Dec 05, 2022 Last Updated 6:29 AM, Nov 29, 2022

Human Rights

From the archive: Staying the executioners' guns?

Inside Indonesiaa 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

Politics from below

Street vendors have organised successfully at the local level, but effective national organisation has proved more elusive

Back with a vengeance

Former migrant workers are finding new empowerment in the bureaucratic jungle of legal aid

Review: Seeking peace without justice

The memoir of a former human rights commission official gives insights into handling of human rights in Indonesia in the late New Order and early reformasi period

Review: Coming to terms with 1965

Can the descendants of both sides of 1965 come together to help the nation achieve reconciliation?

Freedom of information

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

Prabowo and human rights

Jakarta 1998 was bad, but Prabowo likely had more blood on his hands in East Timor

Election year

Edward Aspinall Indonesia’s legislative elections offer a window into the deep forces shaping the country, and a glimpse of its political future Indonesia is part way through its election year, having held its legislative elections on 9 April, and with the country now gearing up for the first round of the presidential polls in July. With more than 235,000 candidates running for seats in national, provincial and district legislatures around the country, the April poll was a massive logistical affair. It was also the culmination of years of effort, expense and stress for a huge number of people. Yet in some ways, the actual results of the election were an anti-climax.

Remembering Munir

A museum dedicated to the memory of the famous activist strives to promote human rights awareness among the younger generation

Seeking identity, seeking Indonesia

Pulang'sauthor reflects on writing the stories of those unseen and unheard

Review: Julia’s jihad

The provocative Julia Suryakusuma on the rampage

After justice

What happens after three police officers are found guilty of manslaughter and torture?

Review: Justice, victimhood and remembering the violence in East Timor

Lia Kent’s study of East Timor’s attempts at transitional justice is an important contribution  

Caught between two happinesses

Young Indonesian lesbians struggle with the pressure to marry

Strange bedfellows

An unlikely alliance between former rebels and a former New Order tormentor will test the limits of Partai Aceh loyalty

Big prison, little prison

Stories from Papua’s political prisoners show life at the edge of freedom

On the struggle for press freedom

Former political prisoner Eko Maryadi speaks to Nikki Edwards about his incarceration during the New Order

Life and death in immigration detention

Detained asylum seekers face massive hurdles in accessing rights and protection

Poets against silence

Two young Solo poets believe poetry should serve the people

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Acehnese fishermen and Rohingya rescue at sea

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The criminalisation of people smuggling has created complex moral and legal difficulties for those who assist refugees in peril

Review: Bali, 50 years of changes

Sep 25, 2022 - MARY ZURBUCHEN

Chasing a cure for beriberi

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A long search for a cure for beriberi in Southeast Asia in the late nineteenth century was led by trial and a lot of error

Review: The candidate’s dilemma

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Review: 25 years of music activism

Aug 19, 2022 - JULIA WINTERFLOOD

For two decades Bali-based rock band Navicula’s mission has been to tackle some of the country’s biggest social and environmental ills

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