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  • Papuan churches want Jokowi to do more – Jakarta Post. May 23, 2015. Representatives from churches in Papua say the central government has not done enough to protect the rights of indigenous people there, despite President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's recent visit to the restive province as part of efforts to foster peace.
  • Activists blast AG's attempt to keep past rights abuse cases out of court – Jakarta Globe. May 22, 2015. Human rights activists on Friday lambasted Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo's remarks for seeking settlements and not a full investigation into past gross human rights violations in Indonesia.
  • Thai junta turns the political clock back fifty years – Red Thai Socialist. May 22, 2015. The coup d'etat that took place on 22nd May last year has turned Thailand's political clock back fifty years. Today we have a vicious, patronising and self-deluded military government, headed by a mass murderer.
  • Anti-government protesters arrested in Thailand on first anniversary of military takeover – Agence France Presse. May 22, 2015. Thai police have arrested several anti-junta activists for making small protests marking a year since military generals seized power from the elected government.
  • 'Hedging her bets': Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi criticised for silence on Rohingya – Sydney Morning Herald. May 22, 2015. Myanmar pro-democracy leader, human rights advocate and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been slammed by refugee advocates and Malaysia for remaining silent as thousands of Rohingya Muslims remains adrift at sea.
  • Hundreds rally for West Papua liberation – Jakarta Post. May 22, 2015. Around 700 members of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) at the Papua Legislative Council (DPRD) supported on Thursday the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) by proposing that Papua become a member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.
  • OPM declares open war on security forces, non-Papuan civilians – Jakarta Globe. May 22, 2015. Armed separatists in Indonesia's Papua province have declared open war on the military and non-Papuan civilians, insisting that their decades-long struggle for independence is not over and denouncing as a lie President Joko Widodo's reassurances that the region is peaceful.
  • Government forms team to settle past rights abuses – Jakarta Post. May 22, 2015. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration has decided to establish a non-judicial mechanism to resolve past human rights abuses in the absence of solid ground on which to settle the cases legally.
  • Rohingya asylum crisis: Abbott shrugs off Indonesia's 'UN obligation' rebuke – The Guardian. May 22, 2015. Tony Abbott has said countries should not encourage asylum seekers to board vessels as tensions with Indonesia escalate over the fate of thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants.
  • A year after Thai coup, stability trumps growth for business – Reuters. May 22, 2015. When Thailand's army seized power in a bloodless coup, much of the business establishment quietly cheered them on. A year on, the captains of Thai industry remain firmly behind the junta, despite a lackluster economy and a delayed return to democracy.
  • Police arrest 84 activists in arbitrary move, KNPB says – Tabloid JUBI. May 21, 2015. Indonesian Police have arrested and mistreated activists of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in several locations while they were distributing leaflets calling for action, the organization said.
  • A surprise lineup in KPK selection committee, but few objections – Jakarta Globe. May 21, 2015. President Joko Widodo announced nine new members of the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, selection committee on Thursday, all of whom are women.
  • Papua police arrest 3 activists over Manokwari rally – Jakarta Globe. May 21, 2015. Three activists have been named suspects for participating in a rally on Wednesday in support of West Papuan membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).
  • Jakarta rebukes Tony Abbott for hardline refugee stance – Sydney Morning Herald. May 21, 2015. The Indonesian government has rebuked Australia for refusing to resettle any of the thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi asylum seekers at the centre of the growing refugee crisis in south-east Asia.
  • Indonesian fishermen rescue starving migrants – Agence France Presse. May 21, 2015. Muchtar Ali began weeping when he saw the desperate, starving Rohingya on the overcrowded boat off the coast of Indonesia. "I was speechless," the fisherman said, remembering the moment he saw the boatload of more than 400 Muslim migrants.
  • Crop-loss Indian farmers sell their children to survive: Authorities – Thomson Reuters Foundation. May 21, 2015. Lal Singh was desperate. The farmer from Mohanpura village in central India's Madhya Pradesh state had seen unseasonably heavy rains and hailstorms destroy crop after crop, while he fell deeper into debt.
  • 70 arrested during rally in restive West Papua – Jakarta Globe. May 20, 2015. Police in West Papua detained 70 activists rallying in support of West Papuan membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) on Wednesday.
  • People of Aceh on Rohingya crisis: 'It's worse than the tsunami' – Sydney Morning Herald. May 20, 2015. The word spread via text message. Forty-seven Rohingya and Bangladeshi people had been rescued from the sea off Tamiang, in the Indonesian province of Aceh, and they desperately needed help.
  • Shunned by much of Asia, migrants welcomed in Aceh – Agence France Presse. May 20, 2015. From rescuing migrants at sea to donating all they can, residents of Indonesia's Islamic Aceh province are warmly welcoming hundreds of desperate fellow Muslims who have fled their homelands – a contrast to the rejection they face elsewhere in Southeast Asia.
  • Malaysia, Indonesia say will take in migrants at sea, temporarily – Reuters. May 20, 2015. Malaysia and Indonesia said on Wednesday they would offer temporary shelter to 7,000 "boat people" adrift at sea in rickety boats, but made clear they would take no more.
  • Rights group warns of 'mass killing' as Rohingya crisis continues – Irrawaddy. May 20, 2015. Minorities in Burma are among the world's most vulnerable to mass killing, a leading rights group warned on Wednesday, as the country struggles to appease the international community amid a refugee crisis at its western shore.
  • Our self-interest is still holding East Timor back – ABC The Drum. May 20, 2015. As the Timorese celebrate their 14th "Restoration of Independence Day" this week, it is once again Australia's self-interest that prevents their long struggle for sovereignty from being complete.
  • Don't just come to West Papua and make promises, Joko told – Sydney Morning Herald. May 20, 2015. Indonesian President Joko Widodo's visit to West Papua was as ephemeral as spray – the next day there was no indication it had happened, according to a Papuan MP.
  • Police drop probe into Budi Gunawan – Jakarta Post. May 20, 2015. In another blow to the KPK, the National Police announced Tuesday they had dropped their investigation into an allegation that deputy police chief Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan had numerous bank accounts full of billions of rupiah in bribes.
  • Stigma haunts relatives of Thais jailed under royal insult law – Agence France Presse. May 20, 2015. When Natnicha's husband was jailed for insulting Thailand's monarchy under the country's lese majeste laws, she didn't just lose a partner. She lost her friends and place in Thai society – joining the growing ranks of outcasts since royalist generals seized power a year ago.

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