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  • Timor-Leste's harsh new media law still in limbo – Pacific Scoop. July 30, 2014. Media will be silenced and the people will lose their voice if a controversial new Media Law is ratified in one of the Asia Pacific's newest countries.
  • Forum leaders urged to speak on West Papua – Radio New Zealand International. July 29, 2014. The Pacific Islands Forum leaders in Palau have been urged to discuss human rights violations in West Papua.
  • NZ ministers asked to meet with visiting West Papuan journalist – Pacific Media Centre. July 29, 2014. New Zealand police minister Anne Tolley and defence minister Dr Jonathan Coleman must meet with the first West Papuan journalist to visit New Zealand, says a spokesperson for West Papua Action Auckland.
  • Mob in Pakistan kills woman, two girls over 'blasphemous' Facebook post – ABC Radio Australia. July 28, 2014. A mob in Pakistan has torched an Ahmadi Muslim minority neighbourhood, killing a woman and her two granddaughters after a sect member was accused of a blasphemous posting on Facebook.
  • Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement is about inequality. The elite knows it – Jakarta Post. July 28, 2014. Popular analyses of burgeoning political agitation around universal suffrage in Hong Kong often side-step an inconvenient reality – that the underlying story is not simply about relations with the mainland or concerns over its authoritarian ways.
  • No crooks or human rights abusers in new Cabinet: Activists – Jakarta Post. July 26, 2014. Human rights groups have called on president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to fill the new Cabinet only with figures whose track records are free from corruption or human rights violations.
  • Lame duck SBY slips in Freeport deal – Jakarta Post. July 26, 2014. Less than three months before the administration of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is due to leave office, it sealed a strategic deal on Friday with the local unit of US giant miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
  • Acceptance of Baha'I faith welcomed – Jakarta Post. July 26, 2014. Amid the growing intolerance of the Shia and Ahmadiyah groups, newly appointed Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin offered a glint of hope for pluralism with his acknowledgment of Baha'i as a religion.
  • Top one per cent control a third of China's wealth: report – Agence France Presse. July 26, 2014. The top one per cent of households in Communist-ruled China control more than one third of the country's wealth, while the bottom 25 per cent control just one hundredth, official media said, citing an academic report.
  • Opponents seek to halt dam construction on Salween river – Irrawaddy. July 26, 2014. Activists, researchers and environmentalists from Burma and Thailand met on Friday to find a way to stop hydropower dams planned on Burma's section of the Salween River, one of Asia's last free-flowing rivers.
  • Dozens more farmers imprisoned in Sagaing division over land protest – Irrawaddy. July 25, 2014. Sagaing Division authorities have taken further harsh action against farmers in Kantbalu Township who claim their land was grabbed, as a court sentenced another 47 villagers to prison terms last week.
  • Prabowo files challenge to election result at Constitutional Court – Reuters. July 25, 2014. The ex-general who lost Indonesia's presidential election to Jakarta governor Joko Widodo mounted a legal challenge to the result on Friday, alleging widespread electoral fraud and irregularities in vote counting.
  • Prabowo allegations of hackers stealing votes completely unfounded: Police – Jakarta Globe. July 25, 2014. The campaign team of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto arrived outside Indonesia's Constitutional Court on Friday with a 200-strong army of lawyers in tow in a last-ditch bid to nullify the election result.
  • Voter turnout fails to meet expectations – Jakarta Post. July 25, 2014. With this year's presidential election featuring two presidential candidates with contrasting styles, many predicted voter turnout would reach a record high.
  • Indonesia needs more accessible services: UN – Jakarta Post. July 25, 2014. Indonesia must improve access to quality social services and to jobs to reduce the widening inequality gap that has left the country's growing middle class vulnerable to poverty, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) says in its latest report.
  • Thailand's draft constitution will not restore democracy, expert says – ABC Radio Australia. July 25, 2014. A Thai academic says the military government's new constitution, signed by the King on Wednesday, is a ploy to strengthen military rule.
  • Rare good news for West Papua – Asia Sentinel. July 24, 2014. New and encouraging developments in the struggle for independence of West Papua have been unfolding in the past week.
  • UN panel urges Japan to probe wartime sex slavery and compensate former 'comfort women' – Reuters. July 24, 2014. A United Nations human rights panel has called on Japan to undertake independent investigations of wartime sex slavery and apologise to the victims.
  • A farewell to the New Order with Jokowi? – Jakarta Globe. July 24, 2014. Joko Widodo's election victory has inspired fresh hope that the country can finally resolve rights abuses that have gone unaddressed for decades, as well as sweep away all vestiges of the New Order era that continue to pervade the government and politics.
  • Security concerns as Prabowo seeks to overturn election result – Jakarta Globe. July 24, 2014. While Joko Widodo has been officially announced as Indonesia's president elect by the General Elections Committee, or KPU, his rival contender Prabowo Subianto has indicated that he will use legal as well as political means to overturn the election result.
  • Thai junta awards itself sweeping amnesty under interim constitution – Washington Post. July 24, 2014. Thailand's junta has announced an interim constitution that gives itself an amnesty for staging the May 22 coup that overthrew the government of Yingluck Shinawatra. The constitution has been approved by King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
  • 'Grave concerns' over Australia asylum centre – top rights official – BBC News. July 24, 2014. Australia's top rights official says the situation at the Christmas Island asylum detention centre has "significantly deteriorated", leaving people "plagued by despair".
  • Prabowo Subianto launches court challenge to Joko Widodo's presidential victory – Sydney Morning Herald. July 23, 2014. Defeated Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto will challenge the result of the election in the country's constitutional court, citing "irregularities" that his team says cast doubt on up to 21 million votes.
  • Prabowo's legal challenge futile: Legal experts – Jakarta Post. July 23, 2014. The loser of the presidential election, Prabowo Subianto, may well have to swallow his claim that he has absolutely no trust in the state institutions handling election cases after his camp strongly indicated that they would file a complaint to the Constitutional Court.

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