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Tommy Suharto and sister Titiek join Prabowo's election campaign team
Detik News – September 20, 2018
The youngest son of former president Suharto and Working Party (Partai Berkarya) chairperson Hutomo Mandala Putra (Tommy Soeharto) has joined the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno election campaign team referred to as the National Winning Board.

Security ministry wants extra $US4 million to counter 'misinformation' about Papua
Kompas.com – September 5, 2018
Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Wiranto is proposing an additional budget of 60 billion rupiah to fund diplomatic efforts related to the Papua problem.

LBH welcomes reopening of Munir case, but urges release of fact finding report first
Kumparan News – September 4, 2018
Indonesian police chief General Tito Karnavian has instructed Criminal Investigation Bureau chief Inspector General Arief Sulistyanto to reopen the investigation into the assassination of human rights activist Munir who was poisoned in September 2004.

Aceh regency enforces curfew on women, prohibits employment of trans women in cafes
Detik News – September 4, 2018
Bireuen regent Saifannur has issued a new regulation on the "standardisation" of coffee shops, cafes and restaurants in the regency in accordance with Sharia law.

45 arrested in Jayapura at rally calling on PIF to raise West Papua case with UN
Tabloid Jubi – September 4, 2018
Police have arrested scores of protesters at a demonstration organised by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) as they were gathering at Sentani Post 7 in Jayapura.

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38 ex-graft convicts run in 2019 poll
Jakarta Post – September 21, 2018
Voters, be mindful: of more than 200,000 candidates running for legislative seats at the regional level next year, 38 have been convicted of corruption.

Senator asks why prosecutors sat on Witness K evidence for three years
The Guardian – September 20, 2018
Prosecutors sat on evidence for three years before charging former spy Witness K and his lawyer Bernard Collaery, parliament has heard.

Vanuatu steps up UN bid for West Papua rights, new referendum
Asia Pacific Report – September 20, 2018
West Papua has been sidestepped by both the Melanesian Spearhead Group and the Pacific Islands Forum. But, reports James Halpin of Asia Pacific Journalism, Vanuatu is undeterred as leading champion for the West Papuan cause and is pressing for United Nations support.

Papuan vaccination shortfalls linked to government failure
Radio New Zealand International – September 20, 2018
A lack of vaccination in West Papuan communities has been linked to failures by health workers. Recent Indonesian media reports say parents in regions such as Tolikara are refusing to let their children be immunized fearing that vaccinations will cause disabilities or illnesses.

Indonesia horror: Woman brutally caned in sharia punishment for having unmarried 'affair'
The Express (UK) – September 20, 2018
The woman, who has not been not named, was barbarically punished as a crowd gathered and watched on in horror in Aceh, located north-west of Sumatra.

Walhi rips PSI's argument for palm oil, says party 'does not understand' the issue
Jakarta Globe – September 20, 2018
Indonesia's oldest environmental advocacy group has criticized an argument in support of sustainable palm oil by one of the country's newest political parties, saying it was misleading.


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Indonesia: Polish citizen and indigenous Papuans arrested and detained by police
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal – September 11, 2018
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information from the local network in Jayawijaya Regency, Papua, regarding the arrest and detention of one Polish tourist and other indigenous Papuans.

Papuan activist charged for posting Facebook video
Amnesty International Urgent Action – September 7, 2018
A peaceful pro-independence Papuan activist, Agustinus Yolemal, was detained and charged for posting a video on Facebook. He was charged with "disseminating hostility against the state ideology" under the Law on Electronic Information and Transaction.

Call for immediate release of Simon Magal and Jakub Skrzypski
Joint Statement – September 8, 2018
TAPOL and the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) call for immediate release of Simon Carlos Magal and Jakub Fabian Skrzypski. In the event that Mr. Skrzypski is prosecuted, we call on all representative parties to ensure that he is afforded a fair trial.

AWPA calls on PIF leaders to condemn the arrest of 80 West Papuan activists
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release – September 4, 2018
AWPA calls on the Pacific Islands Forum leaders to condemn the arrest of 80 West Papuan activists by the Indonesian security forces.

Condemning the clampdown on freedom of expression in Indonesia
Tapol Statement – September 4, 2018
A total of 79 protesters from the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) were arrested for engaging in a non-violent protest in Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia, on Tuesday, 4 September 2018.

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

Indonesia: Trade unions' initiative to create alternative political force in Indonesia
ISEAS Perspectives – August 10, 2018
Five trade union confederations organised a conference in April 2018 that brought together like-minded progressive trade unions, non-government organisations, student activists and political groups, to push for an alternative political force which would be independent of the two major power blocs led by President Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto.

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.

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Indonesian police extend detention of Polish man accused of Papua rebel links
Benar News – September 19, 2018
A Polish national who was arrested last month on suspicion of helping separatist rebels in Indonesia's Papua province has denied that he took part in a conspiracy to overthrow the government, his attorney said Wednesday, as police extended his detention for 40 days for further investigation.

Palembang mayor requires Muslim civil servants to do dawn prayer at mosque or face dismissal
Coconuts Jakarta – September 19, 2018
While the five daily prayers are a fundamental pillar of Islam, there are certainly some Muslims who choose not to do all of them, all of the time, for whatever personal reasons.

Price rising on Indonesia's resource nationalism
Asia Times – September 19, 2018
Propelled by a wave of nationalist sentiment and political pressure, the Indonesian government appears to be still coming to terms with the fact that assuming ownership of its once-largest gas-field and richest copper and gold mine comes at a significant price.

Labor MP Julian Hill criticises Witness K prosecution
The Guardian – September 18, 2018
The Labor MP Julian Hill has implicitly criticised the prosecution of the former spy Witness K and his lawyer, Bernard Collaery, telling caucus colleagues the attorney general has failed to justify his decision to support the legal action.

Police accused of killing Papuan fugitive
Jakarta Post – September 18, 2018
The Papua Police have denied allegations that they are responsible for the death of a Papuan fugitive who died shortly after his arrest.

Prosecutors call for Jambi rape victim to be punished to deter abortion
Jakarta Post – September 18, 2018
The Muarabulian Prosecutor's Office has appealed the Jambi High Court's verdict to acquit a 15-year-old rape victim in Jambi of abortion, saying her punishment would serve as a "lesson".

Minister bans students to engage practical politics on campus
Tempo – September 18, 2018
Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir reminded the students throughout Indonesia not to engage in practical political activities on campus.

Rizieq Shihab says if you want LGBT banned and 'pribumi' to be prosperous, vote Prabowo-Sandiaga
Coconuts Jakarta – September 18, 2018
After Prabowo Subianto signed an "integrity pact" for an Islamic hardliner political group on Sunday promising he would ensure the safe return of Rizieq Shihab, the fugitive founder of the FPI) wasted no time in taking to his social media account to post messages supporting Prabowo's ticket.

Vanuatu questions West Papua arrests at UN meeting
Radio New Zealand International – September 17, 2018
Vanuatu has raised the issue of a West Papuan and a Polish citizen charged with treason in Indonesia at the United Nations. In connection with Jakub Skrzypski's case, a 29-year old West Papuan student, Simon Magal, was arrested several days later in Timika.

Prabowo pledges to let Rizieq Shihab return safely to Indonesia if he wins election
Coconuts Jakarta – September 17, 2018
Hope that divisive religious issues will not play a major role in Indonesia's 2019 presidential election is dimming after opposition candidate Prabowo Subianto signed an "integrity pact" from a Islamic hardliner political group promising he would protect their interests should he win in April.

Prabowo-Sandiaga signs pact with GNPF, promises to uphold religious values
Jakarta Post – September 17, 2018
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto signed on Sunday an "integrity pact" with ulemas and Muslim activists united under the GNPF with several promises including to uphold religious values, paying attention to "religious people's interests", protecting the nation's resources and guaranteeing the return of cleric Rizieq Shihab.

Rizieq suggests campaign in mosque, Sandiaga: We follow rules
Tempo – September 17, 2018
Sandiaga Uno, a future vice presidential candidate, pledged to follow the rules and conditions regarding the campaign for 2019 presidential election. According to Sandiaga, the technical matter for the campaign had been regulated.

Zulkifli behind move to defeat Ahok: Prabowo
Jakarta Post – September 17, 2018
National Mandate Party (PAN) chairman Zulkifli Hasan was the brains behind the strategy to defeat then-Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama in the 2017 gubernatorial election, presidential candidate and Gerindra Party head Prabowo Subianto said.

Papuan human rights context, Jokowi considered no different from Prabowo
Tabloid JUBI – September 16, 2018
The current president of Indonesia Joko Widodo is considered to be no different from Prabowo in Human Rights violations in Papua.

No surprises, but Aung San Suu Kyi shocks with comments on Rohingya
Sydney Morning Herald – September 15, 2018
When Aung San Suu Kyi broke her silence with even-handed indifference about the Rohingya genocide and the jailing of two reporters in Myanmar on Thursday, there were few surprises.

Ex-graft convicts may contest election: Court
Jakarta Post – September 14, 2018
The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of former corruption convicts challenging the General Elections Commission (KPU) regulation that bans them from contesting the 2019 legislative election.

Thai junta charges four with sedition over T-shirts
Agence France Presse – September 14, 2018
Thailand's military has charged four people with sedition after seizing T-shirts allegedly promoting republicanism, a legal aid group said Friday, the latest crackdown on political activism as the kingdom prepares for long-delayed elections.

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