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Nations diplomacy for West Papua puts New Zealand to shame The Daily
Blog. October 19, 2016. Something remarkable happened this year at the
United Nations General Assembly. Seven Pacific nations used the occasion
to speak out for their neighbours in Indonesian-controlled West Papua.
could remove online stories Jakarta Post. October 19, 2016. The House
of Representatives and the government have agreed to include the controversial
"right to be forgotten" provision in the amendment of the much-criticized
2008 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law, which is set to
be endorsed by the end of next week, says a top lawmaker.
gives 'political support' to Semen Indonesia against Kendeng people
Jakarta Post. October 19, 2016. House of Representatives Commission VI
head Teguh Juwarno has said the House would secure enough votes to support
the operation of state-owned PT Semen Indonesia's cement factory in Rembang,
Central Java, following a Supreme Court case review decision in favor of
the people of Kendeng mountain.
dogs 'must be renamed' in Malaysia, says religious government body
BBC News. October 19, 2016. Food outlets selling hot dogs in Malaysia
have been asked to rename their products or risk being refused halal certification.
The Malaysian Islamic Development Department, a religious government body,
said it adopted the ruling after complaints from Muslim tourists.
police van rams protesters in front of US Embassy Associated Press.
October 19, 2016. A Philippine police van rammed into protesters, leaving
several bloodied, as an anti-U.S. rally turned violent Wednesday at the
American Embassy in Manila.
president needs to prioritize human rights in Papua UCA News. October
18, 2016. Indonesian President Joko Widodo's development of Papua needs
more emphasis on human rights, according to activists.
royal death: 'Social sanction' urged against critics BBC News. October
18, 2016. Thailand's justice minister has asked people to take action against
those who insult the monarchy following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
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has turned Nauru into an open-air prison Amnesty International News
Release. October 17, 2016
Halt chemical castration Amnesty International Public Statement.
October 13, 2016
journalists on trial for defamation Amnesty International Urgent
Action. October 12, 2016
Indonesian security forces and vigilantes forcibly disperse peaceful discussion
about 1965-1966 massacre Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal.
October 11, 2016
Army attack and intimidation against journalist covering traffic incident
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal. October 4, 2016
Close gap between rhetoric and reality on 1965 mass human rights violations
Joint Public Statement. October 1, 2016
Government must earnestly address human rights violation in Papua
Asian Human Rights Commission Statement. September 30, 2016
Torture victims must be heard Amnesty International Press Release.
September 28, 2016
activist escaped abduction attempt Amnesty International Urgent Action.
September 27, 2016
do not agree with the statement of Julie Bishop' Timor-Leste Universities
Movement (MUTL) Press Conference. September 26, 2016
Weak independent team fails to prove involvement of high ranking officials
in illegal drug trade Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal.
September 22, 2016
Environmental activist reported to the police and charged for rejection
of Benoa Bay Reclamation Plan Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent
Appeal. September 20, 2016
arrests of KNPB activists in Yakuhimo Australian West Papua Association
(Sydney) Media Release. September 18, 2016
Countries should support re-inscription of West Papua on the decolonisation
list Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. September
urges justice for Munir on 12th anniversary of assassination East
Timor and Indonesia Action Network Statement. September 7, 2016
Justice for Munir, Justice for all is it true Mr. President? Asian
Human Rights Commission Statement. September 5, 2016
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politics and culture of Indonesian and its relationships with Australia
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report row suggests reluctance of govt to resolve case Jakarta Post.
October 18, 2016. The murder case is simple. There was a victim. Then there
was an investigation that later delivered the results of the probe. And
the results were documented.
peoples lead push for Papuan decolonisation Radio New Zealand International.
October 18, 2016. An academic specialising in West Papua says Pacific Islands
peoples are taking the lead on issues of decolonisation within the region.
flogs 13 young people for breaking its strict Islamic laws Agence
France Presse. October 19, 2016. A young woman screamed in pain as she
was caned in front of a jeering crowd in Aceh, Indonesia, the latest person
to be punished after being found guilty of breaking the province's strict
law returns to haunt netizens Jakarta Post. October 18, 2016. Amid
the clamor of the Jakarta gubernatorial election, a draconian cyber law
that has seen hundreds of netizens imprisoned looks set to be passed once
again following a period of revision.
call on Timor-Leste PM to drop defamation complaint against reporters
Global Voices. October 18, 2016. Journalists around the world are trying
to get the prime minister of Timor-Leste (East Timor) to abandon a criminal
complaint against two Timor-Post reporters who say he was involved in government
of despair': Australia intentionally torturing refugees on Nauru, says
major Amnesty International report Sydney Morning Herald. October
18, 2016. The Australian government is responsible for the deliberate and
systematic torture of refugees on Nauru and should be held accountable
under international law, according to a major new report informed by unprecedented
access to the secretive island.
keeps promise, but distrust lingers Jakarta Post. October 17, 2016.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is slated to visit Papua today to inaugurate
a new airport in the impoverished Yahukimo regency, deep in the mountains
of the country's easternmost region, which comprises the provinces of Papua
and West Papua.
arrest three separatist leaders Jakarta Post. October 17, 2016. Papua
Police have arrested three people for alleged criminal activities and their
involvement in a separatist organization, the Papua National Liberation
Force (TPN), in Paniai.
owners' interference threat to press freedom Jakarta Post. October
17, 2016. Press freedom in the country is in relatively good shape, however,
the independence of media organizations is threatened by growing interference
by certain groups in society as well as media owners, according to a study
by the Press Council.
of secrecy persists 18 years after democratic reforms Jakarta Post.
October 17, 2016. When the Central Information Commission (KIP) ruled last
week that an investigative report on the murder of human rights activist
Munir Said Thalib was public information that needed to be disclosed, hopes
were high that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo might finally shed some new
light on the case.
howl at palm oil bill Jakarta Post. October 17, 2016. With Indonesia
facing land and forest fires every year that are mostly man-made disasters
that have degraded the health of its citizens as well as that of its neighbors,
the government has vowed to improve the sustainability of its agroforestry
sector, particularly the palm oil industry.
lays out plans for prison reform Jakarta Post. October 17, 2016.
The Law and Human Rights Ministry is set to increase the capacity of penitentiaries
nationwide by 5,000 by the end of the year in an effort to help ease overcrowding
in correctional facilities.
made to bow before Thai king's portrait over alleged royal family criticism
ABC News. October 17, 2016. A woman in Thailand has been forced to publicly
bow before a portrait of the country's late king after she allegedly posted
comments on social media critical of the royal family.
human rights progress in two years: Activists Jakarta Globe. October
16, 2016. Human rights activists have slammed the president saying he has
not fulfilled campaign promises of investigation past cases of rights abuses,
rights leaders said on the two year anniversary of President Joko "Jokowi"
bad is hunger in Asia? Asia News Network. October 16, 2016. Placed
29 in a ranking of 118 developing countries, China has the lowest level
of hunger in Asia, according to the newly-released Global Hunger Index.
Many other Asian countries still stand out for their poor performance in
reducing their overall hunger rate.
requests Indonesia response to allegations of violent discrimination
Fiji Times. October 15, 2016. The request made by the UN Committee on
the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) to Indonesia to formally
respond to allegations of racial violence and discrimination against Papuans
by November is a sign that the attitude of the UN to West Papua's case
is beginning to change.
Police to beef up security for 2017 elections Jakarta Post. October
15, 2016. Around 10,000 security personnel from the National Police, the
Indonesian Military (TNI) and the Community Protection Agency (linmas)
will be deployed to guard the 2017 general elections in Papua.
begins hunt for missing Munir report Jakarta Post. October 15, 2016.
The Attorney General's Office (AGO) has begun searching for the whereabouts
of a fact-finding team's report of the investigation into the murder of
human rights defender Munir Said Thalib, which it says is key to reopening
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