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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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President must fulfill promise to solve the Paniai case, and investigating
team must commence work Asian Human Rights Commission May 27, 2016
RSF tells Indonesia to stop flouting journalists' rights in West Papua
Reporter Without Borders (RSF) Press Release. May 9, 2016
Police and vigilante groups forcibly disperse movie screening on press
freedom day Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal. May 9, 2016
letter to Australian Foreign Minister re arrests in West Papua Australia
West Papua Associatio(Sydney) Media Release. May 5, 2016
End mass arrests and crackdowns on peaceful protests Amnesty International
Public Statement. May 4, 2016
Stop arresting indigenous Papuans Asian Human Rights Commission Statement.
May 3, 2016
arrests in West Papua West Papua Action Auckland Media Release. May
calls on the Australian Foreign Minister to condemn the arrests in West
Papua Australia West PapuAssociation (Sydney) Media release. May
deadline looms for Australia over Timor Sea dispute Timor Sea Justice
Campaign Media Release. April 30, 2016
condemns the arrest of 41 KNPB activists in Jayapura Australia West
Papua Association (SydneyMedia Release. April 30, 2016
media groups call on Timor Leste PM to drop defamation case Joint
Statement. April 22, 2016
What next after symposium on 1965 massacre, Mr. President? Asian
Human Rights CommissioStatement. April 21, 2016
visit of Indonesian President Joko Widodo is a farce: Indonesia is misleading
the EU and its member states International Lawyers for West Papua
(ILWP) Press Release. April 19, 2016
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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