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  • Back to wanton murder? – Jakarta Post Editorial. October 6, 2015. A murder in public view in an East Java village takes us back to the dark days of impunity, an end to which was promised by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo during his election campaign.
  • Evicted residents demand fairness, dialogue, compensation – Jakarta Post. October 6, 2015. About 100 protestors representing thousands of residents who have been evicted, or who expect to be evicted soon staged a protest Monday, urging Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama to end evictions, involve them in future plans and to provide rightful compensation.
  • Lawmakers want soldiers to face civilian justice – Jakarta Post. October 6, 2015. Tantowi Yahya, deputy chairman of Commission I of the House of Representatives, said on Monday that all factions of the legislature support the idea of revising the law on military tribunals.
  • TNI intrusion into public life met with wariness – Jakarta Post. October 5, 2015. Marking its 70th year of existence on Monday, the Indonesian Military (TNI) has been accused of becoming more unprofessional, with increasing involvement in political, social and economic affairs.
  • Police criticized for inaction in lead up to activist's death – Jakarta Post. October 5, 2015. A team of House members have alleged that the Lumajang Police did not respond correctly to threats received by Samsul, or Salim Kancil, a 52-year-old villager from Pasirian district, Lumajang, who was beaten to death for organizing a protest last week.
  • Local activist criminalized for uploading alleged bribery video – Jakarta Post. October 5, 2015. Defying public pressure, the North Maluku Police have reiterated that they will continue their investigation into alleged defamation by a local activist who uploaded to YouTube a video showing a Ternate Police officer accepting money from a traffic violator.
  • Australian company Kayung Agro Lestari investigated over Indonesian fires – Sydney Morning Herald. October 5, 2015. An Australian company is being investigated by Indonesian police over a fire on a palm oil plantation in Borneo as the republic tries to crack down on companies responsible for the haze choking the region.
  • MSF demands independent probe into Afghan hospital strike – Reuters. October 5, 2015. Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) on Sunday demanded an independent international inquiry into a suspected US air strike that killed 22 people in an Afghan hospital it runs, branding the attack a "war crime".
  • The military's multiple methods of control – Irrawaddy. October 5, 2015. The durability of the Burmese military establishment can be explained in reference to several key bulwarks. In military parlance, these might be referred to as 'defensive lines,' employed to ensure the army's preeminent position.
  • Police urged to release women accused of being lesbians – Jakarta Post. October 4, 2015. An international rights group has called on authorities in Aceh to immediately release unconditionally two women arrested on suspicion of being lesbians.
  • Sogavare urges UN to address West Papua – Solomon Star News. October 4, 2015. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has called on the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council to do more in investigating and monitoring allegations of human rights abuse and violations in the Papua and West Papua regions of Indonesia.
  • 2 suspected lesbians in Indonesia to undergo rehabilitation – Jakarta Post. October 3, 2015. Islamic Shariah police in Indonesia's devout Aceh province say two suspected lesbians apprehended this past week in a tourist resort will undergo rehabilitation instead of being charged with a crime.
  • US senator wants key information on PKI purge declassified – Jakarta Post. October 3, 2015. On the 50th anniversary of the 1965 communist purge, US Senator Tom Udall has reintroduced a resolution that would bring attention the murder of up to 1 million people, which he deemed as one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.
  • Will leaders ride the tide that favors truth about '60s killings? – Jakarta Post. October 3, 2015. This month marks the 50th year Indonesia has been ignoring the murder of more than half a million people. The gruesome crimes of 1965 were provoked by Cold War era anti-communist propaganda that the state has yet to dispel.
  • Help desk to save textile, shoe industries from layoffs – Jakarta Post. October 3, 2015. The government will launch a help desk dedicated to helping to solve problems in the textile and footwear industries in a bid to prevent more layoffs in labor-intensive businesses.
  • Cambodia refugee deal hits another snag – Sydney Morning Herald. October 3, 2015. Australia's controversial $55 million agreement to send refugees from the tiny Pacific island of Nauru to impoverished Cambodia has hit another snag.
  • Premier of East Timor pays official visit to Cuba – Cuban News Agency. October 2, 2015. The Prime Minister of East Timor, Rui Maria De Araujo, is paying an official visit to Cuba on Friday, during which he will hold talks with President Raul Castro and will carry out other activities on his agenda.
  • Police refuse to free student who uploaded bribery video – Jakarta Post. October 2, 2015. The police in Ternate have ignored public outcry and demands for the release of Adlun Fiqri, a student arrested for uploading a video of a police officer accepting money from a road-rules violator.
  • Insight: Prevent recurrence of 'an event like this': But which one? – Jakarta Post. October 2, 2015. At the base of the Pancasila Sakti Monument, below the towering statue of Gen. Ahmad Yani, is a plaque with the inscription: "Be vigilant and conscientious so that an event like this never happens again..
  • Remembering Indonesia's bloody coup – The Diplomat. October 2, 2015. In the heart of Medan, Indonesia third largest city and the setting for much of Joshua Oppenheimer's Oscar-nominated documentary The Act of Killing, is a meticulously maintained, but quiet memorial.
  • Australian journalist Frank Palmos: First witness to 1965 Indonesian massacre – Sydney Morning Herald. October 2, 2015. Australian journalist Frank Palmos was one of the first foreigners in the world to witness the scale of the communist purge that started in Indonesia this month 50 years ago.

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