A new report released by Human Rights Watch details the horrifying abuse suffered by the mentally ill in the Southeast Asian country of Indonesia, where over 18,000 people are chained and confined in overcrowded rooms for days, weeks and even years at a time.
HRW report, "Living in Hell," released Sunday documents the widespread practice of pasung (pausing) in Indonesia, where families and faith healers treat mental illness by confining people in chains or on wooden stocks for prolonged periods of time.
The report documents over 175 cases of mentally ill people who are in pasung or have been released from pasung detainment. Additionally, the organization received information about 200 other cases of pasung that have been documented in recent years. more >>
Indonesia is known for its place in the world's top 20 economic GP ratios, it has recently been criticized for its treatment of people who are mentally ill as a new report states that there are thousands of patients locked up and chained in filthy environments.
According to CNN, Indonesia practices pasung, wherein people with mental issues are shackled and confined in filthy areas as they are believed to have been possessed with evil spirits.
The Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday that over 57,000 people in the country who have either been diagnosed with psychosocial issues or are perceived to be mentally ill have once in their lives been chained or locked up, away from the rest of the world and unable to receive treatment. more >>
Pastor Kong Hee of Singapore's City Harvest Church has continued his tour around Southeast Asia, focusing this week on Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation in the world, which he called a "big harvest field" for Christianity.
Kong also spoke about the importance of implementing church "cell groups," which he argued allow even the world's biggest megachurches to effectively care for all of its members.
"What a big harvest field Indonesia is. The number of Christians has grown from 1.3 million to 24 million in the past 40 years, making up approximately 10 percent of the country's population," Kong wrote on Facebook. more >>
Indonesia's leading psychiatric organization has classified homosexuality as a mental disorder.
The Indonesian Psychiatrists Association announced that people who identify as homosexual or bisexual will be categorized as "people with psychiatric problems," while individuals who identify as transgender are labeled as having "mental disorders."
In an interview with the Jakarta Post on Tuesday, PDSKJI spokesperson Suzy Yusna Dewi asserted that the designation is not an act of bigotry against the LGBT community. more >>
The Indonesian capital Jakarta experienced a mass "Paris-like" attack with explosions and shootings being carried out across the city, police have said, with at least seven people reported dead so far.
Two civilians were killed and 19 were wounded during the terror attack. Five of the suspected terrorists are also dead and police are now searching for others who were involved in planning the attack, CNN has reported.
BBC News reported on Thursday that the attacks began at about 10:40 a.m. local time after a series of bomb blasts shook the area near Sarinah shopping mall. Authorities said that at least two men carried out a suicide bomb attack on a police box near the intersection of the mall with a Starbucks coffee shop. more >>
Being together as a couple is very much common around the world, but not in Indonesia as a young woman was caned for "affectionate contact" with a man.
According to The Independent, The Jakarta Post reported that 20-year-old Nur Elita received five agonizing lashes for "being too intimate" with Wahyudi Saputra. Commonly called "khalwat" or affectionate contact, it is punishable by law in Indonesia's province of Aceh.
CNN reported that the two were arrested two months ago after they were seen with no other people inside a room. They were then sentenced to caning and were not given the chance to speak for themselves. The outlet also said the two were "unrelated." more >>