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-Earlier this week
  • Lawmakers throw in towel over prohibition bill – Jakarta Post. September 26, 2016. The political force aiming to outlaw the production, distribution and sale of alcoholic beverages has collapsed against a wall of opposition, as lawmakers share their pessimism about the possibility of the controversial prohibition bill being passed into law by year-end.
  • Government seeks to criminalize netizens for posting memes – Jakarta Post. September 26, 2016. While the government and the House have failed to comply with the public's call to revoke the controversial defamation article from the 2008 ITE Law, they have introduced further threats to freedom of expression by including a punishment for people posting texts, pictures, videos and memes deemed to incite fear or cause embarrassment in the law revision.
  • Greenpeace warns government of health costs of coal – Jakarta Post. September 26, 2016. The government has argued that it must build coal-fired power plants (PLTUs) across the country to meet soaring electricity demand. The government also argues that in addition to satiating electricity demand, coal is cheaper than other forms of energy.
  • East Timor's development dilemma – Nikkei Asian Review. September 25, 2016. As we drive along a potholed road leading out of this little town into the cool highlands of East Timor, Peter Dougan stops to look at coffee berries laid out to dry on tarpaulins by local growers.
  • Indonesia responds to leaders of six Pacific countries on West Papua claims – PNG Today. September 25, 2016. A representative of Indonesia attacked leaders of Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu and Tonga for what she claims was 'lack of understanding on the history and progressive developments' happening in these two provinces.'
  • Activists question Hartomo's promotion – Jakarta Post. September 24, 2016. Less than month after promoting former members of the Army's "Tim Mawar" (Rose Team), Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo has generated more controversy by appointing divisive figure Maj. Gen. Hartomo to lead the military's Strategic Intelligence Agency (BAIS).
  • Government moves to find new ways to resolve past rights abuses – Jakarta Post. September 24, 2016. Recent dialogue between a number of prominent human rights campaigners and President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has given a glimmer of hope to efforts in resolving past atrocities amid waning public trust in the President's commitment to uphold human rights.
  • NAGKAISA denounces liquidation of labor leaders, organizers – Inter Aksyon. September 24, 2016. NAGKAISA (SOLIDARITY), the coalition of 47 labor federations and workers organizations, on Saturday condemned the spate of killings of labor union and community organizers, with seven incidents happening only in this one month.
  • The price of free speech in Bangladesh – Los Angeles Times. September 23, 2016. In February this year the authorities in Bangladesh took Shamsuzzoha Manik, a 73-year-old publisher, into custody for publishing a book titled "Islam Bitorko" ("Debate on Islam").
  • Komnas HAM not involved in drafting of final 1965 recommendations – Jakarta Post. September 23, 2016. The National Commission of Human Rights (Komnas HAM) says it has not been asked to participate in the drafting of a final recommendation to settle the 1965 communist purge. The rights group says it has not even the slightest idea about the suggestions made to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
  • Negative news reports trigger LGBT persecution – Jakarta Post. September 23, 2016. The debate on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights is still being conducted in the negative terms of deviancy and community norms, an activist has said.
  • Government renews vows to solve rights abuse cases in Papua – Jakarta Post. September 23, 2016. Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto has admitted that the authorities faced numerous obstacles in resolving human rights abuse cases in Papua.
  • Indonesia creates more than 40 new crimes per year since 1998 – Jakarta Post. September 23, 2016. A study by the University of Indonesia (UI) shows that the country has been harshly classifying harmless activities as crimes since the downfall of Soeharto.
  • 'Sex is a private matter', legal experts insist – Jakarta Post. September 22, 2016. Legal activists warned Thursday that criminalizing extramarital and gay sex, as is being sought by a conservative Islamic group, would count as a violation of the Constitution, which regards sex as every citizen's basic right.
  • Indonesian military trains on Australian soil for first time since Timor crisis – ABC Radio Australia. September 22, 2016. Members of Indonesia's armed forces have wrapped up their first training exercise in Australia since diplomatic relations between both countries soured over the East Timor crisis two decades ago.
  • Solomon Islands repeats call for independent assessment of West Papua – Solomon Times. September 22, 2016. The Solomon Islands representative in Geneva, Switzerland, has repeated calls for Indonesia to allow a UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression to visit West Papua and Papua Provinces.
  • Activists plan to bring up 1965 purge to UN special rapporteur – Jakarta Post. September 22, 2016. Activists have planned to bring up the settlement of the 1965 mass killings case to a UN special rapporteur, amid uncertainties on whether the government would push for concrete solutions to resolve the country's dark past.

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