Asia Pacific Solidarity Network (APSN) is a network of activists who are
building solidarity with and support for movements for social justice,
genuine democracy and self-determination around the Asia Pacific region.
us: If you or your organisation has an event you would like to advertise
free on this website email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The activist resource site on Indonesia,
Timor and West Papua.
17 years of archived reports and articles.
APSN also has an wide range
of essential resources, archived news and press releases, links and background
reports on the Asia-Pacific region. Site map
reports translated from Indonesian language news sources.
To subscribe to the Indoleft
news service free, just send a blank email to <email@example.com>
and you will be automatically added to the list.
The lighter (or darker) side
of Indonesian politics.
Red Flag is the fortnightly
newspaper of the Australian socialist organisation Socialist
Papua: a hard choice, but a simple one Dan McGarry. June 23, 2015
arrests escalate in West Papua as regional summit draws closer By
Ben Hillier. June 7, 2015
conference calls for end to Rohingya genocide Helen Jarvis. June
on the defensive, but situation explosive Hui Xiamei. May 27, 2015
amid the horror Jordan Humphreys. May 24, 2015
last time they turned back the boats Jeff Sparrow. May 18, 2015
unions pledge support for West Papua May 15, 2015
class consciousness in Indonesia By Sherr Rinn. May 7, 2015
tale of two headlines By Josh Lees. May 5, 2015
& Press Releases
Statements, press releases,
solidarity and urgent appeals are archived under
their country specific page/section, which can be selected from the drop-down
menu on the left.
Environmental activist attacked and stabbed to death by Indonesian navy
personnel Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal. June 29, 2015
Papua makes history with political recognition Free West Papua Statement.
June 26, 2015
Papuan activists detained and charged Amnesty International Urgent
Action. June 23, 2015
West Papuans petition Melanesian foreign ministers Free West Papua
Statement. June 23, 2015
Papua, represented by the ULMWP must be at the MSG table Australia
West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. June 22, 2015
of US Congress call for action on long detained prisoners of conscience
in Indonesia Media Release. June 18, 2015
Senior Corruption Eradication Commission investigator arrested, charged
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal. June 16, 2015
End mass arbitrary arrests of peaceful protesters in Papua Amnesty
International Public Statement. June 11, 2015
to drop ASIO raid case but will recommence original spy proceedings to
nullify oil treaty Timor Sea Justice Campaign Media Release. June
of Global Day of Action on Access to Papua remain unfulfilled TAPOL
Press Release. May 29, 2015
Activists arrested in West Papua Australia West Papua Association
(Sydney) Media Release. May 28, 2015
News, in-depth reports
and analysis focusing on political developments in the Asia Pacific region.
Lanes Blog Commentary and analysis on the history, contemporary
politics and culture of Indonesian and its relationships with Australia
and the world.
protesters charged for rally against military MPs Irrawaddy. July
2, 2015. Five student leaders involved in a protest in Rangoon against
the continued presence of military lawmakers in Parliament have been charged
with unlawful assembly, according to a senior police officer in the commercial
slim as thousands in Hong Kong rally for democracy Associated Press.
July 2, 2015. Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers took to the streets Wednesday
to renew their call for full democracy but the turnout was noticeably lower
than in recent years, reflecting an impasse after a year of bitter battles
over political reform.
plane's true capacity comes into question, Kalla defends illicit transport
of civilians Jakarta Globe. July 1, 2015. Vice President Jusuf Kalla
has justified the alleged use of a military plane that crashed on Tuesday
for the commercial transportation of civilians, even as the Air Force chief
denounced the practice as strictly forbidden.
rights office urges Thailand to free 14 student activists Associated
Press. July 1, 2015. The UN human rights office called Tuesday on Thailand
to release 14 student activists and drop the charges that were filed against
them for holding a peaceful anti-coup rally.
students in peaceful march to protest political role of military
Reuters. July 1, 2015. Students in Burma led a peaceful march of between
50 and 200 protesters on Tuesday, urging Burma's military to remove itself
from politics, days after lawmakers voted down a measure to scrap the military's
effective legislative veto.
West Papua, Indonesia's entry into MSG stirs up concerns about hidden agenda
Jakarta Globe. July 1, 2015. The admission of Indonesia into the Melanesian
Spearhead Group last week has sparked concerns over the future of central
government policy in the West Papua region, analysts say.
huge planes plough into one street: ten years apart Sydney Morning
Herald. July 1, 2015. An Indonesian military transport plane that crashed
into a northern residential area of Medan on Tuesday was carrying 113 people,
an air force spokesman said.
won't progress because of persistent stigma, discrimination against LGBT:
Commission Jakarta Post. June 30, 2015. The chairman of the National
Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Hafid Abbas has called for an end
to discrimination and stigma against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
(LGBT) community, urging the government to issue more supportive regulations.
servants contribute to rights abuse Jakarta Post. June 30, 2015.
In an effort to raise awareness among civil servants of the significance
of human rights, the Home Ministry will work closely with the National
Commission on Human Rights to educate government officials throughout the
country about upholding the rights of the people they serve.
activists fret new role for Indonesia's spy agency Monga Bay. June
29, 2015. A mysterious new partnership between Indonesia's spy agency and
Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) to boost foreign investment has civil
society wary of deepening agrarian conflict in the post-authoritarian country.
activists praise US ruling on same-sex marriage Jakarta Post. June
29, 2015. Indonesia will enter a new era in the fight for the rights of
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people following a recent
US Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages, an NGO focusing
on LGBT rights has said.
PNG lead betrayal, but still West Papuans triumph Cafe Pacific. June
28, 2015. The Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders' summit in Honiara this
week must go down as the most shameful since the organisation was founded
two decades ago.
inches back into civilian sphere Associated Press. June 27, 2015.
Nearly two decades after the fall of dictator Soeharto forced Indonesia's
military out of politics, the army is inching back into civilian roles,
risking a setback for democracy in this Southeast Asian nation and perhaps
even for the turbulent region.
is associate member, West Papua observer in MSG Vanuatu Daily Post.
June 27, 2015. The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) has accepted the United
Liberal Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) as Observer in the regional organisation
on the basis that it represents West Papuans living outside West Papua.
report highlights Indonesia's poor law enforcement Jakarta Post.
June 27, 2015. Despite progress as one of the world's biggest democracies,
Indonesia's law enforcement is still substandard and rampant with human
rights violations, a report by the US government states.
students throw down a challenge to all of us and themselves Red Thai
Socialist. June 27, 2015. The brave young pro-democracy student activists,
who call themselves the "New Democracy Movement" and the "Dao-Din" students,
have thrown down a challenge to all of us and also to themselves.
of disappeared 'reformasi' activists seek changes to human rights tribunal
law Jakarta Globe. June 26, 2015. The families of the political activists
who disappeared in connection to the May 1998 riots have asked the Constitutional
Court, or MK, for a judicial review on the 2000 Law on the Human Rights
exorcising ills of education system, still no silver bullet Jakarta
Globe. June 26, 2015. Civil society organizations and education experts
have called on the national government to employ a holistic plan of action
in reforming the Indonesian education system.
Papua group welcomes MSG appreciation Radio New Zealand International.
June 26, 2015. The United Liberation Movement for West Papua has expressed
gratitude for progress made but still intends pursuing full membership
of the Melanesia Spearhead Group.
votes against constitution reform, reserves military veto Irrawaddy.
June 26, 2015. Burma's Union Parliament on Thursday voted against major
changes to the nation's Constitution, keeping a military stronghold on
the legislature firmly in place.
of 1998 tragedy victims seek justice Jakarta Post. June 25, 2015.
The families of May 1998 tragedy victims filed a judicial review of the
2006 human rights tribunal law with the Supreme Court to seek justice.
granted 'associate member' status of MSG, West Papua bid unsuccessful
Jakarta Globe. June 25, 2015. Indonesia has been bumped up to an associate
member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), while a pro-independence
coalition from West Papua has been granted observer status.
knocks back West Papua bid, elevates Indonesia Radio New Zealand
International. June 25, 2015. The Melanesian Spearhead Group has knocked
back West Papua's bid to become a full member of the group, while elevating
much?' Why bribes to people smugglers could revive a dying trade
The Guardian. June 25, 2015. Business has been bad for Gandi, a fisherman
who rides the waves off Indonesia's rugged southern Java coast. The 44-year-old's
meagre catches are sometimes too small to cover the cost of the fuel he
needs to power his 7.5-metre blue and white wooden boat.
on Aceh, Indonesia and West Papua are archived in the Indonesia
on East Timor are archived in the East
Timor News Digests.
news reports are archived under their country specific page/section.
informed, subscribe to APSN's Indonesia/East Timor daily news updates.
To subscribe free, just send a blank email to <firstname.lastname@example.org>
and you will be automatically added to the list. View sample