Indonesia

Why Muslim countries are quick at condemning defamation – but often ignore rights violations against Muslim minorities

by Ahmet T. Kuru   The Indian government finds itself in a diplomatic crisis following offensive remarks by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson, Nupur Sharma, on national television about the Prophet Muhammad and his wife, Aisha. The BJP…

77 Lashes for a Gay Couple in Indonesia

Troubling Trend of Anti-LGBT Actions Authorities in Indonesia’s Aceh province publicly flogged two gay men 77 times each on Thursday after a vigilante mob raided their apartment in November, allegedly caught them having sex, and handed them over to the…

Free West Papua – we testify

This testimony was written in collaboration with Mama Tineke and Daniel Rayer, two West Papuan activists who survived the Biak Massacre, and David Denborough from the Dulwich Centre. It contains the voices of many of the people of West Papua…

The Struggle for Merdeka in West Papua

It has been argued that nonviolent struggles to liberate occupied countries – such as West Papua, Tibet, Palestine, Kanaky and Western Sahara – have failed far more often than they have succeeded but that secessionist struggles (that have sought to…

Indonesia: #NotJustAMaid

  Dear reader, This is Leni. She’s a domestic worker in Jakarta – and a strong woman. Leni’s life hasn’t always been easy. She was pressured to work around the clock – with no contract – in caring for a…

Indonesia stripping Papua rain forest

Dear friends of the rainforests, Time is running out for Papua’s nature. Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo intends to sacrifice 1.2 million hectares of forest and smallholder land in Papua for industrial rice plantations. This would spell the end for a…

Indonesian haze: No to oil palms on peat!

Indonesian haze: No oil palms on peat! SIGN HERE Dear friends of the rain forests, Unbelievable, while ongoing fires are burning in peatlands, the Government of Indonesia allowed a company (Pt PEAK) to destroy a valuable peat dome. Emissions from…

A Quick Glance at Indonesia-Malaysia

Coming from Malaysia, the two neighbours are incredibly different. Indonesia, richer in ancient cultures, larger in territory, an archipelago of thousands of islands, has GDP per capita of 3,500 while Malaysia is 11,500; three times plus more. By Johan Galtung*…

Banking on the LGBT – with Asian Values

Interview with: Dr Dédé Oetomo, a leading activist for LGBT rights in Indonesia. * Oetomo: I came to Hong Kong to speak at this conference on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the workplace [First LGBT summit in…