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”

The Indonesian Constitutional Court

Aspecial issue on The Indonesian Constitutional Court has been published in the Australian Journal of Asian Law 2016, and is available online at SSRN. It includes the following articles: Rosalind Dixon, Simon Butt and Melissa Crouch, The First Decade of Indonesia’s Constitutional Court Theunis Roux and Fritz Siregar, Trajectories ofCurial Power Simon Butt, The Constitutional Court and Indonesian Electoral Law StefanousContinue reading “The Indonesian Constitutional Court”

Indonesia: Persecution disguised as fighting terrorism

In recent news, a minority sect in Indonesia known as Fajar Nusantara Movement, or Gafatar, had its village burnt to the ground on suspicions it was connected to terrorism. Although this comes just days after a terrorist attack in Jakarta, the incident must not be blown out of proportion.The attack on the village is certainly devastatingContinue reading “Indonesia: Persecution disguised as fighting terrorism”

Interview on religious freedom in Indonesia

Indonesia has struggled with religious violence in the democratic era. The problem was highlighted once again in October, with an attack on a Christian community in Aceh Singkil(link is external). Following the attack, Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin acknowledged that there were problems with current regulations on the construction of houses of worship and said thatContinue reading “Interview on religious freedom in Indonesia”

Workshop on the Indonesian Constitutional Court

For those in Sydney, a workshop on the Indonesian Constitutional Court will be held today and tomorrow. Details below:Workshop on “The Constitutional Court & Democracy in Indonesia: Judging the First Decade” 11-12 December 2014SydneyPresented by the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, UNSW Law Faculty and Centre for Asian and Pacific Law, Sydney law SchoolContinue reading “Workshop on the Indonesian Constitutional Court”

Human Rights Resource Centre study on religion in ASEAN

I was recently interested to learn of some of the new research being done in ASEAN countries by The Human Rights Resource Centre. The centre is based at the University of Indonesia, Jakarta, and is affiliated with ASEAN.Its most recent publication is a series of country reviews of judicial training in ASEAN countries. In early 2015, itContinue reading “Human Rights Resource Centre study on religion in ASEAN”

Indonesia on use of the word ‘Allah’

In the latest development in the Malaysian court case on the use of the word ‘Allah’, the Court of Appeal overturned the decision of the lower court and decided that non-Muslims could not use the word ‘Allah’. From a comparative perspective, Indonesia provides a different example on this issue. As I discuss in chapter 6 of myContinue reading “Indonesia on use of the word ‘Allah’”

Indonesian Court rejects Blasphemy Court Case

In April 2013, the Indonesian Constitutional Court rejected a challenge to the constitutionality of the Blasphemy Law (although the court decision was only made publicly available in September 2013). As I argued previously, this was the most likely outcome, given the weak constitutional nature of the arguments raised and the failed challenge to the Blasphemy Law in 2010Continue reading “Indonesian Court rejects Blasphemy Court Case”

‘Need to know Indonesia’

On the ABC Encounter program this week Margaret Coffey presents a discussion on ‘need-to-know’ Indonesia, with a particular emphasis on the realities of Islam in Indonesia. This is in response to the recent report on ‘Australian Attitudes towards Indonesia’. The program aired on 12 Oct 5pm (Melb time), see here for more details. It also aired on 15Continue reading “‘Need to know Indonesia’”