Author Archives: Setara Institute

Chinese-Indonesian youth refuses to back down

Defying his parents’ admonition that he should simply accept his position as a member of a minority community, a young Chinese-Indonesian man has bravely reported to the police a group of men who reportedly assaulted him because of his ethnicity last Friday evening. Andrew Budikusuma, 24, needed five days to recover from his injuries and to obtain evidence such as ... Read More »

Internet blamed for radicalizing ‘lone wolf’


The “lone wolf” assailant who planned to blow up a Catholic church in Medan, North Sumatra, was inspired by leader of the Islamic State (IS) Movement Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi and learned how to make bombs on the internet, a top security minister said on Monday. Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto said that the alleged assailant, 18-year old ... Read More »

Military in spotlight for meddling in civilian affairs


Concerns over the growing role of the Indonesian Military (TNI) in civilian affairs have emerged after a group of young people in Bandung, West Java, claimed they were assaulted by military personnel while running a makeshift library at night in the city’s downtown. The attack on the young people happened amid the city administration’s extensive campaign to improve literacy through ... Read More »

Human rights: Does Indonesia’s Jokowi walk the talk?


INDONESIAN president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has been called out over his commitment to protecting human rights following a Cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday. The appointment of retired military general Wiranto as the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, in particular, has drawn the ire of human rights groups. The decision to put Wiranto in such an influential position within ... Read More »