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Addiction on The Failing Drug Policy Strategy

War comes with consequences and implications. The government of Indonesia believes that we are now in a state of war; namely war on drugs. This jargon, the war on drugs, is often used to increase society’s negative sentiment against drugs and its users. One of the most important tools in …

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Press Release – Indonesian Government Scholarship Programme Discriminates People Living With HIV/AIDS

Jakarta, 6 February 2017 Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Masyarakat (LBH Masyarakat) condemns the requirement of HIV-free for applicants of Eastern Indonesia Scholarship Programme, managed by the Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP). In the booklet issued by the LPDP, applicants of the above scholarship programme must enclose a letter from healthcare …

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Media Coverage of Our Works in 2016

Here are links to several articles which covered the works of LBH Masyarakat (Community Legal Aid Institute) from January to September 2016: Alliance India, 28 April 2016, “United Nation, Divided on Drugs” Rappler, 28 April 2016, “Indonesia executions one year on: Mary Jane lives but death penalty questions linger” Southeast …

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Lessons from Indonesia’s Recent Executions

This piece was written by Ricky Gunawan and was published in Rappler on 9 August 2016.   When Merri Utami walked into a McDonalds in Central Jakarta in 2001, she was exactly the type of person drug-trafficking cartels target. They are very well aware that poorly-educated, migrant workers and victims …

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For Women Swept Up in the Drug Trade, Legal Help That Starts Early

This piece was written by Muhammad Afif & Yosua Octavian and was published in Open Society Foundations’ website on 22 June 2016.   Rani Andriani was just 23 when she was sentenced to death for trafficking three-and-a-half kilograms of heroin. From a family of modest means in West Java, she …

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Prison Infernos: Fire Defeated Drug Policy

This piece was written by Yohan Misero and was published in The Jakarta Post on 6 April 2016.   The riot at Malabero Prison in Bengkulu last week was not just about a burning prison. Rather, it symbolized a defeated public policy. It was a sign that accentuates the failed …

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