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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
. November 18, 2014
put GetUp!'s Timor's oil ad on TV Timor Sea Justice Campaign Call
to Action. November 11, 2014
must press government on accountability for past human rights violations
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Statement. November
for human rights protection in ASEAN Asian Forum for Human Rights
and Development Statement. November 6, 2014
migrants and division of West Papua will only increase tension Australia
West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. November 3, 2014
and East Timor recommence talks over gas and oil dispute Timor Sea
Justice Campaign Media Release. October 29, 2014
Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, a cause for concern
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. October 27,
opposes appointment of retired general Ryamizard Ryacudu as Defense Minister
East Timor and Indonesia Action Network Statement. October 26, 2014
journalists to be freed after getting two and a half months sentences
Reporters Without Borders Press Release. October 24, 2014
for media freedom and release of French journalists in West Papua
Joint Media Release. October 22, 2014
New president should highlight rights in Papua Human Rights Watch
Statement. October 20, 2014
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.
The paradox of virtual youth politics Inside Indonesia. October-December
Secret documents link Hendropriyono, As'ad to Munir assassination (Hendropriyono
Part 2) Allan Nairn. November 24, 2014
What Obama should tell Thein Sein Asia Times. November 14, 2014
As Indonesia's new president takes office, cabinet includes officials tied
to atrocities of old Democracy Now. October 28, 2014
admits 'command responsibility' in Munir assassination Part 1 Allannairn.org.
October 27, 2014
Jokowi fails his first test New Mandala. October 27, 2014
Post-elections Indonesia: Towards a crisis of government? Max Lane,
ISEAS Perspective. October 16, 2014
Lessons learned from Indonesia's conflicts: Aceh, Poso and Papua
Inside Indonesia. October-December 2014
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Timor PM protecting 'corrupt' Cabinet members Sydney Morning Herald.
November 26, 2014. The shock decision by East Timor's Prime Minister Xanana
Gusmao to expel foreign judges and advisers from the country appeared to
be connected to corruption cases against his cabinet, a damning report
to Australia's judges and lawyers has alleged.
Kong student leaders arrested as police move on protest site Reuters.
November 26, 2014. Hong Kong police on Wednesday arrested Joshua Wong and
Lester Shum, two of the student leaders at the heart of pro-democracy protests
that have shaken the Asian financial hub since August, and began swiftly
clearing a major demonstration site.
sterilization targets remain in all but name, critics say Reuters.
November 26, 2014. India officially abandoned targets for its mass sterilization
program in the 1990s, accepting they had put undue pressure on people to
undergo surgery and failed to curb population growth sufficiently.
chief urged to abolish virginity test Jakarta Post. November 25,
2014. An activist has urged National Police chief Sutarman to immediately
issue a regulation to abolish virginity tests for female police applicants..
Kong authorities begin clearing part of Mong Kok protest site Reuters.
November 25, 2014. Authorities encountered little resistance as they began
clearing part of a pro-democracy protest camp in the bustling district
of Mong Kok on Tuesday, following a court order to reopen a road.
should improve performance: Minister Jakarta Post. November 24, 2014.
Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri says he is fully aware of workers' demands
for wage increases following the recent increase in the price of subsidized
fuels; however, he said, the wage increases should be adjusted with the
quality of the workers' work performance.
editor sentenced to jail for defaming king Associated Press. November
24, 2014. A military court in junta-ruled Thailand sentenced a Web editor
to 4 1/2 years in jail Monday for publishing an article five years ago
that it said defamed the nation's king.
calls for credible Burma election, minority protection Reuters. November
24, 2014. The United Nations called on Burma on Friday to continue reforms
to ensure credible elections next year and to step up efforts to protect
ethnic and religious minorities.
is less titillating than gossip about the Palace Red Thai Socialist.
November 22, 2014. Amid the excitement about the various goings on in the
Palace and speculation about royal succession, it is worth getting a grip
on the reality of why Generalissimo Prayut staged his coup d'etat and what
he and his military thugs are trying to do to Thai politics.
group attacks transgender rally, injures 4 Jakarta Post. November
22, 2014. A Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) rally held on Thursday
evening at the Tugu Yogyakarta monument area turned sour after a group
of unknown assailants attacked the event, injuring four participants.
families still waiting for justice five years after journalist killings
in Philippines ABC Radio Australia. November 22, 2014. Commemorations
are being held in the Philippines this weekend to mark the fifth anniversary
of the world's worst mass killing of journalists. But five years on, no-one
has been convicted of the massacre of 32 journalists and 26 others.
calls on Indonesia to stop jailing people for 'blasphemy' Jakarta
Globe. November 21, 2014. Slamming a skyrocketing rate of convictions based
on questionable interpretations of a half-century old blasphemy law, Amnesty
International on Wednesday called on Indonesia's new government to usher
in an era of respect for human rights.
call for constitutional change to empower women Irrawaddy. November
21, 2014. Burmese women's rights advocates added their voices to the contentious
debate on amending Burma's Constitution this week, urging charter changes
to promote gender equality during the Beijing+20 regional review forum
held in Bangkok.
AG choice slammed Jakarta Post. November 21, 2014. Critics have excoriated
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo for his decision to name a political appointee
as the country's top prosecutor.
criticizes SBY over surge in blasphemy convictions Jakarta Post.
November 21, 2014. Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has left a
lot of work to do for the new government in relation to blasphemy prosecutions.
third of Indonesia children suffer stunted growth Jakarta Post. November
21, 2014. Despite Indonesia's achievement of becoming the world's 10th-largest
economy, it is struggling to provide adequate childhood nutrition with
the number of children suffering from stunted growth remaining high nationwide.
Java adjusts minimum wage Jakarta Post. November 21, 2014. Central
Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo announced on Thursday the 2015 minimum wage
(UMK) for 35 regencies and cities across the province to all Manpower and
Transmigration Agency heads at his office in Semarang.
martial law to stay 'indefinitely' BBC News. November 21, 2014. Justice
Minister Paiboon Koomchaya has said martial law will remain in place "indefinitely",
amid mounting protests of military rule.
test to confirm cadets' morality: Police Jakarta Post. November 20,
2014. The National Police has confirmed that the virginity test on female
cadets is used to measure their physical fitness as well as their morality.
grips Batam as soldiers attack Brimob HQ Jakarta Post. November 20,
2014. Dozens of unidentified Army personnel surrounded the headquarters
of the Riau Islands Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) in Batam, Riau Islands,
opened fire and vandalized its facilities.
transportation on strike, thousands of passengers stranded Jakarta
Post. November 20, 2014. The central government's decision to increase
the price of subsidized gasoline on Tuesday led to public transportation
workers across the country staging strikes on Wednesday, leaving thousands
of passengers stranded.
sworn in as Jakarta's 17th governor Jakarta Globe. November 20, 2014.
Despite violent protests by hard-line Islamic vigilante groups and threats
of a legislative boycott by rival politicians, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama on
Wednesday was officially inaugurated as governor of Jakarta.
Games screenings cancelled in Bangkok after protesters use film's three-finger
salute Sydney Morning Herald. November 20, 2014. Screenings of the
latest Hunger Games film have been cancelled in the Thai capital after
opponents of the country's military rule adopted a three-finger salute
from the movie as a sign of defiance.
against women still rife in Indonesia, Timor Leste and Myanmar Jakarta
Post. November 20, 2014. Despite a global campaign to end violence against
women since the fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, armies and
armed groups continue to target women with impunity in conflict areas in
Indonesia, Timor Leste and Myanmar, report says.
slavery flourishing in Indonesia, says report Jakarta Post. November
19, 2014. Poverty, corruption and a lack of legal protection has tripled
the number of Indonesians trapped in modern-day slavery to 714,100 people,
with many working in the domestic, agriculture and fisheries sectors, the
2014 Global Slavery Index has shown.
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