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Living in Hell - Abuses against People with Psychosocial Disabilities in Indonesia

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I used to be tied up at home with a plastic rope. My heart broke when they chained me…. I was chained when I first came [to Galuh]. I get chained often—at least 10 times since I have come because I fought with the others. It can last for one day to a week. I had to go to the toilet on the spot, in the drain in the room. The staff slaps and hit me often, already three times because I peed and got angry. Tell the government, I want to go home.

Volcanic ghost villages abadoned in Indonesia

When Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung sprang back to life several years ago, erupting and releasing destructive lava flows following 400 years of peaceful dormancy, many of the surrounding villages that had established themselves on its slopes had to be evacuated.

Indonesien plant von Krokodilen bewachtes Inselgefängnis

Die indonesische Anti-Drogen-Behörde will für zum Tode verurteilte Drogenstraftäter ein eigenes Gefängnis auf einer Insel errichten, das zusätzlich von Krokodilen bewacht werden soll. Die Idee, Krokodile als Gefängniswächter einzusetzen, gehört zu den Lieblingsprojekten von Behördenchef Budi Waseso, wie dieser heute bekräftigte.

Indonesias 1965 - crimes against humanity - International peoples tribunal in Den Haag

Half a century ago in Indonesia, following the events of October 1 1965, 500,000 to one million people accused of being members or supporters of the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) were murdered, and many hundreds of thousands of people were detained without trial, perished or exiled. The impunity surrounding these mass killings has been encircled in social and political amnesia. There has been no official attempt to find out who was behind the killings, who the victims were exactly, and where they are buried.

Law Punishing Gay Sex With Caning Takes Effect in Aceh - Indonesia

A law that makes gay sex punishable by public caning took effect Friday in a conservative Indonesian province.

The law in Aceh province stipulates that anyone caught having homosexual sex can face up to 100 strokes of a cane, a fine of up to 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of gold (about $37,400) and imprisonment of up to 100 months. Adulterers are also subject to 100 lashes of a cane, but not to the fine or imprisonment.

Aceh is considered more devout than other areas of Muslim-majority Indonesia and is the only province allowed to observe a version of Islamic Shariah law.

Indonesia's Secret: In the Kingdom of Gentle Islam

By Erich Follath, see Indonesia's Secret: In the Kingdom of Gentle Islam

Nowhere in the world are there more Muslims living in one place than in the Southeast Asian island nation of Indonesia, which will be a guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair this fall. Can a cosmopolitan faith assert itself against Islam? A journey.

Man spends 19 years planting trees to save village from drought

Motivator: Farmer Sadiman poses in a wood in his neighborhood in Dali hamlet, Geneng subdistrict, Wonogiri regency, Central Java. Sadiman is trying to convince locals that the water shortage problem that happens during dry seasons can be partly solved by planting trees on the denuded hills.(JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

A 65-year-old man from Wonogiri regency, Central Java, has managed to turn his drought-prone village into a groundwater-rich region by leading a campaign to replant trees on a nearby hill for the past 19 years.