Author Archives: Setara Institute

Activists Call on Wise Men to Solve Historic Human Rights Abuses

Activists from the Victims Solidarity Network for Justice (JSKK) and the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) held their 436th Kamisan, a silent protest held every Thursday to push the government to settle historic human rights abuses, across the from the State Palace on March. 24. The families of the victims rejected the government's plan to focus on reconciliation in the settlement of the historic violations instead of taking the perpetrators to court. (Antara/Wahyu Putro)

Activists are urging the government to form an independent commission made up of civilian “wise men” to push for a legal settlement of Indonesia’s historic human rights abuses to bring justice to the victims and their families. The commission’s members must be representatives of the public and not public officials from institutions involved in the violations, the human rights advocacy ... Read More »

Govt Remains Indecisive Over Resolving Historic Rights Abuses

The government said on Tuesday that it had yet to decide on what actions to take to resolve historic human rights abuses as several mechanisms were still being considered. Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki said that the government was still discussing what would be the best format for the solutions, whether it will take judicial or non-judicial measures. He ... Read More »

Indonesia: Missed Opportunities to Protect Rights

Cartoonist's depiction of Indonesian government restrictions on media freedom and rights monitoring in Papua.
Copyright 2015 Toni Malakian for Human Rights Watch

(Jakarta) – Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s first year in office produced a mixed record on human rights that lacked major initiatives to tackle the worst abuses, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016. In the 659-page World Report 2016, its 26th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries. In his ... Read More »

Govt should not rely on MUI fatwa in handling Gafatar

Back to square one: Fajar Nusantara Movement (Gafatar) members disembark the KRI Teluk Gilimanuk warship, that took them from Pontianak in West Kalimantan to the Tanjung Emas Port in Semarang, Central Java, on Monday. As many as 351 Gafatar followers, around half of them children and pregnant women, have been repatriated from Mempawah in West Kalimantan to Semarang. They are currently accommodated in the Donohudan Haj dormitory in Boyolali and will soon be returned to their home towns. (

The government should adhere to the 1945 Constitution in handling the Fajar Nusantara Movement (Gafatar), an organization allegedly involved in recent missing person cases, and not issue any related regulations based on a fatwa from the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), human rights activists have said. Setara Institute deputy chairman Bonar Tigor Naipospos said since Gafatar had never declared itself as ... Read More »

Local Administrations Main Violators of Religious Freedom

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has not delivered on his promise to protect religious freedom, according to human rights advocacy group the Setara Institute. The organization estimates that cases of religious intolerance metastasized by more than 50 percent in 2015 in comparison with 2014. In its report on religious intolerance, the Setara Institute recorded 197 cases and 236 incidents of violence, ... Read More »