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Protesters in Jakarta say Freeport has brought no benefits to the Papuan people
CNN Indonesia – April 7, 2017
The Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) held a joint action [with the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-West Papua] in front of the offices of PT Freeport Indonesia in Jakarta on Friday April 7 demanding that Freeport halt its mining activities in Papua because it harms the Papuan people.

Protest calling for Freeport closure in Yogya broken up by police
Tribune Jogja – April 7, 2017
A rally by students demanding the closure of the Freeport Indonesia gold mine in West Papua and self-determination for the West Papuan nation at the University of Gajah Mada (UGM) traffic circle in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta was broken up by police on Friday April 7.

Students in Malang call for closure, expulsion of Freeport from Papua
Surya Malang – April 7, 2017
The Malang and Surabaya city Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) held a rally in front of the Malang city hall in the East Java city on Friday April 7.

Papuan students in Makassar call on government to close Freeport
Makassar Today – April 7, 2017
Scores of student from the Student Solidarity Concern Forum for the Papuan People (FSMPRP) held a rally this morning under the Jl. Urip Sumoharjo flyover in the South Sulawesi city of Makassar on Friday April 7.

Narcotics agency chief says calls to legalisation marijuana a 'betrayal of the country'
Kumparan – April 6, 2017
National Narcotics Agency (BNN) chief Commissioner General Budi Waseso or Buwas is furious with movements that want marijuana legalised saying that such a call is the same as betraying the nation.

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Pressure on Indonesia as World Press Freedom Day looms
Asia Correspondent – April 27, 2017
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to take decisive action to protect journalists ahead of Jakarta hosting World Press Freedom Day on May 3.

MUI eyeing to dig its claws deeper into the House
Jakarta Post – April 27, 2017
Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) secretary-general Anwar Abbas has suggested the establishment of an MUI "faction" within the House of Representatives, which would work to strengthen Islamic values in the nation.

Agrarian activist sentenced using now-defunct regulation
Jakarta Post – April 26, 2017
A local court in South Kalimantan has sentenced an agrarian activist to four years' imprisonment using a regulation that was revoked by the Constitutional Court, in another battle between state authorities and citizens over land rights.

Sandiaga to provide entrepreneurship program for thugs
Jakarta Post – April 26, 2017
Jakarta deputy governor-elect Sandiaga Uno said he plans to reach out to thugs in Kalijodo park, North Jakarta, who reportedly illegally ask for parking fees from visitors, to participate in his signature entrepreneurship "OK OCE" program, in hopes of giving them a chance to engage in positive activities.

Media mogul files report against investigative journalist Allan Nairn
Jakarta Globe – April 26, 2017
Hary Tanoesoedibjo, an Indonesian media mogul and chairman of the Indonesian Unity Party, or Perindo, filed a police report on Tuesday (25/04) against an article written by senior investigative journalist Allan Nairn which mentions Hary as one of the main supporters in an alleged treason plot against President Widodo's administration.

India clears Lipstick Under My Burkha for restricted release
BBC News – April 26, 2017
An appeals board of India's film censor authority has cleared an award-winning Hindi language film for limited release.

Jakarta's sharia future still long way off
Jakarta Post – April 25, 2017
After riding a wave of growing religious conservatism to win the Jakarta gubernatorial election, presumptive governor-elect Anies Baswedan and his running mate, Sandiaga Uno, recently announced a series of policies in favor of Muslims in the city.

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'Drastic situation' for minorities in Myanmar – March 20, 2017
The fall of Park Geun-hye – Kim Bullimore. March 16, 2017
Socialist leader assassinated in the Philippines – March 10, 2017
Trump's China aggression drawing Australia closer to war – By Tom Bramble. February 5, 2017
Refugees on Manus Island and Nauru should be brought to Australia – By Con Karavias. February 5, 2017
Mass arrests in Indonesia during West Papua protests – By Arnold Belau. December 2, 2016
Big anti-government protests continue in South Korea – By Kim Bullimore. November 22, 2016
Malaysian students threatened by Monash University – By Tess Dimos. November 21, 2016

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Indonesia: Journalists under assault
Human Rights Watch Statement – April 26, 2017
The Indonesian government should adopt measures to ensure that state security forces who physically attack journalists are suspended and appropriately prosecuted, Human Rights Watch said today.

UK: Tobacco giant should respect human rights
Human Rights Watch Statement – April 25, 2017
British American Tobacco (BAT) should strengthen its processes for identifying and addressing human rights risks in its global supply chain, Human Rights Watch and Swedwatch said today in an open letter to shareholders.

Indonesia: Release gay men at risk of torture
Human Rights Watch Statement – April 9, 2017
Indonesian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release two men detained in Aceh province under a local ordinance that criminalizes homosexuality, Human Rights Watch said today.

RSF asks Indonesia's president to let journalists work in West Papua
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) News Release – March 31, 2017
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Indonesian President Joko Widodo to keep his election promise to allow local and international journalists to operate in West Papua, the Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea, without obstruction or surveillance.

France: Press Indonesia on key rights concerns
Human Rights Watch News Release – March 26, 2017
French President Francois Hollande should publicly urge the Indonesian government to address the country's persistent human rights problems during his upcoming visit to Jakarta, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president.

Public Statement: Celebrating International Women's Day – Be Bold For Change
Timor-Leste Women's Communication Forum (FOKUPERS) – March 8, 2017
Today, on 8 March 2017, we come together as a collective of Timorese organisations to put forward our call for positive change; to bring about equality, justice and freedom for all women.

Indonesia: Blasphemy sentences are an injustice that must be reversed
Amnesty International News Release – March 7, 2017
The Indonesian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release three people convicted under the country's blasphemy laws for peacefully practicing their beliefs, Amnesty International said today.

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Indonesia: Trump's Indonesian allies in bed with ISIS-backed militia seeking to oust elected president
The Intercept – April 19, 2017
Associates of Donald Trump in Indonesia have joined army officers and a vigilante street movement linked to ISIS in a campaign that ultimately aims to oust the country's president.

Indonesia: A former first lady presses on for a tolerant, feminist Islam – New York Times. April 7, 2017
The transgender Muslim women gazed around the reception room with wonder. It was loaded with lavish tributes from foreign rulers: gold filigreed swords from Kuwait, elaborately painted Chinese urns and elegantly framed Quranic verses.

East Timor: Southeast Asia's newest nation faces an election that could make or break its future – Southeast Asia Globe – January 16, 2017
With much of the population living in poverty and oil wealth running dry, Timor-Leste's upcoming elections could be the public's most important decision since independence.

Indonesia: Bigger than Ahok: explaining the 2 December mass rally – Indonesia at Melbourne – December 7, 2016
On 2 December, a vast number of Muslims crowded into Jakarta's central park, Medan Merdeka, and surrounding suburbs for what organisers called "Defending Islam Action III" (Aksi Bela Islam III).

Indonesia: Old politics rises to challenge new politics in Jakarta – ISEAS Perspectives – November 22, 2016
A comment by Jakarta Governor Basuki Cahaya Purnama on the use of a verse from the Quran in campaigning against him has been seized upon by sections of political Islam to escalate their attacks against him.

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-Earlier this week
Governor hopeful says you can be LGBTI just don't put it on social media
Gay Star News – April 25, 2017
A rising political star in Indonesia has said he does not want LGBTI people flaunting their lives on social.

The airbrushing of history – 1917 to 2017
Online Opinion – April 24, 2017
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty Four. It was with great interest that I recently read the following news item:

Labor union condemns alleged shooting on Freeport workers
Jakarta Post – April 24, 2017
Andi Gani Nena Wea, president of the Indonesian Workers Union Confederation (KSPSI), lamented the actions of police officers who allegedly fired shots at PT Freeport Indonesia workers during a rally in Timika, Papua.

Company threatens workers over plans to strike at West Papua mine
Radio New Zealand International – April 24, 2017
The global mining giant, Freeport McMoRan, is threatening to punish workers at its Indonesian unit who are threatening to strike over employment conditions.

Charge Rodrigo Duterte with mass murder, lawyer tells The Hague
New York Times – April 24, 2017
A Filipino lawyer asked the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday to charge President Rodrigo Duterte and 11 other Philippine officials with mass murder and crimes against humanity in the killings of thousands of people over three decades.

East Timorese heroes of Australian war
Eureka Street – April 23, 2017
In the great traditions of Australian war remembrance we remember all those Australian youngsters who died in the World Wars and since. What is often forgotten, however, is the toll on the Timorese people in World War II on behalf of Australians.

Indonesia does not need caliphate, MUI chief says amid social media frenzy
Jakarta Post – April 23, 2017
Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) chairman Ma'ruf Amin stated on Saturday that a caliphate, a system of Islamic rule under a leader considered a successor to Prophet Muhammad, was not suitable for Indonesia, since the country had adopted the system of a republic.

After big win in Jakarta, Gerindra targets 2019 presidential election
Jakarta Globe – April 23, 2017
The Great Indonesia Movement Party, or Gerindra, the main backer of Anies Baswedan's run for governorship in Jakarta, is optimistic about its chances of winning the 2019 presidential election after quick count results pointed to a comprehensive win for Anies and running mate Sandiaga Uno.

Junta lies and repression continue
Ugly Truth Thailand – April 23, 2017
Meechai Ruchupan, the Thai military junta's pet legal expert on the destruction of democracy, has been complaining about people who keep demanding freedom and elections.

Indonesia military denies Ahok protests part of army-backed plot to oust Jokowi
Asian Correspondent – April 22, 2017
From the ashes of the recent Jakarta poll has arisen a story of an insidious behind-the-scenes campaign to overthrow Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, but the country's military, whose members have been linked to the plot, has quickly moved to stop its spread.

It wasn't just religious hatred that cost Ahok the Jakarta vote
Asian Correspondent – April 22, 2017
"Destiny is in God's hands," said Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama on Wednesday night as he conceded the Jakarta gubernatorial election. "God gives power and God also takes it away."

Jakarta polls a proxy for 2019 Jokowi v Prabowo race
Straits Times – April 22, 2017
The dust has yet to settle on Wednesday's election in Jakarta, but the political narrative has already gone national, shifting to Indonesia's presidential race even though it is not due until 2019.

Police shooting victims treated at Mimika Hospital
Jakarta Post – April 22, 2017
Two employees of US-based gold and copper mining company PT Freeport Indonesia, who were victims of a rubber bullet shooting allegedly committed by Timika police personnel on Thursday, are receiving intensive medical treatment at Mimika Regional General Hospital (RSUD) in Timika, Papua.

House inquiry would obstruct e-ID probe: KPK
Jakarta Post – April 22, 2017
The political ramifications of the multi-trillion-rupiah e-ID corruption scandal have begun to unfold. The House plans to exercise its legislative right of inquiry in a bid to force the KPK to release interview records where the alleged roles of a number of lawmakers in the case are said to be mentioned.

Freeport collects export permit after Pence visit
Reuters – April 21, 2017
Freeport McMoRan Inc collected a permit to resume copper exports from Indonesia on Friday after a hiatus of more than three months, hours after a state visit by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who discussed the copper miner's dispute with Jakarta.

Faith, politics, business: Why US Vice-President Mike Pence visited Indonesia
Sydney Morning Herald – April 21, 2017
A day after Jakarta's Christian governor was ousted in an election riven with religious tension, US Vice-President Mike Pence pronounced that "Indonesia's tradition of moderate Islam frankly is an inspiration to the world".

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