We Have Tired of Violence

A True Story of Murder, Memory, and the Fight for Justice in Indonesia

A chilling work of true crime about the shocking midair murder of a human rights activist and a political crisis in the world’s fourth most populous nation

“The truth about who killed Munir is the only antidote to Indonesia’s poisoned justice system.” —The New York Times

On a warm Indonesian night in September 2004, Munir Said Thalib said goodbye to his wife and a carload of friends at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta. He was bound for a year in the Netherlands to pursue a master’s degree in international law and human rights. But Munir never reached Amsterdam alive. Before his plane touched down, the thirty-eight-year-old—one of the leading human rights activists of his generation—was dead in his seat in the fourth row of the plane.

Munir’s award-winning work investigating the killings and abductions that occurred under the former president Suharto had made him many enemies in high places. Undeterred, Munir’s wife, Suci, and his close friend Usman Hamid launched their own investigation. They would soon uncover a conspiracy involving spies, a mysterious co-pilot, threats of black magic, and deadly poison.

Drawing on interviews with the key actors, firsthand courtroom observation, interrogation records, confidential State Department cables, and Indonesian intelligence documents, this book uncovers for the first time the dramatic murder plot and the titanic struggle to bring the perpetrators of Munir’s death to justice. Just as Patrick Radden Keefe’s Say Nothing did for Northern Ireland, this book tells the story of a crime that is also the story of a remarkable country coming to terms with a terrible legacy.

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