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Indonesia is sinking into brutal populism and nothing is being done to stop it

New culture wars have worsened the political slide in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country

“We are talking about millions of women forced to wear the hijab, in a significant departure from the early years post-Suharto,” he says, referring to the democratic and human-rights flowering after the downfall of the long-time dictator amid street protests and economic turmoil in 1998.We are talking about millions of women forced to wear the hijab, in a significant departure from the early years post-Suharto.Indonesia’s information technology law is being used by the government to jail and silence its critics.A large part of this has been the misuse of Indonesia’s information technology law, which includes jail time for defamation and hate speech, two laws weaponised by Islamists and politicians alike.

com/opinion Bloomberg Get the Sunday Times Daily app or daily email newsletterOpinion & Analysis 23 November 2021 - 19:26 TROUBLED DEMOCRACY Rising conservatism and a decline in civil liberties have been a feature of Indonesian President Joko Widodo's leadership in recent years.

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