Posted in: Human Rights

Talking Indonesia: activist lawyers

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How are activist lawyers at prominent legal aid organisation LBH using the law to promote social change in an environment of democratic regression? Dr Dave McRae chats to Dr Tim Mann in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Ahmadiyah mosque attack exposes challenges of peacebuilding in West Kalimantan

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Why was there only a very limited local civil society response to last year's attack on an Ahmadiyah mosque in West Kalimantan?

Indonesia needs a strong public interest defence to stem the tide of online defamation cases

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"Guidelines" for implementation of the so-called ITE Law are not enough. Indonesia needs to follow the example of other countries and include a strong public interest defence in the law.

Talking Indonesia: Aceh's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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New Talking Indonesia host Dr Jacqui Baker chats to Dr Jess Melvin and Dr Annie Pohlman about the soon-to-be released report of the Aceh Truth and Reconciliation Commission. What impact will the report have on Acehnese politics and society, and Indonesia more broadly?

Another Marriage Law controversy: is reform overdue?

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The recent marriage of one of President Joko Widodo’s female special staffers, a Muslim, to her Catholic boyfriend has prompted new debate on Indonesia's 50-year-old Marriage Law.

History repeats: Langkat case exposes the long history of slavery on plantations

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The alleged abuse of plantation workers by the Langkat district head shocked Indonesia. But the exploitation of plantation workers follows a pattern established as far back as the colonial era.

Best of 2021

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Indonesia at Melbourne will be taking a short break over the New Year period. Here we present the articles and episodes that attracted your attention in 2021. We look forward to seeing you again in mid-January 2022!

Talking Indonesia: academic freedom

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What is driving recent attacks on academic freedom? How much is the notorious ITE Law to blame? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Dr Robertus Robet in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Luhut reporting activists for defamation is another blow to freedom of expression

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Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan's report against human rights activists Haris Azhar and Fatia Maulidiyanti is the latest case in a worrying trend where public officials have weaponised defamation provisions to silence critics.

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