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seize luxury cars from FPI leader over money-laundering case
Kompas.com. September 15, 2014. Police investigators have seized two
luxury cars from the Yogyakarta-Central Java chairperson of the Islamic
Defenders Front, Bambang Tedy. The seizure was in relation to a case of
fraud involving the purchase and sale of land valued at billions or rupiah.
workers demonstrate in Central Jakarta Antara
News. September 15, 2014. Around 10,000 workers from 30 labour federations
that make up the Indonesian Trade Union Congress Alliance (KASBI) Confederation
held a demonstration at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta
on Monday afternoon.
wage system to be based on productivity, company profitability
Nefosnews. September 11, 2014. Starting in 2015, the wage remuneration
system will be revised. Workers will be paid based on education level,
productivity, length of employment, achievements and position. Demands
for wage increases will only be implemented if a company is profitable.
protest slams election law as return to Suharto's New Order
Kompas.com. September 10, 2014. An alliance of social groups from various
sectors of society held a protest action in the West Java provincial capital
of Bandung on Wednesday September 10 to oppose the draft law on regional
workers say ending direct elections huge step back for democracy
Tempo.co. September 9, 2014. The Yogyakarta Workers Alliance (ABY) has
slammed the draft law on regional elections (RUU Pilkada) saying it will
bring suffering to workers in the future.
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soldier voices concern that Australia's bullish tactics in dispute over
Timor's gas and oil is eroding INTERFET's legacy Timor Sea Justice
Campaign Media Release. September 20, 2014
Papuan human rights lawyer attacked: Anum Siregar Amnesty International
Urgent Action. September 17, 2014
Freedom of expression in Papua and West Papua Joint Oral Statement
to UN Human Rights Council. September 15, 2014
End caning as a punishment in Aceh Amnesty International Public Statement.
September 15, 2014
No let-up in spiral of repression 100 days after military takeover
Amnesty International Public Statement. September 11, 2014
New administration must resolve killing of human rights defender Munir
Amnesty International Public Statement (plus petition). September 5,
must be allowed to give evidence in legal dispute over Australia's dodgy
dealings regarding Timor's oil and gas Timor Sea Justice Campaign
Media Release. September 3, 2014
to Indonesian president on intimidation against human rights lawyer Gustaf
Kawer Australia West Papua Association (Sydney). September 3, 2014
End attacks on freedom of expression in Papua Amnesty International
Public Statement. August 29, 2014
15th anniversary of East Timor's historic ballot highlights Australia's
unfinished business in the Timor Sea Timor Sea Justice Campaign Media
Release. August 29, 2014
Rights key to new president's agenda Human Rights Watch Statement.
August 29, 2014
to president-elect Joko Widodo Re: Human Rights Concerns in Indonesia
Human Rights Watch. August 29, 2014
One student released, other still detained Amnesty International
Urgent Action. August 29, 2014
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campaign Stop East Timor Press Law
The Sydney-based Asia-Pacific office of the International Federation of
Journalists has launched a global petition protesting against a controversial
'press law' passed earlier this year by Parliament, partially rejected
by the Appeal Court as "unconstitutional" and awaiting presidential approval.
here to sign petition.
cools PAN, PPP ardor Jakarta Post. September 20, 2014. Top-ranking
officials of the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the United Development
Party (PPP) were greeted as heroes upon their arrival at the national assembly
meeting of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) on Friday.
of French journalists in West Papua raised at UN Jakarta Globe. September
19, 2014. An alliance of non-governmental organizations from Indonesia
and abroad has addressed the UN Human Rights Council to demand the Indonesian
government improve freedom of expression in Papua and West Papua.
gamblers publicly caned in Banda Aceh Jakarta Globe. September 19,
2014. Eight people received five lashes each in Aceh on Friday after they
were found guilty of gambling. The province uses a Shariah-based legal
code for offenses such as adultery and gambling.
was once a promise of democracy in Thailand Red Thai Socialist. September
19, 2014. For the last 8 years Thai politics and society have been steeped
in crisis and the bright future for Thai democracy, which once distinguished
the country from many of its authoritarian neighbours, has been trashed.
student sentenced to 1 year for sedition Associated Press. September
19, 2014. A Malaysian court sentenced a student democracy activist to a
year in jail on Friday after finding him guilty of sedition, drawing immediate
condemnation from human rights groups.
could end up in Cabinet Jakarta Post. September 19, 2014. President-elect
Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's early announcement that almost half the seats in
his Cabinet would be occupied by politicians appears to have been effective
in luring parties from the rival camp to join the coalition led by the
seek Cabinet positions Jakarta Post. September 18, 2014. The Democratic
Party's about-face in rejecting the proposal to end the direct elections
of local heads could have been a calculated move to secure seats in the
Cabinet of president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
Jakarta rejects 'infidel' Basuki as governor Jakarta Globe. September
18, 2014. The hard-line Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) will not accept the
"arrogant non-Muslim" Basuki Tjahaja Purnama as the new governor of Jakarta
and its members are ready to die to prevent him from assuming the post,
one of the group's leaders said on Thursday.
deploys troops as garment workers renew wage campaign Reuters. September
18, 2014. Cambodia deployed armed troops in its capital on Wednesday as
garment workers held rallies to revive a campaign for higher wages that
had helped to stoke a year-long political crisis.
PM sorry for bikini comment after British murders Pacific Scoop.
September 18, 2014. Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has apologised
for suggesting that tourists in bikinis were vulnerable to attack unless
they were unattractive.
Papuan campaigners pay tribute to John Ondawame and his legacy Pacific
Scoop. September 17, 2014. West Papuan campaigners, supporters and students
gathered in Auckland for a memorial ceremony for the Vanuatu-based exile
John Ondawame who died recently in Port Vila.
labor' rife in Malaysian electronics factories: report Reuters. September
17, 2014. Nearly a third of some 350,000 workers in Malaysia's electronics
industry suffer from conditions of modern-day slavery such as debt bondage,
according to a study funded by the US Department of Labor.
group threatens to close down LGBT seminar in Yogyakarta Jakarta
Globe. September 17, 2014. A radical group has threatened to use force
to close down a seminar on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)
issues organized by Sanata Dharma University's School of Psychology.
Separatist killed in Papua firefight Jakarta Globe. September 17,
2014. A member of the Free Papua Organization was killed in a firefight
with security officers at an airfield in Lanny Jaya district, a military
spokesman said on Wednesday.
'peace talks' with Muslim Malay rebels will not solve the crisis
Red Thai Socialist. September 16, 2014. A large proportion of the Muslim
Malay population in "Patani" want freedom and self-determination. Many
want independence from the oppressive Thai state. This is about basic democracy.
to form rights task force blocked Jakarta Post. September 16, 2014.
The hope of bringing closure to human rights abuses has been dashed now
that the transition team of president-elect Joko Widodo and vice president-elect
Jusuf Kalla has turned down the proposal to reopen investigations into
unresolved rights violations.
resorts to pragmatism Jakarta Post. September 16, 2014. Despite his
pledge to avoid transactional politics, president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo
finally caved in to the demands from political parties to include more
politicians in his Cabinet.
confirm attendance at West Papua conference Radio New Zealand International.
September 16, 2014. Over 80 delegates from West Papua and other countries
are expected to converge on Port Vila at the start of next month to attend
the West Papua Conference.
of French journalists detained in West Papua beg Indonesia for mercy
Sydney Morning Herald. September 16, 2014. The families of two French
journalists imprisoned indefinitely for reporting in West Papua without
a visa have spoken out for the first time to beg the Indonesian government
generals on Komnas HAM's 'negative list' Jakarta Post. September
15, 2014. The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has submitted
a "negative list" of individuals implicated in past human rights abuses
to president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, to prevent them from assuming
hints at support for direct elections Jakarta Post. September 15,
2014. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has hinted that he could support
the proposal to maintain direct elections to choose regional heads.
Indonesia's new president end one of Asia's oldest conflicts? Global
Post. September 13, 2014. "It's safe here in Papua. There is nothing to
hide." That's what Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo said when asked
on the campaign trail whether foreign journalists would be allowed into
West Papua. "Why not?" he said.
is an extremely racist society Red Thai Socialist. September 12,
2014. When the beach chair attendant, who kicked sand at a tourist sitting
on the ground, was discovered to be a migrant worker from Cambodia, many
Thais were relieved, believing that "a Thai would never do that".
go on unabated after 'unclear' amendment to Burma protest law Irrawaddy.
September 12, 2014. A lack of clarity in Burma's recently amended Law on
Peaceful Assembly is sowing confusion among activists and advocates, as
the country's courts continue to charge people for demonstrating without
and district heads unite to reject regional elections bill Jakarta
Globe. September 11, 2014. After Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja
Purnama quit his party on Wednesday in fury over its support for the regional
elections bill, mayors and district heads from around the country have
started voicing similar objections.
Ahok, Singkawang mayor also resigns from Red-and-White Coalition
Jakarta Post. September 11, 2014. The mayor of Singkawang in West Kalimantan,
Awang Ishak, said on Thursday that he had tendered his resignation from
the People's Mandate Party (PAN) following the party's decision to call
an end to direct regional elections.
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