• 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.
  • Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gestures during a rally in Proklamasi Monument Park in Jakarta on July 9, 2014.
    Indonesia’s newly elected president, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, should focus efforts on tackling the country’s persistent human rights problems, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president-elect.

Reports

Indonesia

  • Oct 20, 2014
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott had the opportunity to restart his "more Jakarta, less Geneva" foreign policy when he attended the inauguration of Indonesia's new president, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo yesterday.
  • Oct 20, 2014
    Indonesian President Joko Widodo should use his first official visit to Papua and West Papua provinces on October 23, 2014, to endorse specific measures to address the serious human rights problems in Indonesia’s easternmost island.
  • Oct 16, 2014
    The Indonesian government should dismiss charges against two French journalists in the easternmost province of Papua and end restrictions on foreign media there.
  • Oct 10, 2014
    On October 11, National Coming Out Day around the world, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people will seize the opportunity to speak about their coming out and the importance of equality and non-discrimination. Their visibility might inspire other LGBT people to throw open their closet door and start a life without hiding their sexual orientation. Often a coming out feels like a liberation for LGBT people. Many cannot imagine a life in secrecy and denial anymore.
  • Oct 2, 2014
    Indonesia’s central government and the Aceh provincial government should take steps to repeal two Islamic bylaws in Aceh province that violate rights and carry cruel punishments, Human Rights Watch said today.
  • Sep 16, 2014
  • Aug 28, 2014
    Indonesia’s newly elected president, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, should focus efforts on tackling the country’s persistent human rights problems, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president-elect.
  • Aug 28, 2014
    Congratulations on your recent election. Human Rights Watch would like to wish you selamat berjuang, good luck, in carrying out your duties as president. We encourage you in particular to bring energy to protecting and promoting human rights in the country, and supporting renewed government initiatives.
  • Aug 25, 2014
    Outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono broke his long silence on violent religious extremism the other day, describing it in an Aug. 21 interview as “shocking” and “becoming out of control.”
  • Aug 19, 2014
    The arrest of two French journalists is part of a decades-old policy of preventing foreign media scrutiny.