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.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 27, 2019
Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said he had no objections whatsoever to the surprise inclusion of Prabowo Subianto in the cabinet, despite their past rivalry.
Jakarta (Antara) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has apologized to several parties, whose aspirations were not accommodated during the selection for the Indonesia Onward Cabinet lineup.
Jakarta – Anwar Congo, former leader of a death squad that is alleged to have killed thousands of suspected Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) members in Medan, North Sumatra, in mid-1960s, passed away on Friday afternoon.
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
The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) recorded 78 cases of violations of freedom of expression in public between January and October 2019. These 78 cases involved 6,128 victims, 51 of which died. The data was obtained from the outcome of advocacy and complaints received by YLHHI and its 16 branch offices around Indonesia.
Three people have been killed in Indonesia's restive Papua region with police saying the victims were civilians, while a rebel group that took responsibility said they were undercover intelligence officers.
October 26, 2019
Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is now working under the chaos of the new law. Several of its provisions are mutually contradictory, meaning that the legal processes that the agency uses could easily face legal challenges.
Jakarta – Pancasila Youth (Pemuda Pancasila, PP) Deputy General Chairperson, Bambang Soesatyo, has stated that the organisation will take a tough stand against anyone who intends to disrupts the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI), the state ideology Pancasila or President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
Fikri Arigi, Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud Md, ensured that there will be discussion on the efforts to settle past human rights issues.
Olivia Tasevski – Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo this week announced his new cabinet – most notably appointing his rival at both the 2014 and 2019 elections and former military general Prabowo Subianto as Defence Minister. This is despite the fact that Prabowo has been implicated in human rights violations.
Jakarta – On Saturday October 26 President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo attended the opening of the Pancasila Youth's (Pemuda Pancasila, PP) 10th Convention and 60th anniversary at the Sultan Hotel in Senayan, Central Jakarta.
Nivell Rayda, Yogyakarta – Without warning, Indonesia's most volatile volcano, Mt Merapi in Yogyakarta spewed a towering cloud of ash up to 3km into the air on Oct 14 after months of relatively low volcanic activities.
October 25, 2019
Kevin Candra, Lea Citra, Jakarta – Newly appointed Attorney General (AG) Sanitiar Burhanuddin has promised to make past human rights (HAM) cases a priority during his first 100 days in office. Burhanuddin said that the Attorney General's Office (AGO) is looking into the evidence.
Gisela Swaragita, Jakarta – When President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo named Bintang Puspayoga as the women's empowerment and child protection minister, many assumed the surprising appointment was owed to her status as the wife of Anak Agung Gede Ngurah Puspayoga, a former minister and Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician.
Emma Connors, Jakarta – Controversial and polarising are two adjectives frequently used to describe former Indonesian general and special forces commander Prabowo Subianto, who this week was appointed Minister for Defence in President's Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's second-term cabinet.
Marguerite Afra Sapiie and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has defended his decision to include members of the erstwhile opposition, the Gerindra Party, in his new Indonesia Onward Cabinet. He says it was done in the name of Indonesia's gotong royong (mutual cooperation) democracy.
Jakarta – The wave of student protests last September spurred adrenaline rush in Edward Aspinall. The Australian 'Indonesianist' who started his career in the 90s researching the Indonesian student movement did not see such a massive movement coming just months after the general elections.
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – The Agrarian Reform Consortium (KPA) secretary-general Dewi Kartika was cynical toward President Joko Widodo's constant land certificate distributions. She compared it to the 642 agrarian conflicts that happened across Indonesian regions from 2015 – 2018 under the president's leadership.
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Dozens of human rights activists gathered to protest President Joko Widodo's decision in naming archrival Prabowo Subianto as Minister of Defense.
Wahyu Setiawan, Jakarta – IndonesiaLeaks has questioned the national police headquarters' decision to halt the criminal investigation into alleged evidence tampering in the case of beef imports, better known as the Red Book case. The police stated that the case is now resolved because the case presentation did not find any evidence of tampering.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Two days after inaugurating the Indonesia Onward Cabinet, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has named the new deputy ministers to assist the work of his Cabinet members in his second and final term in office.
Jakarta – Indonesia wants to expedite talks on a trade deal with the European Union and complete within a month a review of trade with the United States, the president and new deputy foreign minister said on Friday (Oct 25).
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan, North Sumatra – The Medan Legal Aid Institute (LBH Medan) in North Sumatra were reportedly recently terrorized by an attack when some unknown individuals threw a Molotov cocktail at its headquarters.
The incident occurred just days following the suspicious death of the city's environmental lawyer Golfried Siregar.
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) announced that it will not follow suit in ceasing the investigation of the high-stakes case known as the "red book scandal," which is derived from the red financial records book that kept tabs of an alleged graft implicating the nation's police chief.
Jakarta – A senior member of the National Awakening Party has been caught up in a bribery case involving infrastructure projects. The party could be charged with corruption.