Posts with tag: Drug policy

Between punishment and rehabilitation: the government’s half-hearted approach to drug use

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More than half of inmates in Indonesian prisons are drug convicts. It is hard to imagine how the Ministry of Law and Human Rights can provide rehabilitation services for them all.

Digital democracy: Bintang Emon, buzzers and the itch to express

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Social media stars are playing an important role in shaping what democracy looks and feels like in the digital age, writes Tito Ambyo.

Talking Indonesia: war on drugs

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What prompted President Joko Widodo to declare a drug emergency in Indonesia? Have his hard-line policies achieved their intended results? And what is the future for drug policy in the country? Dr Dirk Tomsa discusses these issues with Ricky Gunawan, director of LBH Masyarakat, in the latest Talking Indonesia podcast.

Is Indonesia embarking on a Philippines-style war on drugs?

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President Joko Widodo stunned many observers recently when he appeared to give the go-ahead for police to shoot drug dealers who resist arrest. Dr Dave McRae has examined media reports of police shootings and has found that the government's tough on drugs rhetoric may be affecting how police deal with these cases.

New hope for abolition of the death penalty?

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Amnesty International recently released its 2016 report on the death penalty, finding that while executions decreased in Indonesia, at least 60 new death sentences were handed down. Ricky Gunawan and Raynov Tumorang Pamintori write that while there is plenty to be concerned about, there are some encouraging signs of change.

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