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Edition 138: Moral politics

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Dec 03, 2019

Moral politics of nationhood

The Movement of Indonesian Council Edict Supporters (GNPF MUI) stage a massive rally in protest of former Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s allegedly blasphemous remarks in Jakarta on 4 Nov. 2016. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Constructions of political, sexual and religious others in contemporary Indonesia

By ANNEMARIE SAMUELS & RATNA SAPTARI

Dec 01, 2019

Criminalising justice

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The ‘communist stigma’ is being used as a tool in the courtroom to attack human and environmental rights

By HERLAMBANG P WIRATRAMAN

Dec 01, 2019

Reframing the demon

‘Throwing the Effigy into the Mud Lake’ / Lutfi Amiruddin

Lapindo mudflow victims are drawing on ritual to battle their politically untouchable oppressor

By ANTON NOVENANTO

Dec 01, 2019

A complex relationship

Attempts to overcome silence and situate memory of 1965-66 violence are ongoing/  AJAR 2017

1965 collaborators and victims living side by side silently negotiate between past and present

By GRACE LEKSANA

Dec 01, 2019

Reformasi’s broken promises

Muslim protesters hold an anti-LGBT rally outside a mosque in the provincial capital Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia on February 2, 2018. © 2018 Antara Foto / Irwansyah Putra

Sexual minorities increasingly feel left out of Indonesia’s democratisation processes

By DEDE OETOMO

Dec 01, 2019

AIDS as an ‘entry point’ for LGBT rights discourse

Concern for pregnant women has increased HIV/AIDS awareness, but to the detriment of some other groups and causes

By SYLVIA TIDEY

Dec 01, 2019

Bandung, city of human rights?

'Protests against Syiah’ / Rini Rahmawati

Despite stated goodwill by authorities, intolerance towards minority groups is growing in Bandung

By FANNY SYARIFUL ALAM

Dec 01, 2019

Safeguarding tolerance in Semarang

Women bring a traditional dish of bubur prepared for Asyura celebrations / ANTARA FOTO YUSUF NUGROHO

Police and interfaith activists are helping defuse tension and safeguard minority expression

By YUNANTYO ADI SETIAWAN

Nov 11, 2019

Contraception at a crossroads

Adam Cohn @Flickr

Indonesia’s 50-year-old family planning program has been a great success but is...

By LOUISA-ANNE BUWALDA

Oct 30, 2019

Hunger and culture in West Papua

Indigenous Marind in rural Merauke have traditionally depended on the forest for their subsistence / Sophie Chao

Oil palm projects are causing hunger in Merauke, both literal and symbolic

By SOPHIE CHAO

Sep 29, 2019

Essay: Letter from Jakarta

Refugees protest in Makassar, February 2018 / Ali Froghi

Living in the midst of uncertainty

By ABDUL SAMAD HAIDARI

Sep 26, 2019

Mapping the 1965-66 killings in East Java

In the first of a series of articles we present recent work...

By SIDDHARTH CHANDRA

Sep 16, 2019

Challenging syariah

A woman gazes at the camera as the world moves around her / Ghiffar Ridhwan on Unsplash

The media ignores women’s crucial role in the formation of regional laws...

By BALAWYN JONES

Aug 07, 2019

Competing Papuan identities

Jayapura, West Papua / Alex Drainville @Flickr Creative Commons

A battle is looming between an emboldened pro-independence movement and Papuans who...

By PETRUS K FARNEUBUN

Jul 22, 2019

Alternative tourism in Bali

Student volunteers and the local community collected rubbish and turned it into an ogoh-ogoh for local Balinese festivities. Source/ Sea Communities

Community programs in northern Bali are aiming to avoid negative impacts of...

By HANNAH SUTTON

Jul 01, 2019

Untreated trauma in Nduga

A teacher formerly posted in Nduga, holds her infant while instructing the children in the emergency school / Sorang Saragih

The plight of Papua’s internally displaced persons is not being recognised by...

By HIPOLITUS YOLISANDRY RINGGI WANGGE

Jun 11, 2019

The waste emergency

 / Instagram @nickpumphreyphoto

Government, producers and the public must all cooperate to tackle Indonesia’s waste...

By ROLF HAJEK

Jun 02, 2019

Bogus redemption

Charlie Hartanto / Flickr

Mudik forms a bogus redemption for many precarious workers amid a lack...

By MUHTAR HABIBI

May 17, 2019

Review: Bridges of Friendship

An excellent reminder of the strength and importance of relationships between people...

By ANITA DEWI

This Week

/ Andrea Star Reese for Human Rights Watch

Fiction: Pasung

MAYESTICA DE JONG

  His gaze is fixated on an indeterminate spot behind me, his arms hang loosely by his sides. Wearing nothing but a pair of faded black shorts, his ribs and collar bones rise above his cavernous stomach. His bulging eyes stand out. A ray of afternoon sun penetrates through a few holes on the attap roof above us, shining on some...

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