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-Latest News
  • Indonesia's police deny they are afraid to tackle hardline Islamic leader – Sydney Morning Herald. January 16, 2017. About 5000 members of the Islam Defenders' Front (FPI) turned up outside Indonesian police headquarters on Monday morning, to demand the removal of West Java's police chief.
  • Mass groups report FPI's Munarman for alleged defamation – Jakarta Globe. January 16, 2017. Denpasar. A number of mass groups have reported Munarman, spokesman for Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI, over alleged defamation of Bali's traditional security guards, known locally as pecalang.
  • Anies shifting toward conservatism – Jakarta Post. January 16, 2017. Jakarta gubernatorial candidate Anies Baswedan has taken further steps to reach out to conservative Muslims by speaking at a mass gathering organized by the National Movement to Safeguard the Indonesian Ulema Council's Fatwa (GNPF-MUI) on Sunday.
  • Jokowi asks TNI, police to tackle obstacles to national development – Jakarta Post. January 16, 2017. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Thursday opened the four-day Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police leaders meeting at TNI headquarters in Jakarta, instructing the two institutions to move fast to tackle any barriers that could hamper the government's national development programs in 2017.
  • Hundreds of FPI members protest detention of suspects in Bogor attack – Jakarta Globe. January 15, 2017. Hundreds of members of the hardline Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI, gathered in front of the Bogor Police headquarters on Saturday (14/01) to demand the immediate release of 12 sympathizers who were arrested for their alleged involvement in an attack on the offices of the GMBI.
  • Thailand is run by barbarians in uniform – Ugly Truth Thailand. January 15, 2017. As some prisoners are released under a traditional amnesty on the occasion of Thailand having a new king, the jails continue to fill up with political prisoners.
  • Australia should meet East Timor halfway on maritime boundary – The Australian. January 14, 2017. When Australian commandos landed in the colony of Portuguese Timor in 1941, they immediately noticed that the gum trees, rocks and ochre-coloured earth were strikingly similar to home.

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-Earlier this week
  • West Papua independence bid continues decades after 1969 UN backing – Courier Mail. January 14, 2017. They gathered on Biak, a small island nestled in the crystalline waters of Cenderawasih Bay.
  • Silence equals complicity: Indonesia's Jokowi blamed for human rights failures – Asia Correspondent. January 13, 2017. Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's second year in office was marred by his alleged failure to address serious abuses in the republic, from attacks on religious freedom to sexual and gender discrimination and violations against child and minority rights.
  • Media in Indonesia biased against LGBT community – Jakarta Post. January 13, 2017. The media has failed to meet its obligation to educate the public on homosexuality by not being objective and independent in reporting about the LGBT community, a joint study by various NGOs shows.
  • A line in the water – Inside Story. January 13, 2017. Election year in Timor-Leste got off to an unexpected start with Monday's joint announcement that the government in Dili would terminate its 2006 treaty with Australia covering maritime arrangements in the Timor Sea.
  • Dayak youth protest prompts MUI secretary general to abandon Sintang visit – Jakarta Globe. January 13, 2017. The arrival of a leader of Indonesia's highest Islamic clerical council in Sintang, West Kalimantan, on Thursday (12/01) drew strong rejection from a group of Dayak youths, who accused him of having insulted the tribe.
  • Rodrigo Duterte approves free contraception in mostly Catholic Philippines for millions – Washington Post. January 13, 2017. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order directing government agencies to provide contraception to 6 million Filipino women who don't have access to birth control and other reproductive health-related services.
  • War on drugs: Philippine president Duterte warns mayors will be shot – Sydney Morning Herald. January 13, 2017. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has repeated threats to kill municipal mayors involved in drugs as the number of Filipinos killed in his deadly crackdown tops 6200.
  • Casual sex does not constitute crime: Govt – Jakarta Post. January 12, 2017. Thursday's hearing at the Constitutional Court (MK) again saw a fierce debate about criminalizing consensual sex outside marriage between unmarried couples, with representatives from the government insisting that casual sex does not constitute a crime.
  • Ministers hold meeting on Bela Negara, to incorporate it in schools – Jakarta Post. January 12, 2017. Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu held on Thursday an annual meeting with other ministers, including Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati and Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo, to discuss the country's defense strategy this year, including the controversial Bela Negara program.
  • More experts speak at court to have casual, LGBT sex criminalized – Jakarta Post. January 12, 2017. Experts taking the witness stand at the Constitutional Court argued that allowing extramarital sex between unmarried couples and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) sexual activities might turn Indonesia into an uncivilized nation.
  • Prosecution witnesses' testimonies unreliable: Ahok's lawyers – Jakarta Post. January 12, 2017. The defense team of Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama have criticized the credibility of eight witnesses presented by prosecutors on Jan. 3 and Jan. 10, saying that none of them witnessed Ahok's alleged blasphemous comment firsthand during a work visit to Thousand Islands regency on Sept. 27, 2016.
  • Lawmakers promise to follow up on reports filed against FPI's Rizieq Shihab – Jakarta Globe. January 12, 2017. Islamic Defenders' Front, or FPI, leader Rizieq Shihab complained on Wednesday (11/01) to the House of Representatives deputy speakers about reports filed against him.
  • Police to stamp 'Hoax' on unreliable news online – Jakarta Post. January 12, 2017. In fighting against rampant fake news circulating online, the National Police have issued a special sign to declare certain information unreliable.
  • TNI chief denies spat with Jokowi – Jakarta Post. January 11, 2017. Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo has denied reports claiming that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo reprimanded the top military official for unilaterally suspending military cooperation with Australia.
  • Australia's unscrupulous pursuit of East Timor's oil needs to stop – WA Today. January 11, 2017. Australia's dodgy oil and gas treaty with East Timor is dead. Now it's time to negotiate fair and permanent maritime boundaries with our tiny neighbour.

  • News archives
    • News reports on Aceh, Indonesia and West Papua are archived in the Indonesia News Digests.
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