Jakarta (Antara) – Some 700 native Papuan students studying at various universities outside Papua Province have returned home in the aftermath of the Surabaya incident although they have received safety and security guarantees from all regional police chiefs.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
September 10, 2019
Jakarta (Antara) – The Jakarta Legal Aid (LBH Jakarta) argues that the suspect-naming of human rights activist Veronica Koman by the Indonesian National Police (Polri) presents a threat toward other activists.
Ahmad Faiz, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi has agreed on the provincial division (pemekaran) in Papua and West Papua as requested by Papuan figures during a meeting in the State Palace, Jakarta, on Tuesday, September 10.
Heru Asprihanto, Bogor, Indonesia – It's a warm night in Indonesia and the air is filled with excitement as villagers watch a puppet show accompanied by traditional music.
To the rhythmic beat of cymbals, drums and a bamboo harmonica, the hand-held puppets wearing brightly colored batik headdresses and sarongs fight, and one gets flung off the stage.
Thousands of Papua New Guineans marched through Port Moresby in support of West Papuan freedom today.
This follows weeks of protests by West Papuans, as well as unrest, in the neighbouring Indonesian-ruled territory.
Caesar Akbar and Aji Nugroho, Jakarta – Up to Monday night there has been 1,717 lecturers from 31 universities declaring their opposition against the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law revision.
Galuh Putri Riyanto, Jakarta – The police denied claims posted to Twitter that a student in West Papua was shot by a police officer. The tweet was posted by @AfricaRepublic yesterday, 9 September.
"That's a hoax," Police Headquarters' chief of Public Information Bureau, Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo said via text message on Tuesday, September 10.
September 9, 2019
Jakarta (Antara) – Executive Director of Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL) Henri Subagiyo, requests President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to fight against the numerous attempts upon weakening the KPK.
"President Jokowi must fully support the public in fighting any form of attack against the KPK," said Henri in a test message in Jakarta on Sunday.
Avit Hidayat and Maya Ayu Puspitasari, Jakarta – Hundreds of professors and lecturers from several universities reject the revision of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law. The academics are garnering support to fight all efforts to weaken the KPK.
Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick is calling on the government to fix an "historic wrong" committed against Timor-Leste.
Crossbench senator Rex Patrick is calling on the government to reverse changes that prevented Timor Leste from taking Australia to court over potential international maritime law breaches during oil and gas negotiations.
Human Rights Watch is demanding Indonesia urgently investigate the deaths of Papuans killed during protests across the country.
At least 10 people have been killed in the worst unrest to hit Papua in years, as thousands have taken part in anti-racism rallies.
Should a tobacco company sponsor youth involvement in one of Indonesia's most beloved sports? A couple of child protection groups were understandably against the idea, but now they're facing a barrage of criticism in the country for causing a racket that led to the dissolution of a famous children's badminton talent search program.
Rizki Fachriansyah and Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – A group of unidentified individuals tossed two sacks of snakes into the front yard of a Papuan student dormitory on Jl. Kalasan in Surabaya, East Java in the early hours of Monday, according to the Papuan Students Alliance (AMP).
Friski Riana, Jakarta – Announced through his Twitter account, investigative reporter Benjamin Strick published his findings on Twitter bot network intentionally used to promote Papua and West Papua pro-government propaganda.
Syailendra Persada, Jakarta – Presidential Staff Deputy IV Ali Mochtar Ngabalin said that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has agreed on the revision of the Corruption Eradication Commission Law known as the UU KPK.
He claims that the revision of the law overseeing the anti-graft agency is meant to strengthen the anti-graft agency.
Sausan Atika, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration officially enforced the expansion of the odd-even license plate traffic policy on Monday following a trial run conducted since Aug. 12.
Singapore – Air quality in Singapore and parts of Malaysia may worsen in the coming days with Indonesian authorities warning of more forest fires in the region already in the grip of an unusually long dry weather spell.
Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – A solidarity group defending human rights activist Veronica Koman stated that the advocate did not disseminate false or hoax news regarding the conditions of Papuan students in Surabaya in mid-august this year. They opined that she spread valid information originating from her clients.
The UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet says her office has so far been unable to secure a trip to Indonesia's West Papua.
In January, Indonesia agreed in principle to allow a visit by the rights chief, but this has not yet eventuated, despite international backing for it.
Port Moresby Governor Powes Parkop has commended the hundreds of Papua New Guineans who turned up this morning at the Jack Pidik Park in Port Moresby to show their support for West Papua.
He says it is time for Papua New Guineans to be brave, bold and fearless in showing their support. The NCD Governor says PNG cannot prosper if West Papua is not free.
Rezki Alvionitasari, Jakarta – Jakarta Legal Aid (LBH Jakarta) public defender Muhammad Rasyid Ridha Saragih said that communication with human rights lawyer Veronica Koman is at the bare minimum as she is currently undergoing her studies overseas. Veronica was recently named by Indonesian Police as a suspect in relation to the Papua unrest.
Kukuh S. Wibowo, Jakarta – Several unknown people reportedly attacked the Papuan dormitory in Surabaya on the early dawn of Monday, September 9. Witnesses claimed that two people riding a single motorcycle threw four bags into the dormitory which was filled with snakes.
Quinton Temby – Indonesia's riots in May serve as a warning to all democracies with polarised electorates, high social media penetration and institutions labouring under the strain of populist politics.
The unrest was the first time in a democracy that social media-fuelled fake news and disinformation led to election riots.
An official from Indonesia's Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs apologized for the environmental damage caused by the reclamation of Benoa Bay and confirmed in a meeting with Bali Governor Wayan Koster that the controversial project will be put to a stop.
Dian Septiari, Jakarta – The recent unrest and rioting in Indonesia's easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua have sparked renewed debate on whether Papuans deserve the right to self-determination, just like the people of former East Timor (present-day Timor Leste) did 20 years ago during the independence referendum on Aug. 30, 1999.
Helen Davidson and Kate Lamb in Jakarta – A sack containing a 15-20kg python was thrown into a West Papuan student dormitory in Surabaya by masked motorcycle riders, students say.
Indonesian police are investigating allegations of masked motorcycle riders throwing bags of snakes into a West Papuan student dormitory in Surabaya and "deliberately spreading terror".
Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Indonesian representatives have approached the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva to clarify what they say is "distorted information" about Papua and West Papua, Indonesia's two easternmost provinces which were rocked by violent protests against ethnic and racial discrimination last month.
September 8, 2019
Nivell Rayda, Palu, Sulawesi – Like other residents who call Palu home, Tri Sasongko thought he had grown accustomed to the earthquakes which regularly hit the small Indonesian city of 340,000 residents, located at a junction where three active fault lines intersect.
Jakarta – PB Djarum, one of the most famous badminton clubs in Indonesia owned by the Djarum cigarette company, has decided to stop auditions for its badminton scholarship program starting next year after a row with the country's children protection agency who accuses the club of exploiting children to promote the cigarette brand.
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The North Sumatra administration has expressed its commitment to continuing efforts to decrease greenhouse gas emissions as it prepares to attend the Conference of Parties (COP) 25 in Chile on Dec. 2-8.
Farih Maulana Sidik, Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) employees used Car Free Day on Sunday September 8 to hold a long-march from the Hotel Indonesia (HI) traffic circle to the KPK building. The action was held to reject planned revisions to Law Number 30/2002 on the KPK (UU KPK).
Christopher Knaus – The crossbench senator Rex Patrick will push to fix a historic wrong stemming from the "shameful" treatment of Timor-Leste during oil and gas negotiations by overturning decisions that limit Australia's exposure to international courts.
Peter Brieger – Indonesia's surprise plan to roll out a nickel-ore export ban two years early could scare foreign investors away from Southeast Asia's biggest economy, analysts say, as it cements a reputation for policy flip-flops.
September 7, 2019
Jakarta (Antara) – East Java Regional Police asked Immigration Directorate-general to revoke the passport of human rights lawyer Veronica Koman who was recently named as a suspect for distributing fake news or hoaxes about the incident at Papuan dorm in Surabaya last month.
Dina Manafe, Jakarta – A new study by the University of Indonesia's Social Security Study Center claims that excessive smoking habit among poor families in Indonesia is exacerbating the country's stunting problem.
Jakarta – President Joko Widodo must stop his plan to move the nation's capital. The series of reasons that he gave when announcing East Kalimantan as the prospective location for the new capital city only showed that there is no need to implement this proposal. This move could become Jokowi's biggest blunder of his second term.
Nick Baker – Rallies are being held across Australia on Saturday in solidarity with the mass protests underway in Papua.
Indonesia's eastern Papua provinces have been marred by weeks of protests, sparked by anger over racism and fresh calls for self-rule, countered by a military crackdown.
Jakarta – Legal uncertainties have hindered foreign investors from investing in Indonesia, especially in new or green field projects, Bank Indonesia (BI) senior deputy governor Destry Damayanti said in Jakarta on Friday.
Viji Menon – Domestically, the political stand-off between Timor-Leste's president Francisco Guterres and the government has continued with the president still refusing to swear in nine ministers because of their alleged involvement in corruption investigations.
Galuh Putri Riyanto, Jakarta – Executive Director of Amnesty International Indonesia Usman Hamid, said that the murder case of Munir is actually not hard to be revealed if there is a strong political will from high ranking state officials.
Jakarta – Castration is a punishment that not only belongs in the past but that also violates human rights. The government together with the House of Representatives (DPR) needs to remove it from the statute books. If they want to apply stronger punishment to those who rape children, judges can sentence them to life in jail.
September 6, 2019
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Center for Indonesian Law and Policy Studies (PSHK) said that the ratification of the proposed revision of the KPK Law by the DPR is a violation of the law.
The PSHK says that the revision was not part of the priority bills in the 2019 National Legislation Program that was agreed between the parliament and the government.
Maidian Reviani – The national director of the Service Provider Forum (FPL) for female victims of violence, Yustina Fendrita, says that civil society groups have launched a movement to send flowers to the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission VIII.
Beatrice Debut, Antsiranana, Madagascar – The bell of St. John's Catholic high school, next to the cathedral in Antsiranana in northern Madagascar, sounds for the noon break, and hundreds of students pour into the street.
Jenny Munro – Racism is ubiquitous in Indonesia, but it's rarely discussed.
Aichi Halik & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nachrawi officially apologized to his Malaysian counterpart Syed Saddiq on Friday after fans of the Indonesian national men's football team attacked Malaysian supporters during a World Cup qualifier match in Jakarta on Thursday.
The exiled leader of Papua's independence movement has called for "a free and democratic referendum" backed by the UN, and warned over a possible bloodbath after weeks of deadly unrest gripped Indonesia's easternmost territory.
Dian Kurniati and Khairunnisa, Jakarta – Suciwati, the wife of Munir Said Thalib, is urging President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to order the Attorney General to submit a judicial review of one of the prime suspects in Munir's murder, Muchdi Purwoprandjono, who was declared not guilty in 2008.
Jakarta – A number of problematic candidates have passed the selection process for the leadership of the Corruption Eradication Commission. This is a failure of the selection committee.
Jakarta (Antara) – Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) Commander Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and Indonesian National Police (Polri) Chief General Tito Karnavian attended an interreligious assembly today held in the capital of Papua Province, Jayapura.