There is a worrying attitude emerging in Indonesia that the pursuit of economic development runs in conflict with democratic freedom, or is even a priority over it.
Democracy & Civil Rights
November 12, 2019
September 27, 2019
William Gallo, Jakarta – Indonesia is seeing its largest protests in two decades, amid a wave of public anger at a proposed overhaul of the country's criminal code and a controversial
August 27, 2019
There is a growing anxiety among rights activists regarding the trajectory of Indonesia's democracy.
August 4, 2019
Deti Mega Purnamasari, Jakarta – Democracy in Indonesia has declined for the first time since the beginning of the reformasi era – the political reform process that began in 1998.
July 29, 2019
Antara & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Indonesian Democracy Index, or IDI, improved slightly in 2018 from the year before, the Central Statistics Agency announced on Monday.
July 25, 2019
Jakarta – The Communications and Information Ministry has completed the personal data protection bill, pushing closer to a more stringent electronic data law in the country.
July 5, 2019
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The wiretapping draft bill (RUU) currently being formulated by legislators at the House of Representatives (DPR) prohibits wiretap recordings to be kept
June 16, 2019
Abba Gabrillin, Jakarta – A survey by Saiful Mujani Research and Consulting (SMRC) has found that there has been a declining trend in democratic reforms, particularly following the May
May 14, 2019
Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – The newly government-formed legal aid team is currently studying 13 suspected hate speech cases expressed by notable figures in Indonesia such as Kivlan Zen, Egg
Avit Hidayat, Jakarta – A civil society group will reportedly reject the decision of Coordinating Minister of Politics, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto upon forming a legal assista
May 11, 2019
Muhammad Genantan Saputra – National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) Commissioner Choirul Anam says that the national legal team formed by Coordinating Minister for Politics, Secu
May 8, 2019
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal, and Security Wiranto clarified his plan to establish a national legal team tasked to study words, actions, and ideolog
May 7, 2019
Jimmy Daniel Berlianto Oley and Yudi Fajar M Wahyu – Is tolerance among different groups a prerequisite for democracy? Indonesia's case shows that it's not.
April 4, 2019
Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Five years ago he was south-east Asia's democratic poster boy, Indonesia's Obama. His face plastered across Time magazine with three words: A New Hope.
March 29, 2019
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The head of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences' (LIPI) research center, Firman Noor, revealed the ever-strengthening political oligarchy in Indonesia
January 24, 2019
Bambang Muryanto, Yogyakarta – Gadjah Mada University (UGM) plans to nominate Indonesia's two biggest Muslim organizations, Muhammadiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), to share the Nobel Pe
May 1, 2018
Edmund McWilliams – With a population of more than 260 million and an economy that ranks tenth in the world, Indonesia appears destined to be one of the major international players of t
March 26, 2018
John McBeth, Jakarta – Twenty years after the fall of president Suharto's authoritarian regime, Indonesians are waking up to the fact that new laws which have either been passed or are
March 10, 2018
Ahmad Faiz, Ibnu Sani, Bogor – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) considers himself to be a democratic individual and denounces the allegation of being an authoritarian.
February 14, 2018
Daniel Peterson – Late last month, The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) issued its 2017 Democracy Index report.
February 12, 2018
Muhammad Genantan Saputra – Protesters calling themselves the Civil Society Alliance Against the Draft Criminal Code held a rally at the front gate of the House of Representatives (DPR)
Krithika Varagur, Jakarta – Hundreds of activists protested outside Indonesia's House of Representatives building on Monday against proposed revisions to the nation's criminal code, whi
Jakarta (BM) – Protesters calling themselves the Civil Society Alliance Against the Draft Criminal Code (RUU KUHP) held a rally on Monday February 12 in front of the House of Representa
February 1, 2018
Anthony Furci, Jakarta – Indonesia's ranking in the 2017 Democracy Index, published on Wednesday (31/01) dropped 20 places to 68th, thanks to the highly divisive Jakarta gubernatorial e
October 20, 2017
Vedi Hadiz – The past year or so has seen conspicuous setbacks to Indonesian democracy's capacity to protect many social rights, including of some of the more vulnerable members of soci