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September 13, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Coconuts Bali - September 13, 2019

The Balinese People's Forum to Reject Reclamation (ForBALI) is urging Indonesia's Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) to issue a strict prohibition on infrastructure development in southern Bali, highlighting the area as being prone to disasters.

Statements ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Joint Letter by LRWC and L4L - September 13, 2019

The LRWC and L4L sent a joint letter calling on Indonesian authorities to withdraw criminal charges against human rights lawyer Veronica Koman, charged for disseminating information about police violence against Papuan students peacefully protesting for Papuan self-determination.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - September 13, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia on Friday blamed four Malaysian companies, including the world's biggest producer of sustainable palm oil, for causing some of the forest fires within its borders, in an escalating row between neighbours over regional haze.

Statements ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Front Line Defenders Statement - September 13, 2019

On 13 September 2019, the East Java Police announced that Veronica Koman must appear at the Indonesian Embassy in Australia to comply with a summons which was scheduled for today.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - September 13, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Commissioners of the national antigraft agency released a statement on Friday evening to "return their mandate" to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Agence France Presse - September 13, 2019

Hundreds of people held a mass prayer for rain in a smoke-filled Indonesian city on Friday, desperately hoping that downpours will extinguish forest fires and wash away the toxic haze covering wide swathes of the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Detik News - September 13, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's approval of revisions to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law has disappointed many – from political observers to academics – who have voiced their disagreement with the planned revisions.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
The Guardian - September 13, 2019

Kate Lamb in Kalideres, Jakarta – Once a military command post, the two-storey lime green building in Kalideres, West Jakarta, is now essentially a refugee camp.

News ›› East Timor ›› People & Places
Tempo - September 13, 2019

Adam Prireza, Jakarta – East-Timorese Nelson Da Cruz (38) was one of the thousands of people that packed the public streets on Thursday to escort former president Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie (BJ Habibie) to his final resting place in the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - September 13, 2019

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – Jakarta's expanded traffic policy known as the odd-even policy on Monday, September 9, 2019, that has entered its fifth-day seems to not significantly improve the city's air quality. According to AirVisual's air quality monitoring the air quality of the city remains at the level of 'unhealthy.'

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Reuters - September 13, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko Widodo told Indonesians on Friday he would not compromise in the fight against graft, amid concerns over the officer picked to head the anti-corruption agency and proposed changes curbing its right to wiretap suspects without a warrant.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - September 13, 2019

Beritasatu Team & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Despite objections from its own staff, former South Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Firli Bahuri was voted in by acclamation as the new head of Indonesia's anti-graft agency, the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, by the House of Representatives on Friday morning.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - September 13, 2019

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – A riot broke out in front of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta as protesters in support of the KPK law revision burned banners and threw bottles and sticks into the building on Friday afternoon.

News ›› West Papua ›› Peace Talks & Dialogue with Jakarta
KBR - September 13, 2019

Wahyu Setiawan, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) says that the meeting between President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and scores of Papuan figures at the State Palace three days ago failed to resolve the problems in Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Marriage & The Family
Straits Times - September 13, 2019

Kuala Lumpur (Reuters) – Indonesia moved closer to ending child marriage on Friday (Sept 13) after the government secured a key nod paving the way to raise the age for girls to wed in the world's most populous Muslim country by three years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Tempo - September 13, 2019

Gangsar Parikesit, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration has reportedly allocated Rp166.91 billion into its 2020 budget priorities (KUA-PPAS) for Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) members' salaries, numerous allowances, and operational costs.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - September 13, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – There is something notably different on the official website of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Friday, September 13. Its homepage now features an entirely black image with a message that reads; "We continue to work, we will continue the fight. #SaveKPK."

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Globe - September 13, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Indonesia restated the progress it has made on human rights, especially in dealing with the security situation in Papua, during a meeting at the United Nations Office at Geneva on Wednesday.

Hasan Kleib, Indonesia's ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, said the country had been implementing the National Action Plan on Human Rights since 1998.

News ›› East Timor ›› People & Places
The Guardian - September 13, 2019

Kate Lyons – The first president of Timor Leste has paid a touching visit to the bedside of the Indonesian president who granted the region a referendum on independence in 1999, before his death on Wednesday night.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Bloomberg - September 13, 2019

Tassia Sipahutar – Indonesian President Joko Widodo defended his support for amendments to a key anti-corruption law, ignoring calls from the nation's anti-graft watchdog and rights groups to veto the move over fears it could hinder the fight against crime.

News ›› West Papua ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Globe - September 13, 2019

Gardi Gazarin & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Police say they have uncovered a plot to stage more riots in Papua and West Papua until Dec. 1, following the arrest of the head of the West Papua National Committee's (KNPB) branch in Mimika, Steven Itlay, on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
The Guardian - September 13, 2019

Saeed Kamali Dehghan – Indonesia is stepping up efforts to protect people with mental health conditions by affording national agencies new powers to monitor and close down institutions found to be abusing patients.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Marriage & The Family
Jakarta Post - September 13, 2019

Jakarta – The House of Representatives has finally agreed to raise the minimum age for marriage for females from 16 years old to 19.

During a working meeting to discuss the revision of Law No. 1/1974 on marriage, the House's working committee on the minimum marriage age bill deliberation originally proposed to increase the legal age for marriage to 18 years old.

September 12, 2019

News ›› East Timor ›› Occupation & Armed Resistance
The Economist - September 12, 2019

Dili – The prison in the six interconnected bungalows of Comarca became notorious during the 24 years that Indonesia occupied East Timor. Many of those locked up there for resisting the occupation did not survive its torture cells.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
South China Morning Post - September 12, 2019

Amy Chew – Indonesian anti-graft activists are protesting against plans by legislators to revise a law governing the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) that critics fear will weaken the agency.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
The Guardian - September 12, 2019

Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Indonesia has shot back at claims the country is solely responsible for the fires that have created a thick haze across parts of Malaysia this week and forced the closure of hundreds of schools.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - September 12, 2019

Andita Rahma and Friski Riana, Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy head, Laode M. Syarief, lamented the non-transparency of the House of Representatives (DPR) and the government in discussing the draft of KPK Law revisions.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
Antara News - September 12, 2019

Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara – Indonesia's Main Naval Base (Lantamal) VII in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), is conducting a joint maritime patrol exercise called Cassoway Exercise Uasindo Corpart 2019 in NTT waters with the Royal Australian Navy, Sept 10-16.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Agence France Presse - September 12, 2019

Dessy Sagita, Pekanbaru, Riau – The number of blazes in Indonesia's rainforests has jumped sharply, satellite data showed Thursday, spreading smog across Southeast Asia and adding to concerns about the impact of increasing wildfire outbreaks worldwide on global warming.

News ›› West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
CNN Indonesia - September 12, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta Ombudsman suspects that there was maladministration in the arrest of Surya Anta and several other Papua activists by the Metro Jaya regional police last week.

Jakarta Ombudsman Chairperson Teguh Nugroho says that his office will conduct a further study into the arrests of the Papua activists following a report from Anta's lawyer.

News ›› West Papua ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - September 12, 2019

Dian Septiari, Jakarta – As Indonesia gears up for voting day at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), lawmakers have raised concern over the "internationalization" of the unrest that erupted in Papua in recent weeks.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Jakarta Globe - September 12, 2019

Erwin C Sihombing & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers who chose to remain at a temporary shelter in Kalideres, West Jakarta, after they were told to leave the premises last month have been left without food in the past three days since the United Nations Refugees Agency have stopped sending them their food rations.

News ›› West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Malaysia Kini - September 12, 2019

Martin Vengadesan – The Indonesia military is carrying out acts of violence and terror against an innocent and unarmed population, say West Papuan activists.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
Counter Punch - September 12, 2019

Binoy Kampmark – Like Timor-Leste, West Papua, commonly subsuming both Papua and West Papua, remains a separate ethnic entity, acknowledged as such by previous colonial powers. Its Dutch colonial masters, in preparing to leave the region in the 1950s, left the ground fertile for a declaration of independence in 1961.

News ›› West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
The Guardian - September 12, 2019

Marni Cordell, Ben Doherty and Kate Lamb – A West Papuan independence group has accused the Indonesian police of "abducting" a leading West Papuan activist in a dramatic arrest on Monday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Tempo - September 12, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – Police announced that it had arrested the head of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in Mimika, Steven Itlay, for an alleged connection to one of the demonstrations in Papua.

Police deem Steven to be the figure behind the demonstration at the University of Cendrawasih in Jayapura, Papua Province and other similar public uprisings.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - September 12, 2019

Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – Ahmad Safrudin, the executive director of the leaded fuel eradication committee (KPBB), revealed the toll of air pollution in Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Sydney Morning Herald - September 12, 2019

Jakarta – Authorities have shut most schools in parts of Indonesia's Sumatra island to protect children from a thick, noxious haze as deliberately set fires burn through peatland forests, officials said.

News ›› West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
CNN Indonesia - September 12, 2019

Jakarta – Police have arrested the chairperson of the Mimika West Papua National Committee (KNPB), Steven Italy, for allegedly playing a role in the riots and protest actions which took place in Jayapura, Papua. Police has already declared him a suspect.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Diplomat - September 12, 2019

Bilveer Singh – Papua has been in constant turmoil for more than 50 years, especially following the territory's incorporation into Indonesia in 1969. This includes incidences of violence where either Papuans, or Indonesian military and civilian personnel, have been killed.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - September 12, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) urged the government to evaluate the implementation of the national peatland restoration following constant numerous forest fires in large areas.

September 11, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
Detik News - September 11, 2019

Audrey Santoso, Jakarta – Police have arrested the deputy chairperson of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Buchtar Tabuni. Tabuni was arrested on Monday for alleged makar (treason, subversion, rebellion).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - September 11, 2019

Jakarta – Thousands of Indonesians prayed for rain in haze-hit towns on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo on Wednesday, as forest fires raged at the height of the dry season, the state Antara news agency reported.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Asia Pacific Report - September 11, 2019

Michael Andrew – For the past three weeks a wave of violent protest has been spreading across West Papua and Indonesia.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
Jakarta Post Editorial - September 11, 2019

Jakarta – Papua has a special place in President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's heart. Throughout his first four years in office, he visited Papua eight times, spending much of his time there at the now-famous Mama-Mama Market in Jayapura.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
The Guardian - September 11, 2019

Calla Wahlquist – The Department of Agriculture is investigating a live export company after it received footage showing Australian cattle being pulled to the ground with ropes and slaughtered without being stunned in a carpark underneath an Indonesian mosque.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Tempo - September 11, 2019

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – Jakarta's Directorate General of Politics and Public Administration (Kesbangpol) noted an additional surge of people at the former West Jakarta military command in Daan Mogot Baru, Kalideres, after it was reopened to accommodate asylum seekers.

News ›› West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Radio New Zealand - September 11, 2019

A leading West Papuan independence activist has been arrested by Indonesian police in Jayapua.

Buchtar Tabuni is a member of the executive committee of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.

Suara Papua reported that police suspected Mr Tabuni was an instigator of recent riots related to large anti-racism and pro-independence protests in recent weeks.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Deutsche Presse Agentur - September 11, 2019

Jakarta – Haze that has blanketed parts of Malaysia and forced the closure of schools came from forest fires in that country, and not from Indonesia, the government in Jakarta said on Wednesday (Sept 11).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
CNN - September 11, 2019

Jessie Yeung – Malaysian authorities distributed half a million face masks to residents on Tuesday after large-scale forest fires in Indonesia spread smoke and thick smog to neighboring countries.