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William Nessen - national speaking tour

From 25 November to 2 December 2003 journalist William (Billy) Nessen, eye-witness to the biggest ever Indonesian armed forces offensive in Aceh earlier this year, will be speaking and presenting a data show of photos in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Whangarei.

He has a unique story - it is a once only opportunity to hear a first hand account of the war in Aceh.

Billy, was detained by Indonesian authorities after they had repeatedly told him to stop travelling with members of the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) during the offensive.

Billy is coming to Aotearoa with the support of the Indonesian Human Rights Committee, and other peace and social justice groups. If you can contribute to the costs of the speaking tour or wish to arrange an interview with Billy, please contact Indonesian Human Rights Committee. For local contacts, see below.

More information about Billy

  • On the run in Aceh with the guerrillas in Indonesia's westernmost province, William Nessen, 2 November 2003

  • Protest at Jailing of Reporter and Call for Indonesia to Assist Release of Captives in Aceh, International Federation of Journalists, 1 and 5 August 2003

    Public meetings

  • Auckland

  • Tuesday, 25 November, 7-30pm at the St Columba Centre 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby. For more information contact Indonesian Human Rights Committee tel (09) 815 9000 or email.

  • Wellington

  • Wednesday, 26 November, 6-30pm to 8pm at Turnbull House, Bowen Street. For more information contact Peace Action Wellington email or Peace Movement Aotearoa tel (04) 382 8129 or email.

  • Christchurch

  • Friday, 28 November, 7-30pm at the Trade Union Centre, 1st Floor, 199 Armagh Street. For more information contact Peace Action Network tel (03) 351 7534 or email.

  • Whangarei

  • Tuesday, 2 December, 7pm for public meeting (6pm for shared pot luck meal) at the Anglican Church Hall Lounge, 2A Kamo Road, Regent. For more information contact Tim Howard, email.

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