Thousands in Indonesia protest new anti-labor law

Vol. 84/No. 47 - November 30, 2020
Hundreds of thousands demonstrated in Indonesia to protest new anti-labor law passed Oct. 5. Sign at left reads, “Reject the Omnibus Law,” which makes it easier for bosses to fire workers, avoid paying holiday pay.

SYDNEY — Hundreds of thousands of workers and students took to the streets across Indonesia Oct. 5 to protest the passage of anti-labor legislation that day. Dubbed the “Omnibus Law,” it amends more than 70 existing laws, including ones that…


Thousands protest against racist abuse in West Papua

Vol. 83/No. 37 - October 14, 2019

  AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Demonstrations of thousands in Jayapura, Manokwari and elsewhere across the West Papua region — the Indonesian-ruled half of the resource-rich island of New Guinea — broke out in mid-August against racist abuses faced by indigenous…


Indonesia: Teen jailed for abortion wins her freedom

Vol. 82/No. 34 - September 17, 2018
Protest at Jambi, Indonesia, prosecutor’s office July 26 demanding release of Wa, teenager imprisoned for having an abortion. Signs says, “The victim needs protection, not punishment.”

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Women’s rights advocates in Indonesia have spearheaded a successful campaign to overturn the July 19 conviction and six-month jail term of a 15-year-old girl under that country’s highly restrictive abortion laws. The girl, known as Wa,…