Ahalla Tsauro and Firmanda Taufiq – The neo-FPI, the latest reincarnation of the Islamic Defenders Front, has sought to make a clean break from its controversial predecessor.
Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
May 4, 2022
April 6, 2022
Jakarta – The East Jakarta District court on Wednesday sentenced a senior member of an outlawed hardline Islamist group to three years in prison for "consciously aiding terrorism actors
March 18, 2022
Eka Yudha Saputra, Jakarta – The South Jakarta District Court on Friday, March 18 acquitted two police officers Fikri Ramadhan and M Yusmin Ohorella, who were indicted of shooting four
Jakarta – In the wake of a protest on Thursday by members of a militia who surrounded the Central Jakarta headquarters of Amnesty International Indonesia (AII), the human rights group c
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia has responded to a protest action held by the Jakarta Red-and-White Militia (Laskar Merah Putih, LMP) in front of its offices.
February 3, 2022
Nada Zeitalini Arani, Jakarta – People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo, who is also the Deputy Chairperson of the Pancasila Youth, is urging social organisations
December 16, 2021
A'an Suryana – Indonesia President Joko Widodo has called on police officers to stop visits to patrons of vigilante groups.
December 1, 2021
Sui Suadnyana, Denpasar – A protest action by the Bali City Committee Papua Student Alliance (AMP-KKB) and the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) in the Balinese provinci
November 27, 2021
Rakhmat Nur Hakim, Jakarta – The mass organisation Pancasila Youth (Pemuda Pancasila, PP) is currently the subject of lively discussion after several members set upon and assaulted a po
November 16, 2021
Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta – Indonesia's Supreme Court has decided to reduce the jail term of a notorious cleric for circulating false information about his Covid-19 test result.
October 29, 2021
Nava Nuraniyah – Shortly after his re-election in May 2019, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) delivered his Vision of Indonesia speech, in which he pledged "zero tolerance against those wh
October 26, 2021
Lodi Aprianto – A protest action by Papuan students in the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar ended in chaos after members of an ormas (social or mass organisations) forcibly
October 22, 2021
M Yusuf Manurung, Jakarta – The Jakarta Legal Aid Institute or LBH Jakarta criticized the Attorney General's Office for not detaining the defendants in the unlawful killing case of six
October 8, 2021
Burhanuddin Muhtadi – The Islamic Defenders Front, a hardline group which was banned by the Indonesian government last year, has relaunched itself under a new guise.
October 6, 2021
Jakarta – The criminal case against two policemen charged with the murder of four Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) members has been handed over to the court, the Attorney General's Office
August 30, 2021
Police clashed with supporters of Rizieq Shihab outside of the Jakarta High Court in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta today, as the firebrand cleric saw his four-year sentence appeal turn
July 8, 2021
A'an Suryana and Nur Syafiqah Mohd Taufek – Facing a sentence that will see him behind bars till 2025, radical cleric Habib Rizieq Shihab will face problems bouncing back from the polit
June 24, 2021
An Indonesian court has sentenced hardline religious leader Rizieq Shihab to another four years in prison on charges of spreading false information about the results of his COVID-19 tes
Niniek Karmini and Dita Alangkara, Jakarta – An influential firebrand cleric was sentenced to another four years in prison in Indonesia on Thursday for concealing information about his
Jakarta – At least 200 supporters of Rizieq Syihab were arrested on Thursday, hours before the controversial cleric was found guilty of spreading false claims related his medical condit
June 18, 2021
Greg Fealy and Sally White – For almost four years, the government of Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has been steadily ramping up its efforts to roll back Islamist influence within Indonesia's po
June 3, 2021
Jakarta – Indonesian prosecutors on Thursday recommended a sentence of six years' imprisonment for controversial cleric Rizieq Syihab for allegedly lying about his Covid-19 test.
May 28, 2021
Andi Jatmiko and Niniek Karmini, Jakarta – An Indonesian court has sentenced a politically influential firebrand cleric to eight months in prison for violating health protocols by holdi
May 27, 2021
Jakarta – Firebrand cleric Rizieq Syihab was sentenced to eight months in prison on Thursday after a Jakarta court found him guilty of violating Covid-19-related social restrictions whi
Jakarta (Reuters) – An Indonesian court was set to deliver its verdict on Thursday (May 27) in the trial of a hardline Muslim cleric accused of breaching coronavirus curbs and inciting
May 17, 2021
Jakarta – Indonesian prosecutors on Monday recommended a sentence of 34 months in jail for firebrand cleric Rizieq Syihab, who is accused of violating health protocol during the Covid-1
April 30, 2021
Konradus Epa, Jakarta – Indonesian police have arrested the former general secretary of a now-banned hardline group, the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), for suspected involvement in terr
April 28, 2021
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The Indonesian Police have named Munarman, former general secretary of the now-disbanded Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), a terrorist suspect.
April 21, 2021
Firebrand cleric Rizieq Shihab has admitted to having written a statement refusing to have the result of his PCR swab test disclosed last year, when he was suspected to have contracted
April 7, 2021
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The National Police's Criminal Investigation Department has named two personnel of the Metro Jaya Police as suspects in the unlawful killing case of six Islamic
March 27, 2021
Jakarta – The investigation into the shooting of six FPI members must not stop at the perpetrators on the ground. This nation still has a deficit in the upholding of human rights.
March 23, 2021
Beritasatu, Jakarta – The East Jakarta District Court on Tuesday accepted a request by firebrand cleric Rizieq Syihab to hold face to face proceedings in his health protocol violation t
March 21, 2021
Kate Lamb, Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Jakarta – Indonesian prosecutors on Friday accused hardline Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab of incitement and causing widespread violations of coronaviru
March 16, 2021
Jakarta – The much-anticipated trial of firebrand Muslim cleric Rizieq Syihab was postponed on Tuesday after judges at the East Jakarta District Court encountered internet connection pr
March 4, 2021
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The National Police Criminal Investigation Unit (Bareskrim) Director, Brig. Gen.
The National Police have charged six deceased members of the banned Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) over a deadly shootout in December, which one rights group said constituted unlawful ki
February 5, 2021
Yohanes Sulaiman – Firebrand and head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) Muhamad Rizieq returned to Indonesia from his exile in Saudi Arabia on 10 November 2020.
January 22, 2021
Achmad Nasrudin Yahya, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) says that the planned reactivation of the Swakarsa Civilian Security Force (Pam Swa
January 20, 2021
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The advocacy team for the police shooting and deaths of six members of the recently defunct group Islam Defenders Front (FPI) on December 7, 2020, has taken the
January 14, 2021
Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – The Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Security Mahfud MD said that the final report on the deaths of six Islam Defenders Front (FPI) members has reache
Jakarta – Banning all activity of the Islam Defenders Front solved nothing. There should be a strategic cultural design to address extremism.
January 11, 2021
Firebrand cleric Rizieq Shihab, leader of the now-outlawed Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), has been named a criminal suspect once again, further complicating his troubles with the law si
January 7, 2021
Afifur Rochman Sya'rani – The Indonesian government has officially banned the hardline Islamic Defenders Front (Front Pembela Islam, FPI) through a joint ministerial decree (SKB) on 30
January 6, 2021
Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – The Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) has temporarily frozen bank accounts belonging to the recently banned Islam Defenders Front (
January 5, 2021
We're saving our shocked Pikachu meme for another day as the banned Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) announces that it is returning with an inevitable rebranding.
January 1, 2021
Jakarta – The press community is calling on Indonesian police chief (Kapolri) General Idham Azis to revoke Article 2d of Kapolri Decree Number: Mak/1/I/2021 on Obeying the Prohibition o
Jakarta – Islam Defenders Front (FPI) chairman Ahmad Shabri Lubis announced on Wednesday the establishment of a new mass Islamic organization, hours after the government banned the cont
December 31, 2020
Irfan Kamil, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman Hamid says that the government's decree banning, disbanding and halting all organisational activities by
December 30, 2020
Jakarta – The Indonesian government announced Wednesday it has included hardline group Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI, into the list of proscribed organizations, citing links to terror
Dian Septiari, Jakarta – The Foreign Ministry has said the German embassy staffer who allegedly visited the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) headquarters in Petamburan, Central Jakarta, is u