(HRW) Indonesia: Uphold Religious Freedom
(New York, November 4, 2010) – President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should uphold freedom of religion in Indonesia and repudiate statements by his religious affairs minister calling for the banning of the Ahmadiyah religion, Human Rights Watch said today in a to the Indonesian president.
Indonesian woman persecuted for the 'shame' of being raped and pregnant
Rhaya is a 19-year-old from a poor family in Sumatra. She stopped school when she was 16, deciding to look for work as a domestic worker.
INDONESIA: Female genital mutilation persists despite ban
Jakarta, 2 September 2010 (IRIN) - Though the Indonesian government banned four years ago, experts say religious support for the practice is more fervent than ever, particularly in rural communities.
Indonesia: Women of the Morality Police Fight for Islam, One Sinner at a Time
Banda Aceh. On a recent Friday afternoon, the face of a young woman detained at a Shariah Police station in Aceh’s provincial capital Banda Aceh was contorted in anger.
The 21-year-old Aceh native was so upset that she refused to give her name. The girl was arrested by Shariah Police officers at a beauty salon where she was allegedly offering sex in exchange for money.
She nodded when a Jakarta Globe reporter asked her if the prostitution allegation was true.
The man she was accused of propositioning was also arrested, and was being detained in a separate room. The could both face public caning if found guilty.
South Sulawesi, Indonesia: General Statement on Socialization of Indonesia's Porn Law
GENERAL STATEMENT ON SOCIALIZATION OF INDONESIA’S PORN LAW
BY: WOMEN’S ACTIVISTS COALITION OF SOUTH SULAWESI
Since the enactment of Indonesia's pornography law No. 44 year 2008, therefore we, from Women’s activists coalition of South Sulawesi rejected the bill and urged the government to withdraw the law. Our legal effort that we have done by doing a judicial review of this pornography act was rejected by the constitutional court.
Supporting syariah, advancing women
The life and work of an Islamic teacher in Aceh shows that the struggle for gender equality is about much more than syariah.
In Aceh, a special formulation of Islamic law, the qanun, was implemented in 2003, and ever since, national and international media covering Aceh have been obsessed with it. Although this interest is perhaps understandable, it also results in distorted, incomplete, and sometimes false portrayals of local dynamics.
Shariah in Aceh: Eroding Indonesia’s Secular Freedoms
Islam without veil
Since the recent controversy surrounding the French government’s ban on total face coverings (burqa or niqab), the head scarf issue has once again attracted the world’s attention.
Amnesty International launches action to protect women domestic workers in Indonesia
Women domestic workers in Indonesia face human rights abuses at work, including economic exploitation, poor working conditions and gender-based discrimination.
There are around 2.6 million women domestic workers in Indonesia, but they are not protected by current legislation safeguarding workers' rights. As a result they are subjected to physical, psychological and sexual violence in the workplace.
Many domestic workers are denied sexual and reproductive rights, such as access to information and services on family planning, contraceptives and the prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Civil society groups have been campaigning for a specific law on domestic workers that will provide legal recognition and safeguard their rights.
Indonesia: 'Islamic' Police Jailed for Gang-Raping Woman
Banda Aceh. An Indonesian court on Thursday jailed two Islamic policemen for gang-raping a young woman in custody, a case that has sparked outrage in the deeply religious province of Aceh.
Mohammed Nazir, 29, and Feri Agus, 28, were found guilty of raping a 20-year-old student in a police station in January after she was arrested with her boyfriend under local laws designed to enforce Islamic morals.