Entries by Rafiqa Qurrata A'yun, https://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/author/rafiqa/, Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir, https://indonesiaatmelbourne.unimelb.edu.au/author/mughis/

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Can a new academic union resurrect grassroots activism in Indonesia?

Seizing on the revolutionary fervour of Indonesian Independence Day, workers from public and private universities in Indonesia declared the establishment of the Campus Workers Union (SPK)  on 17 August 2023. But can a new academic union actually reform university management in Indonesia? And what challenges will this new union need to overcome to defend the interests of campus workers?

The destruction of the KPK flags the failure of democratic legal reform in Indonesia

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As depressing as it is, the destruction of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is not surprising. It is a sign of the limits of institutional approaches in advancing democratic legal reform in Indonesia.

Omnibus law shows how democratic process has been corrupted

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As protests rage, legal avenues to overturn the controversial law may no longer be the answer, write Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir and Rafiqa Qurrata A’yun.

Covid-19 crisis deepens illiberalism in Indonesia

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Political and business elites are exploiting the Covid-19 crisis to further increase their power and material resources, write Rafiqa Qurrata A'yun and Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir.

The end of the KPK – at the hands of the ‘good’ president

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President Joko Widodo was supported by many activists because of promises to strengthen the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). But as Rafiqa Qurrata A'yun and Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir write, in the end he played a significant role in contributing to its demise.

Can golput save Indonesian democracy?

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Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir and Rafiqa Qurrata Ayun write that rather than dismissing non-voters as apathetic or irresponsible, it is far more productive to reflect on how they can contribute to strengthening democracy.

2018 regional elections: why is there a disconnect between local and national politics?

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Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir and Rafiqa Qurrata A’yun take a look at the results of the 2018 regional elections. Rather than reflecting national-level dynamics, they write, the behaviour of political parties and politicians at the local level is defined primarily by opportunism.

AILA's unsuccessful petition: a narrow escape from overcriminalisation

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Last week, the Constitutional Court rejected a petition from the Family Love Alliance (AILA) that sought to criminalise consensual sex outside marriage. Rafiqa Qurrata A'yun writes that AILA’s petition was an attempt to bypass the normal process of formulating criminal law, and could have had serious consequences for the rights of citizens.

Charges and counter-charges threaten Indonesian democracy

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The fiercely contested Jakarta gubernatorial election has given rise to a cycle of charges and counter-charges between the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and its opponents. Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir and Rafiqa Qurrata Ayun write that this politicisation of criminal justice is doing serious damage to the rule of law.

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