Ahok is only one among many people in Indonesia who have been jailed under the country's controversial blasphemy law.
About one-quarter of the world's countries, both in developing and developed economies, have anti-blasphemy laws. Their implementation is always controversial and highly politicised.
The Indonesian government recently announced it would start to regulate app-based ride-sharing services such as Uber, Grab Taxi and Gojek.
Thousands of people with mental illness are shackled in Indonesia even though the practice has long been banned. Why does the practice persist and how can we eliminate it once and for all?
Indonesia should tackle the job and income insecurities that plague its large young workforce, to help prevent them being lured into joining violent extremist groups.
A recent onslaught against gays and lesbians in Indonesia shows a fresh wave of moral panic over homosexuality in the world's most populous Muslim country.
Female genital mutilation have long been carried out by traditional circumcisers in Indonesia. In recent years, the ritual has been increasingly institutionalised into medical practice.
Indonesia should cultivate a culture of peer-review to support academics produce basic social research, essential in creating good policies in the world's fourth most populous country.
Indonesians reacted defiantly on social media after the bombings and shootings in Jakarta last week. But how effective is the response on social media in countering terrorism?
L’archipel, en proie à de terribles feux qui sévissent depuis plusieurs mois, manque d’ambition et de clarté dans sa lutte contre le changement climatique.
Indonesia's problematic climate plan will make it difficult for the country to achieve its target to reduce emissions.
A brutal anti-communist purge 50 years ago plunged its literature into obscurity. But now, Indonesia is the Guest of Honour of the world's largest book festival. What do you know about its literature?
Australia and Singapore recently signed a comprehensive strategic partnership on the 50th anniversary of their relationship. How would the new partnership affect Indonesia?
Ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Gojek are disrupting the market for traditional transportation services in Jakarta.
Consumption increases during the month of Ramadan in countries where Muslims are the majority.
Conflicting policies on Papua reveal that the Indonesian government frame its easternmost region as a problem.
International pressure has mounted on Indonesia in recent months to stop its enforcement of the death penalty. But Indonesia should maintain its tough anti-drug stance.
The event that gave us the term Third World was a response to the Cold War and colonialism. Solidarity still exists among developing nations that worked for decades to reform the world order.
As Indonesia hosts the 60th-anniversary summit of the Asia-Africa Conference, the challenge is to develop an agenda that is relevant to the nations of the two continents in the 21st century.
What are the implications for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Indonesians of an edict from the nation's top Muslim clerical body that homosexuality is a sin that should be punishable by death?