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West Papuan students arrested at May Day demo in Surabaya Okezone.
May 1, 2015. A protest action in the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya
by students from the Papua Student Alliance (AMP) has ended in chaos with
two demonstrators being arrested by police. The action was also marked
by the use of the Morning Star, the symbol of the free Papua movement.
skips town as May Day protesters inundate State Palace BBC Indonesia.
May 1, 2015. Tens of thousands of workers from various different factory
units, trade unions and labour confederations packed the streets in front
of the State Palace in Central Jakarta on May 1 to declare the formation
of a new labour party, although not all groups were united in this.
workers divided over plans to establish new labour party CNN Indonesia.
April 30, 2015. International Labour Day or May will be commemorated tomorrow
on Friday May 1 in a number of different countries. On Thursday however,
labour groups in Indonesia were still divided over plans to establish a
new labour party.
Any new political party must be independent of political elite Solidarity
Net. April 29, 2015. On Monday April 27 the Indonesian People's United
Resistance (PPRI) held a press conference at the offices of the Jakarta
Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) to declare its position on the commemoration
of International Labour Day or May Day.
leaders flattered by invite to join Widodo on presidential jet Kompas.com.
April 29, 2015. Indonesian trade union leaders felt enormously flattered
to be invited by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to join him on the presidential
plane to visit the Central Java provincial capital of Semarang to officiate
the construction of 1 million homes for workers.
debt Digging a hole, filling a hole Kompas Newspaper. April 25,
2015. Indonesia's foreign debt continues to rise, primarily because private
sector debt is growing. Of the various issues related to private sector
foreign debt, the composition of new debts to pay old debts needs to be
rock band SID denies it will perform at KSPI May Day Fiesta Solidarity
Net. April 24, 2015. An announcement by the Confederation of Indonesian
Trade Unions (KSPI) that the punk rock band Superman Is Dead (SID) will
be performing at the May Day Fiesta on May 1 has been denied by the band.
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a killing: Rana Plaza and the global garment industry By Jerome Small.
April 23, 2015
on Nauru By Jordan Humphreys. April 12, 2015
destroyed by warlords and the war on terror By Louise O'Shea. March
state cracks down, but workers keep fighting By Sid Zoichi. March
on Nauru demand freedom By Benjamin Solah. March 10, 2015
workers on the defensive, but still fighting By Sid Zoichi. February
Struggle and survival in West Papua By Ben Hillier. January 29, 2015
attack on democracy in Thailand - By Giles Ji Ungpakorn. January 29,
Korea's 'abandonment of democracy' By Kim Bullimore. January 26,
vow to 'protest until we gain our freedom' By Tim Arnot. January
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End Media Restrictions on Papua Human Rights Watch Statement. May
day the international community betrayed a people Australia West
Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. April 30, 2015
highlights restrictions on access to Papua East Timor and Indonesia
Action Network News Release. April 29, 2015
Day of Action for Access to West Papua unites protesters across 20 cities
TAPOL News release. April 29, 2015
Day of Action for access to West Papua unites protestors across 20 cities
Reporters Without Boarders Press Release. April 29, 2015
urge free and open access to Papua East Timor and Indonesia Action
Network. April 29, 2015
Execution of 10 inmates will harm international relations and rights protection
Asian Human Rights Commission. April 26, 2015
Formation of inquiry team into Paniai shootings offers hope for justice
Amnesty International Public Statement. April 10, 2015
footage of West Papua massacre casts spotlight on military abuses
TAPOL and MRG Press Release. April 9, 2015
students in danger after police torture Amnesty International Urgent
Action. March 26, 2015
1965 Massacre: Unveiling the truth, demanding justice International
People's Tribunal (IPT1965) Press Release. March 24, 2015
police chief says KNPB should be banned Australia West Papua Association
(Sydney) Media Release. March 24, 2015
security forces fire on West Papuans Australia West Papua Association
(Sydney) Media Release. March 22, 2015
condemns the intimidation of the staff of the KNPB Merauke office
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. March 8, 2015
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welcomes Australia's return of spying documents seized by ASIO The
Guardian. May 4, 2015. The Timor-Leste government has praised a decision
by the Australian government to return documents about past spying that
were at the centre of raids by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
(Asio) in 2013.
to return documents seized by ASIO during raid of East Timor lawyer Bernard
Collaery's office ABC News. May 4, 2015. Australia has agreed to
return documents seized during an Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
(ASIO) raid on the office of a lawyer representing East Timor's government
in a spying case.
nine executions highlight Australia's hypocrisy on the death penalty
Melbourne Age. May 4, 2015. Australia is up in arms over Indonesia's
execution of the Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. And rightly
so: the death penalty is abhorrent and must be abolished. Australia agreed
to this long ago: we abolished it in 1973.
answers yet in worker's alleged May Day suicide Jakarta Globe. May
3, 2015. Police are still investigating the motive behind the alleged suicide
of a worker who set himself on fire and leapt to his death from the roof
of the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta during a May Day concert on
press freedom deteriorates Jakarta Globe. May 3, 2015. Indonesia
has dropped to 138th place in the latest World Press Freedom Index, as
journalists declare police an enemy of free speech and activists call for
an end to restrictions on news coverage in Papua.
Brandis hands over to East Timor docs seized by ASIO Jakarta Globe.
May 3, 2015. The Australian government has agreed to return legal documents
and data seized by ASIO to the East Timorese government. It
is the latest twist in a row over espionage and a treaty dividing $40 billion
in oil and gas revenues in the Timor Sea.
access for journalists to Papua: AJI Jakarta Post. May 3, 2015. The
Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) has urged the government to end
restrictions on media access in Papua, as the world commemorates World
Press Freedom Day on Sunday.
declares police enemies of press freedom Jakarta Post. May 3, 2015.
The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) named the police enemies
of press freedom for the fourth time during an event held to commemorate
World Press Freedom Day on Sunday.
arrests reported in West Papua on anniversary of annexation Radio
New Zealand International. May 2, 2015. Mass arrests are reported to have
been carried out in West Papua on Friday, on the anniversary of Indonesia's
annexation of the province.
Day celebrated nationwide with range of demands Jakarta Post. May
2, 2015. Workers across the archipelago marked International Labor Day,
or May Day, on Friday, with street rallies and art performances, voicing
their various demands.
May Day observed across country Jakarta Post. May 2, 2015. This year's
May Day celebrations proceeded peacefully on Friday with workers mostly
taking to the streets in festive moods. This is the second year that workers
have celebrated May Day as a national holiday.
Day rally in Jakarta runs peacefully Jakarta Post. May 2, 2015. Tens
of thousands of workers from various labor unions in Greater Jakarta joined
a peaceful, festive rally to commemorate International Labor Day known
as May Day on Friday in Jakarta.
ignore Jokowi's orders Jakarta Post. May 2, 2015. The National Police
brushed off President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's order on Friday to release
the Corruption Eradication Commission's (KPK) top investigator, Novel Baswedan,
who was arrested in connection with an assault case that took place in
human rights activist among dozens arrested in Malaysia after May Day protest
Agence France Presse. May 2, 2015. More than two dozen protesters including
a leading human rights activist and opposition politicians have been detained
in Malaysia in what one lawyer said was an attempt to silence government
policy, wages are workers' key gripes on May 1 Jakarta Globe. May
1, 2015. Calls for a cabinet reshuffle as well as the enactment of key
legislation were among workers' demands on May Day this Friday, as tens
of thousands of workers took to the streets of major cities across Indonesia.
the dirty cops from the system Jakarta Globe Editorial. May 1, 2015.
Within a week of one-time graft suspect Budi Gunawan being inaugurated
as deputy police chief, the boys in brown have tried to arrest three officials
from the antigraft commission that initially charged him. Coincidence?
Papua: Citizen journalism 160 arrested in Manokwari crackdown Pacific
Media Centre. May 1, 2015. Indonesia's local police forces are reported
to have arrested more than 160 people in a crackdown on activists just
two days after major global demonstrations for an #OpenPapua policy by
raid KNPB in Merauke ahead of May 1 demos West Papua Media. May 1,
2015. On Friday May 1 heavily armed police officers of Merauke Polres forced
entry into the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Secretariat office
in Merauke, and arrested 15 KNPB activists, together with their Mother,
PRD) Chairperson Panggresia Yeem.
Papua: Global protests in 22 countries call for end to media blackout
Pacific Media Centre. May 1, 2015. Dozens of demonstrators dressed in
black gathered outside the Indonesian Embassy in London this week to lead
the global protest against West Papua's 50-year long isolation.
detain Papua commander, shoot suspect in legs Jakarta Globe. April
30, 2015. Papua Police arrested three members of the outlawed Free Papua
Movement organization in the country's easternmost province on Thursday,
shooting a rebel commander in the legs and detaining two fighters.
Jane Veloso: Why was she spared in the Indonesian executions? The
Guardian. April 30, 2015. As a mother of two boys and a migrant worker
subjected to domestic abuse, convicted drug trafficker Filipina Mary Jane
Veloso was the only figure scheduled to be executed this week who drew
widespread sympathy from the Indonesian public.
Indonesian may have been denied justice by clerical blunder: Supreme Court
Jakarta Globe. April 30, 2015. Zainal Abidin, the sole Indonesian among
a batch of eight drug offenders executed on Wednesday, may have been denied
justice because of a bureaucratic blunder, the Supreme Court has revealed.
call on Indonesia to open Papua to journalists UCA News. April 30,
2015. Dozens of activists from different NGOs staged "a silent rally" in
front of the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon, urging
President Joko Widodo to open Papua to foreign journalists, who have faced
difficulty reporting on the embattled region for half a century.
held over Indonesia's media blackout of West Papua Sunshine Coast
Daily. April 30, 2015. Dozens of protesters gathered at Brisbane's King
George Square last night as part of a global day of action against Indonesia's
media blackout of West Papua.
cannot respond meekly to Indonesian executions News.com.au. April
30, 2015. Australian taxpayers spend millions of dollars every year training
Indonesian military and police officers. Many of these, including former
president Yudhoyono, return home to distinguished military and political
careers. They become the custodians of Indonesia's inhumane capital punishment
to announce labor party on May Day Jakarta Post. April 30, 2015.
A group of labor unions is planning to declare a new political party after
a May Day rally on Friday. "The party will consist of alliances, groups,
unions and other forms of citizen movements," said Ilham Syah, the chairman
of the KP-KPBI on Thursday.
wins praise from former foes Jakarta Post. April 30, 2015. Former
rebels and their family members have applauded the Army's Special Forces
(Kopassus) for inviting them to join celebrations of the unit's 63rd anniversary
at its headquarters in Cijantung, East Jakarta, on Wednesday.
PM: US 'committed barbarous crimes' during war BBC News. April 30,
2015. Vietnam's prime minister has spoken of "countless barbarous crimes"
committed by the US during the Vietnam War. Nguyen Tan Dung
was speaking at an event in Ho Chi Minh City to mark the 40th anniversary
of the end of the war.
other victims of state sanctioned murder in Indonesia New Matilda.
April 29, 2015. A West Papuan independence activist, who has been in exile
for 12 years after escaping the Indonesian-controlled province, has called
on the Australian government to look on "in [and] sympathy in pain" for
his own people, who are being "killed like animals" following the execution
of two Australians.
convicts executed despite world leaders' appeal Jakarta Globe. April
29, 2015. Indonesia carried out the execution of eight drug convicts by
firing squad on Nusa Kambangan prison island off Central Java early on
Wednesday despite multiple efforts from human rights activists and united
appeals from world leaders to stop the killings.
Papua: Open access now 'vital', say NZ journalists, rights activists
Pacific Media Centre. April 29, 2015. The spokesperson for the main journalists
union in New Zealand today criticised the Indonesian blocking of access
for international journalists in the West Papua region but says he is even
more concerned about the "intimidation" of local Papuan journalists.
Papua: 'Open up' global plea to Joko for journalists, rights groups
Pacific Media Centre. April 29, 2015. The London-based human rights organisation
Tapol is today launching a global appeal to President Joko Widodo for "free
and open access" for international journalists, humanitarian groups and
human rights observers in the Melanesian Pacific provinces of Papua and
continues for palm oil, says WWF Jakarta Post. April 29, 2015. Millions
of more hectares of forest across the country are likely to be destroyed
in the near future despite a decline in the deforestation rate over the
past decade, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
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