Jonathan Vit

Sharia Law

Gay man caned in Indonesia as crowd chants “hit him harder”

Jonathan Vit
Arman Dzidzovic
culture of fear

Malaysia Is Threatening to Jail WhatsApp Group Admins Over Spread of Fake News

Message apps are the latest technology to fall under the control of Malaysia's controversial Communications and Multimedia Act.
Jonathan Vit

What It's Like to Be a Rohingya Child Bride

When Rashidah was 12, a mob of hardline Buddhists set fire to her Rohingya village. The girl was subsequently sold into slavery and raped by human traffickers. Her only way out of that life was getting married to a man many years her senior.
Jonathan Vit
asia & pacific

'If We Feel Afraid, We Will Lose': Indonesia Reacts to Terror Attacks with Defiant Protest

On Thursday, Jakarta was rocked by an attack by Islamic State-related militants. On Friday, the capital of the world's largest Muslim nation told terrorists that it was not afraid.
Jonathan Vit

Harsh Drugs Laws, Rising HIV Rates, and Indonesia's Battle Over Both

The country's aggressive policing techniques — simply possessing clean needles can be enough to be thrown in jail — appear to be hampering efforts to prevent the spread of HIV among intravenous drug users.
Jonathan Vit

Joko Widodo is Indonesia's Reformist President-Elect

Indonesia’s reformist president-elect, Joko Widodo, already faces challenges after being declared the winner late Tuesday night. His rival, Prabowo Subianto, plans to file an appeal alleging widespread fraud in the bitterly fought race.
Jonathan Vit

Politicians Are Rewriting the History of Indonesia's Most Corrupt Dictator

Throughout his time in office, Suharto’s Golkar Party was an election vehicle masquerading as a political entity.
Jonathan Vit