May 29, 2022 Last Updated 7:57 AM, May 27, 2022

Human Rights

Fearing the queer

Indonesia’s national image excludes many, in clear contradiction with its laws and principles

Moral politics of nationhood

Constructions of political, sexual and religious others in contemporary Indonesia

Safeguarding tolerance in Semarang

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

Criminalising justice

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

Reformasi’s broken promises

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

Bandung, city of human rights?

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

A complex relationship

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

Essay: Letter from Jakarta

Living in the midst of uncertainty

Mapping the 1965-66 killings in East Java

In the first of a series of articles we present recent work by demographers and genocide scholars at Michigan State University's Asian Studies Centre on the 1965-1966 killings. Their analysis takes the form of a collection of infographics tracing population numbers across East Java at this time.

Untreated trauma in Nduga

The plight of Papua’s internally displaced persons is not being recognised by the Indonesian government

Timotius and Freeport

Elite politics and Freeport Indonesia’s non-compliance continue to deny Timotius Kambu his owed wages

Are #DildoforIndonesia a pair of sexist pricks?

Satirical candidates that once seemed refreshing have slipped into tired obscenity

No justice at home or abroad

Indonesia’s children wrongly imprisoned in Australia still haven’t been compensated

Surviving while seeking asylum

A change in Australia’s asylum policy has denied refugees in Indonesia vital support

The red thread

A recently uncovered report reveals how anti-communist paranoia stoked abductions of pro-democracy activists in the last days of the New Order

Remembering the gang rapes of May 1998

The stories of Seno Gumira Ajidarma have helped to counter the denial of a national trauma

Social exclusion in a state urban mega-development

Indonesia’s first 'new city' may not be addressing the urban problems it was supposed to 

Stories from Sulawesi

The 2009 mining law and the community benefit in Sulawesi

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