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  • Komnas HAM takes IPT verdict into consideration – Jakarta Post. July 26, 2016. Unlike other government institutions, the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has warmly welcomed the International People's Tribunal's (IPT) verdict finding the state of Indonesia guilty of crimes against humanity in 1965.
  • Team seeks solutions following student attack – Jakarta Post. July 26, 2016. Papua Governor Lukas Enembe has sent a team to Yogyakarta following an attack by a number of community organizations at a Papuan student dormitory in Kamasan, Yogyakarta, on July 15.
  • Vanuatu PM urges MSG to stay true to founding principles – Radio New Zealand International. July 26, 2016. Following the move by the Melanesian Spearhead Group to defer a decision on the United Liberation Movement for West Papua's application to become full members, Vanuatu's prime minister Charlot Salwai says there is a need for membership criteria to be developed which better reflects the group's founding principles.
  • Rival Bali gangs attend training – Jakarta Post. July 26, 2016. Despite mounting demands from Bali residents for the disbandment of mass organizations as a result of their involvement in acts of violence, the police are training them to help safeguard the island.
  • 300 killed, but Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says it's just the start – Sydney Morning Herald. July 26, 2016. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police to escalate his war on illegal drugs that has already killed almost 300 people across the archipelago nation since the start of July.
  • Shameful rise in Afghan child deaths and injuries, UN says – BBC News. July 25, 2016. More Afghan children were killed or injured in the first half of this year than in any six-month period since 2009, says the UN. The report's authors said the toll was "alarming and shameful", and that history would judge leaders on all sides on their response.

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-Earlier this week
  • Nepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli resigns minutes before no-confidence motion – Agence France Presse. July 25, 2016. Nepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has resigned, minutes before facing a no-confidence motion in Parliament he was certain to lose, plunging the impoverished, quake-hit nation into fresh turmoil.
  • 'They electrocuted me' says Indonesia's death-row prisoner nearing execution – Sydney Morning Herald. July 24, 2016. A Nigerian man facing imminent execution in Indonesia tearfully told a court that police electrocuted his genitals to force him to confess to possessing heroin.
  • Kem Ley: Thousands attend funeral of murdered Cambodian activist – ABC Radio Australia. July 24, 2016. Tens of thousands of Cambodians have poured onto the streets of Phnom Penh for the funeral procession of a prominent political analyst murdered in a brazen daylight shooting that shocked the South-East Asian nation.
  • Government urged to respond to tribunal – Jakarta Post. July 23, 2016. The International People's Tribunal (IPT) on 1965 will move ahead with its fight for the rights of victims of the 1965 purge, despite the government's dismissal of the tribunal's recent report.
  • Women bear the brunt of Pakistan's obsession with dishonour – Financial Times. July 22, 2016. Pakistan is a country obsessed with dishonour. Though the nation itself is hardly a paragon of integrity – corrupt and incoherent after 69 years of military misrule and elective kleptocracy – it hounds half of its citizenry constantly, patrolling behaviour, speech and lifestyle.
  • Rights body remains optimistic '65 massacre will be resolved – Jakarta Post. July 22, 2016. Efforts to resolve the 1965 massacre, which has been called a grave human rights violation, will continue despite differences among the relevant parties, the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) says.
  • 1965 tribunal pushes for justice despite govt's resistance – Jakarta Post. July 21, 2016. Members of the International People's Tribunal on the 1965 crimes against humanity in Indonesia (IPT 1965) are resolved to pursue justice over the genocide of the 1965 anticommunist purge and will submit the tribunal's hearing results that were published on Wednesday to the Indonesian government, the IPT coordinator has said.
  • Indonesia denies foreign involvement, genocide in 1965 communist purge – Jakarta Post. July 21, 2016. The government is denying the findings by the International People's Tribunal on the 1965 crimes against humanity (IPT 1965) that claimed three foreign countries were involved in the massacre conducted through 1965 and 1966.
  • Komnas Ham suspects rights abuses in Papuan student crackdown – Jakarta Post. July 21, 2016. The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) said on Thursday that human rights abuses might have occurred during a crackdown by the Yogyakarta police on Papuan students accused of promoting separatism.
  • Indonesian police under fire over arrest of Papuan students, racial abuse – Pacific Media Centre. July 21, 2016. Indonesian Church officials and activists have accused police in Yogyakarta of racism and using excessive force after six Papuan students were arrested for singing Papuan songs in their college dormitory.
  • Hong Kong teen leader Joshua Wong guilty in protest trial – Associated Press. July 21, 2016. A Hong Kong court on Thursday found teen protest leader Joshua Wong guilty of taking part in an illegal rally that sparked massive student-led pro-democracy street protests in the southern Chinese city two years ago.
  • Tribunal says Indonesia responsible for genocide in 1965 – Jakarta Post. July 20, 2016. The International People's Tribunal on the 1965 Crimes Against Humanity concluded on Wednesday that the Indonesian government had committed acts of genocide, as stipulated in the 1948 International Genocide Convention, during the 1965 communist purge, which reportedly led to the death approximately 500,000 people.
  • Australia complicit in 1965 anti-communist purge in Indonesia: civil tribunal – Sydney Morning Herald. July 20, 2016. Australia was complicit in crimes against humanity committed by Indonesia during an anti-communist purge after October 1, 1965, according to a civil society initiative held in a church in The Hague.
  • Indonesia rejects IPT 1965 recommendations – Jakarta Post. July 20, 2016. The government has reaffirmed its stance of no apology to the victims and survivors of the 1965 communist purge or their families as recommended by the International People's Tribunal for the 1965 crimes against humanity (IPT 1965).
  • Papuan students in Indonesian cities fearful – Radio New Zealand International. July 20, 2016. West Papuan university students in various Indonesian cities fear for their safety under close security forces' surveillance.
  • Papua Liberation Movement undeterred on MSG bid – Radio New Zealand International. July 20, 2016. The United Liberation Movement for West Papua says its campaign to become full members at the Melanesian Spearhead Group is not deterred, following the latest MSG leaders summit in Honiara.
  • Government backs TNI's role in anti-terror law – Jakarta Post. July 20, 2016. The government is insisting on including the role of the Indonesian Military (TNI) in the revision of the Terrorism Law in its efforts to safeguard the country against the threat of terrorism, a minister said on Wednesday.
  • Riau Police drops probe into 11 firms linked to forest fires – Jakarta Post. July 20, 2016. Riau Police reportedly have dropped investigations into 11 companies allegedly involved in forest fires in 2015, underlining the poor law enforcement of last year's catastrophe that claimed five lives.

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