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Monday, June 7, 1999 Published at 09:08 GMT 10:08 UK

Indonesia: Top Internet links

Frans Prayoga of the BBC's Indonesian Service offers a guide to some of the best resources on Indonesia available online.

Indonesian national media

Official Indonesian government sites

Election Specials: Pemilu 1999 (in Indonesian)

  • The Indonesian government has a substantial presence on the Internet, with sites which are either English or bilingual. A number of ministries retain their own sites, such as DepLu - the Department of Foreign Affairs, with Indonesia's official view on the rest of the world. You can also find out about the Indonesian armed forces (ABRI), and get the Indonesian government line on human rights issues at the National Commission on Human Rights website.

  • Befitting a former Minister of Technology, Indonesia's President, BJ Habibie also has his own website, with news clippings from Habibie's political career, a CV and pictures of him with various international statespersons - including Margaret Thatcher.

  • Antara is Indonesia's official news agency, carrying a news feed in both English and Indonesian.

  • If your interested in figures, there is a site compiled for the Central Bureau of Statistics Republic of Indonesia which is potentially useful but be prepared for a wait because it takes a long while to download because of the amount of graphics.
  • There is also a comprehensive list of links to other government websites available.

Non-Governmental Organisations

Official Indonesian political parties are thinly represented on the Internet.

  • Golkar, the ruling party for over 30 years in Indonesia, now has a bright and lively website in Indonesian. The PDI Perjuangan, or the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, led by Megawati Sukarnaputri, is a secular nationalist party and one of the official Indonesian opposition parties. The United Development Party PPP, or Partai Persatuan Pembangunan, has an active site. National Awakening Party PKB is backed by Indonesia's largest Muslim organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU).

  • Indonesia's unofficial political opposition does however have some presence on the Internet.

  • The National Mandate Party, led by Amien Rais, otherwise known as PAN has a website.
  • Indonesia's Muslim population - the largest in the world - are making increasing use of the web to communicate their message. Kisdi is a movement for Islamic solidarity, whilst ICMI, the Organsation of Muslim Intellectuals, is a more moderate organisation currently receiving government support.

    For a general overview of a selection of parties, Partai-partai has an extensive list of links.

  • Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International both produce extensive reports and briefings on the human rights situation in Indonesia, best found by using their site search engines. And there is an Indonesian Corruption Watch in Indonesian.

  • Timor Net is a page of links set up by the University of Coimbra, Portugal to co-ordinate organisations opposing the Indonesian presence in East Timor.

Other Resources

Internet resources and forums

  • A number of other organisations have also compiled links pages to Internet resources on Indonesia, one of the most comprehensive being the Indonesia section of the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library project, based at the Australian National University. Another very useful site for links is at Indonesianet which comes from the US.
  • For online discussion of all things Indonesian, you could try Indonesia-L, a popular e-mail based cyber-forum, although mostly in Indonesian only. The US-based Indonesia Forum and news groups such as soc.culture.indonesia are other English-based fora.

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