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Mobilising fear

Unchecked hate speech against Indonesia’s LGBT community is having a devastating effect

Breaking free in gay Paris

Some gay Indonesians move overseas to lead a more simple and openly gay life

Fearing the queer

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

Pelakor and Instagram

Language around extramarital affairs on social media punishes women and lets men off the hook

Small island life

Remote island communities are fighting for greater autonomy and more suitable, fair development

Pious bikies

Yogyakarta’s Dawn Prayer Bikers are converting an outlaw tradition into a prayer ritual

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

AIDS as an ‘entry point’ for LGBT rights discourse

Concern for pregnant women has increased HIV/AIDS awareness, but to the detriment of some other groups and causes

Bandung, city of human rights?

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

Reframing the demon

Lapindo mudflow victims are drawing on ritual to battle their politically untouchable oppressor

A complex relationship

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

Fiction: Pasung

  His gaze is fixated on an indeterminate spot behind me, his arms hang loosely by his sides. Wearing nothing but a pair of faded black shorts, his ribs and collar bones rise above his cavernous stomach. His bulging eyes stand out. A ray of afternoon sun penetrates through a few holes on the attap roof above us, shining on some part of his left arm and shoulder. Sitting on the ground of this six-by-eight-metre hut with his back leaning against the wall, his dark brown skin blends in with the soil underneath us and the bamboo wall surrounding us.

Contraception at a crossroads

Indonesia’s 50-year-old family planning program has been a great success but is struggling to adapt with women’s needs

Hunger and culture in West Papua

Oil palm projects are causing hunger in Merauke, both literal and symbolic

Drugs and drug policy

Drug use in Indonesia has a long history

Crystal meth users in Indonesia

Not all users of sabu-sabu are dependant on it, but their experiences are ignored by the law

Drugs and the death penalty

Indonesia’s ill-informed war on drugs endangers and ends lives rather than saving them

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