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Indonesia Shuts Down Bar Chain Following Blasphemy Controversy
June 30, 2022

Indonesia Shuts Down Bar Chain Following Blasphemy Controversy

By Sebastian Strangio
Blasphemy prosecutions have become more common over the past two decades, undermining Indonesia's reputation as a moderate Islamic state.

Indonesian Governor in Papua Casts Doubt on Plan for New Provinces: Report
May 30, 2022

Indonesian Governor in Papua Casts Doubt on Plan for New Provinces: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
The plan to break Papua and West Papua into five provinces has spurred widespread protests in the eastern region.
Indonesian Minister Pledges to Safeguard Religious Minorities
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.

Seeking a Viable Alternative to Indonesia’s Blasphemy Laws
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.

The Indonesian Government Needs to Step Up Its Commitment to Human Rights
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.

West Papua’s Quest for Independence
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.

Human Rights Overlooked as Indonesia's Presidential Election Nears
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.
Timor-Leste Remembers Indonesia’s Slain Human Rights Hero
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.

Indonesia’s Human Rights After 20 Years of Reformasi
May 21, 2018

Indonesia’s Human Rights After 20 Years of Reformasi

By Usman Hamid
Despite progress, human rights are still under threat.

Top UN Human Rights Official Completes Mission to Indonesia
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.

The Toxic Impact of Indonesia’s Abusive Blasphemy Law
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.
Indonesia at 71: Ups and Downs of a Democratic Giant
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.

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