President Joko Widodo came to power one year ago with promises to combat impunity for past human rights violations, safeguard freedom of religion and improve welfare in Papua. Has the president met any of these pledges? Former LBH Jakarta director Nurkholis Hidayat takes a look at Jokowi’s human rights record.

Next Tuesday will mark one year since President Joko Widodo assumed office. What have we learned about him as a leader during his first year in power? Dr Dave McRae explores this issue and more with PhD candidate Wawan Mas’udi in Talking Indonesia.

Wednesday will mark 50 years since the events that triggered the brutal repression of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) and its alleged sympathisers. Ken Setiawan writes that while political elites appear to be able to stomach the idea of reconciliation, an apology is far more contested.

President Joko Widodo is often portrayed as more inward looking than his predecessor, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. This would seem to be reflected in the Indonesian approach toward ASEAN under Jokowi. But as Dr Avery Poole argues, the reality is more complex.

After granting clemency to five Papuans in May, Jokowi’s efforts to release more political prisoners have met with little success. Assistant Professor Daniel Pascoe explains the difference between amnesty and clemency, and how neither option looks like it will allow Jokowi to deliver on his promise. Photo by Øystein Solvang/NHD

Papuan support for dialogue remains strong and widespread, writes Dr Richard Chauvel in this second part of a three-part series on recent developments in Papua. Photo by Jaringan Damai Papua.

Despite President Joko Widodo’s recent announcements, Jakarta continues to believe that improved welfare will make calls for independence disappear, writes Dr Richard Chauvel. Photo by Benny Wenda.

President Joko Widodo could lose civil society support over his failure to defend the Corruption Eradication Commission from attacks from the police, write Professor Tim Lindsey and Associate Professor Simon Butt.

Professor Tim Lindsey speaks to the ABC’s Beverley O’Connor about the significance of last year’s elections and the obstacles President Joko Widodo is likely to face as he seeks to implement his reform program.

Joko Widodo faces a hostile legislature, an overbearing party boss in Megawati Soekarnoputri, and high expectations from civil society.  His selections for his first cabinet reflect these challenges.   Professor Tim Lindsey explains.

Initial poll results from Indonesia have people questioning the ‘Jokowi Effect’, writes Dave McRae.

The presidential candidate from PDI-P, Jokowi, encourages people to exercise their voting rights on election day.