Alexander R Arifianto – In 2022, two leading moderate Indonesian Islamic figures, Ahmad Syafii Ma'arif and Azyumardi Azra, passed away.
Democracy & Civil Rights
December 30, 2022
December 10, 2022
Jakarta – For several years now, alarm bells have sounded globally on the decline of democracy.
December 5, 2022
Abdil Mughis Mdhoffir, Melbourne, Australia – It is a myth that civil society is a backbone of democracy.
October 20, 2022
Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) believes that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has played a significant role in the state of democracy in In
September 19, 2022
By Max Lane
July 15, 2022
Twenty-two Asian and global civil society organizations have expressed concerns that proposed amendments to the Indonesian Criminal Code will negatively impact civic space and fundament
June 20, 2022
M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The President of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), Ahmad Syaikhu, said Indonesia had been sliding toward authoritarianism in the past ten years.
May 24, 2022
Jakarta – This time will be a good opportunity for the nation to look back at what happened 25 years ago when the severe Asian financial crisis started to devastate Indonesia's economy
May 11, 2022
Manokwari, Jubi – Filep Wamafma, a lawmaker of the Regional Representatives Council from West Papua, regrets the increasingly closed democratic space in Papua, as seen by police action
May 3, 2022
Sofia Tomacruz, Manila – Nobel laureates Jose Ramos-Horta and Maria Ressa have called on Southeast Asians to fight for democracy and continue demanding human rights amid growing threats
February 14, 2022
Jakarta – Anyone wondering what a police state in Indonesia would look like must watch the video clips of last week's ugly scenes in Wadas, a village near the Central Java town of Purwo
January 14, 2022
Mirza Bagaskara, Jakarta – A number of experts believe President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has only focused on economic growth in his second term in office.
December 10, 2021
Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, on Thursday's Summit for Democracy 2021 event that was held virtually, expressed Indonesia's commitment to advancing democracy
October 19, 2021
Rahel Narda Chaterine, Jakarta – Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) Coordinator Fatia Maulidiyanti says that democracy in Indonesia has slowly died over th
October 4, 2021
Joshua Kurlantzick – On the face of it, East Timor would not seem like the most natural place to have built a democracy ranked by Freedom House, in its 2021 edition of Freedom in the Wo
September 26, 2021
Lavinda – The national survey pollster Indonesia Political Indicator (IPI) has reported that the public's dissatisfaction with the state of democracy in Indonesia has grown in September
August 23, 2021
Maidina Rahmawati and Erasmus AT Napitupulu – Over the past few weeks, police and local governments have painted over at least three murals voicing public criticism about the government
August 21, 2021
August 17, 2021
By Pastor Dr Socratez S.
June 12, 2021
Fadhilah Fitri Primandari, Bandung – The Economist's Democracy Index for 2020 has confirmed that Indonesia's democracy is dwindling.
May 28, 2021
Jakarta – The Jokowi administration sets back democracy in Indonesia. Civil freedoms and the eradication of corruption are under threat.
March 5, 2021
Friski Riana, Jakarta – Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) executive director Damar Juniarto argues that the existence of a cyber policing unit by the National Polic
February 19, 2021
Jakarta – September 2019, and Veronica Koman was enjoying her final days in Australia.
February 18, 2021
Jakarta – National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) Commissioner Choirul Anam says that the move by Yogyakarta (DIY) Governor Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X to restrict demonstrations
February 17, 2021
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – In response to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's statement on the idea of revising the Law on Information and Electronic Transactions or ITE Law, the human rights
February 8, 2021
Annie Sloman – The COVID-19 pandemic has not only had global health, economic and social impacts, it has also impacted on civic space.
January 26, 2021
Nicholas Ryan Aditya, Jakarta – The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) recorded 351 cases of civil rights violations across the country in 2020.
November 24, 2020
Nicholas Ryan Aditya, Jakarta – Forum of Concerned Citizens for Indonesia's Parliament (Formappi) researcher Lucius Karus has highlighted Law Number 11/2008 on Information and Electroni
November 17, 2020
Sania Mashabi, Jakarta – The Institute of Research, Education and Information of Social and Economic Affairs (LP3ES) says that democracy in Indonesia is experiencing a retreat, which ha
November 12, 2020
Friski Riana, Jakarta – A legal expert from Al-Azhar University, Suparji Ahmad, argued that the existence of the Information and Electronic Transaction Law (ITE Law) hampers the democra
October 26, 2020
Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – Civil liberties in the world's third largest democracy are in jeopardy, according to the latest study by pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia, amid public
October 25, 2020
Achmad Nasrudin Yahya, Jakarta – As many as 36 percent of respondents say that Indonesia has become less democratic according to the results of a national survey by Indonesian Political
October 20, 2020
Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – The first year of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin's administration was marked by continued democratic decline, the Commissi
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Executive Director of Amnesty International Indonesia, Usman Hamid, opined that after one year of Joko Widodo or Jokowi-Ma'ruf Amin's governance, the qua
October 19, 2020
Jakarta – Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) Chairperson Asfinawati has cited a number of symptoms showing a rise in authoritarianism over the first year of President Joko "Jokowi"
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Democratic and Islamic values are intrinsically aligned in Muslim-majority Indonesia, experts and activists have said, amid growing concerns about a ri
Dian Erika Nugraheny, Jakarta – Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) Commissioner Fatia Maulidiyanti says that that they recorded 158 cases of violations aga
September 28, 2020
Emil Salim, Jakarta – The recently launched book "Democracy in Indonesia: From Stagnation to Regression" has grabbed the attention of many.
September 5, 2020
Rakhmat Nur Hakim, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud MD says that democracy, which has developed rapidly in the public realm, has resulted
August 4, 2020
Nina Loasana, Jakarta – Indonesia scored 74.92 points out of 100 in the 2019 democracy index, up by 2.53 points from the previous year, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) reported on Tuesday.
August 3, 2020
Jakarta – West Papua province has again been recorded as having the worst democracy index.
July 13, 2020
Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – An article in the controversial omnibus bill on job creation that broadens the scope of the National Police's authority has raised concerns among activi
July 1, 2020
Jakarta – The Indonesian representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) and various human rights organizations have sent an open letter to the Indones
June 14, 2020
Rakhmat Nur Hakim, Jakarta – Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) Director Asfinawati says that there are three indications of authoritarianism which are still being displayed by th
June 12, 2020
Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – A public attorney of Legal Aid Center for the Press, Rizki Yudha, on Thursday addressed the cyberattack against event organizers of an online public discu
June 11, 2020
Joe Cochrane – The coronavirus pandemic has been devastating for Indonesia's economy.
June 7, 2020
May 8, 2020
Fadhilah Fitri Primandari – The Covid-19 outbreak has once again exposed Indonesia's lack of preparedness to handle disasters and emergencies.
May 4, 2020
Febriana Firdaus – Some 3 million Indonesian workers have been laid off since the coronavirus pandemic hit the country in early March, many of them migrants who have been left stranded
April 24, 2020
Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – The Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) said they keep providing protection for witnesses and victims who have concerns with their safety despite ongo