Nov 27, 2022 Last Updated 3:31 AM, Nov 16, 2022

Law

Campaigning for agrarian reform

Rahmat Ajiguna talks to Eve Warburton about the need to make farmers the centre of food security in Indonesia

Indonesia’s new anarchists

Insurrectionary anarchists, with international connections, nihilist values and a penchant for arson, are moving to fill the vacuum on the left

Ari’s audacity

How can you be a straight cop when people just give you money?

Review: Justice, victimhood and remembering the violence in East Timor

Lia Kent’s study of East Timor’s attempts at transitional justice is an important contribution  

More than a fatal attraction

Outsiders see arak consumption as a highly dangerous activity, but arak plays an important role in Balinese society

Big prison, little prison

Stories from Papua’s political prisoners show life at the edge of freedom

Performing on the inside

Theatre therapy in a narcotics gaol is helping inmates survive

Incarceration in Indonesia

Nikki Edwards An examination of prisons and detention centres shows that Indonesia still has a long way to go in protecting human rights The international media has long carried stories about the imprisonment of Schapelle Corby in Bali and of the Indonesian children convicted of people smuggling and held in Australian gaols. But until the recent riot in Tanjung Gusta prison, where inmates were being held in facilities stretched to almost double capacity, the stories of the thousands of Indonesians who are locally imprisoned failed to make the headlines. This edition of Inside Indonesia begins to investigate these people’s stories. The articles delve into the depths of Indonesia’s gaols, seeking to understand who is incarcerated, under what conditions, and why.

Turning away from terror

Prison can be a place of radicalisation or rehabilitation

Cashed-up in confinement

Wealthy detainees pay to do their time in comfort

Overcrowding crisis

A disintegrating justice system is causing rampant prison overcrowding

No-take zones

In West Papua province’s Raja Ampat islands, a local fisheries conservation initiative is setting a global standard

Legislating against the supernatural

Indonesia’s parliament is cracking down on sorcery

Coins for the KPK

A public donation campaign shames the national legislature into supporting Indonesia’s premier anti-corruption agency

Review: The making of an Indonesian human rights lawyer

Dan Lev explains how an outsider became a national hero

Staying the executioners' guns?

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

Ignorance that kills

Many Indonesian women face great difficulties in accessing safe terminations of unwanted pregnancies

Where there’s smoke, there’s politics

Campaigns against smoking are finally gaining ground, but the tobacco lobby is fighting back

The biggest cock

In Jakarta’s crowded neighbourhoods, beliefs in supernatural power and invulnerability still surround the figure of the jago tough man

Review: Power politics

Jeffrey Winters’ Oligarchy is an epic work of comparative political insight but has little that is new to add to the study of Indonesia’s politics

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Acehnese fishermen and Rohingya rescue at sea

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Review: Bali, 50 years of changes

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Chasing a cure for beriberi

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A long search for a cure for beriberi in Southeast Asia in the late nineteenth century was led by trial and a lot of error

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Review: 25 years of music activism

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For two decades Bali-based rock band Navicula’s mission has been to tackle some of the country’s biggest social and environmental ills

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