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May 23, 2024

Jakarta Globe - May 23, 2024

Triyono, West Lampung – Wildlife authorities in Indonesia's Lampung province have successfully trapped a Sumatran tiger that was responsible for killing two villagers and injuring two others over the past three months.

CIVICUS Press Release - May 23, 2024

A global civil society alliance was disturbed by reports that a civil society forum on water rights in Bali has been disrupted with activists and organisers facing harassment and intimidation. The authorities must investigate these actions and take steps to protect civil society so that they are able to convene without any form of interference.

Jakarta Globe - May 23, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has given a mixed response to former member Bobby Nasution's recent decision to join the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra).

UCA News - May 23, 2024

Global rights group CIVICUS Monitor has condemned reported disruption of a civil society forum event on water rights and alleged harassment and intimidation of activists and organizers in Indonesia.

News ›› West Papua ›› May Day
Human Rights Monitor - May 23, 2024

On 1 May, eight civil society organisations forming the Papuan People's Front (FRP) indeed held a peaceful demonstration in Manokwari.

Jakarta Globe - May 23, 2024

Djibril Muhammad, Jakarta – Several state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are currently under investigation as two law enforcement agencies probe allegations of corruption.

Human Rights Monitor - May 23, 2024

Residents of Sugapa district in Intan Jaya Regency, Papua Tengah Province, are demanding the removal of military and police posts from their communities due to the dangers they pose to civilians caught in the crossfire of armed conflict.

Development Policy - May 23, 2024

Jonathan Siborutorop – On 14 February this year, elections were held in Indonesia, including in the six provinces of the Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea: Papua, West Papua, and the four newly established provinces of Southwest Papua, South Papua, Central Papua, and Highland Papua.

Jakarta Globe - May 23, 2024

Jakarta – State-owned defense company Pindad has signed an agreement with the United Arab Emirates-based arms industry Lahab, focusing on munitions supplies and brass mill investment.

The head of agreement and memorandum of understanding (MoU) were signed during the Indonesia-UAE Business Week at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Bali on May 20-21.

Jakarta Globe - May 23, 2024

Fito Akhmad Erlangga, Jakarta – Communication and Informatics Minister Budi Arie Setiadi revealed that since taking office on July 17, 2023, his ministry has taken down 1.9 million online gambling contents up until May 21, 2024.

Reuters - May 23, 2024

Jakarta – The government has cut taxes for exporters who converted their earnings to rupiah in a new regulation issued this week aimed at boosting foreign exchange supply.

Since last year, natural resource exporters from Indonesia must retain for at least three months in the domestic financial system 30 percent of their proceeds.

May 22, 2024

Mongabay - May 22, 2024

Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – An Indonesian court has overturned the sentence of environmental activist Daniel Frits Maurits Tangkilisan on widely criticized hate speech charges for highlighting the damaged caused by illegal shrimp farms in a protected marine park.

Jakarta Globe - May 22, 2024

Sevianto Pakiding, Meirto Tangkepayung, Paniai – An armed criminal group (KKB) member by the name of Basoka Lawiya, also known as Masyarakat Kogoya, was killed in a shootout with joint military and police personnel in East Paniai District, Paniai Regency, Central Papua, on Wednesday.

Jakarta Post Editorial - May 22, 2024

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on May 8 signed a presidential regulation (Perpres) that aims to revamp the national health security system to promote equality, only to confront tough challenges from those who have paid higher premiums.

Tempo - May 22, 2024

Andi Adam Faturahman and Han Revanda Putra, Jakarta – The People's Water Forum 2024 in Bali was forcibly disbanded, and participants were intimidated by dozens of people claiming to be from a community organization Patriot Garuda Nusantara (PGN). The forum was held in Bali in line with the 10th World Water Forum (WWF) 2024 on May 18-25.

Jakarta Post - May 22, 2024

Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said on Tuesday that it is investigating alleged corruption in state-owned telecommunications company PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom Group) with a potential loss of billions of rupiah.

Jakarta Post - May 22, 2024

Jakarta – Environmental group Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam) has criticized Space-X founder Elon Musk's proposal for solving the world's water crisis through desalination powered by solar energy, saying that the plan would only lead to more intensive mining activities.

Jakarta Globe - May 22, 2024

Monique Handa Shafira, Jakarta – The Deposit Insurance Corporation (LPS) has paid out Rp 300 billion in deposit claims to customers of 11 small banks that went bankrupt in 2024.

These claims were settled for customers of 11 rural banks (BPR) liquidated by LPS between January 1 and April 30, 2024.

Jakarta Globe - May 22, 2024

Alfida Rizky Febrianna, Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – Recent data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) revealed that nearly 10 million Indonesians aged 15-24 are unemployed. Minister of Manpower, Ida Fauziyah, attributed this to a mismatch between education and the demands of the job market.

Asia Pacific Report - May 22, 2024

A New Zealand solidarity action group has called on the New Zealand government to back indigenous independence calls in the Pacific and press both France to grant Kanaks sovereignty and Indonesia to end its rule in West Papua.

Jakarta Globe - May 22, 2024

Vinnilya, Badung – Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono highlighted several key accomplishments from the 10th World Water Forum (WWF), including the ministerial declaration and the initiation of 113 projects valued at $9.4 billion across various nations.

Tempo Editorial - May 22, 2024

Jakarta – Syahrul Yasin Limpo is alleged to have taken money from Agriculture Ministry officials. Those paying the money must also be held responsible.

Jakarta Post - May 22, 2024

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's ambition to relocate the national capital to Nusantara in East Kalimantan as his signature legacy will hinge on his success in holding a ceremony to mark Indonesia's independence anniversary on Aug. 17 in the new city.

Jakarta Globe - May 22, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Led by Commission IV Chairman Budhy Setiawan and Vice Chairman Budisatrio Djiwandono, a delegation from the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) visited Stockholm, Sweden, from May 19-22 to lay the groundwork for Indonesia's free lunch program.

Jakarta Post - May 22, 2024

Jakarta – Authorities in Aceh are planning to launch raids on restaurants in the province to seize food containing marijuana, as the conservative Muslim region is set to host the country's largest sports event, the National Games (PON), in September.

May 21, 2024

Kompas.com - May 21, 2024

Novianti Setuningsih, Jakarta – Amnesty International Executive Director Usman Hamid says the ideals fought for related to civil freedoms have in fact been reversed on the 26th anniversary of the reformasi – the political reform process that began in 1998.

Jakarta Post - May 21, 2024

Jakarta – Ahmad Syauqi, the son of outgoing Vice President Ma'ruf Amin, has announced his bid for the Banten gubernatorial election after securing political backing from the National Awakening Party (PKB).

New Mandala - May 21, 2024

Marina Welker – When I walked my seven-year-old twins to their school in the East Java city of Malang, we sometimes made a game of counting the cigarette ads we passed during our ten-minute journey. The day in 2016 when we tallied fifty-eight one way, they would have passed over a hundred cigarette ads round trip.

Jakarta Post - May 21, 2024

Yohana Belinda, Jakarta – Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has pitched Bali as an alternative hub for wealthy individuals of the region from where to run their family's business affairs, pitting the island against the popular locations of Hong Kong and Singapore.The number of Singapore-registered family offices, which manage tens of billions of

Tempo Editorial - May 21, 2024

Jakarta – The recent disaster in West Sumatra shows how the greed of the regional government has sacrificed the environment and cost people's lives.

Mongabay - May 21, 2024

Irfan Maulana, Jakarta – Critics have slammed Indonesia's outgoing government over a plan to hand out mining permits revoked from companies to religious organizations – not on the basis of the latter's mining competence, but simply because they played an important role in the country's independence struggle nearly 80 years ago.

Jakarta Post - May 21, 2024

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has asked Elon Musk to expand his investment in Indonesia after the tech tycoon launched his Starlink satellite internet service for the nation's health sector over the weekend.

Jakarta Post - May 21, 2024

Dio Suhenda and Ni Komang Erviani, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called on the international community to strengthen its commitment and formulate real actions for inclusive and sustainable water management, as Indonesia kicks off the 10th World Water Forum in Bali.

CNN Indonesia - May 21, 2024

Bali – The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) has condemned the repressive actions and the forced closure of the People's Water Forum (PWF) in Bali. The PWF activities were held to coincide with the 10th World Water Forum (WWF) attended by world leaders in Bali.

CNN Indonesia - May 21, 2024

Jakarta – The Denpasar Democracy Forum has condemned the Balinese regional police for allowing the People's Water Forum (PWF) in Bali to be forcibly closed down by an ormas (social or mass organisation).

Jakarta Globe - May 21, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – Education, Culture, Research, and Technology Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim plans to cancel "irrational hikes" in tuition fees (UKT) at several state universities (PTN). Nadiem stressed that tuition fee hikes must be reasonable, considering each student's economic circumstances.

Jakarta Post Editorial - May 21, 2024

Jakarta – We are saddened by the flash floods and lahars (a mixture of water and volcanic rock fragments) that hit a number of regions surrounding Mount Marapi in West Sumatra on May 11, leaving more than 60 people dead and 14 others missing. Some natural disasters are unpredictable, but losses of life are preventable with well-prepared mitigation and alert systems.

Jakarta Post - May 21, 2024

Alifia Sekar, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration is making another bid to crack down on the never-ending practice of informal parking attendants at convenience stores, but the underlying cause of the city's high unemployment rate is adding complexity to the issue.

Antara News - May 21, 2024

Jayapura, Papua – The Jayapura/1701 Military Command (Kodim) is building a comfortable public toilet in Naira Village, located 133 km from Jayapura, Papua Province's capital, to help locals lead a clean and healthy lifestyle, a military officer stated.

Kompas.com - May 21, 2024

Novianti Setuningsih, Jakarta – Commemorating 26 years of reformasi – the political reform process that began in 1998 – the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) says that much of the agenda and ideals of reformasi have been betrayed.

Jakarta Globe - May 21, 2024

Antara, Agam – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo affirmed that his relationship with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) remains positive, even as some of his family members leave the party.

Mongabay - May 21, 2024

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Briantama Asmara first visited the village of Kais in Indonesian Papua, on the island of New Guinea, in 2017 as an university researcher. The village lies two time zones away from Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, but it takes a four-hour flight, followed by a four-hour car ride and a three-hour boat trip to get there.

Jakarta Globe - May 21, 2024

Hendro Dahlan Situmorang, Alfida Rizky Febrianna, Jakarta – Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah has addressed the ongoing debate about the impact of "too many holidays" on Indonesia's competitiveness and workforce productivity.

Jakarta Globe - May 21, 2024

Zhulfakar, Jakarta – The government's policy of granting additional days off to civil servants during major national holidays is unfair to private sector workers who do not receive the same privilege, according to a business chamber executive.

May 20, 2024

Jakarta Globe - May 20, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – The Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) is considering nominating musician Ahmad Dhani for the mayoral election in Surabaya after he was recently elected as a member of the House of Representatives.

Dhani garnered more than 134,000 votes in the East Java electoral districts of Surabaya and Sidoarjo to win the House seat.

Fulcrum - May 20, 2024

Burhanuddin Muhtadi and Kennedy Muslim – The victory of the Prabowo-Gibran team in Indonesia's 2024 presidential elections was due to Jokowi's high approval rating and support from young voters. The Bansos social assistance scheme also maintained support for Jokowi which in turn boosted support for Prabowo-Gibran indirectly.


Jakarta Globe - May 20, 2024

Panji Satrio, Medan – Bobby Nasution, the son-in-law of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, officially joined the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) on Monday, further deepening the feud between the president's family and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

Kompas.com - May 20, 2024

Achmad Nasrudin Yahya, Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition for Security Sector Reform is asking the House of Representatives (DPR) to cancel deliberations on revisions to Law Number 34/2004 on the Indonesian Military (TNI).

The Diplomat - May 20, 2024

A. B. Abrams – Indonesian Ambassador to Russia Jose Tavares confirmed last week that a $1.14 billion contract signed for the acquisition of 11 Su-35S fighter aircraft from Russia remains in force, in spite of widespread unconfirmed reports and speculation since early 2019 that it had been terminated due to threats of sanctions by the United States Treasury Department.

Suara Papua - May 20, 2024

Jayapura – The West Papua National Committee (KNPB), based on its organisational mechanisms, held its 6th Leadership Meeting (Rapim) at Port Numbay in Jayapura, Papua, between May 13 and 15.