chapter
Introduction
The Indonesian genocide files
WithJess Melvin
Pages 29

The Introduction introduces the Indonesian genocide files and the story of how they were found. It additionally sets the scene by introducing the reader to the Indonesian genocide as an event, and explains how, after fifty years, the perpetrators of this crime continue to enjoy complete impunity for their actions. It explains how Western media and mainstream scholarship often repeated Indonesian military propaganda explanations for why the killings occurred and provides an overview of the United States’ history of intervention in Indonesia and its support for General Suharto. It also provides an introduction to current attempts by the Indonesian state to continue its denial of responsibility for the killings.