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Aisyah Llewellyn

Aisyah Llewellyn

Aisyah Llewellyn is a British writer based in Medan, Indonesia, and a columnist for The Diplomat.

Aisyah Llewellyn is a British writer who has a BA in Indonesian from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She is currently completing her second BA in Indonesian law at university in North Sumatra. She is a former diplomat and writes primarily about law and human rights. She has a true crime newsletter and podcast named Hukum.

Posts by Aisyah Llewellyn
September 08, 2023

Indonesian Money Laundering Case Harks Back To Asian Financial Crisis

By Aisyah Llewellyn
In Indonesia, money laundering is hard to prosecute. But in the case against disgraced tax official Rafael Alun Trisambodo, prosecutors have seemingly found an open and shut case.

September 05, 2023

Why Are Indonesians Illegally Selling Their Kidneys?

By Aisyah Llewellyn
Jakarta's recent breaking of an organ trafficking ring has cast a light on a grim regional trade.
August 29, 2023

Indonesia’s Supreme Court Once Again In Spotlight Over Police Accountability

By Aisyah Llewellyn
The apex court has overturned the acquittals of two police officers accused of negligence during the Kanjuruhan Stadium crush in October.

August 11, 2023

Did One of Indonesia’s Top Cops Just Evade Justice?

By Aisyah Llewellyn
Ferdy Sambo, the former head of the police's internal affairs division, this week evaded the death sentence for the high-profile murder of his aide-de-camp last year.

July 26, 2023

Is It Really Wrong For Two Dogs To Get Married?

By Aisyah Llewellyn
A lavish canine wedding briefly became national news in Indonesia, raising questions about how social media outrage shapes journalistic coverage.

July 07, 2023

Without Money For A Funeral, an Indonesian Father Buried His Stillborn Baby in a Freezer Box

By Aisyah Llewellyn
The viral news story provided a stark illustration of the gap between the rhetoric of Indonesian politicians and the realities faced by many ordinary people.
June 23, 2023

Suitcase Killer’s Plea Deal Is Rare Shot of Double Justice

By Aisyah Llewellyn
Chicago woman Heather Mack was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Indonesia for aiding in the murder of her socialite mother in 2014. Will she now face further time in the U.S.?

June 20, 2023

After 22 Years, ExxonMobil Finally Settles Indonesian Human Rights Case

By Aisyah Llewellyn
Last month, 11 Acehnese villagers reached a confidential financial settlement with the U.S. oil giant, after accusing it of abuses including rape and torture.

June 09, 2023

Ben Roberts-Smith and the Legacy of the War on Terror

By Aisyah Llewellyn
A judge last week ruled that the decorated Australian veteran committed a host of war crimes while deployed in Afghanistan.

May 27, 2023

A Watch Seizure and a Criminal Code Designed to Clamp Down on LGBTQ Rights

By Aisyah Llewellyn
Malaysia's government is openly intolerant of gender and sexual minorities. Despite appearances, things aren't much better across the pond in Indonesia.

May 10, 2023

How a Woman Fell To Her Death at an International Airport in Indonesia

By Aisyah Llewellyn
The incident raises questions about the competence of staff at Kualanamu International Airport in North Sumatra, which has pretensions of becoming a regional travel hub.
May 02, 2023

Following Yet Another Execution, Singapore Shows It Is Out of Touch On Capital Punishment

By Aisyah Llewellyn
As its Southeast Asian neighbors take steps away from capital punishment, the Lion City is doubling down on a discredited anti-drug policy.

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