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NGOs say civic space shrinking fast in Indonesia

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In recent years, many studies conducted by human rights organisations and think tanks have found civic space in Indonesia is shrinking, at least in the areas of freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association. The authors' recent research into the experiences of Indonesian civil society organisations corroborates this view.

Talking Indonesia: democracy under threat

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With the elections set to deliver a new government and new president next year, what must be done to halt further damage to Indonesia’s democracy and rule of law? What are the risks if it fails to do so? In this week's episode Jemma Purdey chats with Professor Jimly Asshiddiqie, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Indonesia and a member of Indonesia’s senate, the Regional Representatives Assembly.
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Blasphemy cases highlight legal inconsistencies

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Indonesian social media figure Lina Mukherjee was reported to police after a TikTok video of her eating pork went viral on social media. The case highlights the inconsistent application of blasphemy laws throughout Indonesia.
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The Hunger Games: Indonesia’s problematic electoral system will continue in 2024

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Electoral processes are inherently competitive. But can a democratic system be too competitive? Indonesia’s current open list electoral system not only requires candidates to compete against candidates from different political parties – but also those from their own party.

Can a Constitutional Court judgment be changed? Newly installed judge faces Ethics Council

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The legislature's controversial appointment to the Constitutional Court, Guntur Hamzah, has already faced the court's Ethics Council for altering the text of a decision.

Talking Indonesia: environmental defenders

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How are environmental defenders strategically using the law to promote environmental protection? In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Jacqui Baker explores this question and more with Associate Professor Agung Wardana.

New criminal code exposes deep problems in Indonesian legal education

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The role of legal academics in formulating the new Criminal Code should raise concerns about support for anti-democratic ideas in Indonesia's law faculties.

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.

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