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  • After shooting, an uneasy calm in Papua – Radio New Zealand International. March 24, 2015. There's an uneasy calm in Yahukimo regency of Indonesia's Papua province following an incident at a West Papuan fundraising event which left a person dead.
  • Legislators urge Papua police to complete Paniai case – Tabloid JUBI. March 24, 2015. A legislator urged the Papua Police to thoroughly investigate the shooting case of a number of civilians in Paniai on December 8, 2014.
  • Junta use pseudo-legal action against Yingluk – Red Thai Socialist. March 21, 2015. Let us be clear. The junta's pseudo-legal action against former Prime Minister Yingluk Shinawat, over her role in the rice price support scheme for farmers, is a deliberate attempt to ban Yingluk from politics and it is designed to destroy democracy.
  • Freeport Indonesia blockade enters 5th day, output still halted – Jakarta Globe. March 20, 2015. A blockade by workers at Freeport-McMoRan's Indonesian mine extended into a fifth day on Friday, a union official said, with output still halted but maintenance workers allowed into the Grasberg site by protesters.
  • Burma's military to maintain political role, president says – Reuters. March 20, 2015. FBurma's military will maintain its role in politics in order to support a transition to democracy but will eventually submit to civilian rule, President Thein Sein said in an interview broadcast on Friday.
  • Police assaulted and gun stolen in Papua at fundraiser – Jakarta Globe. March 19, 2015. A policeman was assaulted and his firearm stolen during a fundraising event in the separatist eastern province of Papua on Thursday, Indonesian police told the Jakarta Globe.
  • Child smoker rate alarming: KNPT – Jakarta Post. March 19, 2015. Activists have lambasted President Widodo for his lenient approach to tobacco use. The National Commission on Tobacco Control has said that while concerned about narcotics, the government is seemingly paying less attention to the negative impacts of tobacco on younger generations.
  • PDI-P named most corrupt political party – Jakarta Post. March 19, 2015. A government plan to ease a remission regulation for corruption convicts has been described as a way of protecting members of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI-P) from legal charges, the party having suffered more corruption convictions than any other over the past decade.
  • Sexual abuse of children on the rise – Jakarta Post. March 19, 2015. Experts and activists have urged all stakeholders to pay serious attention to sexual violence against children as the number of reported cases has increased over the years.
  • Yingluck Shinawatra: Former leader of Thailand to face trial over rice subsidy scheme – ABC Radio Australia. March 19, 2015. Thailand's former prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, has been ordered to stand trial on charges of negligence over a bungled rice subsidy scheme.
  • Sri Lanka plans to lift 'terrorist' ban on Tamil groups abroad, including Australian Tamil Congress – Agence France Presse. March 19, 2015. Sri Lanka's new government has announced plans to remove 16 groups and hundreds of Tamils from a list of "foreign terrorists" as part of reconciliation with its largest ethnic minority.
  • Another military figure arrested for illegal logging – Jakarta Post. March 18, 2015. Mount Leuser National Park (TNGL) rangers have arrested a Navy sailor on suspicion of illegal logging in the Leuser Park protected forest in Langkat regency, North Sumatra.
  • Thai Junta uses torture and kidnappings – Red Thai Socialist. March 18, 2015. The "Thai Lawyers For Human Rights" have issued a declaration condemning the military junta's treatment of 4 of the 9 defendants who are accused of throwing an RGD-5 hand-grenade into the car park of the Criminal Court.
  • Myanmar 'midnight inspections' remnants of military rule – Associated Press. March 18, 2015. The knock at the door of her family's home came without warning in the dead of night, just as it always did during Myanmar's long era of military rule.
  • NLD expels 20,000 white card holders from party – Irrawaddy. March 17, 2015. The National League for Democracy (NLD) has expelled more than 20,000 temporary identification card holders from the party's membership, purging noncitizens from its ranks in compliance with a legislative mandate.
  • A disturbing pattern of permissiveness to graft – Jakarta Globe Editorial. March 17, 2015. It's hard to look at the government's recent capitulations in the fight against corruption and write them off as minor setbacks, misguided policies, or sheer ineptitude on the part of the officials responsible.
  • KPK's oversight of sentence cuts under threat – Jakarta Post. March 17, 2015. Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly said Monday he was considering stripping the authority of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to decide on remission proposals for graft convicts.
  • Justice minister blasted for bid to go easy on graft convicts – Jakarta Globe. March 17, 2015. Antigraft officials have greeted with dismay a plan by the justice minister to make it easier for corruption convicts to qualify for sentence reductions, in what is shaping up to be the latest concession by the administration of President Joko Widodo in the fight against graft.
  • PDI-P, Golkar seal partnership – Jakarta Post. March 17, 2015. The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Golkar Party have agreed to team up in the legislative institution in order to smooth the way for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's policies.
  • Bali nine: Executions could be delayed months as judges re-examine Filipina maid's case – Sydney Morning Herald. March 17, 2015. The Indonesian Supreme Court has agreed to review the case of a Filipina drug courier scheduled to be shot at the same time as the Bali nine duo, potentially delaying the executions for months.
  • Four Thai activists to face military court in 'landmark case' – Reuters. March 17, 2015. Four Thai activists are to face military court on charges of violating junta orders banning public gatherings in what a rights group on Monday called a "landmark case" that could stir indignation at strict military rule.
  • Churches demand KPP HAM for Paniai tragedy – Jakarta Post. March 17, 2015. Church leaders grouped under an ecumenical cooperation forum in Papua have urged President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to establish a Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights Violations (KPP HAM) to probe the Paniai tragedy.
  • Timor-Leste will not give up in dispute over oil, maritime boundary: former leader Xanana Gusmao – ABC News. March 17, 2015. Timor-Leste's former leader Xanana Gusmao has again warned Australia that his fledgling nation will not back away from a dispute between the two countries over lucrative oil reserves below the Timor Sea.
  • Attorney General says Budi Gunawan case lacks evidence – Jakarta Post. March 16, 2015. The Attorney General's Office (AGO) said on Sunday that its investigators had found that the dossiers of Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan, who was accused of being involved in bribery by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), lack evidence.
  • Government grilled for going soft on graft – Jakarta Post. March 16, 2015. While the crisis between the National Police and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) recedes, the government has drawn further ire with a plan to relax a 2012 remission policy for corruption convicts, allowing them more sentence reductions.
  • Bali nine executions: Phone-tapping rumours surround delay – Sydney Morning Herald. March 16, 2015. Indonesian parliamentarians are publicly questioning the fact that 10 prisoners on death row, including Bali nine organisers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, have not yet been killed.
  • Daughter of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim arrested for sedition – Agence France Presse. March 16, 2015. The eldest daughter of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says she has been arrested for sedition after reading out in Parliament parts of a speech by her father criticising his recent jailing.
  • Workers block access to Grasberg mine in labor dispute – Jakarta Globe. March 16, 2015. Freeport's operations at the Grasberg mine in Papua are being hampered, the company confirmed on Monday, as hundreds of upset employees were blocking access to the facility.
  • Aust hypocritical on sea disputes: Gusmao – Australian Associated Press. March 16, 2015. East Timor's former leader Xanana Gusmao has attacked Australia for hypocrisy over maritime boundary disputes. The two nations are at loggerheads over plans to develop the Greater Sunrise gas field in the Timor Sea.

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