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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
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December 12, 2023

Indonesia’s Volcanoes Are Famous, But Is There a Way to Make Them Safer?

By Aisyah Llewellyn
The eruption of Mount Marapi in West Sumatra on December 3 claimed the lives of 23 people.
November 22, 2023

Indonesia’s Refugees Are Just in Transit. What Happens If the Boats Keep Coming?

By Aisyah Llewellyn
The past week has seen a new wave of Rohingya arrivals from the refugee camps of southeastern Bangladesh.

November 21, 2023

An Indonesian Constitutional Court Scandal and an Election in Jeopardy

By Aisyah Llewellyn
An October 16 ruling by the Constitutional Court could reshape the upcoming presidential contest, and even the future trajectory of Indonesian democracy.

November 07, 2023

Is Indonesia at Risk of Terror Attacks During the Presidential Election?

By Aisyah Llewellyn
The country's extremist networks remain extant, but are much less capable of large-scale attacks than they were two decades ago.

October 24, 2023

Should a Man Face Trial Alone at Guantanamo Bay While His 2 Co-Accused Return Home?

By Aisyah Llewellyn
Despite their alleged involvement in terrorist attacks including the 2002 Bali bombings, Mohammed Farik Bin Amin and Mohammed Nazir Bin Lep could be heading back to Malaysia early next year.
October 10, 2023

New Netflix Documentary Examines One of Indonesia’s Most Salacious Cases

By Aisyah Llewellyn
The film about the supposed poisoning of socialite Wayan Mirna Salihin raises the question: was a murder even committed?

September 25, 2023

Does God Need To Be Defended By Law?

By Aisyah Llewellyn
An Indonesian influencer was this week sentenced to two years in prison for blasphemy under the country's infamous Article 156a.
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.

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