• Human rights showed little improvement in 2013, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s last full year in office. He made public appeals for greater religious freedom, but national authorities continued to respond weakly to growing violence and discrimination against religious minorities like Ahmadis, Christians, and Shias. Other concerns include local decrees that violate women’s rights, and mistreatment of the increasing number of refugees and migrants, including unaccompanied migrant children, reaching Indonesia. Corruption and mismanagement deprive government coffers of billions of dollars in forest revenues, and threaten Indonesia’s ability to deliver on its “green growth” promises. Conditions in Papua, still virtually off-limits to foreign journalists, remain volatile, with security forces enjoying virtual impunity for abuses, including excessive and at times lethal use of force against peaceful proponents of independence. Meanwhile, the armed Free Papua Movement, though small and poorly organized, continues to carry out attacks against government forces.
  • A police cadet directs traffic in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is one of 7,000 female police cadets recruited in April 2014.
    The Indonesian government subjects female applicants for Indonesia’s National Police to discriminatory and degrading “virginity tests,” Human Rights Watch said today.



  • Jan 24, 2015
  • Jan 15, 2015
  • Jan 12, 2015
    In December, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo promised the long-suffering residents of Indonesia’s easternmost area of Papua something extraordinary: The opportunity to be heard by their government.
  • Dec 24, 2014
    President Joko Widodo of Indonesia should create a joint fact-finding team to ensure a credible, impartial investigation into the December 8, 2014 deadly shootings in the remote town of Enarotali in Papua, Human Rights Watch said today. The team should include the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and the military, as well as the police, to investigate the incident, in which at least five peaceful protesters died of gunshot wounds.
  • Dec 22, 2014

    Australia still mourns the death of two hostages killed last week in downtown Sydney after a horrific 16-hour siege only a few blocks from the Human Rights Watch Australia office. 

  • Dec 17, 2014
    President Joko Widodo of Indonesia should commute the death sentences of five individuals scheduled for execution “as soon as possible” for violation of drug trafficking laws.
  • Dec 12, 2014
    The US and Indonesian governments should declassify and make public all documents related to the mass killings in Indonesia in 1965-66 as a key step toward obtaining justice for those crimes.
  • Dec 10, 2014
    Police and military personnel fired live ammunition at about 800 peaceful demonstrators, including women and children, in the town of Enarotali in Panai regency on December 8.
  • Dec 5, 2014
    Like thousands of other female applicants to Indonesia's National Police, 24-year-old Sari (not her real name) submitted to the mandatory "virginity test" that the authorities require women -- but not men -- to take as part of the application process.
  • Dec 4, 2014
    Although Indonesia has long been seen as a religiously moderate country, Sunni Muslim militants are attacking minority religious communities across the country.