I had a paradoxical childhood. I can’t remember how old I was when I gained consciousness of my surroundings, at least when it comes to where I was or who I was with. The question about who I am is still a present existential question of its own. But, by…

On 24 September 2019, I joined the Reformasi Dikorupsi movement, the largest protest Indonesia has ever witnessed since 1998. I arrived pretty early, at around 11 AM, in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) building in the Gatot Subroto area, Central Jakarta. Thousands of other protesters, mostly students from…

The United States (US) withdrawal resulting in the Taliban blitzkrieg-like takeover of Afghanistan invited various reactions from the wider international community. On 24 August 2021, the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, urged “all States to create safe pathways for Afghan refugees and migrants, broaden asylum…

As a signatory to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED), Indonesia is, in principle, endorsing the global attempts to fight enforced disappearance. However, despite its moral support to the ICPPED, many cases of enforced disappearance in Indonesia are still left unresolved.

Illustration: Missing loved ones under the shackles of impunity.

For instance…

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West Papuans’ struggle for independence is a long history filled with historical grievances, sustained human rights abuses, economic injustice, ‘slow genocide,’ and institutional racism (MacLeod, 2011; MacLeod, Moiwend, & Pilbrow, 2016). During the colonization period, the Melanesian peoples of New Guinea island were colonized by three powers: the British and…

Aldo Kaligis

Student in the dual degree program Master in Transdisciplinary Development and International Law for Human Rights in AdMU and University for Peace.

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