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Democrat Party politician debunks Prabowo's 'flood of Chinese workers' lie
Viva – July 8, 2018
Democrat Party politician Dede Yusuf has exposed the lie behind claims that a wave of Chinese workers is being employed by PT Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (PT IMIP) in Morowali, South Sulawesi.

Retired Kopassus officers declare support for Prabowo's presidential bid
Kompas.com – July 7, 2018
Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) chairperson Prabowo Subianto attended a friendly gathering and reunion of retired Red Beret (Kopassus Special Forces) officers at the Ciracas Sports Centre in Jakarta on Saturday July 7.

Students abused, furniture vandalised in raid on Papuan dormitory in Surabaya
Suara.com – July 7, 2018
The situation remains tense at the Papuan student dormitory on Jl. Kalasan Surabaya in the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya after it was raided by security personnel.

Police claim raid on Papuan student dormitory to anticipate 'Bloody Biak' film screening
Suara.com – July 7, 2018
Tambaksari police have revealed that police and military officers raided a Papuan student dormitory in the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya on July 6 because the students were allegedly planning to screen the film Bloody Biak.

Prabowo's presidential bid could flounder if coalition partners 'abandon' him for Baswedan ticket
Kumparan News – July 6, 2018
In the lead up to the deadline for the registration of presidential and vice-presidential candidates on August 10, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan's name is increasingly being cited by a number of political parties.

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Gay men, adulterers publicly flogged in Aceh, Indonesia
CNN – 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.

Papuans ask police to withdraw from Nduga
Jakarta 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.

Indonesia's Aceh whips gay couple for sharia-banned sex
Agence 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 criticism.

Papuan leaders protest Indonesian attack on village
Associated 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.

Freeport unveils Indonesia price but plenty left to resolve
Bloomberg – 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.

Witness K scandal: police asked to investigate Timor-Leste spy operation
The 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.

Personnel reported over alleged unethical conduct against Papuan students
Jakarta 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.

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20th anniversary of the 'Biak Massacre', West Papua
Joint 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.

20 years after Biak Massacre, no improvement in human rights situation in West Papua
Australia 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 activists.

Amnesty investigation of police abuses confirms the need for New Zealand action
West 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.

Indonesia: Anti-LGBT crackdown fuels health crisis
Human 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.

Indonesia: Twenty years reform failed to increase standard of justice for torture victims
Asian 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).

Indonesia: New counterterrorism law imperils rights
Human 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.

Statements, press releases, solidarity and urgent appeals are archived under their country specific page/section, which can be selected from the drop-down menu on the left.

News, in-depth reports and analysis focusing on political developments in the Asia Pacific region.

Indonesia: How corrupt elections fuel the sell-off of Indonesia's natural resources
Mongabay – 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 everyday lives.

Indonesia: Democracy in Indonesia: A progress report
The 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 century.

Indonesia: Indonesian domestic helpers on sex abuse, slavery-like conditions they endure working overseas
The 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.

Indonesia: The Muslim Cyber Army: what is it and what does it want?
Indonesia 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: Indonesia's minority report
New 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.

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Living a double life: Indonesia's atheists fear jail or worse
Agence 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 parents.

East Timor bugging prosecution 'heartbreaking', lawyer Bernard Collaery says
ABC 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.

LBH Surabaya calls for investigation after raid against Papuan students
Jakarta 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.

PNG PM urges Pacific countries to take Papua issue to UN
Radio 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".

Trading blows: NU versus PKS
Indonesia 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.

Humiliated Australian imperialism lashes out
Max 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.

Pro-democracy activists hold event in solidarity with Papuan students
Jakarta Post – July 9, 2018
Pro-democracy activists 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.

West Papua activists stopped by Solomons police
Radio 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.

New Zealand's disgraceful role in the 'slow genocide' of West Papua
The 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.

Why is the Thai Left so weak?
Ugly 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.

US diplomat bugged by Australia attacks prosecution of spy Witness K
The 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".

Komnas HAM's mandate may need review to resolve human rights cases: Amnesty Int'l
Jakarta 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.

Third force emerges in Indonesia's presidential race
Asia 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.

Regional elections set new precedent for 2019
Jakarta 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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