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Amanda Siddharta

Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia
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About Amanda
Amanda Siddharta is a freelance journalist based in Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia. She previously worked for Tempo English magazine, in which she was in charge of the Outreach section, a weekly special report on the development issues in Indonesia. She also has experience covering politics, human rights and environment in Southeast Asia.
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Six Papuan Activists Convicted of Treason Freed

29 May 2020
Six Papuan activists, previously convicted of treason for organizing a protest in Jakarta, have been released from prison. The protest involved raising a banned separatist flag, symbolizing independence for West Papua. The activists' release was delayed despite a new decree for early release due to COVID-19. Their legal team argued that the charges of treason were unfounded, as the protest was peaceful. Human rights lawyer Veronica Koman claims repression in Papua is worsening, and without resolution, a violent uprising is possible. The activists plan to continue advocating for Papua despite limitations during the pandemic.

24 Mar 2019

Indonesian Musicians Rally Against Music Bill

13 Feb 2019
Over 200 Indonesian musicians have formed a coalition to oppose a draft music bill they believe could restrict their freedom of expression. The bill's problematic articles do not address industry welfare and contain ambiguous terms that could lead to criminalization for various acts. Stakeholders have criticized the bill's disorganization, questionable sources, and potential to silence dissent. Despite assurances from lawmaker Inosentius Samsul that the bill is open to revision, the coalition remains skeptical and calls for its dismissal.

25 Aug 2018

25 Aug 2018

Islamist militant prisoners freed in Indonesia turn a new leaf via schemes to change their radical beliefs and return them to society

29 Jun 2018
Former Islamist militant Arifuddin, who joined Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and was involved in violent attacks, turned himself in and, after serving time in prison, has since worked towards fostering peace and pluralism through the Rumah Katu Community. Indonesia's deradicalization program, established by the BNPT in 2012, aims to rehabilitate militants through coaching, mentoring, and empowerment, with 325 former militants participating to date. However, experts like Sidney Jones and Solahudin criticize the program's effectiveness and lack of clear outcome measurement. Notable cases like Umar Patek's show personal and family reasons can influence militants to renounce extremism. The BNPT's program faces challenges, such as the prison system potentially exacerbating radicalization, and is limited to convicted terrorists, excluding suspects awaiting trial. Despite criticisms and the need for improvements, the program is seen as necessary for reintegrating militants into society.

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