Posted in: Law

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.

How can Australia make sure its economic partnership with Indonesia works – for both countries?

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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese's visit to Indonesia was a good sign for the implementation of Australia's free trade agreement with Indonesia. But there is still a lot of work to do.

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.

Indonesia finally has a law to protect victims of sexual violence. But the struggle is not over yet.

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After more than a decade of advocacy, Indonesia now has a new law on sexual violence, establishing a much-needed legal framework to strengthen the rights of victims.

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.

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!

Religious freedom, harmony or moderation? Government attempts to manage diversity

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The government has recently promoted the concept of 'religious moderation' in its attempts to manage religious diversity in Indonesia. But there are several problems with the approach.

Constitutional amendment: why now?

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Political elites are pushing to amend the 1945 Indonesian Constitution again, despite the far more pressing challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and a complete absence of public demand for change.

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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