Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photo: AP

Indonesians could soon be jailed for insulting the president, if colonial-era law is resurrected

  • Lawmakers argue that Indonesia has contempt laws to protect people and state symbols such as the flag, but not President Joko Widodo
  • Critics say the law is a sign of creeping encroachment on free speech
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photo: AP
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Thousands march at a protest in Jayapura, Papua province. Photo: EPA-EFE

Explained: what has led to the violent riots in Indonesia’s Papua?

  • Riots broke out on Monday in the restive Papua region, where a separatist movement has simmered since the 1960s
  • While President Joko Widodo has sought to improve outcomes for the region, Indonesia’s long-standing racism against Papuans risks undermining his infrastructure plans, says Human Rights Watch
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