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AGO urged to file case review on Muchdi’s acquittal to reopen Munir’s case

Human Rights activists display a banner, demanding that the government solve the murder case of rights champion Munir Said Thalib at a demonstration near the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Sept. 1. (Antara Photo/Sigid Kurniawan)

A fact-finding team has urged the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to file a case review on the controversial acquittal of former State Intelligence Agency (BIN) deputy chief Muchdi Purwopranjono, who was accused of being involved  in the murder of prominent rights defender Munir Said Thalib. Hendardi of the Setara Institute, a member of a government-commissioned fact-finding team (TPF) set up ... Read More »

Tangerang Knife Attack Shows Radicalization is Rampant: Setara Institute

Petugas kepolisian bersenjata lengkap berjaga di rumah pelaku teror polisi saat dilakukan penggeledahan, di Sepatan, Kabupaten Tangerang, Banten, Kamis (20/10). Sejumlah barang bukti seperti senjata tajam, buku-buku, baut, pipa, solder dan sejumlah perangkat telepon diamankan pihak kepolisian guna penyelidikan lebih lanjut. ANTARA FOTO/Lucky R./ama/16

Jakarta. The Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace has urged the government to do more to prevent radicalization following a knife attack in Tangerang, Banten, on Thursday (22/10) by a man believed to be an Islamic State sympathizer. The 22-year-old man, reportedly acting alone, stabbed three police officers with a knife after applying an Islamic State sticker on their shelter. ... Read More »

Jokowi must do more for freedom of expression: Setara

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Two years since taking office, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla’s administration has shown it does not prioritize civil liberties, evidenced by continued freedom of expression violations, a human rights watchdog has said. “It’s ironic to see that on one hand, law enforcement authorities barely do anything to prevent a violation of freedom of expression, particularly on ... Read More »

Visionary or Cautious Reformer? Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s Two Years in Office

Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures during an interview with Reuters at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 10, 2016. Indonesia on Thursday opened dozens of sectors to foreign investors in what President Joko Widodo has described as a "Big Bang" liberalisation of its economy, Southeast Asia's largest. Picture taken February 10, 2016. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside  - RTX26FW2

When President Widodo was inaugurated on Oct. 20 2014, there was widespread hope that his “can-do” approach would translate into bold decision making and wide-ranging reforms. Two years on, experts believe his reforms have not gone far enough Two years ago, slum-born Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was elected Indonesia’s President, becoming the first leader elected outside of the country’s narrow political ... Read More »

Jokowi fails to bring peace to restive Papua

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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has been trying to fast-track infrastructure and economic development in Papua over the last two years, but little has been achieved to prevent human rights abuses from taking place in the country’s easternmost region. Soon after he took office, Jokowi made an oath that he would not let Papuans continue to suffer as a result of ... Read More »