January 04, 2021
Indonesian Minister Pledges to Safeguard Religious Minorities
By Sebastian Strangio
The promise follows the banning of the Islamic Defenders Front, which advances a strict, austere definition of Islam.
September 22, 2020
Seeking a Viable Alternative to Indonesia’s Blasphemy Laws
By Desi Hanara
Instead of criminalizing blasphemy, Indonesia should focus on penalizing incitement to discrimination, hostility, and violence.
February 06, 2020
The Indonesian Government Needs to Step Up Its Commitment to Human Rights
By Fadhilah Fitri Primandari
Jokowi was elected in part due to his promises on human rights, but there has been little concrete progress over the past five years.
July 25, 2019
West Papua’s Quest for Independence
By Olivia Tasevski
50 years since the so-called Act of Free Choice, an independent West Papua is closer but still elusive.
January 30, 2019
Human Rights Overlooked as Indonesia's Presidential Election Nears
By Usman Hamid
Both candidates were largely silent on past and current human rights issues in the country.
September 07, 2018
Timor-Leste Remembers Indonesia’s Slain Human Rights Hero
By Bikash Kumar Bhattacharya
Timorese victims of Indonesian occupation speak of murdered human rights defender Munir Said Thalib.
May 21, 2018
Indonesia’s Human Rights After 20 Years of Reformasi
By Usman Hamid
Despite progress, human rights are still under threat.
February 15, 2018
Top UN Human Rights Official Completes Mission to Indonesia
By Jack Britton
While proposed new laws may threaten human rights in Indonesia, the country continues to engage positively with the UN and other bodies.
August 05, 2017
The Toxic Impact of Indonesia’s Abusive Blasphemy Law
By Andreas Harsono
A strain of intolerance is fueling the recent spate of blasphemy prosecutions.
August 17, 2016
Indonesia at 71: Ups and Downs of a Democratic Giant
By Max Walden
As Indonesia celebrates its independence, it is worth considering where it has been and where it is going.
August 04, 2016
Executions Cast a Pall Over Indonesia and Its 'War on Drugs'
By Luke Hunt
Despite promising to improve Indonesia's human rights records, President Jokowi has upped the pace of executions.
July 30, 2016
Jokowi and the Death Penalty: Weighing the Costs and Benefits
By Khoo Ying Hooi and Huong Yu Sin
Indonesia's president continues to execute drug offenders, despite international pressure.