Ahok, Indonesia’s ‘Nemo’, sent to jail

This article was first published in The Policy Forum, 10 May 2017What do Nemo, the Archangel Gabriel, a martial arts teacher, and a man who whistled during prayers have in common? They have all been convicted by a court for blasphemy in Indonesia. Yesterday the global community was shocked by the court verdict in Jakarta, the teeming capital city ofContinue reading “Ahok, Indonesia’s ‘Nemo’, sent to jail”

Elections in Jakarta a fight to the end

Residents of Jakarta go to the polls tomorrow (19 April) to choose a governor in one of the closest and most controversial elections Indonesia has seen.Here are some of my recent pieces on the issues plaguing Ahok, the current governor, and his bid for election.What do blasphemy charges mean for Ahok? Indonesia@MelbourneBlasphemy charges against Ahok aContinue reading “Elections in Jakarta a fight to the end”

Judicial Independence and Selection Processes in Indonesia

On 30 January 2017, a focus group discussion on “Judicial Independence and Selection Processes in Indonesia” was held in Jakarta. The session was run by Dr Fritz Siregar of the University of Indonesia and Dr Melissa Crouch of UNSW. The discussion was attended by judges of the Indonesian Supreme Court, lawyers from the Indonesian LegalContinue reading “Judicial Independence and Selection Processes in Indonesia”

Islamist rule by law in Indonesia

This article first appeared in Policy Forum, 3 December 2016. The great paradox of Indonesian democracy is on display for all the world to see. On one hand, there is greater freedom of expression and association for all. But on the other, this has given fuel to Islamists to espouse lawlessness and violence in the absenceContinue reading “Islamist rule by law in Indonesia”

What do the blasphemy allegations against Ahok mean?

Indonesian police last week declared Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, or Ahok, a suspect for blasphemy, over a speech he gave in which he quoted a verse from the Qur’an. In the wake of the police decision, Indonesia at Melbourne spoke to Dr Melissa Crouch, who has published widely on Indonesia’s Blasphemy Law(link is external) (Law No.Continue reading “What do the blasphemy allegations against Ahok mean?”

Blasphemy charges against Ahok a triumph for Islamists in Indonesia

Note: this article first appeared in the East Asia Forum One of the most high profile blasphemy allegations may soon be brought before a court in Indonesia. Thousands of Islamists turned out in Jakarta recently to demand that Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama, the Governor of Jakarta, be charged with blaspheming Islam. Some protestors displayed sinister signs, demandingContinue reading “Blasphemy charges against Ahok a triumph for Islamists in Indonesia”

Indonesian Business, Law and Society scholarships

There are currently 5 scholarships of $5000 available for UNSW students who apply for the ACICIS program on Indonesian Business, Law and Society (IBLS) to commence in semester 1, 2017. The IBLS is a semester-long program hosted by the Indonesian Islamic University (UII), Yogyakarta. Taught in English, this program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of Indonesian business,Continue reading “Indonesian Business, Law and Society scholarships”

Jokowi’s Islamist challenge: curbing terrorism and religious intolerance

In Indonesia, an attempted bomb attack on a church on Sunday has again left religious minorities deeply shaken. Allegedly linked to Islamic State (Isis), the attack by a lone man may be more symptomatic of historic trends in terrorism against minorities in Indonesia. In fact, the area near Medan, a city of over two million people, has beenContinue reading “Jokowi’s Islamist challenge: curbing terrorism and religious intolerance”

The Rise in Religious Intolerance in Indonesia

From Wednesday 24 August to Friday 26 August 2016, a workshop will be held in Jakarta on the broader theme of  ‘The rise in religious intolerance in contemporary Indonesia’. The workshop is organised and funded by the Indonesia Studies programme at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The workshop willContinue reading “The Rise in Religious Intolerance in Indonesia”

UNSW Indonesia Research Roadshow

In the first week of August 2016, ten scholars from UNSW will be heading to Indonesia. We will be visiting the University of Indonesia (Jakarata), Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and the University of Gajah Madah (Yogyakarta). The trip will be an opportunity to share ongoing research projects and explore opportunities for future research collaboration.Continue reading “UNSW Indonesia Research Roadshow”