Author Archives: Setara Institute

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 »

Jokowi’s Human Rights Promotion Disappoints: Survey

Illusive justice: Human rights activists hold a candle vigil at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, Jakarta in December, 2014 to remember the fatal shooting of four children who prepared a Christmas event in Paniai, Papua, 10 days before. They demanded that the Jokowi administration bring the perpetrators to justice. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

The President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo administration has failed to deliver on its campaign promise of human rights protection in its first year, a study has revealed. The Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace recorded a slight fall of 0.04 points from 2014 to 2015 on the achievement index of human rights promotion, which is rated from 0 to 7, with ... Read More »

Gauging the ISIS Threat in Indonesia


So far, although 100-odd Islamic fighters have returned from the Middle East, the threat remains small Concern is rising in Jakarta that Indonesia could be the first Southeast Asian nation hit by an Islamic State-style attack from the 100-odd Islamic fighters who have returned from the Middle East in recent months although the fundamentalists so far are disorganized and small ... Read More »