Indonesia Human Rights

Background Information

Indonesia's military (TNI) and the United States government have been compromised by serious human rights abuses committed by Indonesian security forces. This troubled relationship came to a crisis point after raging violence by military and militias in September 1999. After the people of East Timor overwhelming voted for independence from Indonesia in a UN-supervised referendum. Indonesia's retreating military and militias terrorized, killed, and drove people from their villages.

Open brutality and systematic devastation of the country's food, water, power and other infrastructure shocked the world and led Congress to cut off direct military/financial support of TNI.
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This is a film by Amnesty International that highlights some of the abuses suffered by Indonesian migrant domestic workers who go to work in Hong Kong.

Their problems start in Indonesian where they are deceived about the terms and conditions they will work under, including salary. They acquire huge debts from illegally charged recruitment fees which they have to pay back once in Hong Kong via sham loans.

Many are paid as little as half the minimum wage, have their passports confiscated by placement agents and employers, and face physical and verbal abuse in the workplace. The interviews for this video were mainly shot in Java with returnee domestic workers who had worked in Hong Kong.

Spring Solidarity Action for Filep Karma

Filep Karma has recently been transferred back to the Abepura Prison after spending several months, without charges, in a local police jail.

Activists are asked to send messages of support to Filep Karma during the month of April. These messages not only tell him that the world continues to be outraged by his case, but also remind prison officials that we care about Filep's treatment.

He would especially appreciate your words of solidarity on Easter (April 24) – Filep is Christian, such holiday greetings are appropriate and welcomed.

Please send a message of hope to:
Filep Karma
Melalui Cyntia Warwe
Jl. Raya Sentani No. 67 B.
Depan Ojek Padang Bulan
Jayapura – Papua,

Postage is $.98.

Indonesia News

February 1, 2021 • Press Release

Fresh Evidence of Police Misuse of Tear Gas Leading to Protesters’ Deaths and Injuries – Updated Investigative Website

Amnesty International today published new evidence of the misuse of tear gas by security forces in several countries in the second half of 2020, including during protests around the election in Uganda, the Black Lives Matter movement in the USA, and in the repression of protesters in Lebanon.

October 13, 2020 • Press Release

U.S. must rescind invite to Prabowo Subianto, implicated in crimes against humanity

In advance of the U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s October 15 Washington, D.C. meeting with Prabowo Subianto, Indonesia’s Defense Minister who has been banned since 2000 from entering the U.S., …

February 14, 2019 • Press Release

Government sows fear among LGBTI people in Indonesia by boasting of Instagram user ‘removal’

Responding to Instagram’s statement that it did not remove an account featuring web comics about being gay in Indonesia, after Indonesia’s Ministry of Communication claimed that the company had done …

February 13, 2019 • Press Release

Instagram ‘fails to be an ally’ to LGBTI people by shutting down account in Indonesia

Responding to the decision by Instagram to take down an account featuring comic strips about the life of a Muslim man, at the Indonesian government’s request, Amnesty International Indonesia’s Executive …

November 6, 2018 • Press Release

Crackdowns on LGBTI people in Indonesia hit alarming level

LGBTI communities in Indonesia are facing increasing crackdowns both from the police and the municipal police (Satpol PP) with at least four series of arrests and public humiliations having taken …

July 1, 2018 • Report

Indonesia: Police and military unlawfully kill almost 100 people in Papua in eight years with near total impunity

Indonesian security forces have unlawfully killed at least 95 people in little more than eight years in the restive eastern provinces of Papua and West Papua, with the overwhelming majority of perpetrators never …

February 14, 2018 • Press Release

Indonesia: Police must protect – not attack – transgender women living under threat in Aceh

Indonesian authorities are completely failing to protect the transgender women who were appallingly ill-treated and humiliated by police in North Aceh on January 27, some of whom have since had to go into hiding due to fears for their safety, Amnesty International Indonesia said today.

August 15, 2017 • Press Release

At least 60 killed as police shootings of drug suspects skyrocket in Indonesia

The number of police killings of suspected drug dealers has skyrocketed in Indonesia this year, an alarming rise which signals that authorities could be looking to emulate the murderous “war on drugs” in neighboring Philippines, Amnesty International said today.

May 23, 2017 • Press Release

Indonesia: Caning of gay men an outrageous act of cruelty

Responding to news that two men have been caned 83 times each for having sex with each other in Indonesia’s Aceh province, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Josef Benedict, said:

May 22, 2017 • Press Release

Indonesia: Government exploiting pornography law to target LGBTI community

In response to the news that 141 men in Jakarta, Indonesia, have been arrested after attending what police described as a ‘gay sex party,’ Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director of Campaigns said:

URGENT: Children seeking asylum in the U.S. are being denied their human rights based on their nationality — help ensure that all girls and boys fleeing violence can seek safety.