Last month protesters disrupted a meeting at the offices of the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Jakarta) and its national umbrella body, the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI). In what was a first for the organisation, police did not initially prevent the protesters from blocking the meeting, an academic discussion on 1965-66. What does this attack signal for human rights and civil society in Indonesia? What are the challenges facing President Joko Widodo’s government as it heads toward the 2019 election? Is Indonesia’s democracy in peril?


In this week’s podcast, host Dr Jemma Purdey explores these questions with the former director of YLBHI and leading human rights lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis.


In 2017, the Talking Indonesia podcast is co-hosted by Dr Jemma Purdey from Monash University, Dr Dave McRae from the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute, Dr Charlotte Setijadi from the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore, and Dr Dirk Tomsa from La Trobe University.


Look out for a new Talking Indonesia podcast every fortnight. Catch up on previous episodes here, subscribe via iTunes or listen via your favourite podcasting app.


Photo by Muhammad Adimaja for Antara.


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