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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.

Indonesian oligarchs are defending their wealth at the cost of democracy

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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has finally acted to quash efforts to extend his time in office beyond his constitutionally mandated two-term limit. But there is no guarantee that the oligarchs who want him to stay in power will listen.

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.

Indonesia is surviving the Omicron wave. But is it really time to remove mask rules?

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Like many people around the world, Indonesians are getting fed up with Covid-19 restrictions. But there remain plenty of reasons for caution.

Why do so many Indonesians back Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?

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Indonesian governments and society have historically supported victims of aggression and conflict, so why do so many Indonesians, especially online, seem to support the Russian invasion?

Dorce Gamalama: an accidental role model for gender and sexual minorities in Indonesia

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Dorce Gamalama might have never described herself an activist, but she still made a major contribution to public awareness of gender and sexuality issues in Indonesia.

Penyalin Cahaya and the economy of feminist films

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The growing commodification of feminist issues in Indonesia means that while some films may advance feminist themes, this is no guarantee that the filmmakers involved genuinely support gender equality.

History repeats: Langkat case exposes the long history of slavery on plantations

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The alleged abuse of plantation workers by the Langkat district head shocked Indonesia. But the exploitation of plantation workers follows a pattern established as far back as the colonial era.

Nahdlatul Ulama’s new chair faces a difficult choice: political neutrality or patronage

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What will the election of Yahya Cholil Staquf as the new leader of Nahdlatul Ulama mean for Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation, and politics more broadly?

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