Category: Human Rights

In this week’s Talking Indonesia podcast, Dr Dave McRae speaks to the University of Melbourne’s Dr Ken Setiawan about her recent trip to Buru Island, where her father was held as a political prisoner from 1971 to 1978.

After granting clemency to five Papuans in May, Jokowi’s efforts to release more political prisoners have met with little success. Assistant Professor Daniel Pascoe explains the difference between amnesty and clemency, and how neither option looks like it will allow Jokowi to deliver on his promise. Photo by Øystein Solvang/NHD

The Melanesian Spearhead Group’s decision to grant observer status to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMPB) means that for the first time, West Papuans and Indonesians will be sitting at the same table in an international forum. Dr Richard Chauvel looks at the impact of the move in the final post of his three part series on Papua. Photo by Stefan Armbruster/SBS World News.

The US Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality has provoked strong reactions in Indonesia. As Hendri Yulius writes, the response to one pop star’s support for the decision helps to explain what it means to be Indonesian.

Pat Walsh AM spent 12 months travelling across Indonesia to examine the impact of the Chega! and Per Memoriam truth commission reports on Indonesian understandings of East Timor. Indonesia at Melbourne spoke to Pat about the project and prospects for meaningful reconciliation. Photo by Pat Walsh.

Papuan support for dialogue remains strong and widespread, writes Dr Richard Chauvel in this second part of a three-part series on recent developments in Papua. Photo by Jaringan Damai Papua.

For more than 400 Thursdays, protesters have gathered outside the Presidential Palace in Jakarta to demand state attention to human rights abuses. Dr Ken Setiawan reflects on the significance and impact of Kamisan. Photo by Ucu Agustin

Although Rohingya asylum seekers received a relatively warm reception from Acehnese citizens, the provincial and national governments have been slow to offer support, writes Dr Antje Missbach.

Despite President Joko Widodo’s recent announcements, Jakarta continues to believe that improved welfare will make calls for independence disappear, writes Dr Richard Chauvel. Photo by Benny Wenda.