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Indonesia recently introduced forced chemical castration for perpetrators of sexual abuse against children. Last week Australian Robert Ellis (centre) was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing girls in Bali. EPA/Made Nagi

Is forced chemical castration the answer to protecting children from sexual abuse in Indonesia?

Indonesia's decision to allow forced chemical castration as punishment for those who sexually abuse children is controversial.
In its ‘war on drugs’, Indonesia’s narcotics agency targets not only drug producers, dealers and couriers – but also users. shutterstock

Indonesia’s ‘war on drugs’ may bring health crisis

In tackling the problem of drug abuse, Indonesia should change its criminalisation and punitive approach into a public health one.
Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were executed in Indonesia overnight. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Bali Nine duo executed: the view from Indonesia

A panel of Indonesian experts respond to the executions of eight people, including Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s blanket rejection of clemency requests from drug convicts violates principles of human rights law. EPA/Dennis M. Sabangan

Jokowi should halt executions under Indonesia’s corrupt judicial system

In Indonesia, the fate of death row convicts lies largely in the hands of the country’s president, who can decide to spare their lives after examining their clemency requests. Indonesian President Joko…
The advent of digital media allows anyone to be a social commentator. ra2studio/Shutterstock

Everyone’s an expert: in the digital era, fakes need to be exposed

In the public eye, an expert, writing for newspapers and magazines or speaking on television, used to be considered almost infallible. The public rarely challenged their words and considered their analysis…
Indonesia raised its subsidised fuel prices by more than 30% as an effort to escape the country’s current account deficit. EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

Indonesia’s fuel subsidy cut, a bitter pill that had to be swallowed

Indonesia’s move to cut fuel subsidies, raising the prices of petrol and diesel by more than 30%, could be a game-changer for Indonesia’s economy. The subsidies, which have kept fuel prices in Indonesia…
Indonesia needs a leader that can unclog bottlenecks in its economy. Jerry Adiguna/Flickr

Investors wait to see a clear Jokowi victory

Indonesians are holding their breath while the Election Commission tally their votes in the presidential election. At the same time, investors too are in a “wait-and-see” mode. Most market players privately…

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