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October 22, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Coconuts Jakarta - October 22, 2019

Mobile phone addiction, more commonly referred to as "gadget addiction" in Indonesia, has become a legitimate concern for many parents whose kids just can't take their eyes off of the screen (though it must be said that many parents suffer from this affliction too).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Tempo - October 22, 2019

Julio Achmadi, Jakarta – The deceased Golfrid Siregar was a human rights defender in North Sumatra who fought for the right to a good and healthy environment. Civil society mourns as he took his last breath on 6th October 2019 in Haji Adam Malik Central General Hospital, Medan. His death posed a great prejudice whether it's due to killing.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - October 22, 2019

Arya Dipa, Bandung, West Java – A man, believed to be a foreign worker, was killed in a major fire at an oil pipeline owned by state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina in South Cimahi, West Java, on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Post - October 22, 2019

Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – Human rights activists have lambasted President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo for failing to address human rights issues in his inauguration speech on Sunday, pointing out that he instead focused on the country's economic development.

October 21, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
CNN Indonesia - October 21, 2019

Jakarta – Students protesting near the Horse Statue in Central Jakarta today said they hope that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will not betray the people during his second term in office.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Conversation - October 21, 2019

Camellia Webb-Gannon – Last weekend, the Indonesian police took 43 West Papuan students into custody for allegedly disrespecting the Indonesian flag during an independence day celebration (an allegation the students deny).

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
Tabloid JUBI - October 21, 2019

Arjuna Pademme, Jayapura – The legal counsel team for seven suspects of treason case from Papua stated their clients are in good condition after a visit in Kalimantan Timur.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Bloomberg - October 21, 2019

Hong Kong – The global collapse in coal prices this year has dealt a particularly heavy blow to miners in Indonesia, the top exporter and one of the largest producers of the fuel.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
South China Morning Post - October 21, 2019

Karim Raslan – The Nggapulu – named after a glacier-covered peak in Papua's Jayawijaya range – is a German-built ship that forms part of the fleet operated by Pelni, Indonesia's national ferry company.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Tempo - October 21, 2019

Jakarta – PDIP secretary-general Hasto Kristiyanto defended President Jokowi's presidential inauguration speech that was widely criticized for not mentioning issues regarding law enforcement, human rights, and corruption eradication.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - October 21, 2019

Jakarta – A Quran teacher, identified only as AI in Jatinegara, East Jakarta, is suspected of molesting seven elementary school girls. He allegedly offered his victims money for them not to resist nor divulge his deeds.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Reuters - October 21, 2019

Jakarta – The amount of land in Indonesia consumed by fires through September this year has exceeded the amount burned during all of 2018, according to data given by a government official on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Tempo - October 21, 2019

Rosseno Aji, Andita Rahma, Jakarta – Human rights activist and founder of the Lokataru Law and Human Rights Firm, Haris Azhar, subjected President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to firm criticism on the inauguration speech the president delivered on Sunday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - October 21, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has confirmed that the Gerindra Party will be represented in the upcoming Cabinet, the Jokowi Mania volunteer group has claimed.

Volunteer group chairman Immanuel Ebenezer said after meeting with the President on Sunday night that Jokowi told the volunteers that Gerindra would be represented.

News ›› Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Daily Mail - October 21, 2019

Corazon Miller – Two men accused of gambling are the latest to receive a public whipping in the capital of Indonesia's Aceh, where people are commonly flogged for a range of offences including drinking alcohol, sex before marriage and homosexuality.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Globe - October 21, 2019

Diana Mariska, Nur Yasmin, Farouk Arnaz, Markus Junianto Sihaloho, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo stopped short of announcing his new cabinet on Monday but the list of people he invited to the State Palace throughout the day gave a few hints as to how his cabinet portfolios would shape up in the next five years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - October 21, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Gerindra Party chairman and losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has stated he is ready to join the Cabinet in the second term of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration following a closed-door meeting at the State Palace on Monday.

October 20, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - October 20, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – Shortly after he took an oath of office for the 2019-2024 presidential term, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gave his inauguration speech, outlining his plans for his second term.

Below is the unofficial English translation of his speech:

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - October 20, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Ma'ruf Amin have officially taken their oaths to serve the country as the President and the Vice President for the 2019-2024 term in a plenary session of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) on Sunday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
CNN Indonesia - October 20, 2019

Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia Director Usman Hamid says that it will be difficult to stop the current attempt to weaken the fight against corruption by crippling the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
The Guardian - October 20, 2019

Amy Remeikis – Scott Morrison's whirlwind trip to Indonesia is a "good thing", his political opponent says, as Labor embraces bipartisan support for Australia's latest free trade agreement.

Morrison travelled to Indonesia for Joko Widodo's second inauguration as president, with talks between the two leaders planned at the presidential palace.

News ›› West Papua ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Tabloid JUBI - October 20, 2019

Arjuna Pademme, Jayapura – Laurenzus Kadepa, Papua parliament member from Politics, Legal and Human Rights Division, said Papuan peoples do not need an offer in the presidential cabinet of Joko Widodo for the period of 2019-2024. What they urgently need at the moment, he further said, is the state's attention to solve problems in Papua (Jayapura, 16/10/2019).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sport & Recreation
Jakarta Post - October 20, 2019

Dicky Christanto Wulandaru, Jakarta – The incoming chair of the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) should focus on improving the performance of the senior national team, following its consecutive losses at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers, a top sports official has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Australian Financial Review - October 20, 2019

Emma Connors – There was pomp and ceremony aplenty but compared to the last presidential inauguration, Sunday's crowning of Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his new Vice President Ma'ruf Amin was a much more muted affair.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Sydney Morning Herald - October 20, 2019

James Massola, Jakarta – Prime Minister Scott Morrison has discussed free trade, Papua and Indonesia's proposed new capital during a flying visit to Jakarta for President Joko Widodo's inauguration, while also seeking to improve relations with Beijing during a meeting with China's Vice-President.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Kompas.com - October 20, 2019

Ihsanuddin, Jakarta – Today, exactly five years ago, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was inaugurated as the president of the Republic of Indonesia for 2014-2019. Today, on Sunday October 20, Widodo was again inaugurated as president of Indonesia for 2019-2024.

There was a striking difference however between the two inaugurations.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Globe - October 20, 2019

Thresa Sandra Desfika, Lenny Tristia Tambun, Hotman Siregar, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has set lofty goals for his second-term presidency, promising to simplify bureaucracy, cut off red tapes and redirect focus on talent development to lay the foundation for transforming Indonesia into a $7-trillion economy at the time the country celebrates its centenary in 2045.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - October 20, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Leaders from ASEAN countries, Australia and Swaziland made courtesy calls on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Sunday at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta to congratulate him ahead of his inauguration for his second term in office.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Detik News - October 20, 2019

Jakarta – The Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) offices in Medan, North Sumatra, has been attacked by molotov cocktails thrown by unidentified assailants. Police are currently searching for two people beloved to have thrown the bombs.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Bloomberg - October 20, 2019

Arys Aditya, Viriya Singgih and Karlis Salna, Bloomberg News – Joko Widodo was inaugurated as Indonesia's president for a second five-year term and faces an early test to shore up support for reforms aimed at boosting investment and rejuvenating an economy growing at its slowest pace in two years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Tempo - October 20, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – According to the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS), President Joko Widodo or Jokowi did not mention at all the issue of law enforcement, human rights, and corruption eradication in his inaugural address at the MPR building, on Sunday, October 20, 2019.

October 19, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Social & Communal Conflicts
Jakarta Post - October 19, 2019

N. Adri, Balikpapan – Social tensions in the area of Indonesia's future capital in East Kalimantan that had escalated into riots and arson attacks on hundreds of homes and a ferry port on Wednesday, had eased by Friday after police and military personnel conducted large-scale patrols of the area.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Daily News - October 19, 2019

Since the fall of the Indonesian dictator Suharto in 1998, civil society has flourished under the country's burgeoning democracy. Observers even began calling Indonesia the most democratic nation in Southeast Asia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
SBS News - October 19, 2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is making a flying visit to Jakarta for ceremonial reasons but the trip comes at an opportune time to talk trade with Indonesia.

The prime minister will be in Jakarta on Sunday for the inauguration of President Joko Widodo, who won re-election in April.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Agence France Presse - October 19, 2019

Haeril Halim – Indonesia's human rights commission called for a probe into scores of deaths in Papua on Friday after some of the deadliest violence in years swept the restive region.

Dozens were killed when riots broke out in Wamena city last month, with some victims burned alive when buildings were set ablaze, and others stabbed in the chaos.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Bloomberg - October 19, 2019

Yoga Rusmana – The world has more than enough coffee, and Indonesia is looking to add to the glut.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Nikkei Asian Review - October 19, 2019

Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo received a letter in mid-August, urging him to support the swift passage of a controversial criminal code bill that would outlaw acts including extramarital and gay sex.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - October 19, 2019

Rully Satriadi, Carlos Ky Paath, Jakarta – At least 18 heads of state, heads of government and special envoys of friendly countries are planning to attend the inauguration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin on Sunday.

October 18, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Mongabay - October 18, 2019

Indra Nugraha, Jakarta – Indonesia's anti-corruption agency has charged a former politician from Borneo in connection with a port development project, in a move that could shed light on an earlier scandal involving permits for oil palm plantations.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Tempo - October 18, 2019

Eka Yudha Saputra, Jakarta – Indonesia has been re-elected to have a seat in the United Nations Human Rights Council through voting in New York, United States, on October 17. Along with 13 other new members, it will serve as the council member starting in January 2020.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Tempo - October 18, 2019

Semarang (Antara) – Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo proposed a new model to patrol the neighborhood to anticipate various threats of terrorism in the surrounding environment. This new model of neighborhood watch is, unlike the usual, not to secure residential areas against thieves.

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Statement - October 18, 2019

A former journalist with Berita Satu TV won an important case for workers' rights in Indonesia, with his former employee ordered to pay severance and pending salary on October 9.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
New York Times - October 18, 2019

Hannah Beech and Muktita Suhartono, Medan, Indonesia – Ais likes to dance. She knows the words to "I'm a Little Teapot." Her dimples are disarming.

Her parents didn't want their daughter to dance. They didn't want her to sing. They wanted her to die with them for their cause.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Coconuts Jakarta - October 18, 2019

A shocking case of alleged deadly animal abuse has sparked huge outrage on social media in Indonesia this week, prompting a police probe into the matter.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Coconuts Jakarta - October 18, 2019

We've been through this before, but this time it's official: cell phones obtained outside of legally recognized means may soon no longer function in Indonesia, as the government today passed a new regulation in a bid to curb the spread of illegal phones in the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Militarism & Security Approach
Jakarta Post - October 18, 2019

Yulia Savitri, Palembang – A college student has died during basic training for members of a university paramilitary group (Menwa) in Palembang, South Sumatra.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Kompas.com - October 18, 2019

Ihsanuddin, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo refused to answer a question from a journalists about progress in solving the acid attack against senor Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan. Widodo instead responded the question by talking about the makeup of the next cabinet.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Dispute
The Guardian - October 18, 2019

Helen Davidson and Ben Doherty – Australia's negotiations with Timor-Leste should be the subject of a royal commission, and the government should return $5bn unfairly taken from the impoverished nation, a parliamentary inquiry has been told.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Associated Press - October 18, 2019

Byniniek karmini, Jakarta – In fisherman Saimin's fly-strewn riverside slum, less than an hour's drive from Indonesia's presidential palace, much of the age-old problems President Joko Widodo has promised to fix are a stark day-to-day reality.

News ›› West Papua ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Tempo - October 18, 2019

Jakarta – If the government is serious about finding the best solution to the Papuan problem, the communication and informatics ministry should support the endeavor by Facebook to rid the site of computer-generated propaganda about Papua.