COVID-19, a threat to democracy

Public Virtue deeply concerns that the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic represents a potential threat to democracy and the freedoms of those most vulnerable in society. There is evidence globally that the pandemic is disrupting democracy and governance worldwide, whilst adding fuel to the populist debate of the benefits of authoritarianism over democracy. The pandemic has witnessed the […]

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Indonesia’s Shrinking Civic Space for Protests and Digital Activism

Carnegie Endowment – USMAN HAMID,  ARY HERMAWAN For many Indonesians, the specter of authoritarianism lingers even after its demise more than two decades ago. But the political manifestations of this specter are more vivid and visible than ever. Not only has the current regime revived the conventional tools of past repression, but the country’s leaders have […]

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Melihat Papua dengan Seimbang

Usman Hamid – Board Director Public Virtue Kekerasan terjadi kembali di Papua ketika seorang Tim Gabungan Pencari Fakta Kekerasan dan Penembakan Intan Jaya, Papua, tertembak. Bagaimanapun, kita harus melihat masalah Papua dengan data dan pandangan yang seimbang. Laporan majalah Tempo edisi 11 Oktober lalu menegaskan dua hal. Selengkapnya silakan akses https://koran.tempo.co/read/opini/458764/melihat-papua-dengan-seimbang

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Kuis: A.E. Priyono Democracy Forum

Halo! Dalam rangka merayakan Hari Demokrasi Internasional, Public Virtue bekerja sama dengan Erasmus Huis akan mengadakan kuis! Hadiah: Voucher buku Rp500.000 Paket buku Dwilogi A.E. Priyono Kutipan akan dimuat dalam website Public Virtue Cara Mengikuti Kuis:  Kirimkan kutipanmu mengenai “Apa arti demokrasi bagi kamu?” via Twitter lalu mention @PublicVirtue & @ErasmusHuis dan sertakan tagar #HariDemokrasiInternasional […]

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Lomba Resensi Dwilogi Buku Persembahan untuk A.E. Priyono

Halo! Public Virtue bekerja sama dengan Erasmus Huis mengadakan Lomba Resensi Dwilogi Buku Persembahan bagi A.E. Priyono dalam rangka merayakan Hari Demokrasi Internasional. Berikut info dan pendaftarannya. Syarat: Follow akun @PublicVirtue dan @ErasmusHuis di Twitter dan Instagram Peserta berusia 15-28 tahun Ketentuan: Buat resensi Dwilogi buku persembahan bagi A.E. Priyono “Pergulatan Intelektuan Membela Demokrasi” dan […]

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Siaran Pers Pilkada Serentak 2020

“PENANGANAN COVID-19 MASIH PROBLEMATIK, LEBIH BAIK TUNDA PEMILU” Jakarta, 22 September 2020. Merespon polemik pelaksanaan dan penundaan pemilihan umum daerah serentak di Indonesia, sosiolog lembaga kajian demokrasi Public Virtue Tamrin Amal Tomagola menyatakan: “Kami mendesak pemerintah untuk memutuskan penundaan pelaksanaan pemilihan umum daerah serentak yang semula hendak diselenggarakan pada Desember mendatang. Penanganan COVID-19 masih sarat […]

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A.E Priyono Democracy Forum

While Reformasi in 1998 has undoubtedly had a positive impact on democratisation, there has been a setback of democracy triggered, inter alia, by the rise of Islamist forces in Indonesia. In particular, Indonesia is facing increasing intolerant attitudes to the idea of the public sphere as an arena for citizen discourse and association. The public […]

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New Books on Intellectuals and Democracy

Since mid April, Public Virtue has publicly launched a call for contributions to celebrate A.E. Priyono’s life and thinking shortly after his passing in April 12. This has resulted in an impressive roll-call of over 50 senior human rights and democracy practitioners and scholars. Digital technology coupled with restrictions on a day to day activities […]

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The thinking behind the man called Munir

“Islam is a religion of civilisation. Extremism and intolerance destroy civilisation. This is in contrast with the function of religion, which is to improve human life.” At a glance, you might think that these are the words of a philosopher or religious figure. But they are not. They are the words of Munir Said Thalib, […]

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What we talk about when we talk about Papua

The debate over Papua flared up again in Indonesia after anti-racism protests in the US triggered a social media campaign highlighting the plight of Papuans. Like black people in America, they have long suffered from structural racism. In a rare event, racism in Papua was brought into the public conversation. With the powerful hashtag #PapuanLivesMatter, Indonesians — Papuans […]

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Urgent Need to Strengthen State Capacity: Learning from Indonesia’s COVID-19 Crisis

Yanuar Nugroho and Siwage Dharma Negara Unlike other populous democratic countries like India and the Philippines, Indonesia did not implement a full lockdown to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Arguably, the government was concerned about difficulties in imposing stringent lockdowns, which would have to be extended several times and which would be very costly for the […]