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  • Two West Papuan students arrested at May Day demo in Surabaya – Okezone. May 1, 2015. A protest action in the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya by students from the Papua Student Alliance (AMP) has ended in chaos with two demonstrators being arrested by police. The action was also marked by the use of the Morning Star, the symbol of the free Papua movement.
  • Jokowi skips town as May Day protesters inundate State Palace – BBC Indonesia. May 1, 2015. Tens of thousands of workers from various different factory units, trade unions and labour confederations packed the streets in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta on May 1 to declare the formation of a new labour party, although not all groups were united in this.
  • Indonesian workers divided over plans to establish new labour party – CNN Indonesia. April 30, 2015. International Labour Day or May will be commemorated tomorrow on Friday May 1 in a number of different countries. On Thursday however, labour groups in Indonesia were still divided over plans to establish a new labour party.
  • PPRI: Any new political party must be independent of political elite – Solidarity Net. April 29, 2015. On Monday April 27 the Indonesian People's United Resistance (PPRI) held a press conference at the offices of the Jakarta Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) to declare its position on the commemoration of International Labour Day or May Day.
  • Labour leaders flattered by invite to join Widodo on presidential jet – Kompas.com. April 29, 2015. Indonesian trade union leaders felt enormously flattered to be invited by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to join him on the presidential plane to visit the Central Java provincial capital of Semarang to officiate the construction of 1 million homes for workers.
  • Foreign debt – Digging a hole, filling a hole – Kompas Newspaper. April 25, 2015. Indonesia's foreign debt continues to rise, primarily because private sector debt is growing. Of the various issues related to private sector foreign debt, the composition of new debts to pay old debts needs to be given attention.
  • Progressive rock band SID denies it will perform at KSPI May Day Fiesta – Solidarity Net. April 24, 2015. An announcement by the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) that the punk rock band Superman Is Dead (SID) will be performing at the May Day Fiesta on May 1 has been denied by the band.
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  • Timor-Leste welcomes Australia's return of spying documents seized by ASIO – The Guardian. May 4, 2015. The Timor-Leste government has praised a decision by the Australian government to return documents about past spying that were at the centre of raids by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (Asio) in 2013.
  • Australia to return documents seized by ASIO during raid of East Timor lawyer Bernard Collaery's office – ABC News. May 4, 2015. Australia has agreed to return documents seized during an Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) raid on the office of a lawyer representing East Timor's government in a spying case.
  • Bali nine executions highlight Australia's hypocrisy on the death penalty – Melbourne Age. May 4, 2015. Australia is up in arms over Indonesia's execution of the Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. And rightly so: the death penalty is abhorrent and must be abolished. Australia agreed to this long ago: we abolished it in 1973.
  • No answers yet in worker's alleged May Day suicide – Jakarta Globe. May 3, 2015. Police are still investigating the motive behind the alleged suicide of a worker who set himself on fire and leapt to his death from the roof of the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta during a May Day concert on Friday.
  • Indonesia's press freedom deteriorates – Jakarta Globe. May 3, 2015. Indonesia has dropped to 138th place in the latest World Press Freedom Index, as journalists declare police an enemy of free speech and activists call for an end to restrictions on news coverage in Papua.
  • George Brandis hands over to East Timor docs seized by ASIO – Jakarta Globe. May 3, 2015. The Australian government has agreed to return legal documents and data seized by ASIO to the East Timorese government.   It is the latest twist in a row over espionage and a treaty dividing $40 billion in oil and gas revenues in the Timor Sea.
  • Open access for journalists to Papua: AJI – Jakarta Post. May 3, 2015. The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) has urged the government to end restrictions on media access in Papua, as the world commemorates World Press Freedom Day on Sunday.
  • AJI declares police enemies of press freedom – Jakarta Post. May 3, 2015. The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) named the police enemies of press freedom for the fourth time during an event held to commemorate World Press Freedom Day on Sunday.
  • Mass arrests reported in West Papua on anniversary of annexation – Radio New Zealand International. May 2, 2015. Mass arrests are reported to have been carried out in West Papua on Friday, on the anniversary of Indonesia's annexation of the province.
  • Labor Day celebrated nationwide with range of demands – Jakarta Post. May 2, 2015. Workers across the archipelago marked International Labor Day, or May Day, on Friday, with street rallies and art performances, voicing their various demands.
  • Peaceful May Day observed across country – Jakarta Post. May 2, 2015. This year's May Day celebrations proceeded peacefully on Friday with workers mostly taking to the streets in festive moods. This is the second year that workers have celebrated May Day as a national holiday.
  • May Day rally in Jakarta runs peacefully – Jakarta Post. May 2, 2015. Tens of thousands of workers from various labor unions in Greater Jakarta joined a peaceful, festive rally to commemorate International Labor Day – known as May Day – on Friday in Jakarta.
  • Police ignore Jokowi's orders – Jakarta Post. May 2, 2015. The National Police brushed off President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's order on Friday to release the Corruption Eradication Commission's (KPK) top investigator, Novel Baswedan, who was arrested in connection with an assault case that took place in 2004.
  • Leading human rights activist among dozens arrested in Malaysia after May Day protest – Agence France Presse. May 2, 2015. More than two dozen protesters including a leading human rights activist and opposition politicians have been detained in Malaysia in what one lawyer said was an attempt to silence government critics.
  • Government policy, wages are workers' key gripes on May 1 – Jakarta Globe. May 1, 2015. Calls for a cabinet reshuffle as well as the enactment of key legislation were among workers' demands on May Day this Friday, as tens of thousands of workers took to the streets of major cities across Indonesia.
  • Purge the dirty cops from the system – Jakarta Globe Editorial. May 1, 2015. Within a week of one-time graft suspect Budi Gunawan being inaugurated as deputy police chief, the boys in brown have tried to arrest three officials from the antigraft commission that initially charged him. Coincidence? Hardly.
  • West Papua: Citizen journalism – 160 arrested in Manokwari crackdown – Pacific Media Centre. May 1, 2015. Indonesia's local police forces are reported to have arrested more than 160 people in a crackdown on activists – just two days after major global demonstrations for an #OpenPapua policy by Jakarta.
  • Police raid KNPB in Merauke ahead of May 1 demos – West Papua Media. May 1, 2015. On Friday May 1 heavily armed police officers of Merauke Polres forced entry into the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Secretariat office in Merauke, and arrested 15 KNPB activists, together with their Mother, PRD) Chairperson Panggresia Yeem.
  • West Papua: Global protests in 22 countries call for end to media blackout – Pacific Media Centre. May 1, 2015. Dozens of demonstrators dressed in black gathered outside the Indonesian Embassy in London this week to lead the global protest against West Papua's 50-year long isolation.
  • Police detain Papua commander, shoot suspect in legs – Jakarta Globe. April 30, 2015. Papua Police arrested three members of the outlawed Free Papua Movement organization in the country's easternmost province on Thursday, shooting a rebel commander in the legs and detaining two fighters.
  • Mary Jane Veloso: Why was she spared in the Indonesian executions? – The Guardian. April 30, 2015. As a mother of two boys and a migrant worker subjected to domestic abuse, convicted drug trafficker Filipina Mary Jane Veloso was the only figure scheduled to be executed this week who drew widespread sympathy from the Indonesian public.
  • Executed Indonesian may have been denied justice by clerical blunder: Supreme Court – Jakarta Globe. April 30, 2015. Zainal Abidin, the sole Indonesian among a batch of eight drug offenders executed on Wednesday, may have been denied justice because of a bureaucratic blunder, the Supreme Court has revealed.
  • Activists call on Indonesia to open Papua to journalists – UCA News. April 30, 2015. Dozens of activists from different NGOs staged "a silent rally" in front of the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon, urging President Joko Widodo to open Papua to foreign journalists, who have faced difficulty reporting on the embattled region for half a century.
  • Protests held over Indonesia's media blackout of West Papua – Sunshine Coast Daily. April 30, 2015. Dozens of protesters gathered at Brisbane's King George Square last night as part of a global day of action against Indonesia's media blackout of West Papua.
  • Australia cannot respond meekly to Indonesian executions – News.com.au. April 30, 2015. Australian taxpayers spend millions of dollars every year training Indonesian military and police officers. Many of these, including former president Yudhoyono, return home to distinguished military and political careers. They become the custodians of Indonesia's inhumane capital punishment laws.
  • Unions to announce labor party on May Day – Jakarta Post. April 30, 2015. A group of labor unions is planning to declare a new political party after a May Day rally on Friday. "The party will consist of alliances, groups, unions and other forms of citizen movements," said Ilham Syah, the chairman of the KP-KPBI on Thursday.
  • Kopassus wins praise from former foes – Jakarta Post. April 30, 2015. Former rebels and their family members have applauded the Army's Special Forces (Kopassus) for inviting them to join celebrations of the unit's 63rd anniversary at its headquarters in Cijantung, East Jakarta, on Wednesday.
  • Vietnam PM: US 'committed barbarous crimes' during war – BBC News. April 30, 2015. Vietnam's prime minister has spoken of "countless barbarous crimes" committed by the US during the Vietnam War.   Nguyen Tan Dung was speaking at an event in Ho Chi Minh City to mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the war.
  • The other victims of state sanctioned murder in Indonesia – New Matilda. April 29, 2015. A West Papuan independence activist, who has been in exile for 12 years after escaping the Indonesian-controlled province, has called on the Australian government to look on "in [and] sympathy in pain" for his own people, who are being "killed like animals" following the execution of two Australians.
  • Eight convicts executed despite world leaders' appeal – Jakarta Globe. April 29, 2015. Indonesia carried out the execution of eight drug convicts by firing squad on Nusa Kambangan prison island off Central Java early on Wednesday despite multiple efforts from human rights activists and united appeals from world leaders to stop the killings.
  • West Papua: Open access now 'vital', say NZ journalists, rights activists – Pacific Media Centre. April 29, 2015. The spokesperson for the main journalists union in New Zealand today criticised the Indonesian blocking of access for international journalists in the West Papua region but says he is even more concerned about the "intimidation" of local Papuan journalists.
  • West Papua: 'Open up' global plea to Joko for journalists, rights groups – Pacific Media Centre. April 29, 2015. The London-based human rights organisation Tapol is today launching a global appeal to President Joko Widodo for "free and open access" for international journalists, humanitarian groups and human rights observers in the Melanesian Pacific provinces of Papua and West Papua.
  • Deforestation continues for palm oil, says WWF – Jakarta Post. April 29, 2015. Millions of more hectares of forest across the country are likely to be destroyed in the near future despite a decline in the deforestation rate over the past decade, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

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