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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.

Anxiety, unpreparedness and distrust: Indonesia’s careful response to AUKUS

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The arrival of AUKUS has stirred anxieties about Indonesia’s strategic role in the Indo-Pacific region and its implications for trust and stability.

Islamists back at work, pushing conservative gender politics as a ‘response’ to Covid-19

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The Prosperous Justice Party's failed attempt to promote polygamy as a solution to the Covid-19 pandemic was misogynistic and displayed a belief that women and girls can only participate in society as wives.

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.

Academic freedom: another victim of the ITE law?

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The sentencing of Syiah Kuala University lecturer Saiful Mahdi for defamation is another devastating blow to academic freedom, and freedom of expression more broadly, in Indonesia.

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.

A personal religious choice: regions banned from forcing students to wear headscarves

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A new joint ministerial decision banning forced religious clothing in schools has been welcomed by activists. But in an increasingly conservative society, will headscarves continue to be viewed as compulsory?

Sigi attack prompts another tug of war over counterterrorism policy

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If the military is going to be involved in efforts to combat terrorism, it is time for a deeper discussion on how it can be both effective and accountable.

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