Chair: Kate McGregor (University of Melbourne)
Rachel Hughes (University of Melbourne)
Lia Kent (Visiting Fellow, Australian National University)
Ken Setiawan (University of Melbourne)
Lisandro Claudio (University of California)
From cases of colonial violence reaching back more than a century such as the Philippine American War or the Aceh War through to contemporary cases of state violence which took place in the larger context of the Cold War and the dominance of military regimes, people in the region of Southeast Asia continue to deal with the legacies of violence. In the last twenty years there have been extraordinary efforts from within these societies, particularly in Cambodia and East Timor, to demand and sometimes receive forms of historical justice such as legal redress or state recognition or apologies for cases of past violence. Yet there is also a sense that that many cases of violence have either been inadequately addressed or deliberately ignored by state authorities in the context also of fears about claims for justice for more recent cases of state violence. This panel brings together leading experts on the Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia and East Timor to consider whether the process of achieving or implementing historical justice across the region is complete or considered complete and by whom and why or why not. What future might historical justice have in this region based on contemporary trends?