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  • The girl who was 'stolen' by a soldier – BBC News. March 26, 2017. When she was only five years old, Isabelina Pinto was taken from her family by an Indonesian soldier. She was one of thousands of children taken to Indonesia during its brutal 30-year occupation of East Timor.
  • Soldiers murder young Lahu activist in cold blood – Ugly Truth Thailand. March 26, 2017. On the 17th March soldiers in Chiang Mai shot down Chaiyapoom Pasae, a 17 year old Lahu activist. The killing was committed in cold blood.
  • Candidates rachet up tensions – Jakarta Post. March 25, 2017. The growing animosity between the supporters of Jakarta gubernatorial election rivals Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama and Anies Baswedan has mostly been channeled digitally, with the two camps insulting each other on social media.
  • Singaporean blogger Amos Yee granted asylum in US – Reuters. March 25, 2017. A US immigration judge in Chicago has granted asylum to a Singaporean blogger, saying he was persecuted for his political opinions in the Southeast Asian city-state.
  • Turnbull government reverses Myanmar stance to co-sponsor UN resolution on Rohingya Muslims – Sydney Morning Herald. March 25, 2017. The Turnbull government has abruptly reversed its opposition to an international investigation into atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, including mass rapes, torture and the slaughter of babies.
  • Police fire tear gas at Bekasi church protestors – Jakarta Post. March 24, 2017. Police have fired tear gas to disperse hard-line Muslims protesting against the construction of a Catholic church in Bekasi, West Java.
  • Tough times continue for people of East Timor – WA Today. March 24, 2017. When invading Indonesian troops parachuted into Dili in 1975 Filomena Gomes fled into East Timor's cloud-shrouded mountains and for four years scrounged food and cooked for guerrilla fighters.
  • Taiwan top court hears landmark gay marriage case – BBC News. March 24, 2017. A panel of judges at Taiwan's top court are hearing a case that could make the island the first place in Asia to introduce gay marriage.

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  • Man fined $500 for West Papua protest at Indonesian consulate – Melbourne Age. March 23, 2017. A man is refusing to pay a $500 fine for trespassing at an Indonesian consulate to protest against its presence in West Papua, saying Australia has sold him out.
  • Petition seeks NZ govt stand on abuses in West Papua – Radio New Zealand International. March 23, 2017. New Zealand's parliament has been presented with a public petition urging government action on the human rights situation in West Papua.
  • Anti-graft agency is a tyrant: House deputy speaker Fahri Hamzah – Jakarta Globe. March 23, 2017. House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Fahri Hamzah has likened the national antigraft agency to a tyrant after one of its prosecutors mentioned his name and the name of fellow Deputy Speaker Fadli Zon in relation to a tax evasion case currently before the court.
  • Indonesia still struggles to close gender equality gap: UNDP – Jakarta Post. March 22, 2017. The latest Human Development Index (HDI) report released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) says Indonesia is still struggling to close its gender equality gap.
  • Anti-cement plant rally goes on after farmer's death – Jakarta Post. March 22, 2017. Following Tuesday's death of a farmer demonstrator, about 100 NGO activists joined the Central Java farmers' protest across from the State Palace on Wednesday, protesting a cement factory that they deem as endangering the villagers' livelihood.
  • Indonesia gives tobacco bill a shot – Jakarta Post. March 22, 2017. The tobacco bill is not dead yet, despite the government's earlier claim that it would kill the bill.
  • Pakistan reinstates secret military courts despite criticism – BBC News. March 22, 2017. Pakistan's lower house has passed a bill to reinstate secret military courts, despite criticism from human rights activists.
  • Beauty and the Beast: Malaysia 'to show uncut version' – BBC News. March 22, 2017. Beauty and the Beast will be released in Malaysia without any cuts, Disney says, days after it rejected censors' demands for a gay scene to be removed.
  • Papuan student faces trial in Yogyakarta over political activities – Jakarta Post. March 21, 2017. The Yogyakarta District Court on Tuesday began the trial of Obby Kogoya, 22, a Papuan student suspected of committing violence against police personnel before a rally on Jl. Kusumanegara in July last year.
  • Francisco 'Lu-Olo' Guterres on track to win East Timor presidential election – Sydney Morning Herald. March 21, 2017. A veteran guerrilla commander is heading for a decisive victory in East Timor's presidential elections and is expected to be sworn in as the country's next head of state in May.
  • Papuan students calls for closure of Freeport – Jakarta Post. March 21, 2017. Hundreds of people grouped under the United Students Front for Freeport Closure staged a rally in front of the Papua Legislative Council and called for the closure of United States-based giant gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia, which has operated in Papua for 50 years.
  • Judges want to speed up Ahok's trial – Jakarta Post. March 21, 2017. The North Jakarta District Court said on Tuesday that it expected to speed up Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama's blasphemy trial in hopes of handing down a ruling no later than May.
  • Japan court shocks nuclear industry with liability ruling – Asia Times. March 20, 2017. Japan's atomic power establishment is in shock following the court ruling on Friday that found the state and the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant liable for failing to take preventive measures against the tsunami that crippled the facility.
  • Duterte backtracks on gay marriage in Philippines – BBC News. March 21, 2017. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he opposes gay marriage, after previously declaring he would consider legalising it.
  • Indonesia steamrolls media freedom in Papua, again – Human Rights Watch. March 20, 2017. French journalists Jean Frank Pierre and Basille Marie Longhamp learned firsthand last week the Indonesian authorities' contempt for media freedom in its "Forbidden Island" provinces of Papua and West Papua (commonly referred to as "Papua").

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