Why Indonesian extremists are gaining ground

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If anyone wonders why Indonesia has been ineffective in curbing extremism, the anti-Ahok campaign provides an object lesson. In the name of demanding that the Jakarta governor be prosecuted for blasphemy, it brings together violent extremists, moralist thugs and powerful political interests. And because of the latter, no one dares challenge it. Indonesia’s spineless political leaders have allowed extremists to ... Read More »

Groups call for no racism, sectarianism in election

The campaign period for the Jakarta gubernatorial race kicked off Friday with a joint declaration by human rights activists and leading Muslim figures to promote an election that is free from racism and sectarianism. Ismail Hasani, research director of the Setara Institute rights group, said on Friday that although many surveys showed only a small number of Jakarta residents would ... Read More »



Jakarta. While Indonesians celebrated National Youth Pledge Day on Friday (28/10), prominent Muslim scholars and an association that represents students in Islamic schools, or santri, called on the public to avoid the issues of race, ethnicity, religion and intergroup dynamics during the period leading up to the Jakarta gubernatorial election. Friday also marked the first day of campaigning, which will ... Read More »

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 »