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January 15, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - January 15, 2020

Herman, Jakarta – Indonesia's trade deficit narrowed to $3.2 billion last year as consumers and producers took a punt on a brake on imports, the Central Statistics Agency, or BPS, reported on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Tempo - January 15, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – Traffic flow on Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat bound for Istana Merdeka is smooth and orderly, despite the protest held by online ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers. The protesters are part of the Ojol Nusantara Bergerak organization.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Jakarta Globe - January 15, 2020

Diana Mariska, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission, or Komnas HAM, has sent an official letter to the mayor of Depok, one of Jakarta's satellite cities located south of the capital, asking him to cancel a plan for a raid on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the area.

News ›› Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Jakarta Post - January 15, 2020

Jakarta – The Purworejo Police arrested on Tuesday afternoon Totok Santoso Hadiningrat and Fanni Aminadia, residents of Purworejo regency in Central Java, who recently declared themselves the "king and queen" of the so-called Keraton Agung Sejagat kingdom. The couple was immediately taken to Purworejo Police headquarters for questioning.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Australian Financial Review - January 15, 2020

Emma Connors, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is betting three high-profile figures from the UK, the United Arab Emirates and Japan will help it win global backing for its plan to shift the nation's capital.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
Jakarta Globe - January 15, 2020

Jakarta – The United Kingdom has reiterated its commitment to continue defense cooperation with Indonesia, particularly in the maritime sector, UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific Heather Wheeler said on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Globe - January 15, 2020

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said on Wednesday he expected the government to complete three much-anticipated omnibus bills by next week.

"I have asked for a final draft of the bills this week," the president said in Jakarta after a meeting to discuss the omnibus bills for job creation and taxation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - January 15, 2020

Jakarta – It's only fitting we give full respect to the investigators of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) who made a tenacious effort to apprehend the Secretary-General of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Hasto Kristiyanto.In the face of waning public faith in the KPK, they bravely fought against all manner of pressure to unearth the case of suspected

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - January 15, 2020

Yeremia Sukoyo, Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The Attorney General's Office says corruption has left state-owned life insurer Asuransi Jiwasraya on the brink of bankruptcy and names five suspects in the case, including former executives and a prominent local investor.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - January 15, 2020

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – A misfired explosion during the drilling of the YYA-1 oil well caused a massive oil spill in West Java in July last year, according to an Energy and Mineral Resources investigation team.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - January 15, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia booked a smaller trade deficit in December as exports of non-oil and gas products picked up while imports fell, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Coconuts Jakarta - January 15, 2020

Indonesia's controversial Information and Electronic Transactions Act (UU ITE) is so far-reaching in its application that one ongoing lawsuit is serving as a reminder not to publicly call out people who owe you money online.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Poverty & Social Inequity
Jakarta Globe - January 15, 2020

Beritasatu, Jakarta – Indonesia's poverty rate was down to 9.22 percent according to the latest survey in September 2019, the government announced on Wednesday. Surveys on poverty are conducted twice a year, in March and September.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Poverty & Social Inequity
Tempo - January 15, 2020

Bisnis, Jakarta – The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) announced that Indonesia's poverty rate up to September 2019 reached 9.22 percent. This is a 0.19 percentage point reduction from March of the same year and slightly dropped 0.44 percent point compared to September 2018.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 15, 2020

Jakarta – Floods triggered by heavy rainfall in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, have submerged three districts and six subdistricts since Tuesday morning, affecting at least 7,213 residents.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - January 15, 2020

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) recorded a slower foreign debt growth last November as the government and private sector repaid the principal due during the month while the latter also borrowed less.

News ›› Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Agence France Presse - January 15, 2020

As Friday prayers wrap up at Suada mosque, worshippers turn their attention outside where Fakhry Affan steers a drone high above, snapping pictures of the building tucked in a corner of Indonesia's Sulawesi island.

January 14, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - January 14, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – Minister of Environment and Forestry (LHK) Siti Nurbaya has stated that a rehabilitation of around 800,000 hectares (ha) of land is needed to help to lower the increasing temperature, as stipulated in the contribution target of the Paris Agreements.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - January 14, 2020

Jakarta – Newly appointed Financial Services Authority (OJK) ex-officio commissioner Suahasil Nazara says he aims to strengthen the agency's supervision of both the banking and nonbanking financial sectors to better detect potential threats.

News ›› Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Jakarta Post - January 14, 2020

Jakarta – Totok Santosa Hadiningrat, a resident of Purworejo in Central Java, has declared himself king of Keraton Agung Sejagat (The World Empire), which he claims to be the "mother of all states."

Totok invited reporters to a building in Pogung village, Bayan district, Purworejo regency, on Sunday to announce the new kingdom's existence.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Coconuts Jakarta - January 14, 2020

A supervisor for the Indonesian Scouts Movement (Pramuka) in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta has apologized for allegedly teaching small children a bigoted chant, footage of which went viral in the country this week.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Detik News - January 14, 2020

Badung, Bali – A villa in Bali which provides special services for gays located on Drona Lane in Seminyak, Badung, has created an uproar. There are four villas which allegedly provide special services for gays.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - January 14, 2020

Jakarta – The widespread flooding that hit Greater Jakarta on the first day of 2020 has led to a shouting match between those protesting Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan over his administration's handling of the natural disaster and his own supporters.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
Tempo - January 14, 2020

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – In an official bilateral state visit to France's Ministry of Armed Forces, the Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto asserts that it acts as a means to strengthen the defense partnership between both states and also improve Indonesia's defense industry.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Film & Television
Jakarta Globe - January 14, 2020

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – New film "Anak Garuda," or "Children of Garuda," produced by the Selamat Pagi Indonesia School in Batu, East Java, has transformed the heartbreaking stories of young people living in poverty into a tale to inspire others like them to dream big.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - January 14, 2020

Jakarta – Labor and student groups continue to demonstrate against the government's omnibus bill on job creation. They say they have been excluded and are seeking involvement in the creation of a regulation that, as it stands, is expected to change Indonesia's labor market to be more flexible and attractive for investors.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Nikkei Asian Review - January 14, 2020

Sarah Yuniarni, Jakarta – The capital market in Indonesia is at an interesting crossroads. On one hand, a host of companies are queuing up to tap the stock markets against a backdrop of strong macroeconomic fundamentals, while on the other, some are adopting a 'wait-and-see' policy before taking the plunge.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Film & Television
Coconuts Jakarta - January 14, 2020

An online campaign aiming to sway public opinion against Netflix in Indonesia has not yielded its desired outcome, as netizens in the country defended the streaming giant in numbers against attempts at justifying its partial censorship.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Reuters - January 14, 2020

Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – Indonesia's human rights commission on Tuesday condemned plans by a mayor to launch raids targeting the LGBT community in his city after a local man was convicted in Britain of sexually assaulting 48 men.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - January 14, 2020

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Ali Fikri strongly denies allegations stating that its sting operation (OTT) had been compromised prior to the arrest of the General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - January 14, 2020

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) is expected to continue with its dovish monetary policy this year to encourage Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth amid low inflation and easing external pressures, economists have said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - January 14, 2020

Rina Chandran, Bangkok – More than 200 Jakarta residents have filed a lawsuit against the governor of Indonesia's capital as they seek to hold authorities responsible over their inaction during some of the deadliest flooding in years, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Globe - January 14, 2020

Diana Mariska, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission, or Komnas HAM, has thrown their support behind Sudarto, a rights activist from cross-community study center Pusaka Foundation, who is facing criminal charges for posting on social media about the ban to celebrate Christmas in two districts in West Sumatra last year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
The Guardian - January 14, 2020

Krithika Varagur, Jakarta – The mayor in the home city of an Indonesian man described as Britain's "most prolific rapist" has ordered raids to uncover members of the LGBT community, prompting fears of a growing homophobic backlash across the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 14, 2020

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Jakarta is a concrete jungle with almost 90 percent of its area built over, leaving only 10 percent for green space, a leading cause of flooding in the capital. While the blame is often put on skyscrapers and business districts, residential areas are not entirely free from the problem.

January 13, 2020

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
Jakarta Globe - January 13, 2020

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Judges at the Central Jakarta District Court postponed a court session during a trial for six Papuan rights activists accused of treason on Monday since two of the defendants, both originally from Papua, chose to wear the "koteka," or traditional penis gourds, inside the courtroom.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Straits Times - January 13, 2020

Jeffrey Hutton, Jakarta – Victims of the recent floods in the Indonesian capital are preparing a class action suit against regional governments, alleging that officials failed to adequately protect the public from flooding caused by a torrential downpour over the New Year, media reports said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Tempo - January 13, 2020

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – National Commission of Human Rights (Komnas HAM) commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara, criticized the regulation issued by Depok Mayor Mohammad Idris who ordered raids against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Beka considered the policy to bediscriminative.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - January 13, 2020

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – The 2020 simultaneous regional head election (Pilkada) is set to be amped up by candidates from President Joko Widodo's (Jokowi) family.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - January 13, 2020

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – A volunteer activist for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo Kris Cantra, has announced that President Jokowi's supporters will hold a demonstration in front of the City Hall, Central Jakarta, on January 14, 2020. Kris stated that the demonstration will demand current Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, to step down from his position.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Indonesia Inside - January 13, 2020

Muhajir, Jakarta – Hundreds of workers from the Indonesian Trade Union Congress Alliance Confederation (KASBI) held a protest action in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) in Jakarta coinciding with the end of the parliament's recess period on Monday January 13.

They gathered to convey their opposition to the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation or RUU Cilaka.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 13, 2020

Andi Hajramurni, Makassar – Heavy rain over the weekend has caused flooding in four regencies and one municipality in South Sulawesi, with at least one fatality.

The disaster comes less than two weeks after the widespread flooding that hit Greater Jakarta and Banten on New Year's Day.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Conversation - January 13, 2020

Yohanes Sulaiman – Indonesia has been sending mixed signals in responding to China's breach of its exclusive economic zone around the Natuna Islands, near the South China Sea.

The Natuna sea is within 200 nautical miles (370 kilometres) of Indonesia's coastline, making it part of Indonesia's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

News ›› West Papua ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Griffith Asia Institute - January 13, 2020

Tarcisius Kabutaulaka – In July 2019, at the inaugural Indonesian Exposition held in Auckland, New Zealand, Indonesia launched its 'Pacific Elevation', laying claim to a Pacific islands identity and touting its elevated engagement with the region.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Tempo - January 13, 2020

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The Indonesian National Police (Polri) arrested the hacker who managed to alter the website of the Central Jakarta District Court and the Police's Criminal Investigation Department (Brimob).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - January 13, 2020

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – State-owned insurance company Asuransi Sosial Angkatan Bersenjata Republik Indonesia (Asabri) has been implicated in a corruption case after its stock portfolio plunged, prompting scrutiny from high-ranking officials.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Alinea.id - January 13, 2020

Akbar Ridwan – Demonstrators from the Workers Movement with the People (Gebrak) held a protest action in front of the parliamentary complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta on Monday. During the demonstration, the workers conveyed their opposition to the Omnibus Law on Job Creation which is currently being pushed through by the government.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - January 13, 2020

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has asked Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed to join the steering committee of Indonesia's planned new capital city.

The President made the request at a bilateral meeting during his working trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Sunday night.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - January 13, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo took his huge vision for Indonesia's new capital to the stage in Abu Dhabi on Monday as he invited nations and businesses from around the world to invest in the country's soon-to-be-built administrative hub, which will replace Jakarta.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Antara News - January 13, 2020

Evarianus S, Rahmad Nasution, Timika, Papua – Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw warned his men against getting involved in arms trafficking activities with the armed criminal groups in Papua Province and said he would take stern action against them.