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Jakarta Post

Dialita, 1965 survivors choir, wins Gwangju human rights award

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung   /   Sat, May 18 2019   /  12:34 am

The Dialita Choir, a group of survivors of the 1965 tragedy in Indonesia, is being honored by the May 18 Memorial Foundation in South Korea with a special 2019 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights for “showing the path to reconciliation and healing through music”.The ceremony is slated for May 18 in Gwangju in South Korea.Chief of the May 18 Memorial Foundation, Lim Seon-suk said Indonesia had experienced historical turmoil since independence in 1945, with warring ideologies and competition for power.“This contention culminated in the September 1965 alleged failed coup d’etat, which was followed by the purging of many Indonesians through extra-judicial seizure, torture and executions. This purge effected hundreds of thousands of Indonesians and was never officially acknowledged by the government. Since then, survivors and their families continue to suffer deep stigma and discrimination...