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  • Megawati cools PAN, PPP ardor – Jakarta Post. September 20, 2014. Top-ranking officials of the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the United Development Party (PPP) were greeted as heroes upon their arrival at the national assembly meeting of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) on Friday.
  • Detention of French journalists in West Papua raised at UN – Jakarta Globe. September 19, 2014. An alliance of non-governmental organizations from Indonesia and abroad has addressed the UN Human Rights Council to demand the Indonesian government improve freedom of expression in Papua and West Papua.
  • Eight gamblers publicly caned in Banda Aceh – Jakarta Globe. September 19, 2014. Eight people received five lashes each in Aceh on Friday after they were found guilty of gambling. The province uses a Shariah-based legal code for offenses such as adultery and gambling.
  • There was once a promise of democracy in Thailand – Red Thai Socialist. September 19, 2014. For the last 8 years Thai politics and society have been steeped in crisis and the bright future for Thai democracy, which once distinguished the country from many of its authoritarian neighbours, has been trashed.
  • Malaysian student sentenced to 1 year for sedition – Associated Press. September 19, 2014. A Malaysian court sentenced a student democracy activist to a year in jail on Friday after finding him guilty of sedition, drawing immediate condemnation from human rights groups.
  • Rivals could end up in Cabinet – Jakarta Post. September 19, 2014. President-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's early announcement that almost half the seats in his Cabinet would be occupied by politicians appears to have been effective in luring parties from the rival camp to join the coalition led by the PDI-P.
  • Dems seek Cabinet positions – Jakarta Post. September 18, 2014. The Democratic Party's about-face in rejecting the proposal to end the direct elections of local heads could have been a calculated move to secure seats in the Cabinet of president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
  • FPI Jakarta rejects 'infidel' Basuki as governor – Jakarta Globe. September 18, 2014. The hard-line Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) will not accept the "arrogant non-Muslim" Basuki Tjahaja Purnama as the new governor of Jakarta and its members are ready to die to prevent him from assuming the post, one of the group's leaders said on Thursday.
  • Cambodia deploys troops as garment workers renew wage campaign – Reuters. September 18, 2014. Cambodia deployed armed troops in its capital on Wednesday as garment workers held rallies to revive a campaign for higher wages that had helped to stoke a year-long political crisis.
  • Thai PM sorry for bikini comment after British murders – Pacific Scoop. September 18, 2014. Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has apologised for suggesting that tourists in bikinis were vulnerable to attack – unless they were unattractive.
  • West Papuan campaigners pay tribute to John Ondawame and his legacy – Pacific Scoop. September 17, 2014. West Papuan campaigners, supporters and students gathered in Auckland for a memorial ceremony for the Vanuatu-based exile John Ondawame who died recently in Port Vila.
  • 'Forced labor' rife in Malaysian electronics factories: report – Reuters. September 17, 2014. Nearly a third of some 350,000 workers in Malaysia's electronics industry suffer from conditions of modern-day slavery such as debt bondage, according to a study funded by the US Department of Labor.
  • Radical group threatens to close down LGBT seminar in Yogyakarta – Jakarta Globe. September 17, 2014. A radical group has threatened to use force to close down a seminar on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) issues organized by Sanata Dharma University's School of Psychology.
  • Military: Separatist killed in Papua firefight – Jakarta Globe. September 17, 2014. A member of the Free Papua Organization was killed in a firefight with security officers at an airfield in Lanny Jaya district, a military spokesman said on Wednesday.
  • So-called 'peace talks' with Muslim Malay rebels will not solve the crisis – Red Thai Socialist. September 16, 2014. A large proportion of the Muslim Malay population in "Patani" want freedom and self-determination. Many want independence from the oppressive Thai state. This is about basic democracy.
  • Attempt to form rights task force blocked – Jakarta Post. September 16, 2014. The hope of bringing closure to human rights abuses has been dashed now that the transition team of president-elect Joko Widodo and vice president-elect Jusuf Kalla has turned down the proposal to reopen investigations into unresolved rights violations.
  • Jokowi resorts to pragmatism – Jakarta Post. September 16, 2014. Despite his pledge to avoid transactional politics, president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo finally caved in to the demands from political parties to include more politicians in his Cabinet.
  • Delegates confirm attendance at West Papua conference – Radio New Zealand International. September 16, 2014. Over 80 delegates from West Papua and other countries are expected to converge on Port Vila at the start of next month to attend the West Papua Conference.
  • Families of French journalists detained in West Papua beg Indonesia for mercy – Sydney Morning Herald. September 16, 2014. The families of two French journalists imprisoned indefinitely for reporting in West Papua without a visa have spoken out for the first time to beg the Indonesian government for mercy.
  • TNI generals on Komnas HAM's 'negative list' – Jakarta Post. September 15, 2014. The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has submitted a "negative list" of individuals implicated in past human rights abuses to president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, to prevent them from assuming public office.
  • SBY hints at support for direct elections – Jakarta Post. September 15, 2014. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has hinted that he could support the proposal to maintain direct elections to choose regional heads.
  • Will Indonesia's new president end one of Asia's oldest conflicts? – Global Post. September 13, 2014. "It's safe here in Papua. There is nothing to hide." That's what Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo said when asked on the campaign trail whether foreign journalists would be allowed into West Papua. "Why not?" he said.
  • Thailand is an extremely racist society – Red Thai Socialist. September 12, 2014. When the beach chair attendant, who kicked sand at a tourist sitting on the ground, was discovered to be a migrant worker from Cambodia, many Thais were relieved, believing that "a Thai would never do that".
  • Arrests go on unabated after 'unclear' amendment to Burma protest law – Irrawaddy. September 12, 2014. A lack of clarity in Burma's recently amended Law on Peaceful Assembly is sowing confusion among activists and advocates, as the country's courts continue to charge people for demonstrating without permission.
  • Mayors and district heads unite to reject regional elections bill – Jakarta Globe. September 11, 2014. After Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama quit his party on Wednesday in fury over its support for the regional elections bill, mayors and district heads from around the country have started voicing similar objections.
  • After Ahok, Singkawang mayor also resigns from Red-and-White Coalition – Jakarta Post. September 11, 2014. The mayor of Singkawang in West Kalimantan, Awang Ishak, said on Thursday that he had tendered his resignation from the People's Mandate Party (PAN) following the party's decision to call an end to direct regional elections.

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