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-Latest News
  • Solomon Islands, Vanuatu condemn Papuan rights violations at UN hearing – Pacific Media Centre. June 24, 2016. The Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have condemned the "unresolved" human rights violations in West Papua by Indonesian security forces, saying they have continued in spite of President Joko Widodo's greater attention to the region.
  • Java on brink of ecological collapse – Jakarta Post. June 24, 2016. Unruly permit issuance and rapid extractive industry expansion have led to a string of disasters in several parts of Indonesia, particularly in Java, which is on the brink of ecological collapse as most of its forest areas have been converted.
  • UN and Jakarta focus on Papua rights abuses – Radio New Zealand International. June 23, 2016. Solomon Islands' diplomat in Geneva has told the UN Human Rights Council's 32nd session about an eroding human rights situation in Indonesia's Papua region.
  • Kertas Kraft Aceh tragedy announced gross human rights abuse – Jakarta Globe. June 23, 2016. The National Commission on Human Rights, or Komnas HAM, on Wednesday (22/06) named evidence of gross human rights abuse conducted by the soldiers in the 1999 Kertas Kraft Aceh tragedy, which killed dozens of people.
  • Private power firms to play greater role – Jakarta Post. June 23, 2016. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is reiterating the government's intention for private investors to play a greater role in his administration's ambitious 35,000 megawatt (MW) electricity procurement program after state-owned power company PLN declined to work on some of the projects assigned to it.
  • Tamils stranded in Indonesia face 'probable torture' if returned to Sri Lanka – The Guardian. June 22, 2016. Several of the Tamil asylum seekers stranded after arriving by boat on the Indonesian island of Aceh have been tortured in Sri Lanka and face certain persecution if they are returned, a compatriot living in Australia has claimed.
  • Papua police to issue rules on demonstrations – Tabloid JUBI. June 21, 2016. Papua Police would issue rules on public expressions in a move that many fear will curtail free speech. Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw said everyone has right to express their opinion in public, but for such groups such as KNPB, PRD who advocate for separatism, there are legal consequences.

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-Earlier this week
  • Minister's integrated team provides no room for victims – Tabloid JUBI. June 21, 2016. The government's attempt to resolve alleged human rights violations through an integrated team formed under the Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs must involve relevant parties.
  • LBH Jakarta questions Tito's track record amid compliments – Jakarta Post. June 21, 2016. Arbitrary arrests of activists and the suppression of free speech in Papua and Jakarta are included in the track record of National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) chief Comr. Gen. Tito Karnavian, the widely praised sole candidate for National Police chief, lawyers claim.
  • No shariah among problematic regulations scrapped by government – Jakarta Globe. June 21, 2016. A senior state official confirmed on Tuesday (21/06) that no shariah-influenced regulations were included in the 3,143 regional regulations the government has scrapped in an effort simplify and unite the central and regional governments' visions.
  • Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi won't use term 'Rohingya' – Reuters. June 21, 2016. Antoni Slodkowski, Yangon – Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has told the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights that her government will avoid using the term "Rohingya" to describe the persecuted Muslim minority. The term is a divisive issue.
  • Calls for Indonesia to take action to locate Timor's missing people – Dili Weekly. June 20, 2016. There are calls for the Indonesian government to take serious action to locate thousands of Timorese people that went missing between 1975 and 1999.
  • Indonesia attempts to crush mass peaceful rallies across West Papua – Huffington Post. June 20, 2016. Last week, thousands of West Papuan people rallied in the streets to call for freedom and for our fundamental right to self-determination to be exercised.
  • West Papuan activists claim more big arrest numbers – Radio New Zealand International. June 20, 2016. The West Papua National Committee, or KNPB, has claimed that more than 1,000 of its members were detained by police during a demonstration last Wednesday.
  • So-called 'Succession Crisis' does not explain dictatorship – Ugly Truth Thailand. June 19, 2016. A couple of years ago it was fashionable for journalists and political commentators to try to explain the collapse of democracy in Thailand as being due to a "Succession Crisis".
  • Okinawa: Protesters rally against US military presence on Japanese island – ABC Radio Australia. June 19, 2016. Thousands of demonstrators have rallied on the Japanese island of Okinawa against the heavy US military presence and violent crimes by American personnel that have angered residents for decades.
  • Gus Dur's wife iftar event moved after protests by FPI – Jakarta Post. June 18, 2016. An inter-religious breaking-of-the-fast gathering, or iftar, attended by former first lady Sinta Nuriyah Abdurrahman Wahid on Thursday had to be relocated following protests from Islam Defenders Front (FPI) Central Java branch who opposed the event being held in a church in Semarang, Central Java.
  • Questions rise over Bangladesh jailing 11,600 in crackdown – Associated Press. June 18, 2016. Within six days of announcing a crackdown on Islamist militants, Bangladesh had filled its jailhouses with 11,600 new detainees in what seemed like an astonishing display of law enforcement might.
  • Indonesian police fire warning shot as stranded Sri Lankan women disembark boat – Sydney Morning Herald. June 18, 2016. Police fired a warning shot into the air after a group of Sri Lankan women who have been stranded off the coast of Aceh since June 11 disembarked from their boat in defiance of orders from Indonesian authorities.
  • Solidarity! Vietnam donates 5,000 tons of rice to Cuba – Telesur TV. June 17, 2016. Vietnam and Cuba signed a document confirming the delivery of 5,000 tons of rice from the Southeast Asian to the Caribbean country, Thursday.
  • TNI seeks direct role in terrorism fight – Jakarta Post. June 17, 2016. The Indonesian Military (TNI) wants a direct role in combatting terrorists in the country, despite the fear that this will allow it to commit repressive acts against civilians.
  • MoD seeks stronger power via defense intelligence agency – Jakarta Post. June 17, 2016. The lack of recognition from peer spy bodies has led the Defense Ministry (MoD) to seek "political back-up" directly from President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo through the establishment of a defense intelligence agency.
  • Doubts cast team's prospects of resolving human rights cases in Papua – Tabloid JUBI. June 17, 2016. Some Papuans expressed doubts that an investigation team from the Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs will be able to resolve cases of human rights violations in Papua.
  • Papuans and Indonesians at the same table in MSG – Radio New Zealand International. June 17, 2016. The chairman of this week's Melanesian Spearhead Group Foreign Ministers meeting in Fiji has lauded the occasion of having West Papuan and Indonesian delegates at the same table.

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