Aisyah Llewellyn

Aisyah Llewellyn

Aisyah Llewellyn is a British freelance journalist based in Medan, Indonesia. She writes primarily about Indonesian law and human rights and her work has appeared in the Post, Al Jazeera and CNN. She also writes an Indonesian true crime newsletter named Hukum.

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‘Souperb’! Asia’s soups no flash in the pan as 6 make world’s best 20 list

Indonesia’s soto ayam, Vietnam’s beef pho, Myanmar’s mohinga and Japan’s tonkotsu ramen among CNN Travel’s favourite soups.

Indonesia’s soto ayam, Vietnam’s beef pho, Myanmar’s mohinga and Japan’s tonkotsu ramen among CNN Travel’s favourite soups.

12 Jan 2022 - 6:56PM
Indonesian man’s claim of 14 extra vaccine shots spotlights hesitancy problem as many refuse to roll up sleeves

The man in Sulawesi said he was paid US$7-US$56 each to receive the shots on behalf of others. His story, and others like it, show how widespread vaccine hesitancy is in Indonesia, say observers.

The man in Sulawesi said he was paid US$7-US$56 each to receive the shots on behalf of others. His story, and others like it, show how widespread vaccine hesitancy is in Indonesia, say observers.

28 Dec 2021 - 3:29PM
Indonesian woman accused of ‘nagging’ drunk husband cleared of domestic violence

Mother-of-two Nengsy Lim, alias Valencya, faced a year in jail after being charged under the domestic violence law, on the grounds she had caused psychological harm.

Mother-of-two Nengsy Lim, alias Valencya, faced a year in jail after being charged under the domestic violence law, on the grounds she had caused psychological harm.

15 Dec 2021 - 9:00AM
Afghan refugees in ‘limbo’ in Indonesia sew their mouths shut in protest

‘It was so painful. But staying in Indonesia every day with no news is even more painful.’

‘It was so painful. But staying in Indonesia every day with no news is even more painful.’

14 Dec 2021 - 1:04PM
The Indonesians diving for gold from the ancient Sriwijaya Kingdom

Palembang is believed to be the modern centre of the Malay Buddhist empire in the 7th to the 12th century. Relics ranging from Chinese coins to bronze status to ceramics have been found in the Musi River that bisects the city.

Palembang is believed to be the modern centre of the Malay Buddhist empire in the 7th to the 12th century. Relics ranging from Chinese coins to bronze status to ceramics have been found in the Musi River that bisects the city.

3 Dec 2021 - 10:25AM
Explainer | Omicron travel restrictions: from Singapore to Japan, Australia to India, here’s what Asian countries are doing to fight the new coronavirus variant

From Singapore to Japan, Australia to India, This Week in Asia’s writers have the latest as countries across the region tighten entry requirements for travellers.

From Singapore to Japan, Australia to India, This Week in Asia’s writers have the latest as countries across the region tighten entry requirements for travellers.

2 Dec 2021 - 2:04PM
Inside the illegal people’s mines of Indonesia, where coal is seen as a ‘gift from God’

In South Sumatra, more than 700,000 hectares of land are occupied by illegal mining operations run by community collectives of local residents.

In South Sumatra, more than 700,000 hectares of land are occupied by illegal mining operations run by community collectives of local residents.

15 Nov 2021 - 1:40PM
Fires at Indonesia’s Komodo dragon reserve spark fears over ‘Jurassic Park’ tourism revamp

Conservationists fear for the endangered giant lizards’ future in a park earmarked as a ‘super-priority’ tourist destination where fires break out almost every year.

Conservationists fear for the endangered giant lizards’ future in a park earmarked as a ‘super-priority’ tourist destination where fires break out almost every year.

13 Nov 2021 - 9:22PM
In Indonesia, a pet dog’s death goes viral, sparking debate on ‘halal’ tourism

#JusticeForCanon trended on social media after the animal died. It was seized by officials in conservative Aceh province, highlighting the confusion over the promotion of Muslim-friendly travel.

#JusticeForCanon trended on social media after the animal died. It was seized by officials in conservative Aceh province, highlighting the confusion over the promotion of Muslim-friendly travel.

8 Nov 2021 - 10:30PM
COP26: ADB plan to phase out coal plants is ‘blah, blah, blah’, warn climate change activists as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth write open letter

Initiative to buy up coal plants and retire them early is poorly thought out and risks greenwashing, activists warn. But the ADB says the plan is part of its ‘bold action’ to fight climate change.

Initiative to buy up coal plants and retire them early is poorly thought out and risks greenwashing, activists warn. But the ADB says the plan is part of its ‘bold action’ to fight climate change.

2 Nov 2021 - 8:56PM
An Indonesian woman tried to report an attempted rape. She was turned away for being unvaccinated

Experts say refusing to let someone file a report is a breach of human rights, but police say they were just following government directives.

Experts say refusing to let someone file a report is a breach of human rights, but police say they were just following government directives.

31 Oct 2021 - 4:08PM
Jakarta Bay, already polluted by plastics, has high levels of paracetamol harmful to marine life

The coastal waters off Indonesia’s capital are already polluted with medical and plastic waste. Now, high levels of paracetamol have sparked concerns about the impact on nearby shellfish farms.

The coastal waters off Indonesia’s capital are already polluted with medical and plastic waste. Now, high levels of paracetamol have sparked concerns about the impact on nearby shellfish farms.

10 Oct 2021 - 9:08PM
‘Terror season’ fears as Indonesia arrests over 100 suspected extremists and Japan issues threat warning

The arrests reflect the resurgence of al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah and the resilience of Isis-linked Jamaah Ansharut Daulah. While security authorities believe an imminent attack is unlikely, Japan has issued a threat warning to citizens in six Asean countries.

The arrests reflect the resurgence of al-Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah and the resilience of Isis-linked Jamaah Ansharut Daulah. While security authorities believe an imminent attack is unlikely, Japan has issued a threat warning to citizens in six Asean countries.

15 Sep 2021 - 10:07PM
Afghan refugees in India and Indonesia speak out: ‘am I a human or not?’

Aasad’s 5-year-old brother was beaten to death; Bibi fled her teaching work; Sahil got one of the last planes out of Kabul. Now they’re safe but haunted by what may happen to those they left behind.

Aasad’s 5-year-old brother was beaten to death; Bibi fled her teaching work; Sahil got one of the last planes out of Kabul. Now they’re safe but haunted by what may happen to those they left behind.

22 Aug 2021 - 10:16AM
Indonesia’s Covid-hit religious leaders give hope to their flocks

More than 200 Christian and 605 Muslim religious leaders are thought to have died from Covid-19 in the country. Yet they are stoic; now, they say, is when their flocks need them most.

More than 200 Christian and 605 Muslim religious leaders are thought to have died from Covid-19 in the country. Yet they are stoic; now, they say, is when their flocks need them most.

15 Aug 2021 - 10:35AM
Indonesia fears rainy season as Covid-19 isolation wards flood

Heavy flooding combined with a Delta-fuelled second wave of the pandemic could overwhelm the health-care system in the disaster-prone country, experts warn.

Heavy flooding combined with a Delta-fuelled second wave of the pandemic could overwhelm the health-care system in the disaster-prone country, experts warn.

12 Aug 2021 - 5:08PM
Indonesians baffled by suspicious 2 trillion rupiah ‘donation’

The curious case of the dead businessman, an infamous styrofoam board and a never materialising offer of aid to a community hit by Covid-19 has gripped the nation.

The curious case of the dead businessman, an infamous styrofoam board and a never materialising offer of aid to a community hit by Covid-19 has gripped the nation.

8 Aug 2021 - 9:49PM
Indonesia’s indigenous shamans confront Covid-19 with rituals, traditional medicines

A creature that comes from the sea controls Covid-19, the Dayak Benuaq people of East Kalimantan believe. It can’t be killed, but can be bargained with through animistic rituals.

A creature that comes from the sea controls Covid-19, the Dayak Benuaq people of East Kalimantan believe. It can’t be killed, but can be bargained with through animistic rituals.

5 Aug 2021 - 11:55AM
Indonesia’s Makassar unveils coronavirus isolation facility aboard passenger ship Umsini

As coronavirus cases surge in South Sulawesi, officials are creating what some have termed a ‘plague ship’ for over 800 patients, despite experts’ concerns.

As coronavirus cases surge in South Sulawesi, officials are creating what some have termed a ‘plague ship’ for over 800 patients, despite experts’ concerns.

20 Jul 2021 - 7:20PM
Censoring ‘immoral’ songs by Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars and Ariana Grande is futile, Indonesian musicians say

Hits by Justin Bieber, Rita Ora and Ariana Grande are among those featuring ‘immoral’ lyrics, according to the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission.

Hits by Justin Bieber, Rita Ora and Ariana Grande are among those featuring ‘immoral’ lyrics, according to the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission.

13 Jul 2021 - 9:06PM
Coronavirus: anti-parasitic drug ivermectin is hot property in Indonesia, Malaysia, India as Delta variant spreads

Some officials have hailed ivermectin as a ‘miracle cure’ amid rising infections and low vaccination rates in the region.

Some officials have hailed ivermectin as a ‘miracle cure’ amid rising infections and low vaccination rates in the region.

2 Jul 2021 - 6:51PM
‘Waiting for us to die’: Indonesia’s Rohingya refugees left in legal limbo for years

Makassar, in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province, is home to thousands of refugees and asylum seekers. Legally, all are ‘transiting’ the country – even if they’ve been there for years.

Makassar, in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province, is home to thousands of refugees and asylum seekers. Legally, all are ‘transiting’ the country – even if they’ve been there for years.

20 Jun 2021 - 5:01PM
Indonesian politician’s mid-flight death sparks probe, casts spotlight on threats to environmental activists

Helmud Hontong bled from his mouth and nose during a 90-minute flight. His untimely death has sparked speculation it is linked to his opposition of a gold mine.

Helmud Hontong bled from his mouth and nose during a 90-minute flight. His untimely death has sparked speculation it is linked to his opposition of a gold mine.

21 Jun 2021 - 1:10PM
Coronavirus: Indonesians in Sumatra mourn loved ones amid fears of new hotspots

The second most populous island is recording a rise in cases, which may have been caused by people travelling home for the Eid ul-Fitr holiday.

The second most populous island is recording a rise in cases, which may have been caused by people travelling home for the Eid ul-Fitr holiday.

4 Jun 2021 - 5:27PM
Chinese vaccines meant for Indonesian prison stolen and sold to public

Indonesian police have arrested four people, including a doctor at Tanjung Gusta Prison in Medan, accusing them of stealing and reselling more than 1,000 vaccines meant for inmates and staff.

Indonesian police have arrested four people, including a doctor at Tanjung Gusta Prison in Medan, accusing them of stealing and reselling more than 1,000 vaccines meant for inmates and staff.

24 May 2021 - 9:58PM
Indonesia’s poisoned-satay killing has echoes of Jessica Wongso’s 2016 cyanide-coffee murder case

A delivery driver’s 10-year-old son died after eating the poisoned satay sauce in an undelivered package police say was meant for a 25-year-old woman’s former partner – sparking comparisons with a similar poisoning case in 2016.

A delivery driver’s 10-year-old son died after eating the poisoned satay sauce in an undelivered package police say was meant for a 25-year-old woman’s former partner – sparking comparisons with a similar poisoning case in 2016.

24 May 2021 - 4:07PM
As Indonesia bans Eid homecomings, Chinese worker arrivals raise questions

Two of the more than 400 workers who arrived from China this month tested positive for Covid-19. But does that matter when Indonesia’s daily caseload is in the thousands?

Two of the more than 400 workers who arrived from China this month tested positive for Covid-19. But does that matter when Indonesia’s daily caseload is in the thousands?

12 May 2021 - 10:37PM
Ramadan dos and don’ts spark debate among Asia’s Muslim communities

In Singapore, a viral video showed a woman scolding an Indonesian worker for eating during daylight hours while in Malaysia, some non-Muslims take measures to avoid being questioned when eating publicly during the fasting month.

In Singapore, a viral video showed a woman scolding an Indonesian worker for eating during daylight hours while in Malaysia, some non-Muslims take measures to avoid being questioned when eating publicly during the fasting month.

10 May 2021 - 12:29PM
Reused nose swabs: Indonesian firm faces lawsuit over Covid-19 test ‘fraud’

Indonesian police say up to 9,000 people could be affected by the ruse, which paid workers a fee for each reused swab test.

Indonesian police say up to 9,000 people could be affected by the ruse, which paid workers a fee for each reused swab test.

6 May 2021 - 10:32AM
Coronavirus: Indonesian Muslims struggle as mosques reduce Ramadan food handouts for needy

The country has seen more than 1.6 million virus cases, prompting mosques to cut back on activities to discourage crowds.

The country has seen more than 1.6 million virus cases, prompting mosques to cut back on activities to discourage crowds.

23 Apr 2021 - 3:00PM