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and East Timor recommence talks over gas and oil dispute Timor Sea
Justice Campaign Media Release. October 29, 2014
Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, a cause for concern
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. October 27,
opposes appointment of retired general Ryamizard Ryacudu as Defense Minister
East Timor and Indonesia Action Network Statement. October 26, 2014
journalists to be freed after getting two and a half months sentences
Reporters Without Borders Press Release. October 24, 2014
for media freedom and release of French journalists in West Papua
Joint Media Release. October 22, 2014
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,
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dealings regarding Timor's oil and gas Timor Sea Justice Campaign
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new defence minister undermines Jokowi's overtures to West Papua
Crikey.com. October 29, 2014. Writing in Crikey yesterday, Indonesia analyst
Jim Della-Giacoma said the appointment of retired general Ryamizard Ryacudu
as new Indonesian Defence Minister "could have been worse". But if you're
West Papuan, it's hard to see how.
protest calls for media freedom in West Papua Radio New Zealand International.
October 29, 2014. Protestors staged a demonstration outside Indonesia's
embassy in New Zealand today, calling for media freedom in West Papua.
soldiers suspected of arming Papua separatists Jakarta Globe. October
29, 2014. Authorities in Papua have arrested a police officer and are questioning
three soldiers suspected of supplying ammunition to an armed separatist
cell blamed for attacks that killed at least six police officers in the
past three years.
urged to pressure government on East Timor boundary dispute SBS.
October 29, 2014. Australia and East Timor have quietly begun talks towards
a possible settlement of their boundary in the Timor Sea, an issue of immense
importance to Timor-Leste.
'back seat' seen for human rights in Jokowi's defense lineup Jakarta
Globe. October 28, 2014. Retired Navy admiral Tedjo Edy Purdjianto will
have his work cut out for him as new coordinating minister for political,
security and legal affairs, particularly in acting on President Widodo's
narrative of turning Indonesia into a "global maritime axis," observers
and politicians say.
and East Timor restart talks on maritime boundary Sydney Morning
Herald. October 28, 2014. East Timor's parliament has authorised the "immediate
commencement of negotiations" with Australia to establish a new maritime
boundary between the countries.
home minister to delve into minority issues Jakarta Post. October
28, 2014. Newly appointed Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has said that he
will scrutinize problems faced by minority groups over the past decade.
Ibrahim stays in Malaysia as judicial noose tightens around his neck
Sydney Morning Herald. October 28, 2014. Malaysia's charismatic opposition
leader Anwar Ibrahim says he decided against setting up a government in-exile
and returned to the country to face the likelihood of jail to set an example
for younger Malaysians amid a crackdown on government critics.
Ryamizard appointment shows Jokowi 'negligent' on human rights' Jakarta
Globe. October 27, 2014. The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims
of Violence (Kontras) says the appointment of a controversial former general
to the new cabinet shows President Joko Widodo is "negligent" towards human
Indonesia union plans one-month strike at copper mine Reuters. October
27, 2014. Workers at Freeport-McMoRan's giant Indonesian copper mine plan
to go on strike for a month from next week, a union official said on Monday,
after the company failed to make changes to local management following
a fatal accident.
may put security, law reforms in limbo Jakarta Post. October 27,
2014. The appointment of figures with dark human rights records and political
affiliations to security, defense and legal ministerial posts has left
the country's legal and security reforms hanging in the balance.
of fanfare but little love for Jokowi's 'working cabinet' Jakarta
Globe. October 27, 2014. For a government that was supposed to eschew political
patronage, President Widodo's cabinet lineup carried all the hallmarks
of an administration beholden to its party backers including several
key appointments that have raised concern among observers.
Jokowi's cabinet of compromises Sydney Morning Herald. October 27,
2014. And so it begins. Joko Widodo, the Indonesian president labelled
"A New Hope" on the cover of Time magazine has inaugurated a cabinet of
ministers that is full of compromises.
Five cover-up: When will it end in justice? Sydney Morning Herald.
October 27, 2014. Last Tuesday would have been journalist Gary Cunningham's
67th birthday. But, tragically, Gary was killed in cold blood 39 years
ago by the Indonesian army to prevent him from reporting about Indonesia's
invasion of East Timor.
Timor government to sack foreign judges, advisers ABC Radio Australia.
October 27, 2014. East Timor, a country that counts Australia as a major
donor, is sacking all the foreign judges and advisers in its justice system.
Kong's pro-democracy movement vote called off Sydney Morning Herald.
October 27, 2014. Organisers of a planned vote among Hong Kong's pro-democracy
demonstrators abruptly cancelled it on Sunday, exposing tensions and confusion
over how to sustain the movement a month after protesters occupied major
streets to demand free elections.
of Rohingya fleeing Burma tops 100,000 Associated Press. October
27, 2014. A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya
Muslims from western Burma, with the number who have fled by boat since
communal violence broke out two years ago now topping 100,000, a leading
expert said Saturday.
of French journalists shows Indonesia's Papua paranoia: Activist
Jakarta Post. October 26, 2014. Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director
Phelim Kine says the arrest and conviction of two French journalists reflects
the Indonesian government's willingness to steamroll over journalists'
rights in order to keep foreign media from reporting on Papua.
Cabinet announced, here is the lineup Jakarta Post. October 26, 2014.
Joko Widodo announced Sunday his Cabinet lineup after delaying the announcement
on Wednesday night, which prompted speculation that he was wrangling with
leaders of political parties in his coalition who were insisting on nominating
new president Joko Widodo announces cabinet Sydney Morning Herald.
October 26, 2014. Indonesia's new foreign minister is a career diplomat
who remembers well her first posting in Australia partly because she had
her car vandalised in the furious protests following the 1991 Santa Cruz
massacre in East Timor.
may adopt policy of turning back asylum seeker boats to Indonesia
The Guardian. October 26, 2014. Labor may keep the practice of turning
asylum boats around if it wins office at the next election, signalling
what could be a major policy backflip.
strongly reject 'rights abusers' as candidates Jakarta Post. October
25, 2014. As the time for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to announce his
Cabinet lineup nears, activists have heightened appeals for the new President
not to compromise by appointing any figures with poor human rights records
blow in fight for truth on Balibo Five New Zealand Herald. October
25, 2014. Over the years, Maureen Tolfree has grown used to the lies and
obfuscation, the tiny steps of progress followed by further setbacks. At
the age of 69 she is not ready to be quiet, even though she is now in poor
fundamentalism workshop banned by police after threats by Islamic fundamentalists
Jakarta Post. October 25, 2014. Yogyakarta Police banned a media literacy
workshop about Islamic fundamentalism scheduled to be held on Friday morning
after threats were circulated by an Islamic fundamentalist group.
Court rejects judicial review of regional elections law Jakarta Globe.
October 24, 2014. The Constitutional Court rejected on Thursday a judicial
review of the controversial regional elections law on account of a presidential
decree rushed out by former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Indonesia's Papua paranoia jails foreign journalists Human Rights
Watch. October 24, 2014. Indonesia's media freedom sustained a worrying
blow on Friday when a court in Jayapura, on the country's easternmost island
of Papua, convicted French journalists Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat
of "abusive use of entry visas.
journalists Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat receive two-month sentence
Sydney Morning Herald. October 24, 2014. Two French journalists have
been sentenced to two months and 15 days imprisonment in an Indonesian
jail for reporting in the West Papua province while on a tourist visa.
in Hong Kong to vote on government proposals Reuters. October 24,
2014. Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong say they will hold a straw
poll on government proposals they had rejected earlier in the week as the
campaign in the Chinese controlled city entered the fifth week on Friday.
support for Occupy movement growing, survey shows South China Morning
Post. October 23, 2014. Public support for the Occupy movement has grown
since the campaign began, and it continues to divide residents, a Chinese
University survey has found.
Pressure mounts on NZ to reopen Balibo Five murder case Pacific Media
Centre. October 23, 2014. The New Zealand government is coming under pressure
to have the Australian Federal Police reopen the war crimes investigation
into the 1975 slaying of five journalists in East Timor by Indonesian special
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