Christian Donny Putranto

Christian Donny Putranto has recently completed a Master of Laws (Human Rights) at the Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne, as an Australian Awards Scholar. He previously worked at the UNHCR Indonesia and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Indonesia.

President Joko Widodo has already shown signs that human rights will not be a top priority for his government. But as Christian Donny Putranto writes, few of Jokowi’s passionate campaigners would have ever imagined that two years after his election his administration would promote military officials involved in abducting pro-democracy activists to senior positions in security agencies.

On Indonesia at Melbourne last week, Bhatara Ibnu Reza warned against revising anti-terror legislation to provide police or intelligence officials with greater powers. Christian Donny Putranto writes that the proposal to strip the citizenship of individuals suspected of fighting with terrorist groups is just as dangerous.