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  • Brutal new defence minister undermines Jokowi's overtures to West Papua – Crikey.com. October 29, 2014. Writing in Crikey yesterday, Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma said the appointment of retired general Ryamizard Ryacudu as new Indonesian Defence Minister "could have been worse". But if you're West Papuan, it's hard to see how.
  • NZ protest calls for media freedom in West Papua – Radio New Zealand International. October 29, 2014. Protestors staged a demonstration outside Indonesia's embassy in New Zealand today, calling for media freedom in West Papua.
  • Police, soldiers suspected of arming Papua separatists – Jakarta Globe. October 29, 2014. Authorities in Papua have arrested a police officer and are questioning three soldiers suspected of supplying ammunition to an armed separatist cell blamed for attacks that killed at least six police officers in the past three years.
  • Australians urged to pressure government on East Timor boundary dispute – SBS. October 29, 2014. Australia and East Timor have quietly begun talks towards a possible settlement of their boundary in the Timor Sea, an issue of immense importance to Timor-Leste.
  • A 'back seat' seen for human rights in Jokowi's defense lineup – Jakarta Globe. October 28, 2014. Retired Navy admiral Tedjo Edy Purdjianto will have his work cut out for him as new coordinating minister for political, security and legal affairs, particularly in acting on President Widodo's narrative of turning Indonesia into a "global maritime axis," observers and politicians say.
  • Australia and East Timor restart talks on maritime boundary – Sydney Morning Herald. October 28, 2014. East Timor's parliament has authorised the "immediate commencement of negotiations" with Australia to establish a new maritime boundary between the countries.
  • New home minister to delve into minority issues – Jakarta Post. October 28, 2014. Newly appointed Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has said that he will scrutinize problems faced by minority groups over the past decade.
  • Anwar Ibrahim stays in Malaysia as judicial noose tightens around his neck – Sydney Morning Herald. October 28, 2014. Malaysia's charismatic opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says he decided against setting up a government in-exile and returned to the country to face the likelihood of jail to set an example for younger Malaysians amid a crackdown on government critics.
  • Kontras: Ryamizard appointment shows Jokowi 'negligent' on human rights' – Jakarta Globe. October 27, 2014. The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) says the appointment of a controversial former general to the new cabinet shows President Joko Widodo is "negligent" towards human rights issues.
  • Freeport Indonesia union plans one-month strike at copper mine – Reuters. October 27, 2014. Workers at Freeport-McMoRan's giant Indonesian copper mine plan to go on strike for a month from next week, a union official said on Monday, after the company failed to make changes to local management following a fatal accident.
  • Cabinet may put security, law reforms in limbo – Jakarta Post. October 27, 2014. The appointment of figures with dark human rights records and political affiliations to security, defense and legal ministerial posts has left the country's legal and security reforms hanging in the balance.
  • Plenty of fanfare but little love for Jokowi's 'working cabinet' – Jakarta Globe. October 27, 2014. For a government that was supposed to eschew political patronage, President Widodo's cabinet lineup carried all the hallmarks of an administration beholden to its party backers – including several key appointments that have raised concern among observers.
  • Indonesia: Jokowi's cabinet of compromises – Sydney Morning Herald. October 27, 2014. And so it begins. Joko Widodo, the Indonesian president labelled "A New Hope" on the cover of Time magazine has inaugurated a cabinet of ministers that is full of compromises.
  • Balibo Five cover-up: When will it end in justice? – Sydney Morning Herald. October 27, 2014. Last Tuesday would have been journalist Gary Cunningham's 67th birthday. But, tragically, Gary was killed in cold blood 39 years ago by the Indonesian army to prevent him from reporting about Indonesia's invasion of East Timor.
  • East Timor government to sack foreign judges, advisers – ABC Radio Australia. October 27, 2014. East Timor, a country that counts Australia as a major donor, is sacking all the foreign judges and advisers in its justice system.
  • Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement vote called off – Sydney Morning Herald. October 27, 2014. Organisers of a planned vote among Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrators abruptly cancelled it on Sunday, exposing tensions and confusion over how to sustain the movement a month after protesters occupied major streets to demand free elections.
  • Number of Rohingya fleeing Burma tops 100,000 – Associated Press. October 27, 2014. A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Burma, with the number who have fled by boat since communal violence broke out two years ago now topping 100,000, a leading expert said Saturday.
  • Arrest of French journalists shows Indonesia's Papua paranoia: Activist – Jakarta Post. October 26, 2014. Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine says the arrest and conviction of two French journalists reflects the Indonesian government's willingness to steamroll over journalists' rights in order to keep foreign media from reporting on Papua.
  • Jokowi's Cabinet announced, here is the lineup – Jakarta Post. October 26, 2014. Joko Widodo announced Sunday his Cabinet lineup after delaying the announcement on Wednesday night, which prompted speculation that he was wrangling with leaders of political parties in his coalition who were insisting on nominating problematic candidates.
  • Indonesia's new president Joko Widodo announces cabinet – Sydney Morning Herald. October 26, 2014. Indonesia's new foreign minister is a career diplomat who remembers well her first posting in Australia partly because she had her car vandalised in the furious protests following the 1991 Santa Cruz massacre in East Timor.
  • Labor may adopt policy of turning back asylum seeker boats to Indonesia – The Guardian. October 26, 2014. Labor may keep the practice of turning asylum boats around if it wins office at the next election, signalling what could be a major policy backflip.
  • Activists strongly reject 'rights abusers' as candidates – Jakarta Post. October 25, 2014. As the time for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to announce his Cabinet lineup nears, activists have heightened appeals for the new President not to compromise by appointing any figures with poor human rights records as ministers.
  • Bitter blow in fight for truth on Balibo Five – New Zealand Herald. October 25, 2014. Over the years, Maureen Tolfree has grown used to the lies and obfuscation, the tiny steps of progress followed by further setbacks. At the age of 69 she is not ready to be quiet, even though she is now in poor health.
  • Islamic fundamentalism workshop banned by police after threats by Islamic fundamentalists– Jakarta Post. October 25, 2014. Yogyakarta Police banned a media literacy workshop about Islamic fundamentalism scheduled to be held on Friday morning after threats were circulated by an Islamic fundamentalist group.
  • Constitutional Court rejects judicial review of regional elections law – Jakarta Globe. October 24, 2014. The Constitutional Court rejected on Thursday a judicial review of the controversial regional elections law on account of a presidential decree rushed out by former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
  • Dispatches: Indonesia's Papua paranoia jails foreign journalists – Human Rights Watch. October 24, 2014. Indonesia's media freedom sustained a worrying blow on Friday when a court in Jayapura, on the country's easternmost island of Papua, convicted French journalists Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat of "abusive use of entry visas.
  • French journalists Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat receive two-month sentence – Sydney Morning Herald. October 24, 2014. Two French journalists have been sentenced to two months and 15 days imprisonment in an Indonesian jail for reporting in the West Papua province while on a tourist visa.
  • Protesters in Hong Kong to vote on government proposals – Reuters. October 24, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong say they will hold a straw poll on government proposals they had rejected earlier in the week as the campaign in the Chinese controlled city entered the fifth week on Friday.
  • Public support for Occupy movement growing, survey shows – South China Morning Post. October 23, 2014. Public support for the Occupy movement has grown since the campaign began, and it continues to divide residents, a Chinese University survey has found.
  • Timor-Leste: Pressure mounts on NZ to reopen Balibo Five murder case – Pacific Media Centre. October 23, 2014. The New Zealand government is coming under pressure to have the Australian Federal Police reopen the war crimes investigation into the 1975 slaying of five journalists in East Timor by Indonesian special forces.

  • News archives
    • News reports on Aceh, Indonesia and West Papua are archived in the Indonesia News Digests.
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    • Other news reports are archived under their country specific page/section.

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