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minister Ryacudu says no need to apologies to PKI families Merdeka.
August 19, 2015. Defense minister Ryamizard Ryacudu says that the government
does not need to apologise to the families of former Indonesian Communist
Party (PKI) members, saying that the PKI killed seven generals and organised
a coup in Indonesia.
flags burnt in protests over news of PKI apology Merdeka. August
15, 2015. Hundreds of people took to the streets to demonstrate in front
of the Grahadi building in the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya
on the afternoon of Thursday August 13. During the action, the protesters
also set fire to red hammer-and-sickle flags.
meets with Jakarta military commander to discuss PKI communist threat
Peka News. August 14, 2015. Finally, in the midst of rumours about the
rise of the new PKI during the era of President Jokowi, a delegation from
the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) met with the Jakarta Military Commander
Major General Agus Sutomo at his headquarters on Tuesday August 10.
tribunal into 1965 killings to be held in Den Haag in November Tempo.
August 13, 2015. Human rights activists, academics and journalists have
initiated the formation of a people's tribunal into the 1965 mass killings.
The tribunal is planned to be held in the Den Haag, Netherlands, in November
security minister Luhut lauds Suharto's New Order stability Sindo
News. August 13, 2015. Newly appointed Coordinating Minister for Political,
Legal and Security Affairs retired General Luhut Binsar Panjaitan has called
on ministers and heads of government institutions under the ministry to
cooperate to create national stability.
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horrific abuse exposed on Nauru By Tim Arnot. August 18, 2015
Papuans commemorate a day of betrayal By Ben Hillier. August 15,
Japanese anti-war resistance during WWII -- By Kaye Broadbent and Tom
August 7, 2015
Korean government cracks down on dissent By Kim Bullimore. August
stock market crash shows madness of the market Tom Bramble. July 12,
students throw down a challenge in Thailand By Giles Ji Ungpakorn
Papua: a hard choice, but a simple one Dan McGarry. June 23, 2015
arrests escalate in West Papua as regional summit draws closer By
Ben Hillier. June 7, 2015
conference calls for end to Rohingya genocide Helen Jarvis. June
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New military chief needs to tackle abuses Human Rights Watch Statement.
August 13 2015
'lost decade' for victims of Indonesia's Aceh conflict Amnesty International
Statement. August 13 2015
Papua at PIF meet WP Action Auckland letter in Solomon Star. August
Papua must be raised at the 46th Pacific Islands Forum West Papua
Action Auckland Press Release. August 2, 2015
West Papua solidarity movement rejects Reclaim Australia public statement
West Papua Media. July 27, 2015
letter to Pacific Islands Forum leaders Australia West Papua Association
(Sydney). July 27, 2015
Army forcibly sealing off houses in Gunung Sari, ignoring legal procedures
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal. July 24, 2015
Police attack and shoot at 10 Papuan youth, killing one and injuring others
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal. July 23, 2015
Stop fabrication of charges and ensure continuation of police reform
Asian Human Rights Commission Statement. July 16, 2015
Time to release all political prisoners in Papua and West Papua provinces
and revise the Penal Code Open Letter by the Asian Human Rights Commission.
July 8, 2015
years since the Biak Massacre West Papuan people still oppressed
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media release. July 4, 2015
Environmental activist attacked and stabbed to death by Indonesian navy
personnel Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal. June 29, 2015
Papua makes history with political recognition Free West Papua Statement.
June 26, 2015
Papuan activists detained and charged Amnesty International Urgent
Action. June 23, 2015
West Papuans petition Melanesian foreign ministers Free West Papua
Statement. June 23, 2015
Papua, represented by the ULMWP must be at the MSG table Australia
West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. June 22, 2015
of US Congress call for action on long detained prisoners of conscience
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After the spill: Montara's murky shadow lingers six years on Independent
Australia. August 25, 2015
The politics of Widodos prioritisation of accelerated infrastructure construction
ISEAS Perspective. August 18, 2015
'The Look of Silence': Will new film force us to acknowledge role in 1965
Indonesian genocide? Reuters. August 3, 2015
Papua: MSG's challenge, Indonesia's Melanesian foray Pacific Islands
Reports. June 16, 2015
Papua: Press freedom in Papua? New Mandala. May 11, 2015
The dirty fossil fuel secret behind Burma's democratic fairytale
The Guardian. April 26, 2015
What we've got here is failure to communicate New Mandala. April
Widodo, the death sentence and Indonesia's political vacuum Max Lane.
March 13, 2015
Aceh stays strong on shariah law despite criticism Jakarta Globe.
March 9, 2015
Jokowi: modern man of the people or divine clown? New Mandala. March
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families file lawsuit against Jokowi Jakarta Post. August 27, 2015.
Twenty-one families from Semarang in Central Java have filed a lawsuit
against President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo over the demolition of their houses
by the Indonesian Army. The lawsuit was filed on Wednesday at Semarang
Kong student leader Joshua Wong charged over protests Agence France
Presse. August 27, 2015. Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong slammed police
Thursday for what he called a "political prosecution" after he was charged
over protests which led to last year's mass pro-democracy street rallies.
freedom groups rally in support of gagged Malaysian press Pacific
Scoop. August 27, 2015. Global media freedom groups and protesters have
been putting pressure on Malaysian authorities over a crackdown on The
Edge Financial Daily and The Edge Weekly newspapers, which have recently
been suspended for three months.
Prime Minister Najib Razak dodging anti-corruption spotlight Sydney
Morning Herald. August 27, 2015. Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib
Razak has cancelled a speech at the world's top anti-corruption conference
as he refuses to explain $US700 million ($982 million) in his personal
Aid Institute lawyers concerned by role of military, police in eviction
Jakarta Post. August 26, 2015. Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta)
lawyers have expressed their concern over the role of military and police
personnel in a number of evictions, including the one in Kampung Pulo,
Jatinegara, East Jakarta.
panned over $10m website, likely copied and signifying nothing Jakarta
Globe. August 26, 2015. Indonesia's chief welfare minister has come under
fire for spending Rp 140 billion ($9.86 million) setting up a website that
apparently copies the code from a Barack Obama supporters' site and does
protester shot dead in fresh clashes as India pleads for calm Sydney
Morning Herald. August 26, 2015. Police have shot dead a protester in Nepal
as fresh clashes erupted a day after an 18-month-old boy and seven police
officers died during demonstrations against a new constitution.
palm companies in Nabire using Brimob to terrorise local villagers
West Papua Media. August 25, 2015. Nabire based human rights activist
Gunawan Inggeruhi has stated that an oil palm company managed by PT New
Nabire and PT SAD, has caused uneasiness amongst citizens of Wami and Sima,
Yaur district, in Nabire region.
Java farmers, Army urged to settle land dispute in court Jakarta
Post. August 25, 2015. Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has called
on the Army and local farmers in Kebumen to immediately take their long-standing
dispute over the management of a 1,000-hectare plot of land in the regency
into court to prevent their conflict from escalating.
evictions until standard procedures drafted: Komnas HAM Jakarta Post.
August 25, 2015. While reiterating support for the city administration's
development plans, National Commission on Human Rights the Jakarta Legal
Aid Foundation and local activists have demanded that the administration
impose a moratorium on forced evictions until standard procedures on relocation
are drawn up.
use violence when interrogating suspects: Kontras Jakarta Post. August
25, 2015. The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras)
reported on Monday that from May to August it received several reports
of extreme violence perpetrated by officers of the National Police against
urged to tackle weakening of Judicial Commission Jakarta Post. August
24, 2015. Anti-graft watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) and the
Indonesian Legal Aid Institute Foundation (YLBHI) are calling on President
Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to tackle ongoing attempts to weaken the Judicial
Commission (KY) by stopping legal attacks on two KY commissioners.
election nears, survey offers insight into voters' views Irrawaddy.
August 24, 2015. Preliminary data released on Monday by an Asian research
institution offer a window into the mindset of Burma's little-understood
electorate just over two weeks ahead of the start of the Nov. 8 election's
official campaign season.
not enough to address the painful past: Activists Jakarta Globe.
August 23, 2015. Activists called for an overarching judicial approach
to Indonesia's past human rights violations at conference on Friday, saying
reconciliation wasn't enough to heal wounds.
nine pair bribery claims: investigation ends without key witnesses
Sydney Morning Herald. August 23, 2015. Indonesian authorities have shut
down an investigation into allegations that judges asked for bribes in
exchange for more lenient sentences for executed Bali nine pair Myuran
Sukumaran and Andrew Chan without interviewing the judges and a key lawyer
involved in the case.
red flags 10 KPK commissioner candidates Jakarta Post. August 23,
2015. Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has noted bad track records for
10 out of 19 candidates shortlisted to lead the Corruption Eradication
disorganised left Red Thai Socialist. August 23, 2015. Forty years
ago left-wing political parties in Thailand managed to win 14.4% of the
vote or 2.5 million votes in the General Election of 1975.
the latest of many challenges for Thailand's junta Associated Press.
August 23, 2015. When a military coup last year ended months of political
turmoil and violence in Thailand, even some democracy advocates welcomed
the junta's promise to restore stability and return "happiness to the people".
opposes apology for 1965 purge Jakarta Post. August 22, 2015. The
House of Representatives has criticized the government's plan to issue
an apology to families and victims of the 1965 communist purge.
force Aceh victims to shake hands with the devil Jakarta Post. August
21, 2015. Ten years ago at the end of summer in Helsinki, the government
and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) signed a memorandum of understanding to
end more than 30 years of the conflict in the province.
blast: Shock turns to anger and distrust after massive explosions
Sydney Morning Herald. August 21, 2015. In the initial aftermath of the
massive, chemical-fuelled explosions which ripped through the north-eastern
Chinese port city of Tianjin, the reaction was one of shock and grief.
release unclear despite signs from Jakarta Radio New Zealand International.
August 20, 2015. It remains unclear whether the West Papuan activist Filep
Karma will soon walk free from Abepura Prison in Indonesia's eastern region.
expected to accelerate reconciliation Jakarta Post. August 20, 2015.
Hopes are high for newly appointed Coordinating Political, Legal and Security
Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan to speed up the ongoing process
to settle past rights abuses, which has been sluggish due to political
policewomen battle sexism at every level Thomson Reuters Foundation.
August 20, 2015. India's police force is not only drastically short of
women, it is also plagued by sexism, with women given menial duties, bypassed
for promotion and scared to report sexual harassment by male colleagues,
a study said on Wednesday.
parliament approves contentious race and religion bills Irrawaddy.
August 20, 2015. Burma's Union Parliament has approved two bills
that place restrictions on religious conversion and polygamy, the last
of four controversial bills concerning race and religion to have sped through
the legislature since late last year.
Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat in bid to become
PM ABC Radio Australia. August 19, 2015. Sri Lanka's former strongman
Mahinda Rajapaksa has conceded defeat in parliamentary elections, ending
his hopes of returning to power just months after he was toppled as president.\
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