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substitution needed to reduce Indonesian industry's dependence on imports
Kompas Newspaper. December 11, 2014. The government is determined to
stimulate investment in import substitution, a move which it says is certain
to reduce demand for US dollars as a result of the high dependency on imports.
asks Indonesian workers to negotiate, not to take to the streets
Kompas.com. December 11, 2014. The director general of the International
Labor Organisation (ILO) Guy Ryder is convinced that labour issues in Indonesia
can be resolved by the government, employees and companies sitting down
call on government to resolve human rights violation in West Papua
Selangkah Magazine. December 10, 2014. Commemorating International Human
Rights Day, peaceful actions were held in several Indonesian cities calling
on the administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to fully investigate
the human rights violations that have taken place in the land of Papua.
Kalla: Government won't apologise for past human rights volitions
Portal Kabar. December 10, 2014. Vice President Jusuf Kalla has insisted
that the government will not apologies for past cases of human rights violations.
Nevertheless this does not mean that the government will not try to shed
light on these violations.
Widodo met with protests by Papuan students in Yogyakarta
Tempo.co. December 10, 2014. Scores of Papuan students held a demonstration
at the Gadjah Mada University (UGM) traffic circle in the Central Java
city of Yogyakarta on Tuesday afternoon, December 9.
The lighter (or darker) side
of Indonesian politics.
Red Flag is the fortnightly
newspaper of the Australian socialist organisation Socialist
organiser murdered in the Philippines December 11, 2014
turning point By Clive Tilman. December 8, 2014
Lanka's dirty secrets By Liz Walsh. December 2, 2014
suicide of Xu Lizhi By Ben Hillier. November 12, 2014
fighting in Hong Kong By Sid Zoichi. November 3, 2014
right pressing in Hong Kong Sid Zoichi. October 13, 2014
revolution' not rained out yet By Sid Zoichi. October 9, 2014
snapshot of opinions at Occupy Hong Kong By Sid Zoichi. October 8,
the streets in Hong Kong By Sid Zoichi. October 7, 2014
Kong erupts By Sid Zoichi. October 5, 2014
protests grow on the streets of Hong Kong By Sue Sparks. October
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is calling on the Australian Governments to add its voice, urging an impartial
investigate into the Killings Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)
Media Release. December 16, 2014
Seek justice for 1965-66 mass killings Human Rights Watch Statement.
December 12, 2014
supports Senate resolution on 1965 mass violence in indonesia East
Timor and Indonesia Action Network Statement. December 11, 2014
Security forces kill five in Papua Human Rights Watch Statement.
December 10, 2014
Investigate security forces' use of lethal force against Papuans in Paniai
Amnesty International Public Statement. December 10, 2014
Papua 5 civilians were shot dead, up 22 people injured Australia
West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. December 8, 2014
Stop imminent execution of five prisoners Amnesty International Urgent
Action. December 5, 2014
concerned about possible crackdown on West Papuans celebrating 1st December
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. November 28,
New administration must end the criminalization of beliefs through oppressive
blasphemy laws Amnesty International Press Release. November 21,
to be held in West Papua for 6th anniversary of the KNPB Australia
West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. November 19, 2014
'Virginity tests' for female police Human Rights Watch Statement
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screening on hold due to religious groups' threats Jakarta Post.
December 18, 2014. The Alliance of Independent Journalists' (AJI) Yogyakarta
branch has postponed the screening of Joshua Oppenheimer's Senyap (Lock
of Silence) as the police could not guarantee security because of threats
from certain groups.
rights chair has 'deep concerns' about police abuses in Indonesia's Papua
province ABC Radio Australia. December 18, 2014. The chair of the
Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights has blamed police abuses
in Papua province on the failure of the force to "adapt" to a democratic
lax when illegal loggers clear forests for palm plantations Thomas
Reuters Foundation. December 17, 2014. A drop in world palm oil prices
is not expected to slow illegal logging in Indonesia's rainforests as companies
continue to expand plantations, according to a new report.
Court of Appeal again declares media law unconstitutional Pacific
Media Centre. December 17, 2014. Timor-Leste's Court of Appeal has once
again delivered a judgment declaring the controversial Media Act unconstitutional.
HAM to review Munir's murder case Jakarta Post. December 16, 2014.
Following the public outcry over the recent release of Pollycarpus, the
convicted murderer of rights campaigner Munir, Komnas HAM has set up its
own legal team to assess whether the assassination can be classified as
crime against humanity.
kah?' mocking Papuans' human rights Jakarta Post. December 16, 2014.
In commemorating International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, President Joko
"Jokowi" Widodo opened his speech with a generous acknowledgement on human
rights for the nation.
judicial lurch could worsen domestic violence trauma IRIN. December
15, 2014. Timor-Leste's efforts to reduce the prevalence of domestic gender-based
violence through criminalization and prosecution has suffered a fresh setback
with the enforced departure of 11 foreign judicial staff who had played
a key role in delivering justice in rural areas.
encouraged to reveal docs on 1965 mass killings Jakarta Post. December
15, 2014. Experts and activists have urged the Indonesian government to
disclose documents related to the nationwide mass-killing incidents that
took place from 1965 to 1966 to provide the fair and accurate information
needed to achieve national reconciliation.
most frequent perpetrators of violence: Kontras Jakarta Post. December
15, 2014. The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras)
released its year-end report, announcing that the majority of human rights
violations in 2014 were committed by police officers.
Kong protests: Chief executive declares pro-democracy rallies 'over' after
police clear last camp site Jakarta Post. December 15, 2014. Hong
Kong's leader has declared an end to months of pro-democracy demonstrations
after police cleared the last remaining protest site.
goes the Game of Thrones conspiracy theory Red Thai Socialist. December
14, 2014. One version of the "Game of Thrones" Conspiracy Theory was that
Wachiralongkorn had to divorce his wife to "clean up his act" in order
to be accepted as the next king, rather than being discarded in favour
of his LGBT sister (lol !!!)
Rudiantara vows more censorship to combat online porn Jakarta Globe.
December 14, 2014. Indonesia's new communications minister has taken on
the mantle of his conservative predecessor by vowing to block access to
all pornographic content on the Internet, based on the tenuous notion that
viewing porn encourages the sexual abuse of minors.
demand independent inquiry on protest killings Jakarta Globe. December
13, 2014. Indonesian President Joko Widodo must form a fact-finding team
to investigate a bloody police crackdown on protesters in Paniai district,
Papua, that saw five people killed, a prominent clergyman has said.
distorted to harm women: Religious affairs ministry Jakarta Post.
December 13, 2014. In a rare occasion that has signaled the government's
shift from religious conservatism, a top official has said religions may
have been used by men to justify horrendous acts against women.
room at the inn, mayor tells locked-out Christians Jakarta Globe.
December 13, 2014. The congregation of an illegally sealed-off church in
Bogor have called on President Joko Widodo and the city's mayor, Bima Arya
Sugiarto, to keep their campaign promises to reopen the church, as they
prepare to celebrate another Christmas on the sidewalk.
society: Stop criminalizing the media Jakarta Post. December 13,
2014. A number of civil society groups have warned the nation about the
dangers of criminalizing the press, saying the practice could be used by
the state as a tool to silence persons espousing views it disliked.
is going on with human rights? Jakarta Globe Editorial. December
12, 2014. In the weeks after the inauguration of President Joko Widodo,
representatives of the GKI Yasmin church in Bogor expressed their hopes
that finally, after years of being shut out of their place of worship,
the end of their ordeal was in sight.
sends mixed message to Burma military Associated Press. December
12, 2014. Human rights advocates and some lawmakers say the US is sending
the wrong signal by opening the door for broader engagement with Burma's
widely criticized military just weeks after President Obama assured opposition
leader Aung San Suu Kyi that closer ties weren't going to happen soon.
air impurities far worse than level that won Indian capital 'world's most
polluted city' title Sydney Morning Herald. December 13, 2014. When
the World Health Organisation ranked Delhi the world's most polluted city
this year, it did so using two-year-old figures provided by a local government
should not be the future king. Thailand should be a republic Red
Thai Socialist. December 12, 2014. In this period when the aged King of
Thailand is nearing his death, Prince Wachiralongkorn is being groomed
to be the next king. Therefore his character and behaviour should be a
spurn Jokowi visit Jakarta Post. December 12, 2014. Church leaders
in Papua have opposed President Widodo's plan to visit the province for
a national Christmas celebration citing the absence of a response by the
state to Monday's Enarotali shooting incident that claimed the lives of
five civilians and injured 21 others.
reemphasizes Soeharto-era practices Jakarta Post. December 12, 2014.
Amid growing fear over the determination of Defense Minister Ryamizard
Ryacudu to restore the military's sociopolitical role of the past, the
TNI has continued launching programs that could easily be linked to practices
from former president Soeharto's 32-year rule.
condemn police decision to charge Post editor with blasphemy Jakarta
Globe. December 12, 2014. The Independent Journalists Alliance (AJI) has
condemned the fact that police have charged The Jakarta Post's editor-in-chief
Meidyatama Suryodiningrat with blasphemy over a cartoon.
years is enough. Genocide is genocide' Jakarta Globe. December 11,
2014. In 2012, the award-winning documentary "The Act of Killing" drew
back the veil on the darkest chapter of Indonesia's history, and now, says
director Joshua Oppenheimer, there's no stuffing the genie back into the
told to form team to investigate Paniai case Jakarta Post. December
11, 2014. Human rights activists have demanded that President Joko "Jokowi"
Widodo form an independent team to probe a shooting in Paniai, Papua, that
claimed the lives of five civilians and injured 21.
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