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Petition campaign – Stop East Timor Press Law The Sydney-based Asia-Pacific office of the International Federation of Journalists has launched a global petition protesting against a controversial 'press law' passed earlier this year by Parliament, partially rejected by the Appeal Court as "unconstitutional" and awaiting presidential approval. Click here to sign petition.
  • Murderous Thai military junta arrests relatives of those killed in 2010 – Red Thai Socialist. August 31, 2014. Today relatives of those who died at the hands of the military and Abhisit's government staged a small protest. They have been arrested and charged with "libel" because they named the four key murders in the 2010 bloodbath.
  • Demonstrations expected as Beijing keeps firm control of Hong Kong elections – Sydney Morning Herald. August 31, 2014. China's legislature has formally rejected the public nomination of candidates for Hong Kong's chief executive election in 2017, a decision sure to ignite citywide protests by democracy advocates.
  • French tourists cite journalistic duties – Jakarta Post. August 30, 2014. Two French tourists detained at the Jayapura Immigration Office claim they were simply carrying out their journalistic duties while in Papua.
  • New Indonesian president offers hope for West Papua – Eureka Street. August 30, 2014. Since its foundation as a modern state in the 1940s, Indonesia has been plagued by a series of conflicts that have threatened the dream of a united republic, inflicted grievous human rights violations and poisoned perceptions of the place, not least in Australia.
  • French tourists admit to coverage in Papua – Antara News. August 29, 2014. Two tourists from France, who have been detained in Jayapura immigration office, Papua, confessed to have taken coverage while staying in Papua, head of Immigration in Jayapura, Gardu Tampubolon said here on Friday.
  • East Timor: IFJ launches petition protest against draconian 'press law' – Pacific Media Centre. August 29, 2014. The International Federation of Journalists has launched a global petition protesting against a controversial 'press law' passed earlier this year by Parliament, partially rejected by the Appeal Court as "unconstitutional" and awaiting presidential approval.
  • KNPB leader buried without autopsy – Jakarta Post. August 29, 2014. The body of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) leader Marthinus Yohame, buried at the Sorong city cemetery on Aug. 27, reportedly did not undergo an autopsy.
  • HRW tells Jokowi to put Indonesia on the rights track – Jakarta Globe. August 29, 2014. One of the world's most prominent human rights' pressure groups has written an open letter to Joko "Jokowi" Widodo calling on the president elect to prioritize Indonesian human rights over the next five years.
  • The Look of Silence, review: 'astonishing' – The Telegraph. August 28, 2014. In 1965, the Indonesian government was overthrown by the country's armed forces, who embarked on an instant and merciless purge of Communists, their sympathisers and the ethnic Chinese.
  • East Timor court media ruling sparks confusion, triggers global petition – Pacific Scoop. August 28, 2014. Media freedom campaigners, civil rights activists and journalists in Timor-Leste are gearing up for a renewed struggle to try to block a controversial law that has been branded by opponents as draconian.
  • The Look of Silence gets Venice talking, but verdict from Indonesia pending – The Guardian. August 28, 2014. The outside world came to gatecrash the glamour on the opening night of the Venice film festival. In the evening sunshine, local police were summoned to shield the red-carpet arrivals from a boisterous protest by 2,000 public sector workers.
  • Papua activist Marthinus found dead – Jakarta Post. August 28, 2014. Human rights activists called on police on Wednesday to investigate the death of the Sorong Raya West Papua National Committee (KNPB) chairman Marthinus Yohame.
  • Activists demand Jokowi-Kalla end religious violence – Jakarta Post. August 28, 2014. In a move to push president-elect Joko Widodo's to unconditionally commit to uphold human rights, campaigners strongly called for the Jakarta governor to immediately end prolonged discrimination against the country's religious minorities following his inauguration in October.
  • Female workers lack access to jobs, paid lower – Jakarta Post. August 28, 2014. Women are still largely discriminated against at the workplace in Indonesia and are still experiencing employment inequality even though the government ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1984.
  • Australia and Indonesia sign spying code of conduct – The Guardian. August 28, 2014. Australia and Indonesia's foreign ministers have signed an agreement to promote intelligence cooperation, drawing a line under the rift caused by spying revelations last year.
  • Australia concedes nothing in agreement with Indonesia sparked by spying row – Sydney Morning Herald. August 28, 2014. Australia has given away none of its ability to spy on Indonesia with the signing of a new agreement to settle the nine-month old row between the two countries.
  • Thailand ex-PM Abhisit murder charge dismissed – BBC News. August 28, 2014. A Thai court has dismissed murder charges against former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva linked to a bloody crackdown on protesters in 2010.
  • Hong Kong activists prepare for mass action as Beijing election curbs loom – Sydney Morning Herald. August 28, 2014. Hong Kong pro-democracy activists say they will escalate plans to blockade the city's central business district in opposition to an imminent move from Beijing to limit elections for its leader in 2017.
  • Act of Killing director's second film is as horrifically gripping as first – The Guardian. August 27, 2014. Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence is a stunning companion piece, or possibly narrative development, to that extraordinary 2012 documentary The Act Of Killing.
  • Concern Papuans in Australia could be 'terrorists' – Radio New Zealand International. August 27, 2014. The Australian West Papua Association says Australia's proposed anti-terrorism laws could be applied to activist groups like itself in the future.
  • Parties push Jokowi to prioritize his allies – Jakarta Post. August 27, 2014. As rival parties slowly crystallize into an opposition to match the incoming government of president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, his political allies are calling for a significant presence in the Cabinet.
  • Cambodia opposition gets more sway in new-look parliament – Reuters. August 27, 2014. Cambodia's opposition on Tuesday boosted its influence in a parliament long controlled by the ruling party, winning a deputy chairman post and assurances of greater legislative sway under a deal to end a year-long political impasse.
  • Gen Prayut's 'virtual monarchy' – Red Thai Socialist. August 21, 2014. The power of the Thai monarch has always been a myth created by the military and the conservative elites in order to discipline the population into submission.

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

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