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October 29, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - October 29, 2019

Police in Tangerang yesterday announced the recent arrest of a man suspected of raping his own teenage daughter repeatedly over the past year.

According to the police, the suspect, who is identified as 39-year-old JN from Onyam village in Tangerang regency, divorced his wife two years ago. Their daughter, NK, who is now 16, has been living with him since.

News ›› West Papua ›› Infrastructure & Development
Tempo - October 29, 2019

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – A researcher of Papuan studies at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Aisah Putri Budiarti, assessed an approach based on infrastructure often implemented by the government of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to end the conflict in Papua was not effective as the method was too partial as the sole solution.

News ›› West Papua ›› Peace Talks & Dialogue with Jakarta
Tempo - October 29, 2019

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Director executive of Lokataru Foundation Mufti Makarim opined that the government was still focusing on implementing the economic and infrastructure-based approach in Papua. Referring to the study results by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Mufti agreed that the core problem in the region was the absence of dialogue.

Statements ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
United Liberation Movement for West Papua Statement - October 29, 2019

President Jokowi has made another trip to West Papua, treating it as a holiday home whilst the Indonesian military kill and torture us like animals.

In 2014, during Jokowi's first election, I told BBC Indonesia that, 'president to president, there is never any change'. Jokowi's entire presidency has shown the truth of this.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Jakarta Post - October 29, 2019

Jakarta – Box office hit Joker appears to have inspired participants of yet another student protest in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), with a number of protesters taking to the streets with their faces painted like the iconic character played by Joaquin Phoenix in the movie.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - October 29, 2019

Jakarta – State-owned port operator Pelabuhan Indonesia II, or Pelindo III, is planning to install power shore connections at all ports in Indonesia under its management by 2020 to reduce the costs of logistics and fuel imports in the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - October 29, 2019

Ruslan Sangadji, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has promised victims of last year's earthquake in Palu, Central Sulawesi, that they will be able to celebrate Idul Fitri next year in new homes.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Reuters - October 29, 2019

Jessica Damiana, Tabita Diela, Jakarta – One year on from the Lion Air plane crash that killed 189, relatives and friends of victims held prayer vigils and cast flower petals into the Java Sea at the site where the budget carrier's Boeing 737 MAX jet went down beneath the waves.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Coconuts Jakarta - October 29, 2019

Jakarta was one step away from hiring some very expensive foreign influencers to promote tourism in the city, but the plan was scrapped before city councillors could even tap follow.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Mongabay - October 29, 2019

Suryadi, Pekanbaru – The Pangkalan Kapas forest on the eastern coast of Indonesia's Sumatra Island is central to the livelihoods of local villagers and the survival of the endangered wildlife in a nearby nature reserve. But it faces what conservationists fear is an existential threat from one of the most ubiquitous industries here: coal mining.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - October 29, 2019

Pribadi Wicaksono, Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) chair Asfinawati challenged Mahfud MD to prove his commitment to issuing a government regulation in lieu of law or Perpu on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) after serving as Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Tempo - October 29, 2019

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – Students joining the street protest on Monday, October 28, demanded the government take responsibility for the death of five people during the rally at the DPR, Jakarta, last September.

The head of the Student Executive Board at the University of Indonesia (BEM UI) Manik Margamahendra considered the five heroes for their courage.

News ›› West Papua ›› Regional Autonomy & Separatism
Jakarta Globe - October 29, 2019

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said on Monday that he would consider a proposal for the establishment of a new province in the mountainous central part of Papua, albeit in a disapproving tone.

The request for a third province on the island came from community leaders and religious figures during a meeting with the president in Wamena, Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Jakarta Post - October 29, 2019

Jakarta – The Southeast Sulawesi Police have taken disciplinary actions against six officers who carried firearms when they were sent to a rally on Sept. 26 in the provincial capital of Kendari, where two students died while participating in the protest.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - October 29, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs released details of Indonesia's foreign policy direction and priorities for the next five years on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - October 29, 2019

Jakarta – As a prolonged dry season nears its end, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has warned the public to remain vigilant about possible natural disasters, citing unpredictable weather during the change of seasons.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
The Strategist - October 29, 2019

Greta Nabbs-Keller – President Joko (Jokowi) Widodo's inclusion of defeated presidential rival and Greater Indonesia Party (Gerindra) leader Prabowo Subianto in his cabinet appears to validate analysis pointing to a more authoritarian turn in Indonesia and the resurgence of the country's oligarchic elites.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Agence France Presse - October 29, 2019

Ten people, including several teenagers, were killed in Indonesia's post-election riots, the human rights commission said Tuesday, as it accused police of beating up protesters.

News ›› West Papua ›› Governance & Public Policy
Tempo - October 29, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD asserts that he will focus on cultural and humanitarian approach – without eliminating other approaches – in handling issues that arise in Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Coconuts Jakarta - October 29, 2019

As it looks like we're just getting out of the blistering heat of the past couple of weeks, Indonesians may have to brace themselves for more extreme weather and disasters that may result from them, the disaster agency has warned.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Agence France Presse - October 29, 2019

Grieving relatives tossed flowers into the sea Tuesday where an Indonesian Lion Air jet crashed a year ago, killing all 189 on board, after a final accident report pointed to plane design flaws as a key factor in the disaster.

October 28, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Infrastructure & Development
Jakarta Post - October 28, 2019

Jakarta – On the last day of his three-day visit to the country's easternmost regions, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo visited Wouma Market in Wamena, Jayawijaya regency, Papua and promised to quickly repair damage from last month's riots.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
New Mandala - October 28, 2019

Aldila Irsyad – Freedom of expression used to be an object of contention solely between an individual and their government. The internet has complicated that social contract.

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Indonesia Calling Statement - October 28, 2019

The betrayal of the mandate of reformasi – the political reform movement that began in 1998 – has angered Indonesia's youth, students and the ordinary people.

News ›› East Timor ›› Prostitution & Human Trafficking
Dili Weekly - October 28, 2019

Celestina Soares – The Director of BELUN Organization, Luis Ximenes said it is necessary to provide basic training to local authorities and the security agencies of the border areas, to strengthen their knowledge and to stop human trafficking in Timor-Leste.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
CNN Indonesia - October 28, 2019

Jakarta – Scores of students from the University and High-School Student Action Alliance (Ampera) arrived at the Arjuna Wiwaha Monument or Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on the afternoon of October 28 to hold a protest action.

News ›› West Papua ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Post - October 28, 2019

Victor Mambor and Syofiardi Bachyul, Jayawijaya, Papua – In Wamena in Papua's Jayawijaya regency there is a customary belief that women and children are innocent, that's why the men have to protect them.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Detik News - October 28, 2019

Pradito Rida Pertana, Yogyakarta – Commemorating Youth Pledge Day, students in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta from the People in Motion Alliance (ARB) held a democracy carnival and people's platform.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - October 28, 2019

Taufiq Siddiq, Yusuf Manurung, Jakarta – An environment watchdog Nexus3 Foundation revealed many children's equipment in 32 playgrounds across Jakarta contained a high concentrate of lead. The contamination was found on 82 out of 119 painted equipment examined, such as swings, slides, and seesaw.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Globe - October 28, 2019

Ridho Syukra, Jakarta – Indonesia's new capital in East Kalimantan will need additional 1,555 megawatts of electricity to ensure an uninterrupted power supply, according to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry.

News ›› West Papua ›› Infrastructure & Development
Jakarta Post - October 28, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jayapura – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo inaugurated the 732-meter Youtefa Bridge in Jayapura, Papua on Monday on the last leg of his three-day trip to Papua and West Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - October 28, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The local arm of American multinational information technology company IBM amped its agenda on accelerating digital trade in Indonesia.

To achieve this, the company advises the government to adopt a more open approach in its policy on data, support cross-border data flow, and avoid taxation on electronic transmissions.

News ›› West Papua ›› Infrastructure & Development
Reuters - October 28, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo will officially open a new $128 million bridge in Papua on Monday amid a renewed pledge to develop one of the country's poorest regions, which has seen a spike in unrest over perceived racial discrimination.

News ›› East Timor ›› Health & Education
Dili Weekly - October 28, 2019

Celestina Soares – The General Director of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Antoninho Pires said the Ministry has a mechanism to facilitate female students who fall pregnant during their studies to return to school after giving birth because they every right to complete their studies.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
CNN Indonesia - October 28, 2019

Surabaya – Hundreds of workers and student from various different organisations calling themselves the United People's Struggle Alliance (APPR) held a demonstration at the East Java governor's office on Jl Pahlawan in the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
CNN Indonesia - October 28, 2019

Jakarta – Students and other civil society organisations come together on Monday October 28 under the banner of the People's Border (Borak) to demonstrate not far from the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta to commemorate the momentum of Youth Pledge Day.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Sydney Morning Herald - October 28, 2019

James Massola and Amilia Rosa, Jakarta – Indonesia's global reputation will be severely damaged if an unofficial moratorium on the death penalty ends and executions restart, human rights groups have warned.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Benar News - October 28, 2019

Victor Mambor Jayapura – Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo visited Papua province Monday to inspect destruction from an anti-Jakarta riot that killed dozens of people last month, as critics complained that he had failed to address human rights issues at the heart of the conflict.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
CNN Indonesia - October 28, 2019

Jakarta – Students and police were again involved in a clash in front of the regional police headquarters on Monday October 28. The clash broke out when students were holding a protest action to commemorate Youth Pledge Day in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
The Interpreter - October 28, 2019

Muhammad Zulfikar, Rakhmat Ramadha, Valentine Dimas Permadi – Indonesia won a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council this month, elected for a 2020-22 term, having received the backing of 174 countries in a secret ballot, the most votes in the Asia-Pacific region. This is not Indonesia's first time on the council – indeed, it will be its fifth stint at the table.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Tempo - October 28, 2019

Pribadi Wicaksono, Jakarta – The National Mandate Party (PAN) honorary chairman Amien Rais claimed he did not mind about the joining of Gerindra Chief Patron Prabowo Subianto to Indonesia Onward Cabinet. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo appointed his rival in the 2019 presidential election as Defense Minister.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Tempo - October 28, 2019

Ahmad Faiz, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo believed Indonesia could be an advanced country in the hands of the youth. The President made the statement in commemoration of the 91st Youth Pledge Day or Sumpah Pemuda, which falls on October 28.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - October 28, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – Floodwaters inundated at least 11 districts across Batubara regency in North Sumatra over the weekend following heavy rains that hit the region in the past week, leaving about 1,087 houses flooded and thousands of people stranded in evacuation sites.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - October 28, 2019

Jakarta – The scene is much like any other Indonesian puppet show: the beat of the gongs is frenetic, the musicians wear intricately-patterned traditional costumes and the puppets sway back and forth in a fast-paced exchange laced with maniacal laughter.

News ›› East Timor ›› Marriage & The Family
Dili Weekly - October 28, 2019

Paulina Quintao – National Member of Parliament, MP Maria Barreto said in the Civil Law Code, Part IV about the family, it is clearly written that parents who decide to divorce, especially the father has the obligation to provide alimony to his children and former wife, but that this does not happen in Timor-Leste in most cases.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Tribune Timor - October 28, 2019

Alfian, Makassar – The momentum of Youth Pledge Day on Monday October 28 was used by students and local people in the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar to again take to the streets to voice their demands.

The demonstrations were centred at the flyover and at the South Sulawesi Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) on Jl Urip Sumoharjo.

News ›› West Papua ›› Youth & Student Activism
CNN Indonesia - October 28, 2019

Surabaya – A protest action by the United People's Struggle Alliance (APPR) to commemorate Youth Pledge Day at the East Timor governor's office in the provincial capital of Surabaya was joined by various labour and student organisations as well as protesters from the Surabaya Papua Student Alliance (AMP).

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Tempo - October 28, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Paulus Waterpauw said that Wamena refugees were ready to welcome and have a dialogue with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo today, Oct. 28.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Tempo - October 28, 2019

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – In conjunction with the commemoration of the Youth Pledge Day on October 28 or "Sumpah Pemuda", the Alliance of Independent Journalists' (AJI) Jakarta chapter will join the students' rally in Central Jakarta.

October 27, 2019

News ›› Aceh ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - October 27, 2019
Jakarta (Antara) – Hundreds of houses in five villages in West Aceh District, Aceh Province, have been submerged by flood waters reaching a height of up to 70 cm following incessant heavy rains falling over the last several days.

Floods affected Buket Meugajah and Blang Luah Villages in East Woyla Sub-district, Cot Rambong and Napai Villages in West Woyla Sub-district, and Lueng Bulo