May 19, 2021
Andreas Harsono has covered Indonesia for Human Rights Watch
since 2008. Before joining Human Rights Watch, he helped found the Jakarta-based Institute for the Studies on Free Flow of Information in 1995, and in 2003 he helped create the Pantau Foundation, a journalist training organization also based in Jakarta. A staunch backer of the free press, Harsono also helped establish Jakarta’s Alliance of Independent Journalists in 1994 and Bangkok’s South East Asia Press Alliance in 1998. Harsono began his career as a reporter for the Bangkok-based Nation
and the Kuala Lumpur-based Star
newspapers, and he edited Pantau,
a monthly magazine on media and journalism in Jakarta. In Indonesian Malay, his published books include Jurnalisme Sastrawi: Antologi Liputan Mendalam dan Memikat
(with Budi Setiyono) and “Agama” Saya Adalah Jurnalisme
as well as in English Race, Islam and Power: Ethnic and Religious Violence in Post-Suharto Indonesia.
Most recently he was a co-author of a 98-page report, “‘I Wanted to Run Away’: Abusive Dress Codes for Women and Girls in Indonesia
,” which documents government regulations that require girls and women to wear the jilbab,
Muslim apparel that covers the head, neck, and chest. Human Rights Watch describes the historical imposition of discriminatory regulations on clothing, and the widespread bullying to wear a jilbab that causes women and girls psychological distress. Girls who don’t comply have been forced to leave school or have withdrawn under pressure, while female civil servants have lost their jobs or resigned to escape constant demands to conform. Follow Andreas on Facebook
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