Indonesian students burn an effigy of Suharto in the unrest that led to the dictator’s downfall in 1998. Photo: AFP

Is Indonesia’s Reformasi a success, 20 years after Suharto?

Indonesia has come far on its road to democracy. Yet the dictator’s generals retain influence, pockets of extremism fester, freedoms are being whittled away and a corrupt judiciary holds court.

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Indonesian students burn an effigy of Suharto in the unrest that led to the dictator’s downfall in 1998. Photo: AFP
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Jeffrey Hutton

Jeffrey Hutton

Jeff is based in Jakarta where he specializes in political, economic and human rights issues. He got his start in the late 1990s in Tokyo where he was a subeditor at the English edition of the Mainichi Shimbun. He went on to join Bloomberg News in Tokyo and then the Australian Financial Review in Sydney. Recently he started satupelangi.org, a website devoted to LGBT issues in Indonesia.