Jun 05, 2020 Last Updated 5:56 AM, Jun 2, 2020

Human Rights

God and democracy

God and democracy

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

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Eager to work

Eager to work

The value of children’s paid work on Lombok’s tobacco plantations presents a challenge to emotive arguments for the wholesale banning of child labour

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Passports optional

Passports optional
Indonesian migrant workers without visas - or sometimes even passports - rely on the help of middlemen to get past immigration checkpoints into East Malaysia
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Leaving Indonesia

Leaving Indonesia
As this edition shows, the choices faced by those who leave Indonesia for work are anything but simple
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Learning to lead

Learning to lead
Against the odds, Indonesian domestic workers have achieved real change in Hong Kong
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Hunted communists

Hunted communists

Many of those accused of being communists fled to South Blitar after the Surabaya crackdown, only to become the target of the Trisula Operation in 1968

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Sensitive truths

Sensitive truths

The exhumation of mass graves from 1965-66 is a fraught and dangerous business

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Accomplices in atrocity

Accomplices in atrocity

The mass killings of 1965-66 in Indonesia were international, not just local, events - and the US played an important role

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I'm still here

I'm still here

Forty-five years later, survivors are telling their stories about their suffering in detention 

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Survival through slavery

Survival through slavery

Suspected communists who survived the killings of 1965-66 in South Sulawesi spent the next 20 years working for the military in an isolated jungle camp

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The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the exploitation of non-formal early childhood educators 

Healing in context

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Traditional medicine has an important role to play in Indonesia’s fight against the coronavirus

Review: Diponegoro's biographer

May 01, 2020 - DICK VAN DER MEIJ

Peter Carey making a pilgrimage to the gravesite of Pangeran Diponegoro, Makassar, South Sulawesi in June 2014  / Subi, 2014 with permission

Review: China, Indonesia and the Cold War

May 01, 2020 - BERNARD Z. KEO

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(A history of) containment on Galang Island

Apr 27, 2020 - JEMMA PURDEY & ANTJE MISSBACH

Camp Vietnam o Galang Island / Gaylord Barr

Rapid construction of a COVID-19 hospital is a rare good news story for the government but the motives behind it remain unclear

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