'Kill or be killed' says Papua rebel group

Construction workers massacred at a remote jungle work camp in Papua were legitimate military targets, a rebel group said Friday, as authorities hunted for more bodies after the grisly weekend attack which killed at least 16.

8 December 2018

Suspects in alleged Papua mass killing hunted

Indonesian soldiers hunted Wednesday for rebels suspected of killing as many as two dozen construction workers in a restive Papua province, as an eyewitness account supplied by the military described a grisly mass execution.

6 December 2018

Situation in West Papua getting worse

The situation in West Papua is getting increasingly dire after reports have revealed that up to 31 people have been killed in a central district of the region on Sunday.

5 December 2018

Mobile app to spy on thy neighbour?

Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights recently voiced concerns regarding the launch of a mobile application by the Jakarta Prosecutor’s Office, which allows members of the public to report religious beliefs they consider “misguided”.

30 November 2018

The rise of e-commerce in Indonesia

Indonesia is one of the region’s best success stories. Despite having faced economic turmoil in the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis under the authoritarian Suharto regime, Indonesia is today one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

29 November 2018

Criminalised victims of sexual harassment

The last few times her superior at a school in Mataram, on the Indonesian island of Lombok, called her on the telephone, the conversation turned uncomfortable after it veered to include the vulgar detail of his sexual exploits and an invitation to sexua

17 November 2018

Indonesia's vigilante mobs deliver 'justice'

It was just after dawn prayers when the caretaker at a Jakarta mosque noticed a man stealing from the donation box, prompting a furious mob to beat him to death - for taking the equivalent of US$130.

17 November 2018

Protecting Indonesia’s marine resources

When Susi Pudjiastuti took over the Indonesian maritime affairs and fishery ministry in 2014, she inherited a much-downgraded portfolio rife with issues - from illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing to destructive fishing practices.

11 November 2018

Indonesia's Toraja live among the dead

Martha Kande's family lived with her greying, shrivelled corpse at their home in Indonesia for seven months, as they prepared an elaborate funeral that is central to the Toraja people's centuries-old death rituals.

10 November 2018