In 1965 Indonesia experienced anti-communist purges which left thousands, or perhaps millions, of people dead. In North Sumatra, a former political prisoner reflects on what it was like to be labelled a communist and experience the “curse” of Suharto firsthand.
Every Sunday, Indonesian migrant workers in Taiwan gather at Taipei’s central train station to meet with their peers. In addition to providing a place to bond, these public spaces also offer a chance to follow a range of educational programmes that could lead to financial security when they return home.
Indonesia heads to the polls in mid-April, and campaigning is already in full swing. As the incumbent Jokowi faces off once more against former army general Prabowo Subianto, a war of words has been unleashed.
Setiap hari Minggu, para pekerja migran Indonesia di Taiwan berkumpul di stasiun kereta api utama Taipei untuk bertemu dengan rekan-rekan sesama pekerja migran lainnya. Selain menyediakan ruang berkumpul, tempat-tempat umum ini juga menawarkan berbagai program pendidikan yang dapat membantu memberi keamanan finansial saat mereka kembali ke tanah air.
This week, Adam Bemma speaks to LGBT rights activists working to establish an advocacy network in Laos, Victoria Milko visits a peace park set up by the Karen ethnic group in conflict-embroiled Myanmar, Aidila Razak speaks to a trans woman who left her home country of Malaysia to seek asylum in the UK, and Aisyah Llewellyn talks about her experience covering the December 2018 tsunami from Lampung in South Sumatra.
This week, a church is attacked in Indonesia, a sea curfew gets extended again in Sabah, Singaporeans wonder about censorship, and we all start speculating once more about the site for a Trump-Kim Summit.
Indonesia menuju pemilihan umum pertengahan April ini dan kampanye sudah berlangsung penuh. Selagi Jokowi sang petahana berhadapan lagi dengan jenderal purnawirawan TNI-AD Prabowo Subianto, adu ujar pun membara.
The Lumad community in the Philippines is speaking out against ‘Cha-Cha’—Duterte’s proposed constitutional changes that would transfer power to the local level and lift restrictions on foreign investment. Mindanao’s indigenous community says this will leave them vulnerable to the increasing presence of extractive industry.
UU ITE telah lama dinilai sebagai produk hukum dengan pasal-pasal “karet” yang rawan disalahgunakan “penguasa”. Kini muncul juga kekhawatiran bahwa UU tersebut sedang digunakan untuk membungkam para aktivis mahasiswa sekaligus mengekang kebebasan mereka untuk berpendapat.
Critics have long considered Indonesia’s UU ITE law to be elastic and easily abused. But there are now fears that the cyber law is increasingly being used to muffle student activism and curb free speech on Indonesian campuses.
The World Bank positions itself as a source of support for local communities across Southeast Asia through its funded projects. But there are those who feel that it has failed in its mission to address grassroots voices.