Indonesia

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School Case Further Hurts Indonesia’s Reputation

The scathing international criticism over the April 29 firing squad killings of eight drug mules, is not the only case bringing harsh censure to Indonesia's legal system. Potentially even more damaging is the c...
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Jakarta School Rape Case Pair Guilty

An Indonesian court has found Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman and Ferdinant Tjiong, a teaching assistant, guilty of raping three children in a case regarded as rigged to help a plaintiff win a US$125 million la...
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Holding The Tobacco Industry Liable

Despite overwhelming credible and scientifically robust evidence that tobacco kills and is a common risk factor for major non-communicable diseases, public health program have been unable to make significant he...
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Opinion: Western Arrogance in Indonesian Courts

The death penalty has been shown to have little deterrent effect and will always be vulnerable to miscarriages of justice. Likewise, laws against drugs tend to generate more crime in the form of protection rack...
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Grave International Concern over Jakarta School Case

In April, the mother of a 5-year-old kindergartner at Jakarta Intercultural School, the city’s most prestigious school for expatriate children and one of the most highly regarded in Asia, charged that her son h...
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Can Jokowi Tame Indonesia’s Forestry Ministry?

Indonesia’s Forestry Ministry, arguably the country’s most powerful state institution – and often named one of its most corrupt – is facing unprecedented questioning over its broken land rights system.   The...
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Indonesian Brothel Closures hit HIV prevention

In 2013 Surabaya’s firebrand mayor, Tri Rismaharini, closed two of the city’s six red light districts. In June, she shut down Dolly, one of the largest sex work complexes in Southeast Asia. But while she is run...
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Heartening Report on Global Hunger

The world has made significant progress in combating global hunger, according to the 2014 Global Hunger Index published this week by the International Food Policy Research Institute. The state of hunger in deve...