Author Archives: Setara Institute

‘Wiranto’s appointment bolsters impunity for human rights violators’: rights groups

Activists from human rights watchdog Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) protest in front of the Presidential Palace on July 27 following the announcement of the new Cabinet members after the second Cabinet reshuffle. They were protesting against President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's decision to appoint retired general and chairman of Hanura Party Wiranto as the new Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister.(Antara/Aprilio Akbar)

Human rights groups have lambasted President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s decision to appoint Wiranto as the new coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister, claiming it is in contrast to the government’s own commitment to resolve the past human rights abuse in which Wiranto was alleged to have been implicated. Wiranto’s appointment manifested concerns that Jokowi did not take human rights ... Read More »

Indonesian AGO Set to Carry Out Third Wave of Executions


TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Any move to execute convicts on the death row continues to draw strong criticism since many NGOs strongly oppose and criticize such an approach. Last year, the Indonesian government was flooded with criticisms from within the country as well as by other nations for having executed 14 drug convicts on death row. Notwithstanding the lack of popular ... Read More »

Execution of drug convicts on death row soon: Attorney general

Attorney General HM Prasetyo
Source : Voa Indoneisa

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Attorney General HM Prasetyo indicated execution of drug convicts on death row would be carried out soon. “You see the preparations we have made yesterday. I have even seen the activities in Nusakambangan in preparing the execution,” Prasetyo said here on Friday. The prisoners would all be brought to Nusakambangan to face the execution, he said. ... Read More »

Family and Education Crucial to Fighting Radicalism

A member loyal to Islamic State waves a flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014.  To match Special Report RUSSIA-MILITANTS/    REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo

Jakarta. With the rise of radical propaganda in Indonesia, various academics have pressed on the importance of education and parental support to protect their children from becoming radicalized. According to Anna Surti Ariani, child and family psychologist at University of Indonesia (UI), parents must be aware of the kind of environment their children are exposed to, while schools must focus on ... Read More »

Criticism of Ahmadi mosque attack in C. Java grows

Intolerant act – An Ahmadi mosque in Purworejo village, Kendal regency, Central Java, is left in ruins. An unidentified mob attacked the mosque early Monday. (Courtesy of the Ahmadiyah central executive board/-)

Rights group Setara Institute has expressed concern over a recent attack on an Ahmadi mosque in Kendal regency, Central Java, and criticized the government for failing to protect the minority group. Setara Institute chairman Hendardi said the destruction of the Ahmadi mosque in Purworejo subdistrict, Ringin Arum district, Kendal, by a group of unidentified people early Monday was the 114th ... Read More »