Food security is an urgent policy problem in Indonesia but opinions are divided about how best to feed the poorest and most vulnerable
Thushara Dibley and Eve Warburton
Indonesia is a country with a rapidly expanding middle class and a growing economy. Its neighbours are taking more notice, and Indonesia now plays a pivotal role in regional politics. Yet for many Indonesians, the daily task of feeding their families can be a real challenge. Even with government subsidies, Indonesia has the most expensive rice in the region. The government's commitment to reducing heavy fuel subsidies is expected to impact the price and accessibility of rice and other basic foodstuffs. Poor families are the most vulnerable in this situation.
Detained asylum seekers face massive hurdles in accessing rights and protection
An examination of prisons and detention centres shows that Indonesia still has a long way to go in protecting human rights
The international media has long carried stories about the imprisonment of Schapelle Corby in Bali and of the Indonesian children convicted of people smuggling and held in Australian gaols. But until the recent riot in Tanjung Gusta prison, where inmates were being held in facilities stretched to almost double capacity, the stories of the thousands of Indonesians who are locally imprisoned failed to make the headlines. This edition of Inside Indonesia begins to investigate these people’s stories. The articles delve into the depths of Indonesia’s gaols, seeking to understand who is incarcerated, under what conditions, and why.
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