Posts with tag: Democratic regression

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.

The end of police reform

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What do recent scandals tell us about the nature of police power, and the kinds of political contestations occurring within the police institution?

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.

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.

Talking Indonesia: democratic regression and the environment

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How are post-truth politics and democratic regression affecting environmental protection in Indonesia? Tito Ambyo chats to Dr Dirk Tomsa in the latest episode of Talking Indonesia.

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.

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.

Mural controversies expose the poor health of Indonesian democracy

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The repressive police response to three murals criticising the government's management of the Covid-19 pandemic is just another sign of the rapidly declining health of Indonesian democracy.

The destruction of the KPK flags the failure of democratic legal reform in Indonesia

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As depressing as it is, the destruction of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is not surprising. It is a sign of the limits of institutional approaches in advancing democratic legal reform in Indonesia.

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