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 […]
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 […]
“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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Andar Nubowo and Jefferson Ng SYNOPSIS Indonesians are well-aware of the de facto alliance between presidential contender Prabowo Subianto and some Islamist groups. What are the likely effects of religious factors on the 2019 presidential election and how will they shape the future of Indonesian Islam? COMMENTARY HISTORICALLY ISLAM in Indonesia has led to the […]
AE Priyono and Teresa Birks The politicization of religion in the Jakarta gubernatorial election isn’t without precedent. In Medan, North Sumatra, religious identity took on unprecedented importance in the 2010 mayoral election where it was used to undermine the legitimacy of mayoral candidate Sofyan Tan.
Anang Eko Priyono Saya lupa membaca dari literatur acak yang mana, tapi sudah sejak lama tertanam dalam pikiran saya bahwa spesies manusia adalah tamu di muka bumi. Penghuni asli yang menjadi tuan rumah bumi yang sesungguhnya adalah binatang.
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 […]