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Although Indonesia has made strides toward consolidating its democracy, some of its leading presidential and vice-presidential candidates continue to have deeply troubling backgrounds of gross human rights violations. This report provides a brief background on Indonesian democratization and examines some of the contenders for the nation’s highest political offices.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia and USINDO Society founder Edward E. Masters died on March 21, 2014.
Below is an excerpt from an ETAN leaflet handed out at a USINDO event after Suharto died. ( Amb. Masters called the leaflet 'scurillous.' Not one panelist (all former U.S. ambassadors to Indonesia) mentioned Suharto's rights record until asked about it in the question period.
The U.S.-Indonesia Society was founded in 1994 with funding from major U.S. corporations with significant investments in Indonesia to counter the deservedly bad rep Suharto's Indonesia had developed in Washington in the after the Santa Cruz massacre in Dili. In the same leaflet, we wrote that "While USINDO has consistently denied its role as an Indonesian lobby, it has in reality been Indonesia's most outspoken apologist in Washington."
USINDO's announcement of Amb. Masters death can be found here.