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As machinery demolishes houses behind them, Jakarta police evict residents from the settlement of Luar Batang in April. Reuters/Beawiharta Beawiharta

Will Habitat III defend the human right to the city?

The world's informal settlements are growing at an unprecedented rate, with about one in four urban dwellers living in slums. We need to rethink how we view and deal with these people and places.
Why do vigilante groups in Indonesia get away with harassing and threatening leftists? Courtesy of Belok Kiri Festival

Understanding violence against the left in Indonesia

Non-state actors in Indonesia use violence and intimidation against a critical civil society as a means for the political and business elites to maintain wealth and power.
Despite its limitations, the Bali Process is the main game in town when it comes to dealing with forced migration in the Asia-Pacific. EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

The Bali Process can do a lot more to respond to forced migration in our region

There is every sign the underlying causes of forced migration – war, repression, ethnic conflict, climate change displacement and rampant human trafficking – will continue.
Students in a school run by refugees in Indonesia learn maths, English, art and science.

Refugee-run school in Indonesia a model for governments to emulate

A school set up by asylum seekers and refugees in the West Java town Cisarua, Indonesia, is a community-led initiative that Australian and Indonesian governments should model and support.
Indonesia must carefully consider the cost and benefits of joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Grasko/www.shutterstock.com

Weighing the costs and benefits of joining TPP for Indonesia

Southeast Asia's biggest economy is eyeing to join the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, already signed by a dozen countries, including Australia.
A mob burnt down a compound of a religious cult in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Reuters/Antara Photo Agency

How should Indonesia deal with emerging religious cults?

Why and how do new religious movements emerge? And how can Indonesia protect religious freedom amid hostility towards unorthodox religious groups?
Adi Rukun questions Commander Amir Siahaan, one of the death squad leaders responsible for his brother’s death during the Indonesian genocide, in Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary The Look of Silence. Courtesy of Drafthouse Films and Participant Media.

The Look of Silence and prequels bring Indonesia’s dark legacy of 1965 killings into the light

Oscar nominated documentary The Look of Silence follows an optometrist whose brother was killed in Indonesia's 1965 massacre. But to understand the bigger picture, viewers should watch its prequels.
Indonesian media moguls have argued that the internet means cross-media ownership laws that prevent common ownership of radio, television and newspapers are obsolete. shutterstock

Australia can learn from Indonesia’s experience before relaxing its media laws

Indonesia’s media landscape may be a model which Australia is emulating as it looks to change media ownership laws. There are positives to this, but also causes for concern.

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