Why is blasphemy such a serious offence in Indonesia? What do recent blasphemy cases have…
The past few years have seen repeated questioning of the independent workings of police, the prosecutors and the courts in Indonesia. There have been accusations that prosecutions have been used to suppress government opponents and suspicions that the outcome of high profile cases such as the blasphemy prosecution against then Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama had as much to do with societal pressure and political considerations as it did with the letter of the law.
Are perceptions about the politicisation of law enforcement justified? How do the government and other external parties intervene in legal cases? What are the implications for the rule of law in Indonesia?
In this week’s Talking Indonesia podcast, Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues with Dian Rositawati, Chair of the Board of the Indonesian Institute for an Independent Judiciary (LeIP). Dian has been closely involved in judicial reform in Indonesia for two decades, and is currently undertaking a PhD at Tilburg University.
The Talking Indonesia podcast is co-hosted by Dr Dave McRae from the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute, Dr Jemma Purdey from Deakin University, Dr Charlotte Setijadi from the Singapore Management University and Dr Dirk Tomsa from La Trobe University.
Photo by Reno Esnir for Antara.