Sep 28, 2022 Last Updated 2:22 AM, Sep 25, 2022

Human Rights

Review: When perpetrators speak

Joshua Oppenheimer’s groundbreaking new film raises disturbing questions about why perpetrators of the 1965-66 mass killings still enjoy impunity for their actions

An interview with Joshua Oppenheimer

The filmmaker explains that The Act of Killing exposes the imagination of terror

Review: An act of manipulation?

Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing is a bold, disturbing and ultimately unsatisfactory exploration of the place of violence in modern Indonesia

'Truth takes a while, justice even longer'

In 2012 significant new information exposed critical truths about the 1965 massacres in Indonesia, but there remain major obstacles to recovery and reconciliation

Review: The making of an Indonesian human rights lawyer

Dan Lev explains how an outsider became a national hero

What gives rise to moral outrage?

Rather than being merely the result of religious extremism, recent cases of moral outrage point to a wide range of current political and social problems

Joke of the month?

What do you get when you cross Sarah Palin and an Islamic polygamist? Meet Rhoma Irama – Indonesia’s king of dangdut

Staying the executioners' guns?

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

Review: At the scene of the crime

Essays, reflections and poetry on East Timor, 1999-2010

A new tactical toolkit

The labour movement successfully adopted new tactics in their campaign for social security reform

Living without a state

People in rural Papua are more interested in basic services than grand political struggles

Staying stuck

Asylum seekers from the Middle East and troubled parts of Asia can languish for years in difficult circumstances in Indonesia

Back on the streets

A national strike shows that workers are once again a significant force  

The era of convergent media

The integration of mainstream and social media creates a more responsive news cycle

Online networking and minority rights

LGBT communities use social media to organise despite threats of violence

Facebooking for reform?

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

High stakes

ASRIANA KEBON speaks to Indonesian underage minors who were returned to Indonesia following age determination hearings in Darwin

‘You’re crazy. Don’t make up things!’

Celebrity gossip shows denigrate homosexuality, but at least they talk about it

Repairing the damage

Safe havens and abuser counselling helping to reduce domestic violence cases in East Nusa Tenggara

The winds of change

Men in Pekanbaru and Makassar are slowly changing their minds about domestic violence

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