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June 25, 2020

Tempo - June 25, 2020

Friski Riana, Jakarta – National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) along with a number of institutions agreed to urge the government to immediately ratify the optional protocol to the convention against torture (OPCAT).

CNN Indonesia - June 25, 2020

Jakarta – Alumni Brotherhood 212 (PA 212) Chairperson Slamet Maarif has denied accusation that the group intentionally provided a flag with the hammer-and-sickle logo on it to be set alight during a protest action against the Draft Law on Pancasila Ideology Guidelines (RUU HIP) on Wednesday June 24.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has urged the East Java administration to decrease the rate of COVID-19 transmission in the region within two weeks.

Tempo - June 25, 2020

Jakarta – As well as not being urgent, the Pancasila Ideology Guidelines Bill could give rise to a single interpretation of Pancasila. The deliberations of this bill should be ended.

Asia Pacific Report - June 25, 2020

Sri Krishnamurthi – Miss Universe NZ 2019 beauty queen Diamond Langi is being trolled by thousands of Indonesians on social media for speaking up about discrimination against West Papuans.

Mongabay - June 25, 2020

In a year-long investigation with The Gecko Project, the Korean Center for Investigative Journalism-Newstapa and Al Jazeera, Mongabay traced a $22 million "consultancy" payment connected to a major land deal in Indonesia's Papua province.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – Private universities, teachers and students are urging the government to step up its education policies, criticizing its latest financial assistance as inadequate to address the concerns of the education sector during the pandemic.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Indonesia hit the sad milestone of 50,000 on Thursday as major hotspots East Java and South Sulawesi failed to put a brake on the spread of the disease, while daily cases in Jakarta also returned to three-digit figures during most days in the past three weeks.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The controversial revision to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law violated several democratic values upheld by the country, former Supreme Court chief justice Bagir Manan told the Constitutional Court during a hearing on Wednesday.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Apriza Pinandita, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has said that it has provided emergency assistance to dozens of Rohingya refugees who found themselves stranded in northern Aceh waters.

The 94 refugees, consisting of 49 women, 15 men and 30 children, were rescued by local fishermen on Wednesday.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia's economy is on track for a significant contraction this year as the coronavirus crisis has hit the global economy more severely than previously expected, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has forecast.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Jakarta – Amnesty International has called on Indonesian authorities to ensure immediate protection for dozens of Rohingya refugees, who were rescued by local fishermen after they became stranded in the waters off North Aceh on Wednesday.

Agence France-Presse - June 25, 2020
Jakarta – An Indonesian couple with links to the Islamic State (IS) group who tried to assassinate the country's chief security minister were jailed Thursday.

A Jakarta court handed a 12-year sentence to Syahrial Alamsyah, 51, and nine years to his wife Fitria Diana, 21, after convicting them on terrorism charges for trying to kill then security minister Wiranto in October last year.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Apriza Pinandita, Jakarta – Members of the Indonesian diaspora, particularly in academia, have called on the government to boost its engagement with academics abroad by rolling out a more sustainable strategic partnership with them and fully utilize the skills of citizens living overseas.

Indonesia at Melbourne - June 25, 2020

Tito Ambyo – Last week's 'Bintang Emon vs Buzzers' controversy was an interesting example of how Indonesians articulate freedom of speech on online platforms, how those in power react to being challenged, and what a thriving democracy looks like – and how it might fail – in the digital era.

The Conversation - June 25, 2020

I Nyoman Sutarsa, Elan A Lazuardi, Rabiah Al Adawiyah and Rizki Fillaili – The daily increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Indonesia is a long way from slowing down.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Publicly listed consumer goods companies have managed to book profits in the first quarter – some even higher than last year – as they emerge as winners during the pandemic-induced economic crisis.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2020

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – A study has revealed that Indonesian consumers are leaning more and more toward a "conscious lifestyle" and starting to show a preference for socially conscious brands.

Thomson Reuters Foundation - June 25, 2020

Harry Jacques, Denpasar, Bali – Jangat Pico, a member of the Orang Rimba indigenous people who live on Indonesia's Sumatra island, was reluctant to say the name of the new coronavirus when he heard it for the first time.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – The Central Jakarta District Court has issued on Tuesday an interlocutory decision that it has jurisdiction to preside over the air pollution lawsuit filed by citizens against the government.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – Pharmaceutical companies might have to switch the focus of their production to dietary supplements such as multivitamins during the pandemic to cater to increasing consumer demand, an industry association has stated.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Galih Gumelar, Jakarta – After around six months of investigation, the Attorney General's Office (AGO) has named 13 asset management companies and a Financial Services Authority (OJK) official suspects in a case of alleged corruption and money laundering surrounding state-owned insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2020

Sri Wahyuni, Yogyakarta – Indonesia's second-largest Muslim group, Muhammadiyah, has said that its members and Muslims in general may take part in mass prayers for Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice), expected to fall on July 31, with their own families or in small congregations in their neighborhoods with strict COVID-19 health protocols in place.

Reuters - June 25, 2020

Fathin Ungku, Bernadette Christina, Singapore/Jakarta – Indonesia has scaled back protection for some of the world's most important tropical forests ahead of the worst season for fires because of budget cuts due to the coronavirus, the environment ministry said.

June 24, 2020

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2020

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The transmission rate of Covid-19 in Indonesia has yet to slow as the country saw 1,113 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases to 49,009.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Apriza Pinandita, Jakarta – The government has claimed that almost 60 percent of the country is either at low risk of COVID-19 infection or has zero cases.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – East Java again had the most daily cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday to bring its total number of cases to 10,115, an increase by 258 from a day earlier. East Java is the second province to register more than 10,000 cases, only a day after Jakarta reached that sad milestone.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is tracking the wealth and assets of former Supreme Court secretary Nurhadi Abdurrahman, who is a suspect in a bribery case.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – Indonesian ride-hailing decacorn Gojek announced on Tuesday evening that it would lay off 430 employees, around 9 percent of its total workforce, as the COVID-19 pandemic has battered demand for its lifestyle services.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China-backed multilateral development bank, projects a gradual economic recovery for Indonesia as the coronavirus crisis will only be a "temporary dip" for the country's economy.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The House of Representatives has initiated a revision to the Law No. 24/2007 on disaster mitigation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the bill mandating that the government allocate an endowment fund for disaster relief.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Jakarta administration in its appeal of a lower court's decision to uphold developer PT Taman Harapan Indah's permit to reclaim and build on man-made Islet H in Jakarta bay.

CNN Indonesia - June 24, 2020

Jakarta – Islamic organisations from the National Anti-Communist Alliance (Anak NKRI) protesting the Draft Law on Pancasila Ideology Guidance (RUU HIP) set fire to a hammer-and-sickle flag – with is identified with communism – during protest in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) complex in Jakarta on Wednesday June 24.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2020

Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – The National Police said on Wednesday a total of 64 forest and wildland fires have been reported since January. The wildfires have destroyed more than 260 hectares of forest and wildland in several provinces.

Tempo - June 24, 2020

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Wednesday claims that the government's decision to progress into the COVID-19 'new normal' is heavily based on valid experts' advice and scientific data.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Jakarta – The Indonesian Anti-Corruption Community (MAKI) has reported Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Firli Bahuri to the antigraft body's supervisory board for an alleged ethics violation.

Agence France-Presse - June 24, 2020

Jakarta – A Sumatran tiger has been found dead in a suspected poisoning, an Indonesian official said Tuesday, a day after alleged poachers were charged with killing another of the critically endangered big cats in a separate case.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – Volunteers for crowdsourced database KawalCOVID-19 (Guard against COVID-19) have introduced an "alertness index" that shows specific data on COVID-19 cases in every city and regency in the country, amid the absence of comprehensive data from the government.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained three members of the Jambi Legislative Council for alleged graft in a case that also implicates former governor Zumi Zola Zulkifli.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto visited Russian Deputy Minister of Defense Alexander Fomin in Russia on Tuesday, the official Twitter account of the Defense Ministry @Kemhan_RI announced.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – West Java – Indonesia's most populous province – has seen a declining trend of daily new cases of COVID-19 in the past few weeks, thanks to collaborative efforts of many stakeholders in introducing innovation to fight the pandemic, a top official has said.

Reuters - June 24, 2020

Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Jakarta – Indonesian authorities complained on Wednesday that hundreds of people had refused testing for the new coronavirus as social taboos emerge as another obstacle to stopping its spread in the world's fourth-most populous nation.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2020

Yudha Baskoro – Islamist groups, including the National Anti-Communist Alliance (Anak NKRI), the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and the 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212), brought hundreds of protesters to the streets in front of the House of Representatives (MPR) in Senayan, South Jakarta, on Wednesday, to try to get lawmakers to drop the so-called "Pancasila Ideology Guidelines" bill

Coconuts Jakarta - June 24, 2020

Indonesia's COVID-19 Task Force today announced their findings on the country's caseload by cities and regencies – the first of such ranking – with Central Jakarta topping the unenvied list.

Dr. Dewi Nur Aisyah, an epidemiologist and a member of the task force, said that the ranking was averaged based on the regions' population ratio.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Jakarta – Despite the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is slated to begin construction of the new capital city in North Penajam Paser regency, East Kalimantan, as scheduled in 2021.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2020

Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – The Election Supervisory Agency, or Bawaslu, has released its 2020 regional election vulnerability index, which measures risks of disruption during the election's preliminary stages.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The government announced on Wednesday that it would place Rp 30 trillion (US$2.12 billion) in state-owned banks, associated under the auspices of Himbara, to be channeled as loans to businesses to help support economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Jakarta – A private hospital in Tabanan, Bali, has been identified as a new cluster for COVID-19 transmission after 10 new cases emerged.

The new transmissions occurred after the hospital treated a patient, who was later confirmed to have contracted the fast-spreading coronavirus. Tabanan COVID-19 task force spokesperson I Putu Dian Setiawan confirmed the case on Tuesday.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – Tourist industry experts have lauded the government's decision to issue health protocols for public places such as hotels and restaurants, saying the measures will provide customers peace of mind as tourist destinations start to reopen.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – Human rights activists have slammed the government for what they deem the misuse of treason charges to prosecute Papuans, thereby threatening their freedom of speech and right to assembly.

The activists highlighted the recent imprisonment of seven Papuans following their arrest during antiracism protests in Jayapura, Papua, in August last year.