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News reports translated from Indonesian language news sources.

  • Commemorating fall of Suharto, activists in Yogya call for campaign against militarism – Metro TV News. May 21, 2016. Pro-democracy activists in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta have called for a campaign against militarism during a commemoration of 18 years since the fall of former President Suharto's New Order dictatorship. The protesters say that the military should no longer be intervening in the life of civil society in Indonesia.
  • Protesters in Jakarta says militarism is resurfacing 18 years after reformasi – Tempo.co. May 21, 2016. Around 500 protesters from the Indonesian Trade Union Congress Alliance and members of the Social Movement for Democracy have begun enlivening the National Monument area in the vicinity of the Arjuna Wijaya statue in front of the Indosat building on Jl. Merdeka Barat in Central Jakarta.
  • 101 Brimob personnel sent to Papua to guard Freeport gold mine – Suara Papua. May 17, 2016. As many as 101 Mobile Brigade (Brimob, paramilitary police) personnel from the East Java regional police (Polda) were sent to West Papua on Monday May 16. The blue-beret troops were deployed with the primary duty of protecting the Freeport gold mine from all types of disturbances.
  • National Library head supports censorship, disposal of leftist books – Tempo. May 16, 2016. The recent raids against Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) related paraphernalia and books have attracted the special attention of the National Library (Perpusnas) with acting Perpusnas head Dedi Junaedi supporting the censorship of books containing leftist ideas.
  • 1965 symposium triggers internal rift among retired TNI officers – Rappler. May 13, 2016. The government sponsored national symposium on 1965 was held in April although reverberations over the forum, which for the first time brought together victims and perpetrators of the bloody 1965 tragedy, are still being felt to this day.
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  • Activists call on Jokowi to end Cabinet split over 1965 – Jakarta Post. May 30, 2016. Activists and religious leaders demanded on Sunday that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo end the division among his aides over the events surrounding the 1965 communist purge, which they said could jeopardize the efforts to resolve past human rights violations.
  • West Papuan leader's barred entry ordered from the 'top' – Radio New Zealand International. May 30, 2016. The secretary-general of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua says he was given no explanation why he was barred from entering Papua New Guinea.
  • Dozens arrested in Papua ahead of fresh demos – Radio New Zealand International. May 29, 2016. Dozens of members of the West Papua National Committee, or KNPB, have been arrested by Indonesian police in Papua province.Up to 51 KNPB members were reportedly taken into custody by police in Jayapura and Sentani yesterday for organising new demonstrations in the region.
  • Indonesia's bid to probe historic anti-communist massacres sparks backlash – Agence France Presse. May 29, 2016. Indonesian activist Adlun Fiqri could be jailed for wearing a t-shirt allegedly bearing a leftist logo, one of many caught up in a backlash against efforts to shine a light on military-backed, anti-communist massacres half a century ago.
  • 'Pulau Buru' screening goes on despite threat – Jakarta Post. May 28, 2016. Despite facing opposition from a number of mass organizations, the organizer of the Purbalingga Film Festival 2016 has decided to continue screening Pulau Buru Tanah Air Beta at the Main Hall of the Kencana Hotel on Friday. The organizer claimed that the proper permit had been obtained from the police.
  • Outrage in multi-ethnic Malaysia as government backs Islamic law – Reuters. May 28, 2016. Prime Minister Najib Razak's government has thrown its support behind an Islamic penal code that includes amputations and stoning, shocking some of his allies and stoking fears of further strains in the multi-ethnic country.

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  • Refugee leaves Cambodia after being deeply unhappy with move from Nauru – Sydney Morning Herald. May 28, 2016. An Iranian refugee sent to Cambodia by Australia under a controversial $55 million agreement has quit the country after telling relatives he was deeply unhappy about making the move from Nauru.
  • Indonesia's new child rape punishments a pyrrhic victory for women's advocates – Sydney Morning Herald. May 27, 2016. Indonesia's harsh new punishments for child sex offenders – including the death penalty and chemical castration – represent something of a pyrrhic victory for women's advocates in Jakarta.
  • Ryamizard's plan for defense offices irks lawmakers – Jakarta Post. May 26, 2016. Refusing to bow to House of Representatives protocol, Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu says he will soon meet the lawmakers that oversee defense to discuss his plan to open defense offices across the country and have active soldiers stationed to operate them.
  • Papuans reject Jakarta statement – Vanuatu Daily Post. May 26, 2016. Papuan Leaders, through the Vanuatu Free West Papua Association in Port Vila, have rejected the Indonesian government's statement against the Prime Minister of the Solomons, Manasseh Sogavare as a blunt lie.
  • Indonesia is not Melanesia – Solomon Star News. May 25, 2016. Late last week, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement rejecting the Solomon Islands Prime Minister's comments on the issue of West Papua and the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG).
  • Philippine death squads very much in business as Duterte set for presidency – Reuters. May 26, 2016. On May 14, five days after voters in the Philippines chose Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as their next president, two masked gunmen cruised this southern city's suburbs on a motorbike, looking for their kill.
  • Defense plans cause concern – Jakarta Post. May 25, 2016. The government's plan to set up defense offices at the provincial level, and deploy active soldiers to run them, has raised suspicions that the Indonesian Military (TNI) is attempting to intervene once again in civilian administrative matters.
  • Soeharto not worthy of national hero title, say rights activists – Jakarta Post. May 25, 2016. Human rights activists are opposed to naming late dictator Soeharto a national hero and have urged the government to reject the idea, given the late president's track record of alleged human rights abuses and corruption.
  • After 18 years of reform, free speech at crossroads – Jakarta Post. May 24, 2016. Activists said on Monday that Indonesia could either maintain the spirit of democracy or return to the era of excessive restriction tantamount to what was seen during the New Order.
  • Gerindra signals it would support ex-general in Jakarta election over Sandiaga – Jakarta Globe. May 24, 2016. The Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) announced on Sunday it would select a retired army general linked to one of the worst civilian massacres in East Timor, as its choice for candidate in next year's Jakarta Gubernatorial election.
  • Spate of deaths from bootleg liquor as Indonesia debates alcohol prohibition – Sydney Morning Herald. May 24, 2016. It's an excruciating way to die. First comes nausea, vomiting, dizziness and headaches (often mistaken for normal drunkenness), followed by loss of vision, brain damage and organ failure.
  • US lifts arms embargo on old foe Vietnam as regional tensions simmer – Reuters. May 23, 2016. US President Barack Obama announced on Monday that Washington will fully lift an embargo on sales of lethal arms to Vietnam, underlining warming relations between the former foes amid rising tensions with Beijing over the South China Sea.
  • Scholars, government differ on Marxism – Jakarta Post. May 23, 2016. Amid intimidation from the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) against scholarly discussions on Marxism, the country's intellectuals and the government are still arguing about whether the leftist ideology is an acceptable subject for discussion.
  • Jakarta denies claims by MSG chair – Radio New Zealand International. May 23, 2016. The Indonesian government has denied suggestions that it's not open to communication regarding West Papua.
  • Activists take to streets to commemorate 18 years of Reform Era – Jakarta Post. May 22, 2016. Hundreds of democracy activists on Saturday commemorated the 18th anniversary of reform by expressing their concern over the return of militarism to society.
  • Resolving 1965 massacre is government's first priority: Luhut – Jakarta Post. May 21, 2016. Resolving the 1965 tragedy is the government's first priority as the long-neglected case has grabbed the negative attention of the international community.
  • Raids against left-wing-related activities too excessive: Luhut – Jakarta Post. May 21, 2016. Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan wants security personnel not to excessively raid premises hosting leftist-related books and activities, saying that academic events should still be allowed.

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