gives Xanana Gusmao hero's welcome
News March 12, 2018
Timor-Leste's former president
and prime minister Xanana Gusmao returned home in triumph on March 11 with
a new maritime treaty with Australia, but warned the battle to win a favorable
oil and gas deal with the country's giant neighbor remained far from over.
raided home of 'lesbians' after neighbours said they 'don't fit norms of
News March 12, 2018
Police in Indonesia have
raided the home of two women accused of being a "lesbian couple". Neighbours
of the women accused them of being a couple and said that they were uncomfortable
about it, sparking a raid carried out by the Civil Service Police Unit.
is rounding up trans people and forcing them into 'rehabilitation'
Observer March 12, 2018
Indonesia's government is
reportedly rounding up trans people in Jakarta and forcing them into 'rehabilitation'
for the 'violation' of being transgender. The Jakarta Social Agency has
now said it considers trans people to be 'people with social dysfunctional
traits' in the latest instance of LGBTI people being persecuted in Indonesia.
university reverses niqab face veil ban after barrage of criticism
Jakarta March 12, 2018
Last week, Sunan Kalijaga
Islamic State University (UIN) in Yogyakarta made headlines in Indonesia
and around the world after the university's dean made the controversial
decision to ban women, including students and faculty, from wearing the
niqab (Islamic face veil).
up efforts to support Indonesian women's rights plea to Jakarta
Pacific Report March 12, 2018
The National Commission
on Violence Against Women, or Komnas Perempuan, has called on the government
to do more to protect women's rights, particularly by enacting a long-overdue
bill on the elimination of sexual violence.
celebrate 'Soeharto month' at TMII
Post March 12, 2018
Former president Soeharto's
daughters, Siti Hediati Hariyadi, or Titiek Soeharto, and Siti Hutami Endang
Adiningsih, or Mamiek Soeharto, attended the peak of an event called HM
Soeharto Month in Taman Mini Indonesia Indah in East Jakarta on Sunday.
SARA better political tools than money politics
March 10, 2018
Lingkar Madani (Lima) director
Ray Rangkuti said that the most effective tool to win an election is to
spread hoaxes and exploit issues on ethnic, religious, racial and societal
activist for Munir comments on Berkarya Party
March 10, 2018
Former Secretary of the
Solidarity Action Committee for Munir, Choirul Anam said that he is pleased
that Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto convicted killer of human rights defender
Munir is actively participating in the Berkarya Party established by
women activists oppose face veil ban
Post March 9, 2018
To celebrate this year's
International Women's Day, female rights advocacy groups joined with the
Yogyakarta Women's Struggle Committee (KPP) to stage a rally on Thursday
to call for the fulfillment of women's rights and the freedom to wear clothing
of their choice, including face veils.
Papua's fight for independence
Democracy March 9, 2018
West Papuans have it much
harder than Scots or Catalans. In West Papua it is illegal to fly the independence
flag. In guidebooks it is referred to as the country's final frontier.
It is a vast territory consisting of mostly unspoiled wilderness and a
relatively sparse population.
Women's Day is moment to end abusive 'virginity tests'
Times March 9, 2018
Indonesian President Joko
Widodo last week tweeted his support for International Women's Day by declaring
that "building Indonesia, we need tough women." That message suggested
support for a day dedicated to "empowering women in all settings."
activist beaten in North Sumatra
Post March 9, 2018
An anticorruption activist
in Toba Samosir regency, North Sumatra, was beaten by unidentified assailants
in front of his wife and children on Thursday.
march against violence toward women in Papua
Post March 8, 2018
Dozens of women and several
men marched in Jayapura, Papua, to show their support for the fight against
gender-based violence on International Women's Day on Thursday. They gave
flowers and areca nuts to people driving around Abepura traffic circle
in Jayapura, Papua, on Thursday.
signing brings measure of justice for East Timor
Age Editorial March 8, 2018
At long last Australia has
done something like the right thing by East Timor in the dispute over the
maritime boundary the countries share. But it has done so only after trying
every other alternative for nearly five decades.
Australian who spent millions fighting for justice for Timor
Daily March 8, 2018
In 2005, Australian businessman
Ian Melrose spent $3.5 million of his own money to support Timor-Leste's
fight with Australia over lucrative oil and gas fields in the Timor Sea.
architect of its own Sunrise
Story March 8, 2018
When Timor-Leste terminated
the CMATS treaty with Australia early last year, it overturned its fifty-year
moratorium on boundary negotiations. Ending the decade-old agreement was
essential to securing its objective of a permanent maritime boundary.
relations: Aus, East Timor and natural resources
March 8, 2018
In the scheme of things,
Australia has deputised as regional bully for imperial powers since it
became an outpost of the British empire. Neighbouring states have been
ridiculed, mocked and derided as sub-human and incapable.
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