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September 17, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - September 17, 2019

Ahmad Faiz, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto said three planes for cloud seeding operation are ready to be deployed as an effort to put out the land and forest fires in Pekanbaru, Riau. Two of them are CN-235 aircraft, and the other is a Hercules.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Detik News - September 17, 2019

Andhika Prasetia, Pekanbaru – A state of emergency has been declared in Riau province due to the haze from forest and land fires (karhutla). Hoping for rain to get rid of the haze, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has held a salat istisqa – a prayer for rain from Allah during drought.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
New York Times - September 17, 2019

Richard C. Paddock and Muktita Suhartono, Jakarta – Wildfires burned across Indonesian Borneo and Sumatra on Tuesday, producing thick clouds of smoke that disrupted air travel, forced schools to close and sickened many thousands of people.

News ›› East Timor ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Interpreter - September 17, 2019

Guteriano Neves – The 20th anniversary of the popular consultation that brought independence for Timor-Leste has been a time to celebrate the courage, determination, and persistence of the Timorese people. Despite enduring decades of violence, they never lost their hope for self-determination.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
CNN Indonesia - September 17, 2019
Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) says that the state has set a bad example which has encouraged companies to set fire to forests and land.

Walhi National Executive Board member Khalisa Khalid said this was shown when President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and other related parties submitted a judicial review (PK) with the Supreme Court (MA) after being found liable

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
The Guardian - September 17, 2019

Marni Cordell and Ben Doherty – The Australian government has refused to rule out handing over a Sydney-based lawyer who advocates for West Papuans to Indonesian authorities.

September 16, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Tempo - September 16, 2019

Larissa Huda, Jakarta – The Indonesian Tobacco Farmers Association (APTI) chairman Agus Parmuji opined the 23-percent cigarette tax hike is beyond a reasonable threshold and will highly affect farmers. Besides, at least 3 million of them depending lives on the tobacco industrial sector (IHT).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - September 16, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo affirmed that there is no term about the relinquishment of responsibilities from the Corruption Eradication Commission or KPK higher-ups to the President as stipulated in the Law No. 30/2002 concerning the KPK.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - September 16, 2019

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – Indonesia posted a trade surplus of US$85.1 million in August in a reversal from the trade deficit it recorded the previous month, according to the latest data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS).

"In August 2019, exports fell, but imports fell even more sharply in value," BPS head Suhariyanto said on Monday in Jakarta, explaining the surplus.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
Australian Associated Press - September 16, 2019

A magistrate presiding over the case of a former spy who blew the whistle on an East Timor bugging scandal has bemoaned the matter proceeding "unnaturally slowly".

Lawyers have been given yet more time to agree on the facts surrounding the ex-intelligence officer and the national security implications of that information.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Sydney Morning Herald - September 16, 2019

James Massola, Jakarta – It's not every day that protesters take to the street to support a government agency.

But that's exactly what's happening in Indonesia at the moment, as the country's national parliament works through a bill that would weaken the country's anti-corruption body, the Corruption Eradication Commission (widely known by the initials KPK).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Agence France Presse - September 16, 2019

Thousands of Indonesian firefighters are locked in an around-the-clock game of Whack-a-Mole as they battle to extinguish an invisible enemy – underground fires that aggravate global warming.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - September 16, 2019

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – With more and more Indonesians entering the middle class and affluent consumer (MAC) demographic, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is urging young entrepreneurs to drive the efforts to turn Indonesia into a global production hub, instead of stopping at mere consumption.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - September 16, 2019

Muh. Syaifullah, Jakarta – Constitutional law expert Mahfud MD said that this is the time for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to invite the leaders of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for discussions about the KPK Law revisions. So far, they are only waiting for the President's stance.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Tempo - September 16, 2019

Marvela, Jakarta – Over a thousand cars categorized as luxury cars in the Jakarta area are reportedly in tax arrears amounting to Rp2.4 trillion.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Nikkei Asian Review - September 16, 2019

Erwida Maulia, Jakarta – Forest and land fires in Indonesia's Sumatra and Kalimantan provinces are spreading, disrupting hundreds of flights and sparking a blame game with officials from neighboring Malaysia.

News ›› West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Radio New Zealand - September 16, 2019

Police in Indonesia say they have arrested the Papuan activist Steven Itlay and uncovered a plot to stage more riots.

Massive protests flared across the Indonesian occupied Papua and West Papua provinces last month, in reaction to racist treatment of Papuan students.

Demonstrators called for independence from Indonesia and some protests turned violent.

Statements ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
UNHCHR Press Release - September 16, 2019

Geneva – Indonesia must protect the rights of all people to peaceful protest, ensure access to the internet and protect the rights of human rights defender Veronica Koman and all others reporting on protests in Papua and West Papua, say UN human rights experts*."We call for immediate measures to ensure the protection of freedom of expression and address acts of harassment, intimida

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Coconuts Jakarta - September 16, 2019

A four-month-old infant reportedly died in the city of Palembang, South Sumatra yesterday, with the suspected cause of her death being haze from forest fires that have choked the region.

News ›› Indonesia ›› People & Places
Jakarta Post - September 16, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – Harbrinderjit Singh Dillon, an agricultural expert, political economist and human rights activist who held various government positions over the years, died in Denpasar, Bali, on Monday at the age of 74.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - September 16, 2019

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – A researcher from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Syamsuddin Haris, said that rumors about the existence of a hardline group "Taliban" inside the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) are false.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Research & Technology
Jakarta Post - September 16, 2019

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – Vice President Jusuf Kalla has urged Indonesia's transportation sector to embrace technological development to improve their services and be less resistant to new innovations.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Al Jazeera - September 16, 2019

A group of UN human rights experts has urged the government of Indonesia to protect the rights of activists advocating for more freedom in the country's West Papua and allow unrestricted access to information from the restive eastern region as rumblings for independence continue.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Radio New Zealand - September 16, 2019

A leading Indonesian human rights advocate has noted increased intimidation of rights lawyers representing West Papuans.

This comes amid a security forces crackdown in Papua following a surge of anti-racism and pro-independence protests and related unrest which left at least ten people dead.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Film & Television
Coconuts Jakarta - September 16, 2019

Children's cartoon Spongebob Squarepants has fallen afoul of Indonesia's broadcasting watchdog. Again.

As reported by Kompas, on September 5, the Indonesian Broadcast Commission (KPI) sent a written warning to local channel GTV for broadcasting scenes that allegedly portrayed violence in The Spongebob Squarepants Movie.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - September 16, 2019

Hotman Siregar & Carlos Ky Paath & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The House of Representative approved the 2019-2023 leadership of the national antigraft agency during a plenary session on Monday.

The current leadership of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) rejected last week's selection of new commissioners by House Commission III, which oversees legal affairs.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
CNN Indonesia - September 16, 2019

Jakarta – The Social Alliance for Democratic Justice (AMUKK) held a protest action opposing the first stage in the enactment of the Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP) in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) building in Jakarta on Monday September 16.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Globe - September 16, 2019

Antara & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, accompanied by ministers and top officials, departed for Pekanbaru, Riau, on Monday to coordinate efforts to extinguish forest fires that started spreading in the province and parts of Kalimantan over the weekend.

September 15, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - September 15, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Tens of people staged a rally outside the West Sumatra Provincial Legislative Assembly (DPRD) building on Friday, calling on the central government to endorse the revision of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) law soon.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Malaysia Kini - September 15, 2019

Indonesia has told the United Nations that it has no intention of giving in to the demands of protesters for a referendum to be held in its troubled province of West Papua.

According to a report in CNN Indonesia, Indonesian Ambassador to the UN Hasan Kleib said this during a public debate in Geneva, Switzerland.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Sydney Morning Herald - September 15, 2019

James Massola, Amilia Rosa and Karuni Rompies, Balikpapan – When Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced the country's capital city was moving from Jakarta to East Kalimantan, it kicked off fevered speculation about the cost, location and efficacy of such a move.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
CNN Indonesia - September 15, 2019

Jakarta – Protesters have admitted that they were promised money if they took part in enlivening a protest action critical of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in front of the KPK's Red-and-White building in Jakarta on Saturday September 14.

CNN Indonesia managed to speak with several people at the action although none of them were willing to give their names.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Agence France Presse - September 15, 2019

Linda Yulisman in Jakarta and Trinna Leong Malaysia in Putrajaya – The Indonesian government yesterday vowed to impose criminal charges on companies, as the authorities sealed off more plantations run by a further 13 companies amid worsening haze in the region.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Agence France Presse - September 15, 2019

Working around the clock, thousands of firefighters are struggling to contain smog-belching blazes raging across rainforests and farmland in Indonesia, one of the frontlines against fires blamed for aggravating global warming.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Detik News - September 15, 2019

Nur Azizah Rizki Astuti, Jakarta – The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) is urging the House of Representatives (DPR) to immediately ratify the Draft Law on the Elimination of Sexual Violence (RUU-PKS).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
South China Morning Post - September 15, 2019

Singapore's air quality deteriorated to "unhealthy" levels on Saturday for the first time in three years, data from the National Environment Agency (NEA) showed, threatening to deepen a regional dispute over forest fires.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Sydney Morning Herald - September 15, 2019

Karen Barlow, Jakarta – The thick, hot smog and its accompanying dangers never seem to go away.

It is this city's state of being.

It is a blanket without comfort.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Globe - September 15, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Aviation and shipping activities in and around the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan were severely impacted by haze caused by forest fires over the weekend, while the government stepped up efforts to address the problem.

September 14, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Agence France Presse - September 14, 2019

With fierce blazes raging in jungles from the Amazon to Indonesia, concerns are mounting about the impact as rainforests play a vital role in protecting the planet against global warming.The latest serious outbreak is in Indonesia, where smog-belching fires started to clear land for agriculture are burning out of control, blanketing the region in toxic smog.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
CNN Indonesia - September 14, 2019

Jakarta – Two international non-government organisations (NGOs), namely the Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L) from Holland and the Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) from Canada, have written to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in relation to the prosecution of Veronica Koman.

News ›› West Papua ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
The Australian - September 14, 2019

Amanda Hodge and Chandni Vasandani in Jayapura and Papua – In streets heavily secured by fresh contingents of Indonesian police and soldiers this week, those hit by recent violent protests and rioting in the provincial Papuan capital of Jayapura have begun rebuilding.

News ›› West Papua ›› Peace Talks & Dialogue with Jakarta
CNN Indonesia - September 14, 2019

Jakarta – Around 20 Papuan students from the Javanese cities of Bandung, Malang and Yogyakarta have met with the family of former president Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid to discuss the current situation in Papua. The meeting was held at the residence of the late Gus Dur in Ciganjur, Jakarta, on Friday September 13.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - September 14, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Environment and Forestry Ministry has sealed off 42 lands owned by corporate and one land owned by individual regarding the prevention and control of land and forest fire in several areas in Sumatra and Kalimantan.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
CNN Indonesia - September 14, 2019

Jakarta – Papua Student Alliance (AMP) lawyer Veronica Koman has finally spoken out about being declared a suspect by the East Java provincial police for inciting an incident at the Papuan student dormitory in the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya in August.

September 13, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Reuters - September 13, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko Widodo told Indonesians on Friday he would not compromise in the fight against graft, amid concerns over the officer picked to head the anti-corruption agency and proposed changes curbing its right to wiretap suspects without a warrant.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - September 13, 2019

Beritasatu Team & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Despite objections from its own staff, former South Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Firli Bahuri was voted in by acclamation as the new head of Indonesia's anti-graft agency, the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, by the House of Representatives on Friday morning.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - September 13, 2019

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – A riot broke out in front of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta as protesters in support of the KPK law revision burned banners and threw bottles and sticks into the building on Friday afternoon.

News ›› West Papua ›› Peace Talks & Dialogue with Jakarta
KBR - September 13, 2019

Wahyu Setiawan, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) says that the meeting between President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and scores of Papuan figures at the State Palace three days ago failed to resolve the problems in Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Marriage & The Family
Straits Times - September 13, 2019

Kuala Lumpur (Reuters) – Indonesia moved closer to ending child marriage on Friday (Sept 13) after the government secured a key nod paving the way to raise the age for girls to wed in the world's most populous Muslim country by three years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Tempo - September 13, 2019

Gangsar Parikesit, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration has reportedly allocated Rp166.91 billion into its 2020 budget priorities (KUA-PPAS) for Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) members' salaries, numerous allowances, and operational costs.