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Indonesian Odyssey: A Drug User’s Quest for Treatment

This piece was written by Ricky Gunawan and was published in Asia Catalyst on 12 February 2010.   The story of Rose – the first drug user sentenced by Indonesian courts to rehabilitation instead of prison – continued this month, with some dramatic twists and turns that highlight obstacles to implementing Indonesia’s newly …

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Addicted to Corruption in Indonesia

This piece was written by Ricky Gunawan and was published in Asia Catalyst on 3 December 2009.   Rose (not her real name) has been using drugs for more than ten years. During that time, she had been arrested a number of times, and her life has been harrowing. Not …

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War on Drugs in RI: Demonizing The Most Vulnerable

This piece was written by Martin Lundqvist and Ricky Gunawan and was published in The Jakarta Post on 12 December 2008.   When arriving at the international terminal of Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Jakarta, the first tangible impression is the huge neon sign reading “Welcome to Indonesia — Death Penalty for Drug …

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Laws Against Torture Needed

This piece was written by Ricky Gunawan and was published in The Jakarta Post on 22 November 2008.   On Jan. 22, 2007, Hartoyo was at home with his partner, Bobby (not his real name), when two men forcibly entered his house and proceeded to vandalize his property before assaulting …

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No Anti-Torture Laws 10 Years On

This piece was written by Ricky Gunawan and was published in The Jakarta Post on 10 October 2008.   On Sept. 28, 1998, Indonesia ratified Convention against Torture. It was expected that this ratification would be a milestone in the struggle against torture. It was meant to impede rampant and …

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Death Sentence, Is It Our Right?

This piece was written by Ricky Gunawan and Answer C. Styaness and was published in The Jakarta Post on 5 September 2008.   Setting out the pros and cons about the death penalty always creates hot debate. Many countries including Indonesia, as well as several U.S. states, still have capital …

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Media Coverage of Our Works

We present you some international media coverage about the works of LBH Masyarakat (Community Legal Aid Institute): The Jakarta Post, 10 February 2010, “Female drug users suffer double discrimination” The Christian Science Monitor, 18 February 2010, “Prison for wealthy Indonesians puts Club Fed to shame”  Asia Catalyst, 23 February 2009, …

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Volunteering Oppurtunity

If you feel passionately about law, politics, and human rights, especially the abolition of the death penalty, Reprieve would like to hear from you. Reprieve is a small legal action charity that provides free legal and investigative support to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. With headquarters in London, …

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