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From 1-9  October , the IISH organizes a small exhibition on the Indonesian massacres of 1965-1966. The exhibition shows records, books and memoirs from the IISH collection regarding these, still... [Event]
On December 11th, 20.00 hours, Robin Blackburn (Essex University) will hold a keynote lecture “The Invention of Human Rights", at IIRE Lombokstraat 40, Amsterdam.This lecture is the keynote for the... [Event]
Het eerste exemplaar van het boek Strafrechthervormers en hemelbestormers. Opkomst en teloorgang van de Coornhert-Liga zal door Hans Smits worden overhandigd aan L.H.C. (Louk) Hulsman,... [Event]
The tourist paradise and the police state may very well go hand and hand. A flourishing tourist sector adds to the economy and the international prestige of a country, political prisoners,... [Image gallery]
The collection In Search of Silenced Voices contains interviews with Indonesian exiles recorded by Hersri Setiawan and deposited at the IISH. Hersri (born in Yogyakarta in 1936) studied sociology at... [Image gallery]
IISH Staff member Eef Vermeij, co-ordinator of the Asia department, pictured various protest demonstrations in Thailand, Hongkong, Malaysia, Nepal, and the Philippines in the years 2004-2007.A... [Image gallery]
In connection with World Press Freedom Day, the IISH wishes to call attention to Jacob Andries Brandsteder's (1887-1986) forced departure from the Dutch East Indies in 1919. He had to leave the... [Image gallery]
...any citizen of any country should have under any circumstances at any time the possibility of expressing any opinion'. Karel van het Reve, 1969When censorship and repression made life for... [Image gallery]
“Taporal” is an extensive oral history project about former political prisoners (tapols) in Indonesia. After the 1965 coup in Indonesia, tens of thousands were imprisoned for communist or leftist... [Collection highlight]
In the first months of 2011 the IISH acquired the papers of the Amsterdam lawyer and judge Willem van Bennekom. Born in Amsterdam in 1941 Van Bennekom grew up in Middelburg, in the southwest of the... [Collection highlight]