10:47 pm July 5, 2015 | 9 Comments
The Indonesian police are reluctant to crack down on hate speech, including by hard-line Islamic groups, because there are no “rewards” for doing so and they fear a backlash, an official has admitted.
5:23 pm July 5, 2015 | 5 Comments
Government institutions on all levels still have plenty of work to do if they want to end religious intolerance in Indonesia, observers say in response to a new report on religious freedom released by the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM).
3:48 pm July 4, 2015 | 7 Comments
The government has backed down on a controversial new regulation on a workers’ savings scheme, saying it will now allow policy holders to cash out after five years instead of 10, but with conditions attached.
6:40 pm July 2, 2015 | 11 Comments
Thousands of Indonesians have taken to the Internet and the streets in protest at a new government regulation requiring employees and former employees to wait until retirement age to withdraw their pension funds.
6:13 pm July 2, 2015 | 2 Comments
Southeast Asian nations proposed on Thursday setting up a fund to tackle illegal migration, in one of the first coordinated actions after thousands of “boat people” arrived on the region’s shores, but rights groups dismissed the offers as mere tokens.
5:22 pm July 1, 2015 | 24 Comments
The admission of Indonesia into the Melanesian Spearhead Group last week has sparked concerns over the future of central government policy in the West Papua region, analysts say.
7:26 pm June 26, 2015 | 1 Comment
The families of the political activists who disappeared in connection to the May 1998 riots have asked the Constitutional Court, or MK, for a judicial review on the 2000 Law on the Human Rights Tribunal. A resulting ruling that forces the Attorney General's Office to act on long-ignored reports of human rights abuses in 1998 could have bearing on the resolution of other episodes of gross abuses of human rights in Indonesia.
2:00 pm June 26, 2015 | 13 Comments
“If we look at the quality of education from any indicator, there seems to be no significant progress, even with budget increases,” said Sutarum Wiryono from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). "If we look at the results of the PISA, there’s still no improvement in quality over time."
7:59 pm June 23, 2015 | 1 Comment
A recent report by a United Nations agency reveals that nations across the world, including Indonesia, have made significant strides in ensuring the basic rights and needs of children, but local activists say that child poverty and abuse remain significant issues in Indonesia.
8:28 pm June 22, 2015 | 25 Comments
Human rights activists and legal experts have again called on President Joko Widodo to halt the execution of drug traffickers, following the rejection of a French national’s last-ditch appeal against the death sentence on Monday.
9:25 pm June 19, 2015 | 3 Comments
Human rights activists have lambasted the Constitutional Court for rejecting a judicial review calling for official recognition of interfaith marriages, saying the ruling failed to protect the rights of those wishing to marry someone of a different religion.
5:57 pm June 19, 2015 | 5 Comments
A recent meeting between the UK ambassador to Indonesia and the Indonesian government did not touch on the fate of a British grandmother who is on death row in the country for smuggling drugs, the minister of foreign affairs said on Friday.
8:42 pm June 18, 2015 | 20 Comments
Indonesia's Constitutional Court on Thursday rejected a petition for a judicial review of Indonesia’s law on marriages, which, among other things, does not recognize interfaith unions.
9:38 am June 18, 2015 | 3 Comments
Indonesia's proposed ban on sending domestic workers to the Middle East will force women seeking an escape from poverty to migrate illegally, and put them at greater risk of human trafficking, a rights campaigner said on Wednesday.
2:39 pm June 16, 2015 | 8 Comments
Lowy Institute’s 2015 poll found that Australians' feelings towards Indonesia have fallen to their lowest level in eight years.