Posted in: Human Rights

The anti-sexual violence bill: a clash of values or politics?

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A draft bill on the elimination of sexual violence has become a battleground for pro-democracy movements against rising religious conservatism, write Anna Margret and Yolanda Pandjaitan.

Best of 2019: Talking Indonesia

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2019 was a big year for Talking Indonesia. Here we present the 10 episodes that were most popular with podcast subscribers over the past year.

Best of 2019: articles

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Indonesia at Melbourne will again be taking a break over the Christmas and New Year period. Here we list the most popular articles, plus a few of our favourites, from 2019. We look forward to seeing you again when we return in mid-January.

Talking Indonesia: the urban poor

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What forms of activism do the urban poor engage in? How has the government responded to their activism? Dr Dave McRae chats to Dr Ian Wilson about these issues and more in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

Forced atonement? Dutch apologies and compensation for colonial era rights violations

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Olivia Tasevski examines the Dutch government's limited efforts to acknowledge and provide compensation for abuses committed by its forces during the colonial period.

Talking Indonesia: persecuted minorities

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What have been the main advances in the rights of sexual and gender minorities since 1998? What are the main threats to these gains, and where are they coming from? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Dede Oetomo in the latest episode of the Talking Indonesia podcast.

Criminalising the mentally ill: schizophrenic woman to face court for blasphemy

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On 9 October, a schizophrenic woman who brought her dog into a mosque will face trial for alleged blasphemy. Lawyer Barita Lumbanbatu takes a closer look at the case.

Talking Indonesia: freedom of expression

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How does the government justify the increasing restrictions on freedom of expression that have occurred under President Joko Widodo? How do human rights activists respond? Dr Dirk Tomsa chats to Dr Ken Setiawan in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

'If we are monkeys, don’t force monkeys to fly the Indonesian flag': racism, nationalism and Papua

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Dr Richard Chauvel writes that exposure of racism towards Papuans has prompted a shift in the discourse about the acceptance of Papuans in Indonesia.

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