Zur Lage der Indonesischen Chinesen

TitleZur Lage der Indonesischen Chinesen
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1971
Authorsvon der Decken K
JournalInternationales Asien Forum
Date Published26-12-02
ISBN Number0020-9449
Call NumberTA 4675
KeywordsAceh, Chinese, Excerpta Indonesica, INDONESIA, Kalimantan Barat, legal status, minority groups, population policy, Sociology

At present there are about 3 million Chinese living in Indonesia, approximately half of them possessing the Indonesian nationality. Under the Suharto government there are signs of official discrimination according to the author, especially in the field of international law, in efforts and measures aiming at assimilation of the Chinese and in the displacement of Chinese from Aceh and West- Kalimantan. As signs of discrimination the author considers the one-sided revocation in 1969 of the right to opt for Indonesian nationality and the abolition of Baperki, whereas President Suharto, on the other hand, proclaimed on December 6, 1967, that Indonesian citizens of Chinese descent have the same rights and duties as other Indonesians. According to the International Commission of Jurists the government's efforts to suppress anti-Chinese tendencies will remain futile as long as the government lacks the necessary forces for settling the controversies between a few privileged Chinese and the Indonesian majority.