Jul 09, 2020 Last Updated 11:50 PM, Jul 2, 2020

Human Rights

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.
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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.

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Murder in the cathedral

IRIP NEWS SERVICE speaks with a member of Dili's Catholic Commission for Education and uncovers an assassination attempt against Nobel prize winner Bishop Belo

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Gone fishing

AHMAD SOFIAN explores the lives of young people on hundreds of isolated fishing platforms in the Malacca Straits

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Writing on the wall

Remember the election last May? MAS SUJOKO was there and listened in to the people's vote, recorded on walls all over Yogyakarta.

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How Muslims will say 'No'

What are the prospects of Islamic opposition? How democratic will it be? GEORGE ADITJONDRO finds much to be hopeful about.

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Death of a journalist

'I write the truth and if I have to die for it, well so be it' wrote Udin shortly before he died. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL investigates.

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A fresh wind is blowing

Why is it so hard to remember the evils of the past? ROB GOODFELLOW explores the pain, and the exhilaration, of memory.

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Aceh: Two years of peace

Aceh: Two years of peace

 In welcoming you to our new version of Inside Indonesia, it’s fitting that we focus on one of the greatest achievements of Indonesia’s democratisation: peace in Aceh.

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Waiting for justice

Waiting for justice

Victims of human rights abuses in Aceh have not yet seen the legal processes they’ve been promised.

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A heroine for humanity

A heroine for humanity

There are dozens of stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things for human rights in Aceh. Here is a personal account of one such person.

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Aceh homebound?

Aceh homebound?

In the wake of peace, Acehnese living in Malaysia are thinking about return. But it can be tough leaving a new life to start afresh back home.

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Transgendered in Malang

Transgendered in Malang

The waria community in this East Javanese city are out in the open, but misunderstanding and prejudice are still widespread.

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West Papua and Black Lives Matter

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Javanese traditional musicians are among the many artists and performers struggling to survive, or qualify for government payments under COVID restrictions

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

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