Category: Human Rights

Who is responsible for digital attacks on activists and the media, and what effect do they have on Indonesian democracy? Dr Dave McRae discusses these issues and more with Damar Juniarto in Talking Indonesia.

The government has said it wants to set up a truth and reconciliation commission to resolve past rights violations. Aisah Putri Budiatri and Feri Kusuma look at whether it will actually happen.

On the 16th anniversary of human rights defender Munir Said Thalib’s murder, Usman Hamid reflects on the values that motivated his actions.

In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Dirk Tomsa chats to Dr Vannessa Hearman about the letter-writing friendships that political prisoners under Soeharto developed with supporters and human rights activists overseas.

If scholarships are designed to strengthen the next generation of thinkers in Indonesia, writes Herlambang P Wiratraman, judging recipients on their “loyalty” to whoever controls government is entirely counterproductive.

Racist abuse of Papuan students in Java sparked widespread protests in 2019. On the anniversary of the racist incident, Usman Hamid writes that the government needs to be prepared to have a more open conversation about Papua.

Dr Dina Afrianty, Slamet Thohari, Tommy Firmanda and Mahalli write that the Covid-19 pandemic may force teachers to get up to speed with technology that can improve access to education for students with disabilities.

The #BlackLivesMatter protests have thrown a spotlight on racism towards Papuans in Indonesia. In this weeks Talking Indonesia podcast, Dr Dave McRae chats to Ligia Giay about the drivers and impacts of racism against Papuans.

Before 2016, the term ‘LGBT’ was rarely used in Indonesia. Associate Professor Michael Ewing looks at how the media is using and interpreting this foreign term and the implications for queer Indonesians.

In the case of West Papua, racism is not only perpetrated in openly violent forms by the police or military but is also ingrained in structures and assumptions that benefit Indonesians, as well as foreigners, writes Dr Jenny Munro.

Adburrachman Satrio examines the recent cancellation of a Constitutional Law Society seminar at Gadjah Mada University and asks: is the Jokowi government really so different to the New Order?

Freelance workers in the creative industry are already vulnerable to exploitation. Fathimah Fildzah Izzati writes that many are suffering because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the government has shown little interest in helping them.