Mar 21, 2019 Last Updated 1:07 AM, Mar 19, 2019

Human Rights

Politics of symbolism

Politics of symbolism

Unionists express their disgust at local government’s failure to look after the interests of workers

Read more

Aa Gym

Aa Gym

The rise, fall, and re-branding of a celebrity preacher

Read more

An unlikely unionist

An unlikely unionist

Inspired by television and Muchtar Pakpahan, a traditional fisherman decides it’s time to act.

Read more

Children at work

Officially, 2.4 million Indonesian children work in factories or on the streets, instead of being at school. Unofficially, the number could be 10 million. SHARON BESSELL talks with some working children, and asks what is being done.

Read more

Human what?

'Human Rights' is no longer a dirty word within Jakarta's establishment. An official National Human Rights Commission, now in its third year, is overwhelmed with work. KRISHNA SEN caught up with Marzuki Darusman, its deputy chairman. Joining in was academic Arief Budiman. She asked them what 'human rights' actually mean in Indonesia, and what difference the Commission has made.

Read more

Antithesis of justice

While top officials hail the Australia-Indonesia security agreement, ARTHUR KING is appalled to find that, on the ground in East Timor, youths who resist still face torture.

Read more

Gay identities

Modern gay men in Indonesia learn to live alongside traditional concepts of homosexuality. DEDE OETOMO explains.

Read more

Regulate or abolish?

Should child labour be abolished or regulated? WENDY MILLER spoke with activist ARIST MERDEKA SIRAIT during the Child Labour Conference at Melbourne's Monash University.

Read more

Military human rights manual in Irian Jaya

There is concern within the Indonesian Armed Forces (Abri) about human rights abuses committed by its members. Part of the evidence is a manual on human rights recently issued by Maj-Gen Dunidja D., Military Area Commander in Irian Jaya. All soldiers in Irian Jaya are required to carry it as part of their personal equipment.

Read more

A day with Indonesia's radical student organisation

Authorities blame the recent Jakarta riots on the coalition PRD. It has hundreds of members, but military leaders liken it to the PKI of the 1960s, which had millions. Who are these 1990s activists? VANNESSA HEARMAN visited with one of the coalition partners earlier this year, and filed this inside story.

Read more

The world's first street university

Street children are not social misfits. They are creative exiles from an oppressive state system, according to LAINE BERMAN and HARRIOTT BEAZLEY.

Read more

Latest Articles

Review: Short Film 'KTP'

Mar 17, 2019 - AVERY MORROW

'KTP', 2016

A census worker’s village visit reveals the absurdities of identity card data

Adolescent pregnancy in Manggarai

Feb 27, 2019 - AGHNIA JOLANDA PUTRI & ARTRICIA MARINA RASYID

Author carries out a prenatal check-up with a pregnant adolescent at Cancar / Artricia Marina Rasyid

Premarital sex must be acknowledged as unavoidable, to end a vicious cycle of lost potential

An inadvertent terrorist

Feb 19, 2019 - CAMERON SUMPTER & YUSLIKHA K WARDHANI

Source / Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

One man’s humdrum pathway into terrorism demonstrates the need for extra care in prisons and de-radicalisation programs

A kinder, more gentle FPI?

Feb 06, 2019 - MARK WOODWARD

Lubis described Yogya as a city beset by sin: alcohol, narcotics, free sex, prostitution, pornography and LGBT / Mark Woodward

The historically hardline defenders of Islam plan to enter the political mainstream by softening their rhetoric and abandoning hate speech

Review: Ricklefs on Islamisation

Feb 01, 2019 - RON WITTON

M.Timur/ Flickr Creative Commons

Subscribe to Inside Indonesia

Receive Inside Indonesia's latest articles and quarterly editions in your inbox.

 


Lontar Modern Indonesia

Lontar-Logo-Ok

 

A selection of stories from the Indonesian classics and modern writers, periodically published free for Inside Indonesia readers, courtesy of Lontar