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coalition proposes end to direct election of president
Tempo.co. September 29, 2014. After abolishing the direct election of
regional heads by the people, Prabowo Subianto's Red and White Coalition
has initiated a discourse on returning to a system by which the president
is elected by the People's Consultative Assembly.
document alleges Prabowo's coalition promised MPR leadership to Democrats
Solo Post. September 29, 2014. A document circulating on Twitter detailing
the division of parliamentary leadership positions agreed to by members
of Prabowo Subianto's Red and White coalition and the Democrat Party alleges
that the Democrats will be given the leadership of the upper house.
leader says Democrat walkout part of Prabowo's game plan
Tempo.co. September 26, 2014. The walkout by 129 members of the
Democratic Party faction just prior to the House of Representatives ote
on the Draft Law on Regional Elections, which abolished the direct election
of regional heads, appears to have been a political maneuver or game.
Ending direct elections a victory for Pancasila
Tribune News. September 26, 2014. Greater Indonesia Movement Party
board of patrons chairperson Prabowo Subianto says he is grateful that
the mechanism for electing regional heads through Regional Legislative
Councils has become a reality.
'Neo-New Order' coalition seeking to destroy democracy
Detik News. September 26, 2014. Prabowo Subianto's Red and White Coalition
has succeeded in returning the election of regional heads into the hands
of Regional Legislative Councils as it was
under the New Order dictatorship of former President Suharto.
Party lawmaker says Yudhoyono ordered walkout during crucial vote
Kompas.com. September 26, 2014. Democrat Party (DP) lawmaker Ruhut Sitompul
claims that they walked out before a vote on a draft law on regional elections
after faction chairperson Nurhayati Ali Assegaf stated that Yudhoyono had
instructed all members of the DP faction in the parliament to leave the
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Draft legislation puts human rights at risk Amnesty International
Urgent Action. September 24, 2014
soldier voices concern that Australia's bullish tactics in dispute over
Timor's gas and oil is eroding INTERFET's legacy Timor Sea Justice
Campaign Media Release. September 20, 2014
Papuan human rights lawyer attacked: Anum Siregar Amnesty International
Urgent Action. September 17, 2014
Freedom of expression in Papua and West Papua Joint Oral Statement
to UN Human Rights Council. September 15, 2014
End caning as a punishment in Aceh Amnesty International Public Statement.
September 15, 2014
No let-up in spiral of repression 100 days after military takeover
Amnesty International Public Statement. September 11, 2014
New administration must resolve killing of human rights defender Munir
Amnesty International Public Statement (plus petition). September 5,
must be allowed to give evidence in legal dispute over Australia's dodgy
dealings regarding Timor's oil and gas Timor Sea Justice Campaign
Media Release. September 3, 2014
to Indonesian president on intimidation against human rights lawyer Gustaf
Kawer Australia West Papua Association (Sydney). September 3, 2014
End attacks on freedom of expression in Papua Amnesty International
Public Statement. August 29, 2014
15th anniversary of East Timor's historic ballot highlights Australia's
unfinished business in the Timor Sea Timor Sea Justice Campaign Media
Release. August 29, 2014
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exposes wounds of denial of 1965 violence Jakarta Post. September
30, 2014. Joshua Oppenheimer's latest film is truly shocking. If The Act
of Killing was a wild fever dream, The Look of Silence is the next morning
Indonesia and the world have woken up with a throbbing headache.
elections ploy seen as a setup for presidential vote Jakarta Globe.
September 30, 2014. If Indonesians thought the abolishment last week of
their right to elect regional heads was the end of the country's dalliance
with democracy, then a far nastier surprise awaits in new developments
that potentially threaten to end direct presidential elections.
sticks to old rules amid concerns Jakarta Post. September 30, 2014.
A People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) plenary meeting on Monday maintained
an internal regulation that makes it difficult to remove a serving president,
as well as amend the 1945 Constitution.
to cancel regional elections law with presidential decree Jakarta
Globe. September 30, 2014. President Yudhoyono said on Tuesday that he
will soon issue a governmental regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) that
would override the recently passed and hotly contested regional elections
law, and bring back direct elections of local leaders.
upholds MD3 Law, rejects PDI-P's judicial review request Jakarta
Post. September 30, 2014. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle's
(PDI-P) attempt to secure the House speaker post has collapsed with the
Constitutional Court's (MK) rejection of its judicial review request.
could be forced to settle Lapindo mudflow Jakarta Post. September
30, 2014. The House on Monday unanimously passed into law a bill that allows
president-elect Joko Widodo to force chairman of the Bakrie Group, Aburizal
Bakrie, to fulfill his Rp 781 billion financial obligation to the victims
of the Lapindo mudflow disaster.
Kong people can show Beijing that we will stay strong': protests may last
for days Sydney Morning Herald. September 30, 2014. Pro-democracy
rallies in Hong Kong continued to sweep up momentum as new supporters joined
existing protesters in defying government calls to abandon street blockades
across the city, while riot police pulled back in an apparent change of
threat: Scrapping direct presidential polls Jakarta Post. September
29, 2014. Indonesia's hard-won democracy, which emerged from the bloody
reform movement of 1998 that ended Soeharto's three decades of dictatorship,
has never faced a critical challenge until today.
Party in spotlight over walkout plot Jakarta Post. September 29,
2014. Despite President Yudhoyono's public statement of regret that the
House has put an end to the direct elections of local leaders, the public
is growing sceptical of his true intentions as more details emerge that
indicate the Democrats may have engineered the move.
unites against regional elections law Jakarta Post. September 29,
2014. Anger turned into activism as hundreds of concerned citizens took
to the streets on Sunday to stage peaceful protests throughout the country
to mobilize support to challenge the newly passed amendment to the Regional
Elections Law at the Constitutional Court.
fire tear-gas as showdown over Hong Kong's democracy heats up Sydney
Morning Herald. September 29, 2014. Confrontations between pro-democracy
demonstrators and authorities escalated across the streets of central Hong
Kong as riot police fired tear-gas into crowds of thousands in an attempt
to disperse a series of surging protests that have beset the city for three
Kong protest: Schools, banks close amidst unrest, Taiwan joins demonstration
ABC Radio Australia. September 29, 2014. Thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators
who faced volleys of tear gas and charges by baton-wielding police are
continuing their protests in Hong Kong.
Aceh law punishes gay and extramarital sex with 100 lashes Sydney
Morning Herald. September 28, 2014. Gay sex and sex outside marriage in
the Indonesian province of Aceh will be punishable by 100 lashes of the
cane under new laws passed by the local parliament.
scramble to stop walkout fallout Jakarta Post. September 28, 2014.
Amid public pressure, the Democratic Party is launching a probe into the
decision made by its lawmakers to walk out during a crucial vote on the
Regional Election Law at the House of Representatives.
Kong student arrests kick-start plans to blockade city in fight for democracy
Sydney Morning Herald. September 28, 2014. A swelling student demonstration
in Hong Kong has galvanised tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters
to launch a long-planned civil disobedience movement to lock down the heart
of the Asian financial hub in defiance of the Chinese central government.
with journalist John Pilger: 'What the US did to Cambodia was an epic crime'
Phnom Penh Post. September 27, 2014. Since his early days as a correspondent
covering the wars in Southeast Asia in the 1960s and 1970s, documentary
filmmaker and journalist John Pilger has been an ardent critic of Western
Network set to go off the air in the Asia and Pacific region ABC
Radio Australia. September 27, 2014. The Australia Network goes off the
air from today after the Federal Government withdrew funding for the broadcaster
earlier this year.
disappointment of Seri Thai Red Thai Socialist. September 27, 2014.
When the Seri Thai (Free Thai) Movement was launched in late June this
year, it raised the hopes of many pro-democracy Thais, both inside the
country and outside. It raised my own hopes.
approves lashes for homosexual sex Agence France Presse. September
27, 2014. Indonesia's conservative Aceh province passed a law on Saturday
making gay sex punishable by 100 lashes of the cane, in a decision described
by rights activists as "an enormous step backwards".
parties seize control Jakarta Post. September 27, 2014. Political
parties appeared to have secured a lock on regional administrations following
the passage of the regional elections (Pilkada) law, which will vest Regional
Legislative Councils (DPRDs) with the power to appoint local leaders.
SBY face public wrath Jakarta Post. September 27, 2014. The House
of Representatives' decision to scrap direct elections of regional heads
has sparked widespread public outrage, with civil rights groups and members
of the public saying that the move was a rollback to Soeharto's New Order
keep options open with walkout Jakarta Post. September 27, 2014.
Critics have suggested that the irresolute stance of President Susilo Bambang
Yudhoyono's Democratic Party in the deliberation of the controversial regional
law reflects the party's moves to secure its position in the future House
women wear Islamic head covering but show curves, so jilbab becomes jilboob
Sydney Morning Herald. September 27, 2014. France bans it; Australia
has occasional attacks of hysteria about it but in Muslim-majority Indonesia,
the wearing of Islamic head covering has grown rapidly in recent years.
Kong police use pepper spray to remove students from government headquarters
Reuters. September 27, 2014. Riot police used pepper spray on Saturday
to disperse dozens of students who had stormed Hong Kong's government headquarters,
but an equal number held their ground in ongoing protests against Beijing's
tightening grip on the city.
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