May 16, 2022 Last Updated 8:50 AM, May 6, 2022

Law Reform

No durable solutions

A new presidential decree delivers little for asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia

Falling through the cracks

The JKN or the National Health Insurance is failing Indonesia’s most vulnerable

Something's cooking

Biogas reduces the burden of fossil fuel subsidies

Negotiating adat

The Kasepuhan community are at the cutting edge of a movement to restore customary forest rights

Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act has largely failed to make government institutions more transparent and accountable

Dancing against violence

Not even Mount Kelud erupting could stop Yogyakarta's activists from standing up against violence to women as part of One Billion Rising

Campaigning for agrarian reform

Rahmat Ajiguna talks to Eve Warburton about the need to make farmers the centre of food security in Indonesia

Indonesia’s new anarchists

Insurrectionary anarchists, with international connections, nihilist values and a penchant for arson, are moving to fill the vacuum on the left

Overcrowding crisis

A disintegrating justice system is causing rampant prison overcrowding

Legislating against the supernatural

Indonesia’s parliament is cracking down on sorcery

Coins for the KPK

A public donation campaign shames the national legislature into supporting Indonesia’s premier anti-corruption agency

Review: The making of an Indonesian human rights lawyer

Dan Lev explains how an outsider became a national hero

Staying the executioners' guns?

There are signs that Indonesia may move towards abolition of the death penalty

Ignorance that kills

Many Indonesian women face great difficulties in accessing safe terminations of unwanted pregnancies

Where there’s smoke, there’s politics

Campaigns against smoking are finally gaining ground, but the tobacco lobby is fighting back

Facebooking for reform?

Social media campaigns highlight the need for criminal law reform in Indonesia

For the good of the people?

The challenges of governing ‘societal organisations’ pose difficult questions for Indonesian democracy

From the archive: On death row

Inside Indonesia revisits a series of articles from its archive on the theme of the death penalty. We asked the authors of these articles to write an update to accompany their pieces  

A terrible legacy

Indonesian doctors have been persecuted for providing safe abortions for almost a century

God and democracy

A Christian church is asserting its democratic rights by suing the mayor of Depok

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Contesting the religious soundscape

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Essay: Hey Holland, you’re welcome!

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