August 2023

CNN Indonesia – August 8, 2023

Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) has recorded that as many as 967 people have been arrested for articulating their views in the public domain.

Kontras said that this data was obtained between January 2022 and June 2023 and covered a total of 183 cases related to violations against freedom of opinion.

Indonesia – August 7, 2023

Syakirun Niam, Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) says that a national police official who has revealed that corruption suspect Harun Masiku is currently in Indonesia reinforces suspicions that the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is protecting the fugitive politician.

CNN Indonesia – August 4, 2023

Jakarta – Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) President Said Iqbal is furious with a member of Anies Baswedan's Team 8 election campaign team, Sudirman Said, for meddling (mengobok-obok – to ruin, upset, tip over, turn upside down) in the KSPI.

Indonesia – August 3, 2023

Whisnu Pradana, Cimahi – A procession of Workers from Greater Bandung who are holding a long-march from the West Java governor's office in Bandung city to Jakarta arrived at the Cimahi city Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) building on Thursday August 3.

CNN Indonesia – August 3, 2023

Jakarta – A number of activists have had to have dealings with the police or been ensnared by the law after criticising the government. Most recently, academic Rocky Gerung was reported to the police over his statement referring to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo as a stupid bastard (bajingan tolol).

CNN Indonesia – August 3, 2023

Jakarta – Indonesian Trade Union Congress Alliance Confederation (KASBI) Chairperson Nining Elitos says that they will hold a demonstration in front of the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on August 10.

Indonesia – August 2, 2023

Eka Yudha Saputra, Adelia Stevina, Jakarta – The National Police Criminal Investigations Directorate (Bareskrim Polri) for General Crimes has officially declared the founder of the Al Zaytun Islamic boarding school (pesantren) Panji Gumilang as a suspect on charges of blasphemy,

CNN Indonesia – August 2, 2023

Jakarta – Civil society organisations active in the field of humanitarianism, the law and human rights have criticised the use of criminalisation as a method to silence government critics and activists.

July 2023

Indonesia – July 31, 2023

Tatang Guritno, Jakarta – A Kompas Research and Development (Litbang Kompas) survey in July shows that the majority of respondents do not agree with extending village heads' terms in office to nine years.

CNN Indonesia – July 29, 2023

Jakarta – Indonesian Human Rights Watch (Imparsial) has strongly criticised the position taken by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) which has apologised to the TNI (Indonesian military) for declaring two military officers suspects in a bribery case at the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas).

Indonesia – July 28, 2023

Nicholas Ryan Aditya, Jakarta – Amnesty International Executive Director Usman Hamid says that they once made a journal about the July 27, 1996 attack on the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) offices, or the Kudatuli tragedy as it is known.

Indonesia – July 27, 2023

Adhyasta Dirgantara, Jakarta – Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician and 1998 activist Budiman Sudjatmiko says that Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) Chairperson Prabowo Subianto claimed in 2002 to have repatriated all of the activists

Indonesia – July 27, 2023

Singgih Wiryono, Jakarta – The Jakarta Independent Journalists Alliance (AJI) has condemned the acts of violence suffered by journalists during a Golkar Party Youth Movement event in Senayan, Jakarta, on Wednesday July 26.

Tribun Jakarta – July 27, 2023

Elga Hikari Putra, Gambir – In the aftermath of his meeting with Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) chairperson and the party's presidential candidate, Prabowo Subianto, Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician and former People's Democratic Party (PRD)

JPNN – July 27, 2023

Aristo Setiawan, Jakarta – Former People's Democratic Party (PRD) activists that have now joined the People's Democratic Forum (Forum Rakyat Demokratik, FRD) are demanding justice for the victims of the 1997-98 forced disappearance of pro-democracy activists and the settlement of past human rights violations.

CNN Indonesia – July 27, 2023

Jakarta – Former People's Democratic Party (PRD) leader Lilik Hastuti says that the Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) has committed a huge insult by belittling the issue of human rights (HAM) violations attached to Gerindra chairperson and the party's presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto.

Indonesia – July 24, 2023

Singgih Wiryono, Jakarta – During the momentum of the commemoration of the 63rd anniversary of the Attorney General's Office (AGO), the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) has reminded the AGO to follow up on cases of gross human rights violations, particularly those which the National Human Rights Commission (

CNN Indonesia – July 24, 2023

Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia says it deplores the actions of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo who could not find time to meet with the families of victims of the Kanjuruhan soccer stadium tragedy when he was visiting the East Java city of Malang on Monday July 24.

Indonesia – July 22, 2023

Singgih Wiryono, Jakarta – Amnesty International Executive Director Usman Hamid says that the statements by Medan Mayor Bobby Nasution supporting begal (violent robbers) being shot dead reminds him of those made by former Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte who pursued a shoot

Indonesia – July 21, 2023

Singgih Wiryono, Jakarta – Indonesian Human Rights Watch (Imparsial) is advising the public to be careful about forming hasty opinions ahead of a political year, including over the controversy surrounding the Al Zaytun Islamic boarding school (pesantren) and its leader Panji Gumilang.