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Human rights experts in Indonesia have repeatedly called for the government to stop the use of capital punishment. Reuters/Beawiharta

Why executions in Indonesia must stop

Not only does the death penalty violate human rights, executions in Indonesia are carried out under a deeply flawed justice system.
Akbar Maulana, an Indonesian high school student in Turkey, talks with his teacher. Akbar is the main character in the newly released documentary Jihad Selfie. Aswan

Jihad Selfie: listening to ‘the other side’ in documentary film

Why do boys decide to join Islamic State? A new documentary focusses on an Indonesian teenager who considers becoming a foreign fighter but takes another path. The film is now being screened to young people across the nation.
Malcolm Turnbull campaigned on promises of a stable government – but given the Coalition’s slim victory, this may not be possible. Paul Miller/AAP

Views from abroad: how does the world see Australia’s political instability?

To understand how Australia's political uncertainty is being seen elsewhere, we reconvened our panel of experts from the UK, US, Indonesia and NZ to respond to the election results.
The presence of civil society representatives, such as State Secretary Praktikno (left), a former university rector, in government shows increased plurality in Indonesia’s bureaucracy. Reuters/Antara News Agency

Facing bumps, but on the right track: Indonesia’s democratic progress

Indonesian activists see that opportunities for them to enter the state arena and influence the policy process are opening up with Joko Widodo's presidency.
Does the rest of the world care about Australia’s election? EPA/Mast Irham

Views from abroad: how is the world seeing Australia’s election?

Experts in the UK, US, India, Indonesia and NZ explain how Australia's election is playing out abroad and what's at stake for our neighbours and allies.
Diplomats and officials from 17 countries met in Bangkok in May 2015 to discuss how to deal with the thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi refugees. AAP/Diego Azubel

The Andaman Sea refugee crisis a year on: is the region now better prepared?

Plans for more robust architecture on forced migration need to be more advanced. Countries in our region must not rest on their laurels.
Taxi drivers in Jakarta staged a strike over operations of app-based transportation service Uber. Reuters/Garry Lotulung

Indonesia sets new rules for ride-sharing companies

The Indonesian government recently announced it would start to regulate app-based ride-sharing services such as Uber, Grab Taxi and Gojek.
The recent arrests of nearly 1,500 protesters in Jayapura are part of a broader systematic oppression of Papuans by the Indonesian government. Reuters/Darren Whiteside

Finding a dignified resolution for West Papua

Solving the problem of West Papua in a dignified manner should involve not only Indonesian authorities but also Papuans and the international community.
Petty public corruption cannot be ignored, but to gain the biggest “bang for the buck” in tax collection the government should focus on stamping out corruption by top officials. cesc_assawin/www.shutterstock.com

To get more people to pay taxes, Indonesia should stamp out corruption by officials at the top

A high level of perceived corruption by top government officials deters people from being tax-compliant.
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.

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