Posted in: Human Rights

Mandatory vaccination will not solve Indonesia’s Covid-19 problem

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Rather than penalising individuals who refuse vaccination, the Indonesian government would be better off actively engaging with the public and examining why scepticism around the Covid-19 vaccine remains prevalent.

The limits of regional autonomy: Jember DPRD takes aim at popular district head

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The impeachment of Jember’s district head reveals constraints in the power of local heads lead policy, write CWI researchers Yolanda Pandjaitan and Roni.

Talking Indonesia: digital attacks on activists and the media

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Who is responsible for digital attacks on activists and the media, and what effect do they have on Indonesian democracy? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Damar Juniarto in Talking Indonesia.

Will victims of rights violations finally get a truth and reconciliation commission?

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The government has said it wants to set up a truth and reconciliation commission to resolve past rights violations. Aisah Putri Budiatri and Feri Kusuma look at whether it will actually happen.

The thinking behind the man called Munir

On the 16th anniversary of human rights defender Munir Said Thalib's murder, Usman Hamid reflects on the values that motivated his actions.

Talking Indonesia: transnational human rights activism

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In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Dirk Tomsa chats to Dr Vannessa Hearman about the letter-writing friendships that political prisoners under Soeharto developed with supporters and human rights activists overseas.

Veronica Koman case another nail in the coffin of intellectual freedom

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If scholarships are designed to strengthen the next generation of thinkers in Indonesia, writes Herlambang P Wiratraman, judging recipients on their “loyalty” to whoever controls government is entirely counterproductive.

What we talk about when we talk about Papua

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Racist abuse of Papuan students in Java sparked widespread protests in 2019. On the anniversary of the racist incident, Usman Hamid writes that the government needs to be prepared to have a more open conversation about Papua.

Can the Covid-19 pandemic boost inclusive education?

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Dr Dina Afrianty, Slamet Thohari, Tommy Firmanda and Mahalli write that the Covid-19 pandemic may force teachers to get up to speed with technology that can improve access to education for students with disabilities.

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