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men, adulterers publicly flogged in Aceh, Indonesia
July 14, 2018
As many as 15 people, including
five women, were punished with public caning Friday for violating Sharia
law in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province.
ask police to withdraw from Nduga
Post July 13, 2018
A number of prominent people
in Nduga, Papua, has ask the Papua Police to withdraw the Mobile Brigade
(Brimob) from Alguru in Kenyam, Nduga regency, Papua, following a shootout
between the police and unknown armed assailants.
Aceh whips gay couple for sharia-banned sex
France Presse July 13, 2018
A gay couple was publicly
whipped in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province Friday, despite an earlier
pledge by officials to stop the punishment after it drew international
leaders protest Indonesian attack on village
Press July 13, 2018
Papuan leaders have protested
an Indonesian military and police operation against separatists they say
endangered the lives of villagers in the remote easternmost province.
unveils Indonesia price but plenty left to resolve
July 12, 2018
In what has become a pattern
of two steps forward and one back, Freeport-McMoRan Inc. hailed a framework
agreement that has been reached over its flagship copper-and-gold mine
in Indonesia while acknowledging it's far from definitive.
K scandal: police asked to investigate Timor-Leste spy operation
Guardian July 12, 2018
Australian federal police
(AFP) say they are assessing a request to investigate the lawfulness of
Australia's controversial spy operation against Timor-Leste during sensitive
oil and gas negotiations.
reported over alleged unethical conduct against Papuan students
Post July 11, 2018
The Surabaya Legal Aid Institute
(LBH) has reported local security personnel to the East Java Police for
allegedly committing unethical acts during a raid at a Papuan student dorm
in Surabaya, East Java, recently.
& Press Releases
anniversary of the 'Biak Massacre', West Papua
Statement of Solidarity July 6, 2018
Today on July 6, 2018, we
stand in solidarity with the people of West Papua in commemorating the
20th anniversary of the torture, rape, killing and disappearances of many
children, women and men who gathered near a water tower by Biak Port in
West Papua for a peaceful protest against the Indonesian Government.
years after Biak Massacre, no improvement in human rights situation in
West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release July 3, 2018
A new Amnesty International
report released on Monday, "Don't bother, just let him die': Killing with
impunity in Papua", documents the unlawful killing of at least 95 people
in West Papua in the last eight years. Many of those targeted were peaceful
investigation of police abuses confirms the need for New Zealand action
Papua Action Auckland Media Release July 2, 2018
The Amnesty report 'Dont'
Bother, just let him die: Killing with impunity in Papua' is yet another
grave indictment of the Indonesian Government and its repressive rule over
West Papua. Amnesty documents 69 cases of suspected unlawful killings by
security forces police and military between January 2010 and February
2018, with 95 victims.
Anti-LGBT crackdown fuels health crisis
Rights Watch News Release July 1, 2018
Indonesian authorities are
fueling an HIV epidemic through complicity in discrimination against lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The government's failure
to halt arbitrary and unlawful raids by police and militant Islamists on
private LGBT gatherings has effectively derailed public health outreach
efforts to vulnerable populations.
Twenty years reform failed to increase standard of justice for torture
Human Rights Commission Statement June 26, 2018
Torture remains a serious
problem in Indonesia, even though it has been 20 years since it ratified
the International Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or
Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT).
New counterterrorism law imperils rights
Rights Watch News Release June 20, 2018
New York The Indonesian
government should seek to amend provisions in the newly enacted counterterrorism
law ("CT Law") that threaten human rights protections, Human Rights Watch
said in a letter sent on June 11, 2018, to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo
and other officials.
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|News, in-depth reports
and analysis focusing on political developments in the Asia Pacific region.
How corrupt elections fuel the sell-off of Indonesia's natural resources
June 7, 2018
In June this year, elections
will take place in 171 districts, provinces and municipalities across Indonesia.
On paper, millions of citizens in the world's third-largest democracy will
be afforded the right to select leaders with extensive powers over their
Democracy in Indonesia: A progress report
Foreign Service Journal May 1, 2018
With a population of more
than 260 million and an economy that ranks tenth in the world, Indonesia
appears destined to be one of the major international players of the 21st
Indonesian domestic helpers on sex abuse, slavery-like conditions they
endure working overseas
Star Online April 8, 2018
Ernawati made great sacrifices
for the well-being of her family. She was married at 14 to a man six years
her senior and became the breadwinner two years later, when she first travelled
to Saudi Arabia, to work as a domestic helper.
The Muslim Cyber Army: what is it and what does it want?
at Melbourne March 20, 2018
On 1 March, the Indonesian
National Police announced the arrest of 14 members of the so-called Muslim
Cyber Army (MCA) network for defamation, spreading hoax news and hate speech.
Although the name might be familiar to most social media and internet users
in Indonesia, it remains a nebulous and poorly understood network.
Indonesia's minority report
Mandala February 14, 2018
Late last month, The Economist
Intelligence Unit (EIU) issued its 2017 Democracy Index report. In what
was a grim year worldwide for five broad categories of democratic indicators
electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government, political
participation, democratic political culture, and civil liberties the
worst performing country was Indonesia.
Lanes Blog Commentary and analysis on the history,
contemporary politics and culture of Indonesian and its relationships with
Australia and the world.
a double life: Indonesia's atheists fear jail or worse
France Presse July 11, 2018
As a university student,
Luna Atmowijoyo prayed five times a day, refused to shake hands with men
who weren't relatives and was "more fundamentalist" than her pious Muslim
Timor bugging prosecution 'heartbreaking', lawyer Bernard Collaery says
News July 11, 2018
Australian lawyer and former
legal representative for East Timor, Bernard Collaery, says the charges
against him for allegedly breaching the Intelligence Services Act for revealing
Australia bugged East Timorese government offices mean he is facing the
prospect he may never practise law again.
Surabaya calls for investigation after raid against Papuan students
Globe July 10, 2018
The Surabaya Legal Aid Institute,
or LBH Surabaya, has called on the East Java Police to investigate violence
exercised by its officers who dispersed a meeting hosted by the Papuan
Students Alliance last week.
PM urges Pacific countries to take Papua issue to UN
New Zealand International July 10, 2018
Papua New Guinea's prime
minister has reportedly encouraged regional countries to take the issue
of West Papua to the United Nations decolonisation committee. Peter O'Neill
made the comment while in Fiji where he was the keynote speaker at a public
lecture on "Pacific Regionalism".
blows: NU versus PKS
at Melbourne July 10, 2018
Activists linked to Nahdlatul
Ulama (NU) have savaged the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) online, comparing
it to the outlawed Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) and claiming it spreads
hoaxes and divides the Islamic community.
Australian imperialism lashes out
Lane Online July 9, 2018
The laying of criminal charges
against Witness K and lawyer Bernard Collaery in relation to their exposure
of the Australian government's reprehensible bugging of the East Timorese
government's cabinet room is a case of a defeated and wounded elitist white
imperialism lashing out at somebody at home because they can't do it to
the people who humiliated them.
activists hold event in solidarity with Papuan students
Post July 9, 2018
held an event campaigning for freedom of expression and assembly over the
weekend, amid recent reports that public discussions were being dispersed
either by the police or by opposing groups of people.
Papua activists stopped by Solomons police
New Zealand International July 9, 2018
Solomon Islands police says
they confiscated a West Papuan flag at the Melanesian Arts Festival to
stop any provocation aimed at the Indonesian delegation. Ben Didiomea had
his flag taken by police over the weekend after he held it up in front
of Indonesia's festival stall to protest its inclusion at the event.
Zealand's disgraceful role in the 'slow genocide' of West Papua
Monday Extract July 9, 2018
A few years ago I wrote
about New Zealand's betrayal of the people of East Timor during the 24
years they suffered under brutal military rule from Indonesia. The records
show that the New Zealand government was well-informed about the violence
and repression which marked Indonesian rule but chose not to take a stand
for fear of disrupting good relations with Indonesia.
is the Thai Left so weak?
Truth Thailand July 8, 2018
The answer to this question
lies with the history of past struggles against the military and especially
the role of the Communist Party of Thailand (CPT). The CPT was established
in the late 1920's among urban workers of Chinese ethnicity who made up
the early Thai working class.
diplomat bugged by Australia attacks prosecution of spy Witness K
Guardian July 6, 2018
A decorated US diplomat
spied upon by Australia as he represented Timor-Leste during lucrative
oil and gas negotiations has described the prosecution of the two men who
exposed the covert operation as "vindictive and pointless".
HAM's mandate may need review to resolve human rights cases: Amnesty Int'l
Globe July 6, 2018
Usman Hamid, executive director
of Amnesty International Indonesia, said this week that a review of the
national human rights body's mandate may be necessary as part of efforts
to resolve human rights violations in the country.
force emerges in Indonesia's presidential race
Times July 6, 2018
Unlike the English folklore
song popularized by American General Douglas MacArthur, outgoing Indonesian
Vice President Jusuf Kalla not only has no intention of allowing age to
overtake him any time soon, but the old political soldier doesn't appear
to be in any hurry to fade away either.
elections set new precedent for 2019
Globe July 6, 2018
As the dust starts to settle
after last week's regional elections, several takeaways have emerged for
the next year's legislative and presidential elections.
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