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right pressing in Hong Kong Sid Zoichi. October 13, 2014
revolution' not rained out yet By Sid Zoichi. October 9, 2014
snapshot of opinions at Occupy Hong Kong By Sid Zoichi. October 8,
the streets in Hong Kong By Sid Zoichi. October 7, 2014
Kong erupts By Sid Zoichi. October 5, 2014
protests grow on the streets of Hong Kong By Sue Sparks. October
scores presidency but direction still unclear By Max Lane. August
Papuan teen jailed and tortured for graffiti Amy McQuire. August
inequality in China By Sid Zoichi. August 19, 2014
murderer steals workers' wages By Liz Ross. August 7, 2014
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New president should highlight rights in Papua Human Rights Watch
Statement . October 20, 2014
Free French reporters detained in Papua Human Rights Watch Statement
. October 16, 2014
Indonesia should release two detained French journalists Reporters
Without Borders Press Release. October 15, 2014
in West Papua called for the 13 October banned by the security forces
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. October 12,
Wenda nominated for Nobel Peace Prize again Free West Papua Campaign
Statement. October 3, 2014
Further information: Shari'a bylaw passed by the Aceh parliament
Amnesty International Urgent Action. October 3, 2014
Aceh's new Islamic laws violate rights Human Rights Watch Statement.
October 2, 2014
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
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Indonesia president must prioritize Papua: HRW Jakarta Post. October
22, 2014. President Joko Widodo should use his first official visit to
Papua and West Papua on Thursday to endorse specific measures to address
serious human rights problems on the country's easternmost island, according
to a New York-based rights watchdog.
minimum wage to be set next week Jakarta Post. October 22, 2014.
Tripartite discussions on the minimum wage for 2015 have gotten underway
as the Jakarta wage committee has finished conducting surveys on the basic
cost of living (KHL) in the capital.
Kong protesters confront government officials in TV debate Sydney
Morning Herald. October 22, 2014. Hong Kong's political crisis shifted
from its city streets to an austere university lecture theatre as student
protest leaders faced off with government officials in a much-anticipated
Kong protesters plan march after fruitless talks with government
Reuters. October 22, 2014. Hong Kong protesters planned to march to the
home of the city's Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case
for greater democracy a day after talks between student leaders and senior
officials failed to break the deadlock.
witnesses against French journalists Jakarta Post. October 22, 2014.
The Jayapura District Court resumed on Tuesday a trial of two French journalists,
hearing from three witnesses from the prosecution who were not able to
confirm that the defendants undertook journalistic activities.
pushes for Timor case to be re-examined' Australian Associated Press.
October 22, 2014. The son of New Zealander Gary Cunningham, who was killed
with four other newsmen in the Timorese town of Balibo almost 40 years
ago, wants the case re-examined.
president seeks less EU scrutiny amid 'backsliding' concerns Irrawaddy.
October 21, 2014. President Thein Sein last week urged the European Union
to stop submitting annual reports on human rights in Burma, even as a UN
report was released noting with concern "possible signs of backsliding"
on reforms implemented by his government.
journalists tried for violating visas in Papua Jakarta Post. October
21, 2014. The Jayapura District Court in Papua commenced a trial on Monday
involving two French television journalists, Thomas Charles Dandois and
Marie Valentine Louise Bourrat, who stand accused of misusing their visas.
candidates' track records raise red flags Jakarta Post. October 21,
2014. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) revealed Monday that
a probe had found that some of the 43 ministerial candidates proposed by
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo could be implicated in future graft cases
investigated by the antigraft body.
Five: Investigation into deaths of five journalists dropped by AFP
ABC News. October 21, 2014. The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has abandoned
a war crimes investigation into the killing of five Australian newsmen
at Balibo in East Timor in 1975.
Five Gough's 'dark secret' Australian Associated Press. October 21,
2014. Gough Whitlam was a good leader who made one "terrible" mistake:
never acknowledging the Indonesian military's invasion of East Timor.
Kong's leader Leung Chun-ying says there's room for 'more democratic' elections
as talks begin ABC Radio Australia. October 21, 2014. The panel chosen
to pick candidates for Hong Kong's 2017 election could be made "more democratic",
the territory's chief executive Leung Chun-ying says.
costly US effort, Afghan poppy cultivation hits new high Reuters.
October 21, 2014. Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit an all-time
high in 2013 despite years of counter-narcotics efforts that have cost
the United States $7.6 billion, the US government watchdog for Afghanistan
reconstruction spending said on Tuesday.
journos in West Papua front court on day of president's inauguration
New Matilda. October 20, 2014. Two French journalists imprisoned for
more than two months in the Indonesian province of West Papua with no charge
are facing court today, on the same day of the inauguration of the incoming
President Joko Widodo.
Widodo's first speech as President focuses on maritime power Sydney
Morning Herald. October 20, 2014. Joko Widodo has used his first speech
as Indonesian president to call his people to "work together, and work
and work and work" to make a stronger nation, with a particular emphasis
on maritime power.
street party as Jokowi fever hits city Sydney Morning Herald. October
20, 2014. The iconic Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle usually aptly named
in central Jakarta, became the country's Party Circle on Monday afternoon
as Joko Widodo fever hit the city.
picture emerges about Jokowi's cabinet Jakarta Globe. October 20,
2014. Politicians, businessmen, graft fighters, academics, former officials
and generals are some of the names rumored to be among President Joko Widodo's
cabinet members, garnering mixed reactions from activists and analysts.
of the Joko era brings opportunities for Australia The Australian.
October 20, 2014. Indonesia's incoming president presents a promising opportunity
for Australia to recast both its military and human rights relationship
with our northern neighbour.
needs to talk human rights issues with Indonesia Brisbane Times.
October 20, 2014. Prime Minister Tony Abbott had the opportunity to restart
his "more Jakarta, less Geneva" foreign policy when he attended the inauguration
of Indonesia's new president yesterday. Abbott now also has a rare and
vital opening to engage on human rights issues.
for end to Hong Kong protests rests on talks set for Tuesday Reuters.
October 20, 2014. Hopes of easing the worst political crisis in Hong Kong
since Britain handed the city back to China in 1997 rest on talks scheduled
for Tuesday between the government and student protest leaders that will
be broadcast live.
Leste atrocities not forgotten Jakarta Post. October 20, 2014. The
human rights violations that occurred in Timor Leste, formerly known as
East Timor, during the period of 1974 to 1999, when the country was still
a part of Indonesia, may no longer be in the spotlight, but the memories
Joko Widodo focused on solving West Papua problems Sydney Morning
Herald. October 19, 2014. Joko Widodo, who on Monday will be inaugurated
as Indonesia's second directly elected president, will quickly move to
salve the festering grievances of West Papua.
legacy: the great democratic leader who became a follower Sydney
Morning Herald. October 18, 2014. Just a month ago, on the cusp of the
end of his long term as Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
trended globally for several days on his beloved social media platform,
joins Jokowi's coalition, still mired in conflict Jakarta Post. October
18, 2014. Despite the United Development Party (PPP) declaring allegiance
to the coalition of president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, it might mean
nothing as the party's internal conflicts remain unresolved.
Kong protesters reclaim city streets in fresh clashes with police
Sydney Morning Herald. October 18, 2014. In fresh clashes, signalling that
the deadlock between pro-democracy demonstrators and authorities threatens
to deepen rather than subside, thousands of protesters reclaimed city streets
that police had cleared by force just hours earlier.
intellectual faces anti-monarchy charge Associated Press. October
18, 2014. One of Thailand's most prominent intellectuals is the target
of a criminal complaint for comments he made about a Thai king who died
more than 400 years ago.
'tradition' of Thai kingship Red Thai Socialist. October 18, 2014.
It should come as no surprise that Thai Kingship is an "invented tradition",
just as Eric Hobsbawm described the British monarchy as an invented tradition.
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