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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
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.

April 14, 2023

Indonesia Has Another Shaman Serial Killer – and the Phenomenon Is More Common Than You Think

By Aisyah Llewellyn
The frequent occurrence of such crimes speaks to Indonesians' widespread belief in the occult and the lure of get-rich-quick schemes in a country with widespread poverty.

March 31, 2023

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Hambali?

By Aisyah Llewellyn
More than 20 years after the Bali bombings in which he allegedly played a central role, nobody quite knows what to do with a man once seen as Southeast Asia's most wanted terrorist.

March 23, 2023

How the Indonesian Lion Air Crash Brought Down a US Legal Empire

By Aisyah Llewellyn
In early 2020, the families of the Lion Air crash victims won a multi-million dollar legal settlement in a U.S. court – but the promised money never arrived.
December 15, 2022

They Survived A Devastating Earthquake. Now The Real Challenges Begin.

By Aisyah Llewellyn
Indonesia's recent earthquake has faded from the headlines, but the challenges of reconstruction might last for years.

October 27, 2022

Indonesia’s Police On Trial

By Aisyah Llewellyn
After a series of high-profile scandals, public trust in the country's police force has dropped to an all-time low.

September 23, 2022

Bjorka, the Online Hacker Trying To Take Down the Indonesian Government

By Aisyah Llewellyn
With a series of high-profile hacks, the as-yet unidentified culprit has highlighted yawning gaps in the nation's cyber defenses.

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