The Indonesia Programme, NCHR:

Prospects for Sustainable Peace in Aceh after the Helsinki Accord

A seminar to be held at the NCHR, Universitetsgt. 22-24, Seminar room at 4th floor.
Thursday, October 20th, 1230-1600.

On August 15th 2005, the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at ending the conflict that has ravaged the region for three decades. Previous attempts of establishing peace in Aceh have failed, lastly shown by the breach of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) in 2003. In the newly signed agreement both parties have made historical compromises, and there has prevailed optimism as to whether the conflict will now finally be brought to an end. However, the sustainability of the peace ahead depends strongly on the implementation of the agreement as well as the commitment of the parties. Crucial issues are also the development of the political situation, the role of the military as well as the involvement of the civil society in Aceh

Presenting speakers:

Dr. Edward Aspinall, Research Fellow, Australian National University: Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies. Dr. Aspinall’s research on Indonesia has mainly been focused on democratisation, opposition movements and civil society, with particular emphasis on the Aceh conflict.

Aguswandi, Aceh Civil Society Institute (ACSI). Mr. Aguswandi is an Acehnese human rights activist formerly attached to Imparsial, and later to Kontras and Tapol. The main concerns of his engagement are the democratic aspects of the peace process, the role of civil society as well as the importance of committing to human rights.

The seminar is open to all and there is no attendance fee.

Participants are asked to register in advance.

Further details:
Programme Coordinator, Christina Kloster
christina.klosterat nchr.uio.no, replacing “at” with “@”
tel.+47 22 84 20 30.