For years, farmers and residents caught in agrarian conflicts throughout Indonesia have faced criminalisation, brutality and murder. The mandate to conduct social distancing, however, provides the authorities with further justification to thwart their fight.
As the Indonesian government stumbles with public communication, journalists are putting their lives at risk trying to convey the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic. Government censors, however, are making this an insurmountable task.
In Indonesia, alleged human rights violators from military backgrounds have cemented their position as figures of authority in the current political landscape. Mechanisms hindering any judicial process that could bring them to court means there is little accountability.