Category: Explainer

Ignoring protests from the public, and some of its own members, the House of Representatives (DPR) recently launched a special inquiry into the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Rifqi Assegaf explains the significance and likely impact of the contentious inquiry.

Police declared Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Ahok, a suspect for blasphemy last week, following major protests from hard-line religious groups. How has the 1965 Blasphemy Law been used in democratic Indonesia? What type of behaviour is typically deemed blasphemous? Is Ahok likely to receive a fair trial? We spoke to Dr Melissa Crouch, who has published widely on the Blasphemy Law, about these questions and more.

The Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI) has made headlines recently over its controversial fatwa against the Gafatar movement and the LGBT community. Tim Mann takes a look at the council, and the extent to which its fatwa are able to influence policy and legal decisions in Indonesia.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Ahok, has made plenty of enemies during his time in politics. Helen Pausacker profiles the feisty Jakarta governor as his supporters launch a campaign to allow him to run as an independent for a second term.

Indonesia has recently seen a run of corruption suspects challenging their investigations in pretrial hearings – and getting off. Former member of the Judicial Mafia Task Force Rifqi Assegaf explains the decisions that have allowed this to occur. Photo by Flickr user Charles Wiriawan.