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to consolidate support with West Papua's fight for self-determination
Koran Pembebasan. September 5, 2016. Increasingly broad mobilisations
by the Papuan people in recent years shows that there must be a new assessment
of West Papuan as an entity. An entity that should be, must be, recognised
as a nation.
intellectual genocide of the left post-1965 Detik News. August 12,
2016. Gadjah Mada University (UGM) historian Dr Abdul Wahid has put forward
a hypothesis that intellectual genocide occurred in Indonesian tertiary
education institutions following the 1965 affair.
students in Yogyakarta endure racist insults, multiple arrests in two day
siege CNN Indonesia. July 17, 2016. Animal names and racist insults
could be heard shouted at midday on Friday July 15. The shouts originated
from members of mass organisations besieging the Kamasan I Papua student
dormitory on Jalan Kusumanegara in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta.
police detain local residents, Red Cross workers helping besieged Papua
students Tempo.co. July 16, 2016. Students and activists at the Papuan
student dormitory in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta have been besieged
by hundreds of security personnel from the Yogyakarta regional police and
the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) paramilitary police.
Papua proclamation day commemorated with flag raising event in Yogyakarta
Suara Papua. July 1, 2016. Every year July 1 is commemorated by Papuans
as West Papua proclamation day. The proclamation was read out at the Victoria
Headquarters in Waris Village, Jayapura, in 1971.
UNHRC recommendations are not properly implemented: Rights activist
Jakarta Post. September 27, 2016. The government has yet to maximize
efforts to comply with UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) recommendations,
including with regard to resolving human rights abuse cases and offering
better protection to religious minority groups, a rights activist has said.
to stage massive protest rally in Jakarta on Thursday Jakarta Globe.
September 27, 2016. Jakarta Police deputy chief Brig. Gen. Suntana said
Jakarta's labor unions will stage a massive protest rally on Thursday (29/09)
in front of the State Palace and several other strategic spots in the capital.
seeks end to female genital mutilation Human Rights Watch Dispatches.
September 26, 2016. The Indonesian government has launched a long-overdue
campaign to eradicate the cruel practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).
loses attempt to knock out East Timor's maritime boundary complaint
Sydney Morning Herald. September 26, 2016. Australia has lost in its
claim that an international commission has no jurisdiction to hear a complaint
by East Timor in the bitter dispute over undersea oil and gas riches.
fails in attempt to block Timor-Leste maritime boundary case The
Guardian (Australia). September 26, 2016. Timor-Leste will have its case
against Australia over a disputed maritime boundary heard by the permanent
court of arbitration in the Hague after the court rejected Australia's
claim that the court had no jurisdiction.
humiliates women, says activist Jakarta Post. September 26, 2016.
Women's rights activist Gadis Arivia, who is also the founder of feminist
publication Jurnal Perempuan, says censorship holds back and humiliates
alive and well amid growing conservatism Jakarta Post. September
26, 2016. Indonesia's women's movement has gone through ups and downs since
the nation's first women's congress was held in 1928.
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do not agree with the statement of Julie Bishop' Timor-Leste Universities
Movement (MUTL) Press Conference. September 26, 2016
Weak independent team fails to prove involvement of high ranking officials
in illegal drug trade Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal.
September 22, 2016
Environmental activist reported to the police and charged for rejection
of Benoa Bay Reclamation Plan Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent
Appeal. September 20, 2016
arrests of KNPB activists in Yakuhimo Australian West Papua Association
(Sydney) Media Release. September 18, 2016
Countries should support re-inscription of West Papua on the decolonisation
list Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. September
urges justice for Munir on 12th anniversary of assassination East
Timor and Indonesia Action Network Statement. September 7, 2016
Justice for Munir, Justice for all is it true Mr. President? Asian
Human Rights Commission Statement. September 5, 2016
go for Timor Timor Sea Justice Campaign. September 3, 2016
IFJ condemns defamation charges against two journalists International
Federation of Jurists Statement. August 24, 2016
Court reviews anti-LGBT law Human Rights Watch News Release. August
condemns the arrest of over 50 KNPB activists in West Papua Australia
West Papua Association Media Release. August 15, 2016
Rights defender charged with criminal defamation for circulating drug dealer
testimony alleging official involvement in drug trade Asian Human
Rights Commission Urgent Appeal.August 11, 2016
'LGBT crisis' exposed official bias Human Rights Watch Statement.
August 10, 2016
Death penalty and criminal defamation is not a solution, Mr. President
Asian Human Rights Commission Statement. August 5, 2016
civil society to propose a campaign on Timor Sea issue for Timor-Leste's
full sovereignty ACSC/APF Press Release. August 1, 2016
Appalling abuse, neglect of refugees on Nauru Amnesty International
News Release. August 2, 2016
New law gives government sweeping powers Human Rights Watch News
Release. August 2, 2016
National Security Council Act gives authorities unchecked and abusive powers
Amnesty International News Release. August 1, 2016
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throw in towel over prohibition bill Jakarta Post. September 26,
2016. The political force aiming to outlaw the production, distribution
and sale of alcoholic beverages has collapsed against a wall of opposition,
as lawmakers share their pessimism about the possibility of the controversial
prohibition bill being passed into law by year-end.
seeks to criminalize netizens for posting memes Jakarta Post. September
26, 2016. While the government and the House have failed to comply with
the public's call to revoke the controversial defamation article from the
2008 ITE Law, they have introduced further threats to freedom of expression
by including a punishment for people posting texts, pictures, videos and
memes deemed to incite fear or cause embarrassment in the law revision.
warns government of health costs of coal Jakarta Post. September
26, 2016. The government has argued that it must build coal-fired power
plants (PLTUs) across the country to meet soaring electricity demand. The
government also argues that in addition to satiating electricity demand,
coal is cheaper than other forms of energy.
Timor's development dilemma Nikkei Asian Review. September 25, 2016.
As we drive along a potholed road leading out of this little town into
the cool highlands of East Timor, Peter Dougan stops to look at coffee
berries laid out to dry on tarpaulins by local growers.
responds to leaders of six Pacific countries on West Papua claims
PNG Today. September 25, 2016. A representative of Indonesia attacked leaders
of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and Tonga
for what she claims was 'lack of understanding on the history and progressive
developments' happening in these two provinces.'
question Hartomo's promotion Jakarta Post. September 24, 2016. Less
than month after promoting former members of the Army's "Tim Mawar" (Rose
Team), Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo has generated
more controversy by appointing divisive figure Maj. Gen. Hartomo to lead
the military's Strategic Intelligence Agency (BAIS).
moves to find new ways to resolve past rights abuses Jakarta Post.
September 24, 2016. Recent dialogue between a number of prominent human
rights campaigners and President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has given a glimmer
of hope to efforts in resolving past atrocities amid waning public trust
in the President's commitment to uphold human rights.
denounces liquidation of labor leaders, organizers Inter Aksyon.
September 24, 2016. NAGKAISA (SOLIDARITY), the coalition of 47 labor federations
and workers organizations, on Saturday condemned the spate of killings
of labor union and community organizers, with seven incidents happening
only in this one month.
price of free speech in Bangladesh Los Angeles Times. September 23,
2016. In February this year the authorities in Bangladesh took Shamsuzzoha
Manik, a 73-year-old publisher, into custody for publishing a book titled
"Islam Bitorko" ("Debate on Islam").
HAM not involved in drafting of final 1965 recommendations Jakarta
Post. September 23, 2016. The National Commission of Human Rights (Komnas
HAM) says it has not been asked to participate in the drafting of a final
recommendation to settle the 1965 communist purge. The rights group says
it has not even the slightest idea about the suggestions made to President
Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
news reports trigger LGBT persecution Jakarta Post. September 23,
2016. The debate on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights
is still being conducted in the negative terms of deviancy and community
norms, an activist has said.
renews vows to solve rights abuse cases in Papua Jakarta Post. September
23, 2016. Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto
has admitted that the authorities faced numerous obstacles in resolving
human rights abuse cases in Papua.
creates more than 40 new crimes per year since 1998 Jakarta Post.
September 23, 2016. A study by the University of Indonesia (UI) shows that
the country has been harshly classifying harmless activities as crimes
since the downfall of Soeharto.
is a private matter', legal experts insist Jakarta Post. September
22, 2016. Legal activists warned Thursday that criminalizing extramarital
and gay sex, as is being sought by a conservative Islamic group, would
count as a violation of the Constitution, which regards sex as every citizen's
military trains on Australian soil for first time since Timor crisis
ABC Radio Australia. September 22, 2016. Members of Indonesia's armed
forces have wrapped up their first training exercise in Australia since
diplomatic relations between both countries soured over the East Timor
crisis two decades ago.
Islands repeats call for independent assessment of West Papua Solomon
Times. September 22, 2016. The Solomon Islands representative in Geneva,
Switzerland, has repeated calls for Indonesia to allow a UN Special Rapporteur
on Freedom of Expression to visit West Papua and Papua Provinces.
plan to bring up 1965 purge to UN special rapporteur Jakarta Post.
September 22, 2016. Activists have planned to bring up the settlement of
the 1965 mass killings case to a UN special rapporteur, amid uncertainties
on whether the government would push for concrete solutions to resolve
the country's dark past.
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