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Thousands of students staged protests across the country against proposed changes to the criminal code and a new law that weakened the country’s anti-corruption commission. EPA/Dedi Sinuhaji

A requiem for Reformasi as Joko Widodo unravels Indonesia’s democratic legacy

Indonesia passes a regressive anti-democratic law – with more to come – just as BJ Habibie dies, the president who championed the dramatic reform process that transformed Indonesia after 1998.
Indonesia’s incumbent president Joko Widodo. Mast Irham/EPA

Jokowi wins Indonesia’s election, polls indicate – what does that mean for human rights?

We ask political and human rights experts to analyse what Jokowi’s victory means, based on this early quick count, for civil liberties and the protection of human rights in Indonesia.
Joko Widowo (centre, left) and his running mate, Ma'ruf Amin celebrate with supporters after the ‘quick count’ results showed him the likely winner of the presidential election. Mast Irham/EPA

Joko Widodo looks set to win the Indonesia election. Now, the real power struggle begins

Jokowi’s challenger, Prabowo Subianto, has vowed to contest the result and urged his supporters to the streets – and that win him leverage in the new administration.
Jokowi has maintained a double-digit lead in most recent polls, but some moderate supporters have indicated they may stay away from the polls. Bagus Indahono/EPA

Indonesia’s presidential election: Is Jokowi ‘religious enough’ for conservative voters?

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been burnishing his religious credentials ahead of this week’s election. Will it be enough to beat an old rival, the firebrand populist Prabowo Subianto?
Presidential candidates Joko Widodo (L) and Prabowo Subianto (R) shake hands during a debate among candidates in Jakarta, Indonesia, 17 February 2019. EPA/Adi Weda

Incumbent Jokowi wins against Prabowo in Indonesia’s second presidential debate: experts respond

Prabowo Subianto spoke in normative terms and failed to criticise Joko Widodo’s work.
Armed members of the Indonesian Mobile Brigade Corps guard a gate of the brigade headquarters in Depok last May after several police officers were injured during a riot involving detained terrorists. Adi Weda/EPA

Latest research rejects claims by Indonesian presidential candidates Prabowo and Jokowi that money can solve terrorism

Recent research in 59 Indonesian prisons found that providing economic incentives to start a new life is not an effective approach to quelling radical terrorist inmates.
Presidential candidate Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left) shakes hand with Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto during a debate among candidates in Jakarta, Indonesia, 17 January 2019. Adi Weda/EPA

Either Jokowi or Prabowo, Indonesia’s future in human rights enforcement remains bleak

Joko “Jokowi” Widodo may claim that he is not a human rights offender like his rival, Prabowo Subianto, but his track record during his tenure may indicate otherwise.

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