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  • Activists call for transparent investigation into Tolikara case – Jakarta Post. July 25, 2015. Human rights activists have called on the government and the National Police to carry out a transparent investigation into a fatal clash that occurred in Tolikara, Papua, last week.
  • Surakarta Muslim groups condemn Tolikara incident – Jakarta Post. July 25, 2015. Despite a peace agreement after an incident in Tolikara, Papua, thousands of Muslims from various groups in Surakarta, Central Java, staged a rally on Friday to protest the violence.
  • Students' characters to be built with more singing, reading – Jakarta Post. July 25, 2015. The government is rolling out a new program starting in the 2015 academic year that places heavy emphasis on nurturing students' characters outside normal study.
  • Malaysian daily suspended over reports on deepening scandal – Agence France Presse. July 24, 2015. Malaysian authorities have suspended publication of a business daily whose aggressive reporting on a financial scandal has rocked the government, a move the newspaper and media groups decried Friday as a grave breach of press freedom.
  • Police list two GIDI members as suspects – Jakarta Post. July 24, 2015. The National Police have named two suspects related to the recent fatal clash in Tolikara, Papua. "[The two are] from the GIDI [Evangelical Church of Indonesia]," National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti said at the State Palace complex.
  • Persis pledges to protect churches – Jakarta Post. July 24, 2015. The Persatuan Islam (Persis) Muslim group, which has a stronghold in West Java, has assured the safety of churches in the province following the Tolikara tragedy in Papua.
  • Muslims, Christians reach peace in Papua – Jakarta Post. July 23, 2015. Muslim and Christian communities in Tolikara, Papua, reached a peace agreement on Wednesday following last week's riot in which angered masses burned down several kiosks and the fire spread to a musholla (small mosque).
  • Jokowi responds to Megawati's graft concerns – Jakarta Post. July 23, 2015. In an apparent response to the concerns of his party's boss, Megawati Soekarnoputri, over the impacts of the antigraft war, President Joko"Jokowi" Widodo emphasized on Wednesday that corruption eradication efforts should not hinder development.
  • Government seeks to revoke divisive local bylaws – Jakarta Post. July 23, 2015. The Home Ministry is planning to curb discriminatory bylaws that have become the source of conflict in regions throughout the archipelago.
  • Premier of Timor Leste extols Cuban medical collaboration – Prensa Latina. July 22, 2015. Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araujo thanked the Cuban government and health collaborators for the support offered for over a decade.
  • Criticism of BIN over tolikara arson misguided: Intelligence chief – Jakarta Globe. July 22, 2015. Indonesia's newly inaugurated intelligence chief, Sutiyoso, has dismissed criticism that his agency failed to prevent a small-scale sectarian incident in Tolikara district, Papua last week in which a mosque was torched.
  • For Ahmadiyah in Indonesia, persecution remains unaddressed – Jakarta Globe. July 22, 2015. Members of the Ahmadiyah community in Indonesia continue to be discriminated against and religious leaders say a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach is needed to address persecution against the group.
  • Police to name suspects in Tolikara arson case: Chief – Jakarta Globe. July 22, 2015. Police on Wednesday were set to charge several suspects linked to the torching of a mosque in Papua's Tolikara district last week as officials rushed to contain the fallout of the incident and prevent violence from spreading elsewhere.
  • Two churches in Yogya, Central Java survive arson attacks – Jakarta Post. July 22, 2015. In the early morning of Monday, local residents in Bantul, Yogyakarta, and Purworejo, Central Java, managed to foil attempts by unidentified persons to burn down two churches in the two regencies.
  • Idul Fitri proves Megawati still very powerful – Jakarta Post. July 22, 2015. President Widodo apparently tried to avoid public attention on his visit to former president and PDI-P chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri during Idul Fitri, to deprive his critics of the chance to repeat their allegations that the real president is her, not him.
  • Cambodian opposition party members sentenced for insurrection – Associated Press. July 22, 2015. Eleven members of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party were sentenced Tuesday to long prison terms after a court convicted them of insurrection over a protest last year that turned violent.
  • Officials fear backlash after Papua mosque burning – Jakarta Globe. July 21, 2015. Security across the country has been raised as provocative messages spread online in the aftermath of the burning down of a small mosque in Karubaga, in Papua's Tolikara district last week.
  • Johannes Nugroho: Indonesia can learn from Timor Leste on human rights – Jakarta Globe. July 21, 2015. Ditching initial plans for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Indonesian government has instead opted for a mere Reconciliation Committee to deal with past state-sponsored human rights abuses.
  • Tolikara incident: One killed and 11 wounded – Tabloid JUBI. July 20, 2015. The Indonesian Fellowship of Churches and Evangelical institutions (PGLII) has condemned the destruction and arson attack on an Islamic house of prayer (mushola) on Friday, along with kiosks and homes in Tolikara district, Papua.
  • Komnas HAM probes Tolikara incident – Tempo.co. July 20, 2015. The National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM) is currently investigating the perpetrators behind letters from the Gereja Injili di Indonesia (GIDI), which inflicted riot in Karubaga, Tolikara, Papua.
  • Indonesian infrastructure promises derailed by bureaucrats – Reuters. July 19, 2015. Investors hoping for President Joko Widodo to speed up work on Indonesia's infrastructure projects have been disappointed, with a plan for a $2-billion airport railway line in the capital spotlighting the delays and bureaucratic infighting involved.
  • Burma's military chief defends political role: Report – Reuters. July 20, 2015. Burma's commander-in-chief reiterated the need for the military to continue its powerful role in politics and said he would consider standing for president in November elections if asked to do so, according to an interview broadcast on Monday.

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