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  • National resistance movement paralyzes industrial areas in Karawang – Solidarity Net. November 25, 2015. Rejecting Government Regulation (PP) Number 78/2015 on Wages, the Fraternity of Indonesian Muslim Workers (PPMI) together with the United People's Committee (KPR) launched a national resistance movement on Tuesday November 24, which was marked by a convoy action.
  • Migrant workers in Malaysia and Hong Kong reject new wage regulation – Solidarity Net. November 25, 2015. Indonesian migrant workers (BMI) working in Malaysia have joined in opposing Government Regulation (PP) Number 78/2015 on Wages with posters reading, "We as workers in Malaysia reject the PP 78".
  • Bekasi workers join call for national strike against new wage regulation – Solidarity Net. November 25, 2015. Responding to the call for a national strike on November 24-27, on Tuesday November 24 thousands of workers in the city of Bekasi, West Java, held a convoy opposing Government Regulation Number 78/2015 on Wages.
  • Workers protest new wage regulation with 180km march to Jakarta – Berita Satu. November 17, 2015. At least 200 workers from the West Java Labour Alliance (Al-Jabar) are marching from the West Java provincial capital of Bandung to Jakarta on Monday November 16. The workers, are scheduled to arrive at the Proclamation Monument in Central Jakarta on Friday November 20.
  • Workers take to the streets to protest new wage regulation – Solidarity Net. November 11, 2015. Around 3,000 workers from the Karawang district branch of the Fraternity of Indonesian Muslim Workers organised a convoy in on November 11. This was a warm-up action in the lead up to a 'stop production' action rejecting the government's new wage regulation.
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  • Thousands of workers to hold strikes across Greater Jakarta – Jakarta Post. November 24, 2015. Hundreds of thousands of industrial workers across Greater Jakarta are set to hold mass strikes on Tuesday as part of a three-day national strike protesting Government Regulation No. 78/2015 on wages.
  • Capital's workers take to the streets – Jakarta Post. November 24, 2015. Hundreds of laborers demonstrated in Jakarta on Tuesday after trade union leaders called of a national labor strike scheduled to take place from Tuesday to Friday. Many others, however, continued to work in the face of calls to join the rally.
  • Indonesia expected to release more Papuan political prisoners – Jakarta Post. November 24, 2015. Rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has praised an Indonesian government move to release Papuan political prisoner Filep Karma, who has spent 11 years behind bars for raising the Morning Star flag, a West Papua independence symbol.
  • Luwu in South Sulawesi bans the sale of condoms – Jakarta Post. November 24, 2015. The local administration of Luwu regency in South Sulawesi has banned the sale of condoms over concerns about teenagers having casual sex.
  • Indonesia's least tolerant city now home to national anti-Shiite movement – Jakarta Globe. November 23, 2015. Islamic hard-liners in Indonesia's least tolerant city have declared a national anti-Shiite movement, in a clear-cut case of hate speech that the police have blatantly chosen to overlook.
  • LGBT people still suffer from widespread violent abuse in Yogyakarta – Jakarta Post. November 22, 2015. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities in Yogyakarta celebrated on Friday the Transgender Day of Remembrance by staging a silent rally at the Yogyakarta Police office.
  • PKS politician wants 'traitors' at IPT 1965 to be prosecuted – Jakarta Globe. November 22, 2015. Aboe Bakar Alhabsyi, a lawmaker for the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), wants the Indonesian "traitors" who attended proceedings of the International People's Tribunal 1965 in The Hague recently to be prosecuted upon return.
  • Papuan rebel leader walks free after 11 years – Jakarta Post. November 20, 2015. After 11 years behind bars, Papuan pro-independence leader Filep Jacob Semuel Karma, 56, was released on Thursday from prison by the government, a move applauded by democracy activists as a promising step toward resolving problems in one of the country's least-developed regions.
  • TPP does not protect national interests: NGO – Jakarta Post. November 20, 2015. The government must take into account certain risks before joining the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), as the final investment chapter of the agreement contains many dangers for member countries, according to Indonesia for Global Justice (IGJ).
  • Amnesty: Filep Karma detention was travesty of justice – Jakarta Globe. November 20, 2015. Amnesty International on Thursday welcomed the release of Papuan independence activist Filep Karma but stressed that his decade-long detention for peaceful opposition to Indonesian rule was "an outrageous travesty of justice.
  • Jakarta police beef up security ahead of minimum wage rally – Jakarta Globe. November 20, 2015. City police on Friday deployed more than 1,000 officers to one of Indonesia's national landmark in an upscale area of Central Jakarta as laborers gather to rally for an increase to the minimum wage.
  • Another soldier fired, imprisoned after fatal shooting – Jakarta Post. November 20, 2015. The panel of judges at the Jayapura Military Court in Papua dismissed First Sgt. Ashar from the Indonesian Army on Thursday, sentencing him to nine years' imprisonment for his involvement in a shooting incident that killed two civilians in Mimika regency.
  • Government vows support for labor-intensive industries – Jakarta Post. November 20, 2015. In an effort to propel economic growth and boost the business climate in the country, the government's upcoming economic policy package would focus on incentives for labor-intensive industries, a senior government advisor has said.
  • Human rights activists welcome release of political prisoner Filep Karma – Jakarta Globe. November 19, 2015. A prominent Papuan separatist leader on Thursday walked out of prison a free man in Indonesia's easternmost province after serving over a decade behind bars for treason.
  • Behind pomp of APEC summit, crushing poverty endures – Associated Press. November 19, 2015. Just a few miles from the gleaming venue hosting President Barack Obama and other world leaders sits Manila's slum of slums on a mountain of trash, a potent reminder to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation bloc that the globalization agenda it promotes has left many behind.
  • Anti-Apec protests take place in Manila – Associated Press. November 19, 2015. Large protests are taking place on the streets on the Philippine capital, Manila, where leaders are attending the Apec regional trade summit. Hundreds of people from indigenous, student and labour groups clashed with police, who deployed water cannon.
  • Indonesia's 'opening' of Papua still needs to bridge the gap between reality and rhetoric – The Conversation. November 18, 2015. In September, Jakarta-based French journalist Marie Dhumieres decided to test whether Indonesia's decades-long barring of foreign media from Papua had indeed ended.
  • Women's voices in legislatures set to rise almost threefold – Irrawaddy. November 18, 2015. While much attention in recent days has focused on the mammoth electoral gains of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), advocates of women's participation in politics also have something to smile about.
  • UGM urged to apologize for alleged role in purge – Jakarta Post. November 18, 2015. Yogyakarta's Gadjah Mada University (UGM) was involved in the purge of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) and its supporters in 1965 and the following years, a participant of the International People's Tribunal in The Hague has claimed.
  • Former junta 'crony' sees business as usual after NLD win – Reuters. November 18, 2015. Aung San Suu Kyi's landslide election win might be bad news for Burma's businessmen like construction magnate Khin Shwe, who lost his parliament seat and remains barred from doing business with US nationals due to his ties to the former junta.
  • Outgoing government urged not to delay on human rights reforms – Irrawaddy. November 17, 2015. In the wake of the NLD's emphatic election victory, and a UN review into Burma's human rights record, international rights advocates have told The Irrawaddy that the current government should take action on a number of urgent rights concerns before the next administration takes office.
  • East Timor appeals to Australian public in border dispute – Reuters. November 17, 2015. East Timor is seeking Australian public support to try to persuade Canberra to settle a longstanding maritime border dispute over the oil and gas rich waters that lie between the two countries, a senior minister told Reuters.
  • Military court praised for convictions in Papua murder case – Jakarta Post. November 17, 2015. The New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has praised the decision by a military court in Papua last week to convict two soldiers for their role in the deaths of two civilians on Aug. 28.
  • Industry will lobby government over peatland clearing license – Jakarta Post. November 17, 2015. Indonesia's forestry business players have urged the government to withdraw a draft Presidential Decree that would see an end to new licenses for peatland clearing and corporate licenses for cultivating new peatland for business purposes.
  • Freeport denounces extortion bid as focus settles on House speaker Setya – Jakarta Globe. November 16, 2015. Freeport Indonesia has pledged its full cooperation in an impending inquiry by the House into allegations that Speaker Setya Novanto may have demanded shares from a highly anticipated divestment by the miner's US parent in exchange for political support in contract renegotiations.

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