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  • Film screening on hold due to religious groups' threats – Jakarta Post. December 18, 2014. The Alliance of Independent Journalists' (AJI) Yogyakarta branch has postponed the screening of Joshua Oppenheimer's Senyap (Lock of Silence) as the police could not guarantee security because of threats from certain groups.
  • Human rights chair has 'deep concerns' about police abuses in Indonesia's Papua province – ABC Radio Australia. December 18, 2014. The chair of the Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights has blamed police abuses in Papua province on the failure of the force to "adapt" to a democratic Indonesia.
  • Indonesia lax when illegal loggers clear forests for palm plantations – Thomas Reuters Foundation. December 17, 2014. A drop in world palm oil prices is not expected to slow illegal logging in Indonesia's rainforests as companies continue to expand plantations, according to a new report.
  • Timor-Leste: Court of Appeal again declares media law unconstitutional – Pacific Media Centre. December 17, 2014. Timor-Leste's Court of Appeal has once again delivered a judgment declaring the controversial Media Act unconstitutional.
  • Komnas HAM to review Munir's murder case – Jakarta Post. December 16, 2014. Following the public outcry over the recent release of Pollycarpus, the convicted murderer of rights campaigner Munir, Komnas HAM has set up its own legal team to assess whether the assassination can be classified as crime against humanity.
  • 'Epen kah?' mocking Papuans' human rights – Jakarta Post. December 16, 2014. In commemorating International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo opened his speech with a generous acknowledgement on human rights for the nation.
  • Timor-Leste's judicial lurch could worsen domestic violence trauma – IRIN. December 15, 2014. Timor-Leste's efforts to reduce the prevalence of domestic gender-based violence through criminalization and prosecution has suffered a fresh setback with the enforced departure of 11 foreign judicial staff who had played a key role in delivering justice in rural areas.
  • Government encouraged to reveal docs on 1965 mass killings – Jakarta Post. December 15, 2014. Experts and activists have urged the Indonesian government to disclose documents related to the nationwide mass-killing incidents that took place from 1965 to 1966 to provide the fair and accurate information needed to achieve national reconciliation.
  • Police most frequent perpetrators of violence: Kontras – Jakarta Post. December 15, 2014. The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) released its year-end report, announcing that the majority of human rights violations in 2014 were committed by police officers.
  • Hong Kong protests: Chief executive declares pro-democracy rallies 'over' after police clear last camp site – Jakarta Post. December 15, 2014. Hong Kong's leader has declared an end to months of pro-democracy demonstrations after police cleared the last remaining protest site.
  • Bang goes the Game of Thrones conspiracy theory – Red Thai Socialist. December 14, 2014. One version of the "Game of Thrones" Conspiracy Theory was that Wachiralongkorn had to divorce his wife to "clean up his act" in order to be accepted as the next king, rather than being discarded in favour of his LGBT sister (lol !!!)
  • Minister Rudiantara vows more censorship to combat online porn – Jakarta Globe. December 14, 2014. Indonesia's new communications minister has taken on the mantle of his conservative predecessor by vowing to block access to all pornographic content on the Internet, based on the tenuous notion that viewing porn encourages the sexual abuse of minors.
  • Papuans demand independent inquiry on protest killings – Jakarta Globe. December 13, 2014. Indonesian President Joko Widodo must form a fact-finding team to investigate a bloody police crackdown on protesters in Paniai district, Papua, that saw five people killed, a prominent clergyman has said.
  • Religions distorted to harm women: Religious affairs ministry – Jakarta Post. December 13, 2014. In a rare occasion that has signaled the government's shift from religious conservatism, a top official has said religions may have been used by men to justify horrendous acts against women.
  • No room at the inn, mayor tells locked-out Christians – Jakarta Globe. December 13, 2014. The congregation of an illegally sealed-off church in Bogor have called on President Joko Widodo and the city's mayor, Bima Arya Sugiarto, to keep their campaign promises to reopen the church, as they prepare to celebrate another Christmas on the sidewalk.
  • Civil society: Stop criminalizing the media – Jakarta Post. December 13, 2014. A number of civil society groups have warned the nation about the dangers of criminalizing the press, saying the practice could be used by the state as a tool to silence persons espousing views it disliked.
  • What is going on with human rights? – Jakarta Globe Editorial. December 12, 2014. In the weeks after the inauguration of President Joko Widodo, representatives of the GKI Yasmin church in Bogor expressed their hopes that finally, after years of being shut out of their place of worship, the end of their ordeal was in sight.
  • US sends mixed message to Burma military – Associated Press. December 12, 2014. Human rights advocates and some lawmakers say the US is sending the wrong signal by opening the door for broader engagement with Burma's widely criticized military just weeks after President Obama assured opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi that closer ties weren't going to happen soon.
  • Delhi air impurities far worse than level that won Indian capital 'world's most polluted city' title – Sydney Morning Herald. December 13, 2014. When the World Health Organisation ranked Delhi the world's most polluted city this year, it did so using two-year-old figures provided by a local government agency.
  • Wachiralongkorn should not be the future king. Thailand should be a republic – Red Thai Socialist. December 12, 2014. In this period when the aged King of Thailand is nearing his death, Prince Wachiralongkorn is being groomed to be the next king. Therefore his character and behaviour should be a public issue.
  • Papuans spurn Jokowi visit – Jakarta Post. December 12, 2014. Church leaders in Papua have opposed President Widodo's plan to visit the province for a national Christmas celebration citing the absence of a response by the state to Monday's Enarotali shooting incident that claimed the lives of five civilians and injured 21 others.
  • Military reemphasizes Soeharto-era practices – Jakarta Post. December 12, 2014. Amid growing fear over the determination of Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu to restore the military's sociopolitical role of the past, the TNI has continued launching programs that could easily be linked to practices from former president Soeharto's 32-year rule.
  • Journalists condemn police decision to charge Post editor with blasphemy – Jakarta Globe. December 12, 2014. The Independent Journalists Alliance (AJI) has condemned the fact that police have charged The Jakarta Post's editor-in-chief Meidyatama Suryodiningrat with blasphemy over a cartoon.
  • 'Fifty years is enough. Genocide is genocide' – Jakarta Globe. December 11, 2014. In 2012, the award-winning documentary "The Act of Killing" drew back the veil on the darkest chapter of Indonesia's history, and now, says director Joshua Oppenheimer, there's no stuffing the genie back into the bottle.
  • Government told to form team to investigate Paniai case – Jakarta Post. December 11, 2014. Human rights activists have demanded that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo form an independent team to probe a shooting in Paniai, Papua, that claimed the lives of five civilians and injured 21.

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