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October 18, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Infrastructure & Development
Reuters - October 18, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia launched an international aid agency on Friday to strengthen its regional diplomatic relations, some of which have been strained by Jakarta's approach to the restive Papua region.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Tempo - October 18, 2019

Caesar Akbar, Jakarta – Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri has inked a circular letter for all governors across Indonesia regarding the increase in the minimum wage of provinces (UMP) and regencies/cities (UMK) in 2020. The hike is set at 8.51 percent.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Tempo - October 18, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The Indonesian Students Executive Boards' Alliance (BEM SI) is set to invite President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to an open dialogue on October 21, a day after the presidential inauguration.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Social & Communal Conflicts
Reuters - October 18, 2019

Jakarta – A clash between two Indonesian communities reignited near the site of the country's planned new capital, police said on Thursday, with rioters burning down scores of houses, leaving hundreds homeless.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Reuters - October 18, 2019

Michael Taylor, Kuala Lumpur – Swathes of rainforest Indonesia plans to recover from oil palm planters must not instead be handed to the mining and timber sectors nor used for infrastructure, green groups said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - October 18, 2019

A 47-year-old man in Surabaya, East Java, identified as Maspuryanto, was arrested for allegedly setting his 19-year-old wife, named Putri Nalurita, on fire during a dispute between them on Tuesday.

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.

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.

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.

October 17, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Detik News - October 17, 2019

Jakarta – Students have taken to the streets on the first day that the revised Corruption Eradication Commission Law (UU KPK) came into effect. The students are urging President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to annul the law.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Tempo - October 17, 2019
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The Indonesian Chief of Police Gen. Tito Karnavian reminded about staging demonstrations ahead of the presidential inauguration.
News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - October 17, 2019

Heru Andriyanto, Carlos K.Y. Paath, Jakarta – The heavily amended Corruption Eradication Commission Law will come into effect by default on Wednesday, 30 days after it was passed by the House of Representatives, a minister has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Jakarta – People's Consultative Assembly Speaker Bambang Soesatyo has made assurances to the public that the constitutional articles on the presidential election will remain untouched as plans to amend the 1945 Constitution remain firmly in place.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Jakarta – Human rights lawyer Veronica Koman met with the Australian parliament's human rights subcommittee on Wednesday to speak with its members about the current situation in West Papua.

News ›› West Papua ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Tempo - October 17, 2019

Nindya Astuti, Jakarta – Regional coordinator of SafeNET, Damar Juniarto, suspects there are blatant attempts to suppress information regarding Papua as they deemed information from the region has been framed in inaccuracy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Asip A. Hasani, Blitar, East Java – Lawmaker Arteria Dahlan from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has been in the news lately for his controversial defense of the revised Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law, which many observers fear will neuter the KPK.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
CNN Indonesia - October 17, 2019

Jakarta – Activist and human rights lawyer for Papuan affairs, Veronica Koman, has met with Australian parliamentarians in Canberra. She said that during the meeting she asked the government of the Kangaroo Country to play a more active role in ending the bloodshed in Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
The Conversation - October 17, 2019

Noir Primadona Purba – Indonesia's oceans, some of the richest in marine biodiversity, are becoming rubbish bins – altering underwater ecosystems.

Based on a research led by Jenna Jambeck of University of Georgia, Indonesia is the world's second-largest ocean plastic polluter. Yet, we know little about how plastic waste impact marine life in Indonesia's waters.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
KBR - October 17, 2019

IndonesiaLeaks, Jakarta – On Thursday October 17 IndonesiaLeaks released excerpts from a CCTV video recording which is said to show Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators allegedly destroying evidence. The evidence destroyed was related to a bribery case involving a judicial review of the Law on Animal Husbandry and Livestock Healthcare.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - October 17, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo must shift his government's focus to increasing productivity in the domestic manufacturing industry and improving the investment climate during his second term to stem a slowdown in the country's economic growth, economists said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - October 17, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party Secretary General Ahmad Muzani said he was keen to see the party leader, Prabowo Subianto, join the coalition of the Joko Widodo (Jokowi)-Ma'ruf Amin administration.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Reuters - October 17, 2019

Kuala Lumpur – A new green fund being set up by the government should prioritize protecting its rain forests and creating a carbon trading program to help Indonesia meet its goals to curb climate change, environmentalists and officials said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – A group of economists have penned an open letter addressed to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, urging him to issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to annul the latest revision to the 2003 Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law, arguing that weakening the antigraft agency will harm the economy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Jakarta – The National Association of University Student Executive Bodies (BEM-SI) plans to stage a rally in front of the State Palace on Thursday following a decision by the Jakarta Police to restrict protests ahead of the presidential inauguration on Sunday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – Indonesia has risen six places over the last decade to be ranked 68th out of 170 countries in the Global Index of Economic Openness as shown in a recent study by a London-based think-tank the Legatum Institute.

News ›› Indonesia ›› 1998 Fall of Suharto & Reformasi
The Conversation - October 17, 2019

Tim Lindsey – It's deeply ironic that Indonesia's third president, BJ Habibie, died on September 11 – less than a week before the national legislature passed a law that gutted the highly-regarded Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK), effectively killing it.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - October 17, 2019

Arnoldus Kristianus & Abdul Muslim & Herman, Jakarta – The government is optimistic that an international trade exhibition will help the country overcome a persistent trade deficit.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Arya Dipa and Bambang Muryanto, Bandung – Hundreds of protesters – students and activists – rallied in big cities on Thursday to demand that the President issue a regulation to revoke a new law on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), three days before President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo starts his second term.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Tempo - October 17, 2019

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – The Police have started to close off access to Merdeka Palace with barbed wire today, Oct. 17, before the planned student rally staged by university students this afternoon.

At around 11:05 a.m., barbed wire fences have blocked the capital's main roads, including Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat, before the building of the Tourism Ministry.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - October 17, 2019

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – The Jakarta Administration's water resources agency has lodged a budget up to Rp110 billion to continue the construction of the city's giant sea wall known as the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) in North Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Reuters - October 17, 2019

Tabita Diela and John Geddie, Jakarta – An Indonesian unit of management consultants McKinsey & Company has been appointed to conduct a feasibility study on moving the capital from the crowded, flood-prone city of Jakarta on Java island to the forested island of Borneo, an official said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Syofiardi Bachyul J.B, West Sumatra – Air quality in West Sumatra has decreased significantly as it touches a level considered unhealthy this week.

The head of Global Atmosphere Watch in Bukit Kototabang, Wan Dayantolis, said air quality had decreased from normal to unhealthy on Tuesday and Wednesday morning at around 10 a.m. and 6 a.m., respectively.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is working hand-in-hand with nine other state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to bring PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines back to life after the latter ceased operations in 2014 due to financial problems.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
Australian Associated Press - October 17, 2019

A Canberra court has shut down a private citizen's bid to provide advice to the court in a trial involving an East Timor bugging scandal.

Ernst Willheim asked the ACT Supreme Court on Thursday to allow him to make an open justice case during the trial of Bernard Collaery, the former lawyer to spy-turned-whistleblower Witness K.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Coconuts Jakarta - October 17, 2019

Today, the controversial revision to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law officially comes into effect, as President Joko Widodo has thus far failed to use his executive power to block its implementation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Globe - October 17, 2019

Telly Nathalia & Beritasatu TV, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo confirmed in a Twitter posting on Thursday that he had completed the selection of a new Cabinet for the second term of his presidency, which will commence on Sunday.

The ministers' names will be announced either immediately after his inauguration, or in the following few days.

October 16, 2019

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

Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, has arrested eight people in the East Kalimantan cities of Bontang and Samarinda and also in the capital Jakarta on Tuesday over allegations of bribery related to a major road project on the island.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - October 16, 2019

Jakarta – The International Monetary Fund has kept its economic growth projection for Indonesia at 5 percent this year and 5.1 percent next year, while issuing a warning that the global economy may see its slowest expansion since the global financial crisis in 2008-2009.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Jakarta Post - October 16, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Military (TNI) has handed down disciplinary sanctions against five more serving Army personnel in relation to negative social media posts about the recent attack on the country's chief security minister, following the removal of two soldiers from their positions last week for similar reasons.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Straits Times - October 16, 2019

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo, who was re-elected in April with a majority vote, has received the backing of defeated rival Prabowo Subianto, who on Monday (Oct 14) and Tuesday stressed that Indonesia needs to be united to face difficult times in years ahead amid rising global economic challenges.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Tabloid JUBI - October 16, 2019

Agus Pabika, Jayapura – The way government handling the humanitarian conflict in Papua has become a spotlight. Many people think the government are being discriminative in handling Nduga refugees compared to refugees from Wamena.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
Tempo - October 16, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) urged the Indonesian Police (Polri) to initiate legal process against police officers, who shot dead two Halu Oleo University students in Kendari and not merely accentuate ethics and procedures.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Tempo - October 16, 2019

Didit Hariyadi, Makassar – The University of Hasanuddin's Student Executive Body (BEM Unhas) president, Fatir Kasim, deemed South Sulawesi Police Chief Insp. Gen. Mas Guntur Laupe had provoked students to stage a protest ahead of the presidential inauguration.

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

Fana Suparman, Jakarta – Indramayu district head Supendi was named a corruption suspect on Tuesday, only eight months since he assumed his post.

Supendi was arrested earlier on Monday along with the West Java district's public works head Omarsyah, state road projects head Wempy Triyono and a businessman named Carsa A.S. over bribery allegations in various projects.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Jakarta Post - October 16, 2019

Jon Afrizal, Jambi – Haze from ongoing forest and land fires continued to plague Jambi on Wednesday, despite the government's attempts to create artificial rain since Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - October 16, 2019

N. Adri, Jakarta and Balikpapan – Medan Mayor Dzulmi Edin and 14 other people, including officials and private individuals, have been arrested on graft charges during separate raids conducted by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) since Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Abductions & Extra-Judicial Killings
SBS News - October 16, 2019

Aaron Fernandes – Golfrid Siregar dedicated his life to defending Indonesia's environment and exposing corruption. It's a role that his family fear may have cost him his life.

Since 2016, Golfrid Siregar worked as a lawyer in the North Sumatra chapter of WALHI – Indonesia's largest and oldest environmental advocacy NGO.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Social Organisations & NGOs
Coconuts Jakarta - October 16, 2019

Vice President-elect Ma'ruf Amin will not permanently step down from his role as the chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council – the country's highest clerical body – even after he's sworn in to become the country's second-in-command on Sunday.