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January 31, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Democracy & Civil Rights
CNN Indonesia - January 31, 2020

Jakarta – As many as 40 people's organisations and civil society groups from the Indonesian People's Faction (Fraksi Rakyat Indonesia, FRI) have expressed their opposition to the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation or RUU Cilaka.

The groups said that RUU Cilaka is just a tool for the government to attract foreign investment through colonial methods.

January 30, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - January 30, 2020

Budiarti Utami Putri, Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly questioned the strong demand for his discharge from office, which was expressed by the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - January 30, 2020

Jakarta – After an investigative report by Tempo, Yasonna Laoly finally acknowledged that Harun Masiku had returned to Indonesia. An apparent conflict of interest.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - January 30, 2020

Triyan Pangastuti, Jakarta – Indonesia saw a slight drop in foreign direct investment in 2019 but breakthroughs in some high-profile investment during the year's last quarter fueled optimism for a recovery in 2020.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Globe - January 30, 2020

Gita Rossiana, Jakarta – Indonesia Transport & Infrastructure, the Jakarta-listed company behind chartered airline Indonesia Air, plans to acquire a majority stake in Anterin Digital Nusantara, a motorcycle ride-hailing firm, for an undisclosed sum as part of the company's expansion.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - January 30, 2020

Jakarta – If it appears as if Vice President Ma'ruf Amin has not made much of a splash in his first 100 days in office, it is by design, the senior Muslim cleric said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - January 30, 2020

Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Bahlil Lahadalia said on Thursday that automation would impact both male and female workers after he warned women workers the previous day that they could be replaced by robots.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
East Asia Forum - January 30, 2020

Deasy Simandjuntak – At a time when electoral democracy has retreated in the region, Indonesia successfully held one of the world's largest and generally considered free and fair presidential and parliamentary elections. President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo's victory in the 2019 election was initially received with enthusiasm by supporters of religious tolerance.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Democracy & Civil Rights
Jakarta Post - January 30, 2020

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Forty civil society organizations in a coalition called the Indonesian People's Faction (FRI) have rejected deliberations on an omnibus bill on job creation, arguing that the bill is "undemocratic", as the drafting process only "involves businesspeople" and the bill "resembles the Dutch colonial administration's attitude".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - January 30, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – Flash flood hits Sempol Village, Mount Ijen, Bondowoso District, East Java on Wednesday afternoon, January 29, 2020. About 200 resident's houses were submerged in mud caused by the flood.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - January 30, 2020

Jakarta – House of Representatives Commission III overseeing legal affairs plans to summon Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly to demand an explanation for the removal of his aides from the ministry's Immigration Directorate General.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - January 30, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia has proven its ability to maintain economic stability and resilience amid global uncertainties, a top central banker has said in front of an international forum in Bali on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Post - January 30, 2020

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – The year 2019 saw the rise of a new generation of resistance movements in Asia, including in Indonesia, where protests were staged amid the government's failure to protect human rights and crackdown on freedom of expression, according to Amnesty International's latest report.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Poverty & Social Inequity
Jakarta Post - January 30, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – While free from poverty, approximately 115 million Indonesians, or 45 percent of the country's population, have yet to achieve economic security and the lifestyle of the middle class, the World Bank's latest report shows.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Village & Rural Life
Tempo - January 30, 2020

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – The World Bank voiced its criticism on the distribution formula of Village Fund and the General Allocation Funds (DAU) currently executed by the Indonesian government.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - January 30, 2020

Jakarta – Responding to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, animal rights organizations have called on the Indonesian government to close all markets that slaughter or sell illegal wildlife. The virus, 2019-nCoV, is believed to have first emerged among wild animals in a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - January 30, 2020

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – Over the past five years, state-owned electricity company PLN has been intensifying the use of palm oil in its diesel-fired power plants but, going forward, the company is intent on slowing down usage out of technical concerns.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Jakarta Post - January 30, 2020

Jakarta – The Central Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Central Sulawesi) is holding a contest for anyone who is willing and able to save a wild crocodile in Palu that has been stuck in a motorcycle tire for years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Jakarta Post - January 30, 2020

Jakarta – The Central Jakarta District Court sentenced 20-year-old Luthfi Alfiandi, whose photo clutching an Indonesian flag to his face has become an emblem of the student protests against controversial legal amendments, to four months of imprisonment on Thursday.

January 29, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - January 29, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has signed a letter to officially start deliberations of the government's omnibus bill on taxation in the House of Representatives, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Wednesday.

The letter will be submitted to the House of Representatives along with the bill.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - January 29, 2020

Jakarta – Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly dismissed director general of immigration Ronny Sompie on Tuesday amid public uproar over the whereabouts of a graft fugitive.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - January 29, 2020

Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – State-owned steelmaker Krakatau Steel has received approval from its creditors to restructure its loans totaling US$2 billion (Rp 27 trillion) by, among other changes, rescheduling repayment to 2027 in order to be able to revive its business.Krakatau Steel president director Silmy Karim said in Jakarta on Tuesday that the debt restructuring would cut

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - January 29, 2020

Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Bahlil Lahadali says he is ready to resign if the country's ease of doing business (EODB) rank did not reach the top 50 in the next four years.

"If I can't meet that target, I'm ready to step down. That is my moral commitment," he said at a press conference in Jakarta on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Straits Times - January 29, 2020

Jakarta (AFP) – Indonesia said on Wednesday (Jan 29) it has cut ties with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as it accused the global conservation group of overstepping its mandate in the country and unfairly criticising efforts to extinguish out-of-control forest fires last year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Literature & The Arts
Jakarta Globe - January 29, 2020

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Indonesia has ratified the Beijing Treaty, a multilateral agreement that regulates the intellectual property rights of audiovisual artists, including the reproduction, distribution and rental of their work.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - January 29, 2020

Jakarta – The Foreign Ministry is distributing Rp 133.2 million (US$9,763) for hundreds of Indonesian citizens trapped in the locked-down cities of Hubei province in China, where the novel coronavirus has rapidly spread, to help them to buy food and logistics supplies in the quarantined zone.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Globe - January 29, 2020

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Civil groups advocating for freedom of religion and faith have demanded that the government fix its approach in preventing potential sectarian conflicts and ensure better freedom for everyone to practice their faith.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Jakarta Post - January 29, 2020

Rizal Harahap, Pekanbaru – A farmer in Riau is currently on trial for alleged arson at the Pekanbaru District Court after he burned a 400-square-meter plot of land for farming, reportedly causing the fires to spread beyond the intended area.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Prostitution & Human Trafficking
Jakarta Post - January 29, 2020

Vela Andapita, Jakarta – Following recent revelations of child prostitution in Jakarta and Depok of West Java, the National Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has called on the government to initiate a child-friendly apartment program to curb such crimes in high-rise buildings.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Java Post - January 29, 2020

Muhammad Ridwan – The administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin has now been working for 100 days of Widodo's second term in office. The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) is of the view that the legal and human rights (HAM) situation continues to worsen in concert with ignoring people's constitutional rights.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Globe - January 29, 2020

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Torrential rains triggered floods and landslides in North Sumatra's Central Tapanuli district on Wednesday, killing at least seven people, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, or BNPB, reported.

Heavy rains fell in parts of North Sumatra and West Sumatra on Tuesday and Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - January 29, 2020

Jakarta – The World Health Organization (WHO) says Indonesia is well-prepared to anticipate the fast-spreading novel coronavirus, which as of Wednesday had killed 132 people in China since the outbreak began in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - January 29, 2020

Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – The government has pinned its hopes on a new agreement that is expected to encourage thousands of companies to list their shares on the local stock exchange.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - January 29, 2020

Jakarta – Bekasi Mayor Rahmat "Pepen" Effendi says the satellite city is mulling over a plan to install more CCTV cameras to suppress the crime rate amid rising sexual harassment in public.

January 28, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Mongabay - January 28, 2020

Mongabay editor Philip Jacobson has now been detained for 42 days in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan over an alleged violation of his business visa.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Tempo - January 28, 2020

Kukuh S. Wibowo, Jakarta – In a meeting with the state-owned ship maker PT PAL on Monday, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo cited that the country's Rp127 trillion defense budget will be mainly spent to purchase domestic defense products.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - January 28, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – Flash floods that inundated more than 11,000 houses in the subdistricts of Baleendah, Bojongsoang, Dayeuhkolot, and Rancaekek, Bandung District, West Java Province, over the past five days, had not receded until Monday morning.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - January 28, 2020

Jakarta – The Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) has ruled in favor of developer PT Agung Dinamika Perkasa, which had filed a lawsuit against Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan's 2018 decision to revoke a permit for reclaimed islet F in Jakarta Bay.

News ›› East Timor ›› Balibo Five & 1975 Invasion
The Strategist - January 28, 2020

Graeme Dobell – Australia had a part in East Timor's march to tragedy and a key role in its salvation.

Cruel ironies and strange mirror effects mark Australia's performance in the lead-up to Indonesia's invasion, in 1974-75, and East Timor's independence vote in 1999.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Sydney Morning Herald - January 28, 2020

James Massola, Jakarta – A group dedicated to building a memorial to victims of the Bali bombings has been told a promised $4.5 million in funding from the Australian government will be in jeopardy if a long-running dispute with owners of the proposed site cannot be settled in the coming weeks.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Tempo - January 28, 2020

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – President Jokowi has yet again reasserted the importance and urgency to pass the omnibus law during the Constitutional Court (MK) annual plenary in Jakarta today. He argues Indonesia's laws are marred by "regulatory obesity" and desperately needs to be simplified.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Globe - January 28, 2020

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – The Jakarta government abruptly canceled the appointment of Donny Andy Saragih as new president director of city bus operator TransJakarta after it emerged on Monday that he has been convicted of crime of deception and extortion.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Jakarta Post - January 28, 2020

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – American environmental journalist Philip Jacobson remains under city arrest in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, days after being released from prison, his lawyer has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Jakarta Post - January 28, 2020

Rizal Harahap, Pekanbaru – A 5-year-old male elephant was wounded in Bengkalis regency of Riau after stepping into a trap.

Riau Natural Resources Conservation Agency Center (BKSDA) spokesperson Dian Indriati said the agency had yet to find where exactly the trap had been set up.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - January 28, 2020

Prisma Ardianto, Jakarta – Indonesia now allows foreign investors to own more than 80 percent of shares in locally-listed insurance companies, loosening a rule that has for a long time stopped foreign insurance companies from expanding their business in Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Indonesia at Melbourne - January 28, 2020

The problem of sexual violence in Indonesia has reached crisis proportions, with an increasing number of cases reported each year. A bill has been introduced to tackle the issue. Unfortunately, it has become a political battleground for women's and LGBT rights, and pro-democracy movements fighting the influence of rising religious conservatism.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Tempo - January 28, 2020

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Parameter Politik Indonesia highlighted the performance of Vice President Ma'ruf Amin during his 100 days in the office along with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. The pollster executive director Adi Prayitno assessed that the VP had not shown significant performance yet in the government.

News ›› Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Agence France Presse - January 28, 2020

Haeril Halim, Banda Aceh – The masked woman nervously approaches her target, shuffles into position and then unleashes a flurry of lashes – proving herself as the newest member of the first female flogging squad in Indonesia's Aceh province.

The new recruit initially needed some coaxing to punish the offender – an unmarried woman caught in a hotel room with a man.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Jakarta Post - January 28, 2020

Theresia Sufa, Bogor, West Java – A defendant accused of assaulting a police officer during the September student protests has claimed he was assaulted and coerced into making false testimony during questioning by the police.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Democracy & Civil Rights
CNN Indonesia - January 28, 2020

Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition has provided a report on the resolution of cases of human rights violations during the first 100 days of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's second term in office.