gathering) in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, on 12 September 1984.

The fateful date ended up recorded in history as the “Tanjung Priok Tragedy”, one of the deadliest tragedies in the country, one that was left as an open-ended case. 

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