Author Archives: Setara Institute

New court needed for election disputes


A survey published by the Setara Institute, a democracy watchdog, has found that the public wants the creation of a separate court to handle local election disputes and remove authority from the Constitutional Court. Ismail Hasani, a researcher at the institute, said that based on the survey, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) should handle local election disputes by establishing an ... Read More »

Victim Not Surprised By Light Sentence


The Bekasi district court on Thursday sentenced a man who threatened a Batak Protestant Congregation (HKBP) church pastor Palti Panjaitan, to two months in jail and six months probation. Abdul Aziz bin Naimun was charged with unpleasant conduct after demonstrations outside the HKBP Filadelfia church in Bekasi. “The defendant has been proven validly and convincingly guilty of a crime under ... Read More »

Yudhoyono Urged to Set Up 1998 Human Rights Tribunal


Jakarta. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been asked to set up an ad hoc human rights court related to alleged rights violations, missing persons and abductions of activists. A presidential advisory board member said setting up the court was necessary to resolving the cases. “I promise that in line with my expertise, I will give it consideration and will report it ... Read More »

Religious Intolerance Increases in Indonesia Watchdog Says

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Democracy and human rights watchdog organization Setara Institute, recorded an increase in the violation of religious freedom. Based on the Institution’s observation, the number of province with cases of religious intolerance increased from 13 in 2012, to 20 in 2013. “Violation happened in regions where there was no violation before,” Setara Institute Deputy Head Bonar Tigor Naipospos, said in Jakarta ... Read More »