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-Latest News
  • Rights activists to present their case at MK hearings – Jakarta Post. August 25, 2016. With conservative academics dominating the hearings of a judicial review request to outlaw extra-marital sex at the Constitutional Court (MK), where they lashed out at what they called "liberal values", human rights defenders have come forward, asking to be given a say in the matter.
  • Maori students in NZ march for West Papua – Radio New Zealand International. August 25, 2016. Hundreds of Maori students marched to New Zealand's parliament today calling for freedom for West Papua. The march was met at the steps of parliament by MPs from various political parties, who spoke of their concern about Indonesian state oppression in the Papua region.
  • Pacific women call for investigation of women's rights in West Papua – Radio New Zealand International. August 25, 2016. Pacific women are calling for an independent mission to investigate violence against women in Indonesia's Papua region. The call comes from the Pacific Women's Network Against Violence Against Women which represents policy makers and front line workers from 13 Pacific countries.
  • Military in spotlight for meddling in civilian affairs – Jakarta Post. August 24, 2016. Haeril Halim, Arya Dipa and Margareth S. Aritonang, Jakarta/Bandung –Concerns over the growing role of the Indonesian Military (TNI) in civilian affairs have emerged after a group of young people in Bandung, West Java, claimed they were assaulted by military personnel while running a makeshift library at night in the city's downtown.
  • MK justices want casual sex outlawed – Jakarta Post. August 24, 2016. Any sexual relations outside marriage could soon be outlawed in this country, with some Constitutional Court (MK) justices signaling their support for the idea, which is currently under consideration at the court.
  • Sexual activity outside marriage 'should be regulated' – Jakarta Post. August 24, 2016. Expert witnesses from a group of scholars and activists that requested the revision of three articles (284, 285, and 292) in the Criminal Code (KUHP) on adultery and sodomy defended their standpoints at the Constitutional Court, saying the activities should be categorized as crimes to deter people from doing them.

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-Earlier this week
  • Teams struggle to make progress on Freddy's claims – Jakarta Post. August 24, 2016. The government's insistence on capital punishment is once more in the spotlight as state institutions struggle to unravel claims made by executed drug lord Freddy Budiman that state security personnel were involved in the narcotics trade.
  • More women opt for divorce despite risks – Jakarta Post. August 24, 2016. A growing number of Indonesian Muslim women are opting for divorce rather than staying in an abusive marriage, even though the country's legislation does not guarantee their rights after they split up.
  • Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims: Glimmer of hope at last? – BBC News. August 24, 2016. There haven't been many good moments for Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims in the last four years. This country's dramatic political changes have passed them by. Greater democracy has not brought greater respect for the stateless Rohingya's human rights.
  • Killings soar in the Philippines amid President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drugs crackdown – Sydney Morning Herald. August 23, 2016. Rodrigo Duterte warned before he was swept into power in the Philippines that fish would grow fat in Manila Bay from eating the bodies of criminals.
  • Red scare to stay as govt keeps ban on communism – Jakarta Post. August 23, 2016. The government has retained articles banning communism in a proposed revision of the Criminal Code (KUHP), raising concerns that a crackdown on cultural events and anything else related to the ideology will continue.
  • Australia continues to be shamefully silent on Indonesia's human rights abuses – The Conversation. August 22, 2016. Here's the glaring omission in Australian Attorney-General George Brandis' list of issues raised with Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in Jakarta this month: human rights.
  • Indonesia's Jokowi makes a questionable appointment – East Asia Forum. August 22, 2016. In July, Indonesian President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo courted controversy by appointing a former New Order general who has been accused of human rights abuses, Wiranto, as Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs.
  • Indonesian fishermen implicate Oz in Montara oil spill – Jakarta Post. August 23, 2016. Indonesian fishermen from East Nusa Tenggara kicked off their legal battle on Monday at an Australian court, demanding justice for an oil spill in the Montara oil field that has destroyed their livelihoods for the past seven years.
  • Western governments' responses to Thai referendum: Predictably weak – Ugly Truth Thailand. August 21, 2016. In this blog I have long argued that while any "international bad press" about the Thai junta, generated by the comments from Western governments is welcome, none of these governments can be relied upon or trusted to maintain a principled stand against the military dictatorship.
  • Sexist, discriminatory policies proliferate in regions – Jakarta Post. August 20, 2016. If you are a woman residing in Sumedang, West Java, going out alone at night may now pose problems. The city has issued a regional bylaw stipulating that anyone with an "eye-catching appearance", one that could encourage others to engage in sexual behavior, shall be punished.
  • Early marriage campaign gains ground – Jakarta Post. August 20, 2016. The hashtag #NikahMuda (#MarriedYoung) recently went viral after Muhammad Alvin Faiz, the 17-year-old son of popular Islamic preacher Arifin Ilham, married a 20-year-old named Larissa Chou earlier this month.
  • Executions: RI disregards its own laws – Jakarta Post. August 20, 2016. Recently, the Attorney General's Office (AGO) held another round of executions and, similar to last year's executions, all those executed were drug offenders.
  • Rights body probes Air Force violence – Jakarta Post. August 19, 2016. The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) is launching an investigation into the recent violence carried out by Air Force personnel against residents and journalists during a protest in Sari Rejo, Medan, North Sumatra.
  • Wiranto and low trust in Papua – Jakarta Post. August 18, 2016. Trust is the most crucial factor for a state dealing with regional dissatisfactions that turn to conflict. And the absence of this vital prerequisite for constructive engagement is clear to see when there have been no truly genuine and consistent efforts to build it.
  • Military brutality caught on camera – Jakarta Post. August 17, 2016. Acts of violence by Indonesian Air Force personnel during a clash with residents of Sari Rejo subdistrict, Medan Polonia district, on Monday, were recorded by a CCTV camera at Al-Hasanah Mosque on Jl. Teratai, Medan, North Sumatra.

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