Marvie Chorawan-Basilan – Indonesia's chicken sector is in a bind as the country prepares to discard 10 million eggs. The eggs' destruction is the solution the government discovered to help push chicken prices up.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
September 6, 2019
Dian Kurniati, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) is calling on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to rid his cabinet and administration of alleged perpetrators of past human rights (HAM) violations.
Pacific Media Watch – Internet access in West Papua has been at least partially restored just days after Indonesian police accused human rights lawyer Veronica Koman and West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda of spreading unrest through social media, reports Indonesia Expat.
Luke Hunt – Twenty-years ago, Timor-Leste was tipped into the abyss. A UN-backed referendum on August 30th, 1999 – the 20th anniversary of which was commemorated last week – paved the way to nationhood with voters overwhelmingly favoring independence, but a bloody rampage by pro-Jakarta militias resulted in over 1,000 dead along with massive displacement.
Johnny Blades – Facing international pressure over major unrest in Papua region, Indonesia's government has pointed blame at West Papuan independence groups.
The United Liberation Movement for West Papua and its leader, Benny Wenda, have been singled out for orchestrating the unrest of recent weeks in Indonesian-ruled Papuan provinces.
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.
Jakarta – Residents living around the Jambe River in Tambun Selatan district, Bekasi regency, West Java, have been forced to carry out their day-to-day activities for the last three months amid unpleasant smells and flies buzzing into their houses as a result of a massive amount of household waste polluting the river.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Indonesia's foreign exchange (FX) reserves increased to US$126.4 billion in August, the most since February last year, prolonging an upward trend that has been seen since May.
The latest hike was driven by proceeds from oil and gas exports, as well as other foreign exchange earnings, Bank Indonesia (BI) reported on Friday.
Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – Human rights lawyer Veronica Koman is firmly in the government's crosshairs after the East Java Police named her a suspect for allegedly provoking protests and riots in Papua and West Papua.
Whisnu Bagus Prasetyo, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo inaugurated the assembly plant of Solo Manufaktur Kreasi, producer of the homegrown Esemka, in Boyolali, Central Java, on Friday, marking an important milestone for the local carmaker.
Kuching, Sarawak – Putrajaya will send a diplomatic note to Jakarta to request it takes immediate action to put out forest fires in Indonesia, as air quality deteriorated in parts of Sarawak.
September 5, 2019
Jakarta (Antara) – The government has gradually recovered the internet data restriction in Papua and West Papua starting Wednesday, September 4, at 23:00 Eastern Indonesian Time (WIT).
The decision is made after coordination with law enforcement institutions and security officers, as well as in consideration of conditions in several regencies of the province.
Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – Vice President-elect Ma'ruf Amin mentioned his willingness to visit Papua together with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in order to curb the heightening tension in the region.
Ardito Ramadhan, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission Candidate Leadership Monitoring Coalition believes that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has ignored public input by going ahead and submitting the 10 candidate leadership names proposed by the KPK leadership selection committee to the House of Representatives (DPR).
Robin Perry – Last week, Dili polished itself up and played host to visiting government officials from more than 20 countries, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison from Australia, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Timor-Leste's vote for independence on 30 August 1999.
Ariel Heryanto – Recent conflicts in Papua have intensified with the death of at least seven people as anti-government protests turned violent in Indonesia's easternmost region.
Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Indonesian police have named human rights lawyer and well-known West Papua advocate Veronica Koman as a suspect in the spreading of "fake news", accusing her of provoking widespread unrest in Indonesia's easternmost provinces.
Jakarta – Indonesian police chief (Kapolri) General Tito Karnavian claims that Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda, the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and the pro-independence West Papua National Committee (KNPB) were behind the anarchic demonstrations in and outside of Papua and West Papua.
Rosseno Aji and Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Masinton Pasaribu, a member of the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission III overseeing legal affairs, claimed that the government and the parliament have agreed to amend the Law No. 30/2002 on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) since 2017.
Jakarta – If the government had been quicker to take the right steps to calm the situation, the disturbances in Papua would not have spread. But exactly the opposite happened: protests spread giving the impression they could not be stopped.
Heru Andriyanto & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Presidential Staff Office announced on Monday the government has decided to reinstate Romi Syofpa Ismail, a wheelchair-bound dentist in South Solok, West Sumatra, as a civil servant candidate after the district government disqualified her for "not meeting the requirements" despite Romi passing the civil service exam with the highest s
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has ordered his ministers to prepare for a possible global recession in the coming months as the trade war between the United States and China continues.
"A recession is clearly on the cards. We must get our umbrella ready. Whether it will rain a lot or just drizzle, we won't get rained on," Jokowi said on Wednesday.
Jakarta – Global rating agency Moody's Investors Service believes Indonesia is unlikely to achieve its renewable energy target by 2025 and expects coal to continue to dominate the country's energy mix over the next five to seven years.
Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – Jakarta announced on Thursday that it had restored internet access in Papua and West Papua, saying that security conditions in the country's easternmost regions had improved over the past few weeks.
Jakarta – Indonesia is set to get cracking on a plan to destroy millions of eggs in a bid to prop up slumping chicken prices, calling on poultry breeders to cut supply by either destroying them or giving them away.
The UN Human Rights Commissioner has urged Indonesian authorities to engage in dialogue with West Papuans about their aspirations.
In a statement last night, Michelle Bachelet said she had been disturbed by escalating violence in the past two weeks in the Indonesian-administered provinces of Papua and West Papua.
The Indonesian government has been facing the ultimate litmus test to placate public outrage rife among members of the native Papuan community in the provinces of Papua and West Papua over these recent weeks.
When President Joko Widodo announced last week that Indonesia's new capital city will be in East Kalimantan, Minister of Agriculture and Land Planning Sofyan Djalil said that the government would enforce a land value freeze at the site of the new capital city to avoid land speculation in the area.
Valda Kustarini and Adi Ahdiat, Jakarta – The Papua representative office of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) is urging the government to deal with the Papua conflict through dialogue with the "appropriate" parties.
Aceh, the only province in Indonesia with special autonomy to enact sharia law, is often criticized by human rights activists for publicly caning those found guilty of morality-based "crimes" such as adultery and homosexual relations.
Friski Riana, Jakarta – Legal and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly has responded to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's call for dialogue between the Indonesian government and Papua and West Papua people.
Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – The asylum seekers who are accommodated at the Kalideres facility demands the UNHCR provide them with a new shelter as the current one in the former military command (Kodim) headquarters is about to be closed today, September 5.
Markus Junianto Sihaloho & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – The House of Representatives, or DPR, on Wednesday approved proposed revisions to the 2002 Corruption Eradication Commission Law and said it intended to pass them before the current 2014-2019 parliament is disbanded on Sept. 30.
The revisions of the law were a House initiative proposed by its legislative committee.
Selwyn Manning – It is clear and proper that New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is closely monitoring a concerning situation of deteriorating violence in West Papua.
Jakarta – European Union representatives to Indonesia on Thursday challenged a plan to impose duties on European dairy goods in retaliation for the bloc's duties on palm biodiesel, warning such action would violate World Trade Organization rules.
Dina Manafe & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Costly treatments for heart disease, kidney failure and cancer, health problems that could be prevented with healthier lifestyle or curable with early detection, have bogged down Indonesia's universal health insurance scheme in the past few years and amplified health insurance agency BPJS Kesehatan's deficit problem.
An Indonesian human rights lawyer working with West Papuans has been named as a criminal suspect.
Veronica Koman is accused of incitement and spreading fake news online, fuelling violent protests which have rocked Papua in recent weeks.
Dian Kurniati and Adi Ahdiat, Jakarta – The Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP) has been widely criticised as being undemocratic.
Indonesia has started restoring internet access in restive Papua, which has been gripped by two weeks of mass protests sparked by anger over racism and fresh calls for self-rule.
Reza Gunadha and Yosea Arga Pramudita – Civil Society Coalition for Democracy spokesperson Suarbudaya Rahadian has revealed that Paulus Surya Anta Ginting or Surya Anta has been placed in an isolation cell.
An Indonesian human rights lawyer working with West Papuans has been named as a criminal suspect.
Veronica Koman is accused of "incitement" and spreading fake news of "hoaxes" online, fuelling violent protests which have rocked Papua in recent weeks.
September 4, 2019
Jakarta – Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Security Affairs Wiranto vehemently denied the incorrect claim of the Indonesian government seeking foreign assistance to ease tensions in the provinces of Papua and West Papua.
Wiranto affirmed that few violent protests erupting in the provinces from the racial abuse of Papuan students remained a national issue.