“Indonesia should support interfaith community programs to help Myanmar end ethnic violence”

By Dio Herdiawan Tobing, Universitas Gadjah Mada After years of refusing to protect ethnic Rohingya from persecution, Myanmar’s government is seemingly showing signs of change Following reports of massacre, arson and rape targeting ethnic Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine state late last year, the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi set up a panel to resolve conflicts in that state The government also held a...

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Sexually harassed 13 times in 35 minutes: Why Jakarta’s streets are not a safe space for women

Hundreds of thousands of women around the world marched on the weekend to demand their rights and remind those in power that women’s rights are human rights These women are...

Sexually harassed 13 times in 35 minutes: Why Jakarta’s streets are not a safe space for women

The Conversation: Politics complicate blasphemy investigations in Indonesia and around the world

By afiqa Qurrata A'yun, University of Indonesia The Indonesian police recently named the Chinese-Indonesian and Christian governor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaya Purnama, also...

The Conversation: Politics complicate blasphemy investigations in Indonesia and around the world

‘Interpreting the Qur’an: Ahok’s blunder’

By Lies Marcoes On 4 November, Jakarta saw one of the largest protests in Indonesian history, as an estimated 100,000 Muslims took to the streets to demand that Jakarta...

‘Interpreting the Qur’an: Ahok’s blunder’

‘Indonesia is paying lip service to stopping human trafficking – it’s time to do more’

By Karina Utami Dewi, Universitas Islam Indonesia In July 2016, Ima Matul, an Indonesian woman who grew up in the rural village of Malang, East Java, spoke in front of...

‘Indonesia is paying lip service to stopping human trafficking – it’s time to do more’

3 reasons why Donald Trump’s presidency might not be completely terrible for Indonesia 

Editorial - Okay, so Donald Trump has been elected the next president of the United States Some people think that is a good thing Many more people think that it is the first step...

3 reasons why Donald Trump’s presidency might not be completely terrible for Indonesia 

‘Why Indonesia desperately needs a new bill to curb the rise of sexual violence’

Indonesia is currently in the midst of a sexual violence crisis As noted by Komnas Perempuan (National Commission on Violence Against Women), the instances of violence against...

‘Why Indonesia desperately needs a new bill to curb the rise of sexual violence’

It’s time the Indonesian media stopped using the term ‘cantik’ to refer to female victims

Last Wednesday, a horrible tragedy befell Intan Novita, a 22-year-old singer from Bandung, who was splashed in her face and body with acid by unidentified motorcyclists while she...

It’s time the Indonesian media stopped using the term ‘cantik’ to refer to female victims

‘Jessica Wongso found guilty in cyanide coffee case, but she may not yet have had a fair trial’

By Simon Butt, University of Sydney On Thursday in Central Jakarta District Court, a panel of three judges decided one of the most high-profile and controversial criminal cases...

‘Jessica Wongso found guilty in cyanide coffee case, but she may not yet have had a fair trial’

‘Is anyone watching the Constitutional Court judges?’

By Muhammad Tanziel Aziezi Over the past few months the Constitutional Court has been hearing a case that could have serious implications for the rights of Indonesians A...

‘Is anyone watching the Constitutional Court judges?’

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As you may have noticed, we are pretty opinionated people and we are not afraid to share those opinions in our regular news posts. However, this section is reserved for articles that are all about arguing passionately for a certain point. You’ll find not just our own opinion and editorial pieces but also those from guest writers, including respected academics and experts as well.