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 »

Setara Institute: Terrorism Stems from Intolerance

Chief of the Setara Institute Hendardi. TEMPO/Subekti

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Hendardi, chairman of human rights advocacy group Setara Institute, said that terrorism is final result intolerance. Therefore, Hendardi called for intolerant behavior to be eliminated. “I invite all elements of society to continuously reject intolerance,” said Hendardi on Monday, January 18, 2016. Bonar Tigor Naipospos, researcher of Setara Institute, said that intolerance can be divided into two ... Read More »

Jakarta attacks a clear warning to Australians on travel risks

A gunmen points his weapon during the attacks in Jakarta.

THE deadly Islamic State attacks in Indonesia are merely a precursor for what’s to come in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Our closest northern neighbour is preparing for further terror attacks in the capital as well as the tourist hotspot, Bali. Just as we did after the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people and seriously injured hundreds more, ... Read More »

Groups Challenge Problematic Regional Election Law

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Civil society groups are looking to challenge Article 158 of Law No. 8/2015 on regional elections, which they believe sets a limit on candidates who want to lodge complaints about vote rigging in the Dec. 9 balloting. The article stipulates that the Constitutional Court may register complaints regarding possible vote rigging only from political parties or pairs of candidates who ... Read More »

Approach to Papua Must Change


TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Setara Institute National Council secretary Benny Susetyo or known as Romo Benny said the military approach towards the Papuan must be changed into dialogue approach. “Sincere and honest dialogue must be built to end violence,” said Benny on Wednesday, December 9. Benny said dialogue is the only way to end separatism in Papua. He continued that the ... Read More »