Indonesia

Tiger Emergency in Sumatra

The year-old Sumatran tiger male, nearly fully grown, wandered out of the old-growth forest in the Habaduan hills near Lake Toba near nightfall, leaving the family’s hidden den on his own for the first time. He...

Massive Break Illustrates Indonesia’s Prison Dilemma

On May 5,  when officers unlocked detention rooms to allow inmates to perform Friday prayers, 448 of them  suddenly attempted to breach the main gate of Sialang Bungkuk Prison on the Indonesian island of Sumatr...

Indonesia’s Child Trafficking Crisis

Indonesia faces a huge problem of child trafficking involving children and underage teenagers, particularly on the resort islands of Bali and Batam, with its victims – both boys and girls – usually from poor fa...

Indonesian Farmers Seek to Stop Cement Plant

Dozens of women who have taken turns staging a heated protest – their feet encased in cement “shoes” – at the State Palace in Jakarta against the construction of a central Java cement factory have been catapult...

Asia in 2016: Indonesia

Indonesia recorded a fiscally promising 2016, with solid gross domestic growth and a supportive monetary environment bolstering economic momentum. Elected to office barely two years ago, President Joko "Joko...

Indonesian Child Rape Case Sparks Public Outrage

Rising public anger over a gruesome gang-rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl by seven teenage boys and seven men has brought together activists and much of the Indonesian public in a show of solidarity for th...

Indonesia Prepares for New International Condemnation

Once again, Indonesia’s Police Mobile Brigade Unit is preparing an unknown number of firing squads to be deployed to the Nusakambangan prison island, where they are expected to shoot an as-yet undetermined numb...