Posted in: Law

Is West Sumatra on the verge of an intolerance and violent extremism crisis?

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There are indications of growing intolerance and violent extremism in West Sumatra. A new law could make matters worse.

Half-hearted progress: religious freedom after the new Criminal Code

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Many media reports have been highly critical of how the new Criminal Code (KUHP) treats religious freedom. But there are some changes that should mean minorities are better protected.

Best of 2022

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Indonesia at Melbourne will again be taking a short break over the New Year period. Here we present the articles and episodes that attracted your attention in 2022. We look forward to seeing you again in early 2023!

Talking Indonesia: the new Criminal Code

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How did Indonesia's much-needed new Criminal Code end up being so damaging to rights? Is there still time to change it, or is there no turning back? Dr Jemma Purdey chats to Bivitri Susanti in the final episode of Talking Indonesia for 2022.

The new Criminal Code: killing off living law?

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Problematic provisions on extramarital sex and cohabitation might have attracted global attention, but the new Criminal Code's provisions on "living law" are also a major concern.

The return of Indonesia's Human Rights Court brings new promise and old problems

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The first case heard at the Human Rights Court in more than 16 years saw some improvements in the performance of judges and efforts to guarantee transparency, but many familiar problems.

The new Criminal Code: authoritarianism disguised as decolonisation

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Despite the government's claims about "decolonisation", the new Criminal Code in fact reintroduces the kinds of authoritarian provisions that were a key part of Dutch colonialism.

Indonesian courts rule to protect the work rights of people with disability

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Two recent court decisions offer some hope for people with disability wanting to secure their right to employment.

The DPR attacks the Constitutional Court – and judicial independence

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The DPR's recent attempt to replace one of the judges on the Constitutional Court undermines judicial independence and the rule of law.

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