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  • Exclusive: Timor PM protecting 'corrupt' Cabinet members – Sydney Morning Herald. November 26, 2014. The shock decision by East Timor's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao to expel foreign judges and advisers from the country appeared to be connected to corruption cases against his cabinet, a damning report to Australia's judges and lawyers has alleged.
  • Hong Kong student leaders arrested as police move on protest site – Reuters. November 26, 2014. Hong Kong police on Wednesday arrested Joshua Wong and Lester Shum, two of the student leaders at the heart of pro-democracy protests that have shaken the Asian financial hub since August, and began swiftly clearing a major demonstration site.
  • Indian sterilization targets remain in all but name, critics say – Reuters. November 26, 2014. India officially abandoned targets for its mass sterilization program in the 1990s, accepting they had put undue pressure on people to undergo surgery and failed to curb population growth sufficiently.
  • Police chief urged to abolish virginity test – Jakarta Post. November 25, 2014. An activist has urged National Police chief Sutarman to immediately issue a regulation to abolish virginity tests for female police applicants..
  • Hong Kong authorities begin clearing part of Mong Kok protest site – Reuters. November 25, 2014. Authorities encountered little resistance as they began clearing part of a pro-democracy protest camp in the bustling district of Mong Kok on Tuesday, following a court order to reopen a road.
  • Workers should improve performance: Minister – Jakarta Post. November 24, 2014. Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri says he is fully aware of workers' demands for wage increases following the recent increase in the price of subsidized fuels; however, he said, the wage increases should be adjusted with the quality of the workers' work performance.
  • Thai editor sentenced to jail for defaming king – Associated Press. November 24, 2014. A military court in junta-ruled Thailand sentenced a Web editor to 4 1/2 years in jail Monday for publishing an article five years ago that it said defamed the nation's king.
  • UN calls for credible Burma election, minority protection – Reuters. November 24, 2014. The United Nations called on Burma on Friday to continue reforms to ensure credible elections next year and to step up efforts to protect ethnic and religious minorities.
  • Reality is less titillating than gossip about the Palace – Red Thai Socialist. November 22, 2014. Amid the excitement about the various goings on in the Palace and speculation about royal succession, it is worth getting a grip on the reality of why Generalissimo Prayut staged his coup d'etat and what he and his military thugs are trying to do to Thai politics.
  • Unidentified group attacks transgender rally, injures 4 – Jakarta Post. November 22, 2014. A Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) rally held on Thursday evening at the Tugu Yogyakarta monument area turned sour after a group of unknown assailants attacked the event, injuring four participants.
  • Victims' families still waiting for justice five years after journalist killings in Philippines – ABC Radio Australia. November 22, 2014. Commemorations are being held in the Philippines this weekend to mark the fifth anniversary of the world's worst mass killing of journalists. But five years on, no-one has been convicted of the massacre of 32 journalists and 26 others.
  • Amnesty calls on Indonesia to stop jailing people for 'blasphemy' – Jakarta Globe. November 21, 2014. Slamming a skyrocketing rate of convictions based on questionable interpretations of a half-century old blasphemy law, Amnesty International on Wednesday called on Indonesia's new government to usher in an era of respect for human rights.
  • Activists call for constitutional change to empower women – Irrawaddy. November 21, 2014. Burmese women's rights advocates added their voices to the contentious debate on amending Burma's Constitution this week, urging charter changes to promote gender equality during the Beijing+20 regional review forum held in Bangkok.
  • Jokowi's AG choice slammed – Jakarta Post. November 21, 2014. Critics have excoriated President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo for his decision to name a political appointee as the country's top prosecutor.
  • Amnesty criticizes SBY over surge in blasphemy convictions – Jakarta Post. November 21, 2014. Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has left a lot of work to do for the new government in relation to blasphemy prosecutions.
  • One third of Indonesia children suffer stunted growth – Jakarta Post. November 21, 2014. Despite Indonesia's achievement of becoming the world's 10th-largest economy, it is struggling to provide adequate childhood nutrition with the number of children suffering from stunted growth remaining high nationwide.
  • Central Java adjusts minimum wage – Jakarta Post. November 21, 2014. Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo announced on Thursday the 2015 minimum wage (UMK) for 35 regencies and cities across the province to all Manpower and Transmigration Agency heads at his office in Semarang.
  • Thailand martial law to stay 'indefinitely' – BBC News. November 21, 2014. Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya has said martial law will remain in place "indefinitely", amid mounting protests of military rule.
  • Virginity test to confirm cadets' morality: Police – Jakarta Post. November 20, 2014. The National Police has confirmed that the virginity test on female cadets is used to measure their physical fitness as well as their morality.
  • Fear grips Batam as soldiers attack Brimob HQ – Jakarta Post. November 20, 2014. Dozens of unidentified Army personnel surrounded the headquarters of the Riau Islands Police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) in Batam, Riau Islands, opened fire and vandalized its facilities.
  • Public transportation on strike, thousands of passengers stranded – Jakarta Post. November 20, 2014. The central government's decision to increase the price of subsidized gasoline on Tuesday led to public transportation workers across the country staging strikes on Wednesday, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.
  • Basuki sworn in as Jakarta's 17th governor – Jakarta Globe. November 20, 2014. Despite violent protests by hard-line Islamic vigilante groups and threats of a legislative boycott by rival politicians, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama on Wednesday was officially inaugurated as governor of Jakarta.
  • Hunger Games screenings cancelled in Bangkok after protesters use film's three-finger salute – Sydney Morning Herald. November 20, 2014. Screenings of the latest Hunger Games film have been cancelled in the Thai capital after opponents of the country's military rule adopted a three-finger salute from the movie as a sign of defiance.
  • Violence against women still rife in Indonesia, Timor Leste and Myanmar – Jakarta Post. November 20, 2014. Despite a global campaign to end violence against women since the fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, armies and armed groups continue to target women with impunity in conflict areas in Indonesia, Timor Leste and Myanmar, report says.
  • Modern-day slavery flourishing in Indonesia, says report – Jakarta Post. November 19, 2014. Poverty, corruption and a lack of legal protection has tripled the number of Indonesians trapped in modern-day slavery to 714,100 people, with many working in the domestic, agriculture and fisheries sectors, the 2014 Global Slavery Index has shown.

  • News archives
    • News reports on Aceh, Indonesia and West Papua are archived in the Indonesia News Digests.
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