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-Latest News
  • Pacific Nations diplomacy for West Papua puts New Zealand to shame – The Daily Blog. October 19, 2016. Something remarkable happened this year at the United Nations General Assembly. Seven Pacific nations used the occasion to speak out for their neighbours in Indonesian-controlled West Papua.
  • Government could remove online stories – Jakarta Post. October 19, 2016. The House of Representatives and the government have agreed to include the controversial "right to be forgotten" provision in the amendment of the much-criticized 2008 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law, which is set to be endorsed by the end of next week, says a top lawmaker.
  • House gives 'political support' to Semen Indonesia against Kendeng people – Jakarta Post. October 19, 2016. House of Representatives Commission VI head Teguh Juwarno has said the House would secure enough votes to support the operation of state-owned PT Semen Indonesia's cement factory in Rembang, Central Java, following a Supreme Court case review decision in favor of the people of Kendeng mountain.
  • Hot dogs 'must be renamed' in Malaysia, says religious government body – BBC News. October 19, 2016. Food outlets selling hot dogs in Malaysia have been asked to rename their products or risk being refused halal certification. The Malaysian Islamic Development Department, a religious government body, said it adopted the ruling after complaints from Muslim tourists.
  • Philippine police van rams protesters in front of US Embassy – Associated Press. October 19, 2016. A Philippine police van rammed into protesters, leaving several bloodied, as an anti-U.S. rally turned violent Wednesday at the American Embassy in Manila.
  • Indonesian president needs to prioritize human rights in Papua – UCA News. October 18, 2016. Indonesian President Joko Widodo's development of Papua needs more emphasis on human rights, according to activists.
  • Thai royal death: 'Social sanction' urged against critics – BBC News. October 18, 2016. Thailand's justice minister has asked people to take action against those who insult the monarchy following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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-Earlier this week
  • Missing report row suggests reluctance of govt to resolve case – Jakarta Post. October 18, 2016. The murder case is simple. There was a victim. Then there was an investigation that later delivered the results of the probe. And the results were documented.
  • Pacific peoples lead push for Papuan decolonisation – Radio New Zealand International. October 18, 2016. An academic specialising in West Papua says Pacific Islands peoples are taking the lead on issues of decolonisation within the region.
  • Aceh flogs 13 young people for breaking its strict Islamic laws – Agence France Presse. October 19, 2016. A young woman screamed in pain as she was caned in front of a jeering crowd in Aceh, Indonesia, the latest person to be punished after being found guilty of breaking the province's strict Islamic laws.
  • Draconian law returns to haunt netizens – Jakarta Post. October 18, 2016. Amid the clamor of the Jakarta gubernatorial election, a draconian cyber law that has seen hundreds of netizens imprisoned looks set to be passed once again following a period of revision.
  • Journalists call on Timor-Leste PM to drop defamation complaint against reporters – Global Voices. October 18, 2016. Journalists around the world are trying to get the prime minister of Timor-Leste (East Timor) to abandon a criminal complaint against two Timor-Post reporters who say he was involved in government corruption.
  • 'Island of despair': Australia intentionally torturing refugees on Nauru, says major Amnesty International report – Sydney Morning Herald. October 18, 2016. The Australian government is responsible for the deliberate and systematic torture of refugees on Nauru and should be held accountable under international law, according to a major new report informed by unprecedented access to the secretive island.
  • Jokowi keeps promise, but distrust lingers – Jakarta Post. October 17, 2016. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is slated to visit Papua today to inaugurate a new airport in the impoverished Yahukimo regency, deep in the mountains of the country's easternmost region, which comprises the provinces of Papua and West Papua.
  • Police arrest three separatist leaders – Jakarta Post. October 17, 2016. Papua Police have arrested three people for alleged criminal activities and their involvement in a separatist organization, the Papua National Liberation Force (TPN), in Paniai.
  • Media owners' interference threat to press freedom – Jakarta Post. October 17, 2016. Press freedom in the country is in relatively good shape, however, the independence of media organizations is threatened by growing interference by certain groups in society as well as media owners, according to a study by the Press Council.
  • Culture of secrecy persists 18 years after democratic reforms – Jakarta Post. October 17, 2016. When the Central Information Commission (KIP) ruled last week that an investigative report on the murder of human rights activist Munir Said Thalib was public information that needed to be disclosed, hopes were high that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo might finally shed some new light on the case.
  • Activists howl at palm oil bill – Jakarta Post. October 17, 2016. With Indonesia facing land and forest fires every year that are mostly man-made disasters that have degraded the health of its citizens as well as that of its neighbors, the government has vowed to improve the sustainability of its agroforestry sector, particularly the palm oil industry.
  • Government lays out plans for prison reform – Jakarta Post. October 17, 2016. The Law and Human Rights Ministry is set to increase the capacity of penitentiaries nationwide by 5,000 by the end of the year in an effort to help ease overcrowding in correctional facilities.
  • Woman made to bow before Thai king's portrait over alleged royal family criticism – ABC News. October 17, 2016. A woman in Thailand has been forced to publicly bow before a portrait of the country's late king after she allegedly posted comments on social media critical of the royal family.
  • No human rights progress in two years: Activists – Jakarta Globe. October 16, 2016. Human rights activists have slammed the president saying he has not fulfilled campaign promises of investigation past cases of rights abuses, rights leaders said on the two year anniversary of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's inauguration.
  • How bad is hunger in Asia? – Asia News Network. October 16, 2016. Placed 29 in a ranking of 118 developing countries, China has the lowest level of hunger in Asia, according to the newly-released Global Hunger Index. Many other Asian countries still stand out for their poor performance in reducing their overall hunger rate.
  • UN requests Indonesia response to allegations of violent discrimination – Fiji Times. October 15, 2016. The request made by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) to Indonesia to formally respond to allegations of racial violence and discrimination against Papuans by November is a sign that the attitude of the UN to West Papua's case is beginning to change.
  • Papua Police to beef up security for 2017 elections – Jakarta Post. October 15, 2016. Around 10,000 security personnel from the National Police, the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the Community Protection Agency (linmas) will be deployed to guard the 2017 general elections in Papua.
  • AGO begins hunt for missing Munir report – Jakarta Post. October 15, 2016. The Attorney General's Office (AGO) has begun searching for the whereabouts of a fact-finding team's report of the investigation into the murder of human rights defender Munir Said Thalib, which it says is key to reopening the case.

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