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  • 21 families file lawsuit against Jokowi – Jakarta Post. August 27, 2015. Twenty-one families from Semarang in Central Java have filed a lawsuit against President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo over the demolition of their houses by the Indonesian Army. The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday at Semarang District Court.
  • Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong charged over protests – Agence France Presse. August 27, 2015. Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong slammed police Thursday for what he called a "political prosecution" after he was charged over protests which led to last year's mass pro-democracy street rallies.
  • Media freedom groups rally in support of gagged Malaysian press – Pacific Scoop. August 27, 2015. Global media freedom groups and protesters have been putting pressure on Malaysian authorities over a crackdown on The Edge Financial Daily and The Edge Weekly newspapers, which have recently been suspended for three months.
  • Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak dodging anti-corruption spotlight – Sydney Morning Herald. August 27, 2015. Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has cancelled a speech at the world's top anti-corruption conference as he refuses to explain $US700 million ($982 million) in his personal bank account.
  • Legal Aid Institute lawyers concerned by role of military, police in eviction – Jakarta Post. August 26, 2015. Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) lawyers have expressed their concern over the role of military and police personnel in a number of evictions, including the one in Kampung Pulo, Jatinegara, East Jakarta.
  • Puan panned over $10m website, likely copied and signifying nothing – Jakarta Globe. August 26, 2015. Indonesia's chief welfare minister has come under fire for spending Rp 140 billion ($9.86 million) setting up a website that apparently copies the code from a Barack Obama supporters' site and does essentially nothing.
  • Nepal protester shot dead in fresh clashes as India pleads for calm – Sydney Morning Herald. August 26, 2015. Police have shot dead a protester in Nepal as fresh clashes erupted a day after an 18-month-old boy and seven police officers died during demonstrations against a new constitution.
  • Oil palm companies in Nabire using Brimob to terrorise local villagers – West Papua Media. August 25, 2015. Nabire based human rights activist Gunawan Inggeruhi has stated that an oil palm company managed by PT New Nabire and PT SAD, has caused uneasiness amongst citizens of Wami and Sima, Yaur district, in Nabire region.
  • Central Java farmers, Army urged to settle land dispute in court – Jakarta Post. August 25, 2015. Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has called on the Army and local farmers in Kebumen to immediately take their long-standing dispute over the management of a 1,000-hectare plot of land in the regency into court to prevent their conflict from escalating.
  • Suspend evictions until standard procedures drafted: Komnas HAM – Jakarta Post. August 25, 2015. While reiterating support for the city administration's development plans, National Commission on Human Rights the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation and local activists have demanded that the administration impose a moratorium on forced evictions until standard procedures on relocation are drawn up.
  • Police use violence when interrogating suspects: Kontras – Jakarta Post. August 25, 2015. The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) reported on Monday that from May to August it received several reports of extreme violence perpetrated by officers of the National Police against criminal suspects.
  • Jokowi urged to tackle weakening of Judicial Commission – Jakarta Post. August 24, 2015. Anti-graft watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) and the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute Foundation (YLBHI) are calling on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to tackle ongoing attempts to weaken the Judicial Commission (KY) by stopping legal attacks on two KY commissioners.
  • As election nears, survey offers insight into voters' views – Irrawaddy. August 24, 2015. Preliminary data released on Monday by an Asian research institution offer a window into the mindset of Burma's little-understood electorate just over two weeks ahead of the start of the Nov. 8 election's official campaign season.
  • Reconciliation not enough to address the painful past: Activists – Jakarta Globe. August 23, 2015. Activists called for an overarching judicial approach to Indonesia's past human rights violations at conference on Friday, saying reconciliation wasn't enough to heal wounds.
  • Bali nine pair bribery claims: investigation ends without key witnesses – Sydney Morning Herald. August 23, 2015. Indonesian authorities have shut down an investigation into allegations that judges asked for bribes in exchange for more lenient sentences for executed Bali nine pair Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan without interviewing the judges and a key lawyer involved in the case.
  • ICW red flags 10 KPK commissioner candidates – Jakarta Post. August 23, 2015. Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has noted bad track records for 10 out of 19 candidates shortlisted to lead the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
  • Thailand's disorganised left – Red Thai Socialist. August 23, 2015. Forty years ago left-wing political parties in Thailand managed to win 14.4% of the vote or 2.5 million votes in the General Election of 1975.
  • Bombing the latest of many challenges for Thailand's junta – Associated Press. August 23, 2015. When a military coup last year ended months of political turmoil and violence in Thailand, even some democracy advocates welcomed the junta's promise to restore stability and return "happiness to the people".
  • House opposes apology for 1965 purge – Jakarta Post. August 22, 2015. The House of Representatives has criticized the government's plan to issue an apology to families and victims of the 1965 communist purge.
  • Don't force Aceh victims to shake hands with the devil – Jakarta Post. August 21, 2015. Ten years ago at the end of summer in Helsinki, the government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) signed a memorandum of understanding to end more than 30 years of the conflict in the province.
  • Tianjin blast: Shock turns to anger and distrust after massive explosions – Sydney Morning Herald. August 21, 2015. In the initial aftermath of the massive, chemical-fuelled explosions which ripped through the north-eastern Chinese port city of Tianjin, the reaction was one of shock and grief.
  • Karma release unclear despite signs from Jakarta – Radio New Zealand International. August 20, 2015. It remains unclear whether the West Papuan activist Filep Karma will soon walk free from Abepura Prison in Indonesia's eastern region.
  • Luhut expected to accelerate reconciliation – Jakarta Post. August 20, 2015. Hopes are high for newly appointed Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan to speed up the ongoing process to settle past rights abuses, which has been sluggish due to political obstacles.
  • India's policewomen battle sexism at every level – Thomson Reuters Foundation. August 20, 2015. India's police force is not only drastically short of women, it is also plagued by sexism, with women given menial duties, bypassed for promotion and scared to report sexual harassment by male colleagues, a study said on Wednesday.
  • Burma parliament approves contentious race and religion bills – Irrawaddy. August 20, 2015. Burma's Union Parliament has approved two bills that place restrictions on religious conversion and polygamy, the last of four controversial bills concerning race and religion to have sped through the legislature since late last year.
  • Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat in bid to become PM – ABC Radio Australia. August 19, 2015. Sri Lanka's former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa has conceded defeat in parliamentary elections, ending his hopes of returning to power just months after he was toppled as president.\

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