Hans Arnold Kapisa, Jakarta – West Papuan human rights activist and Manokwari Legal Aid Assessment, Research and Development Institute (LP3BH) Director Yan Christian Warinussy is critical of the 61 figures that were included in a delegation of Papuans who held a meeting with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo at the State Palace today.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
September 10, 2019
James Massola, Jakarta – Extra marital sex, homelessness, criticism of the President and spreading communist ideology would all be crimes – and attract jail time – under looming sweeping changes to Indonesia's penal code.
Jakarta (Antara) – Some 700 native Papuan students studying at various universities outside Papua Province have returned home in the aftermath of the Surabaya incident although they have received safety and security guarantees from all regional police chiefs.
Jakarta (Antara) – The Jakarta Legal Aid (LBH Jakarta) argues that the suspect-naming of human rights activist Veronica Koman by the Indonesian National Police (Polri) presents a threat toward other activists.
Ahmad Faiz, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi has agreed on the provincial division (pemekaran) in Papua and West Papua as requested by Papuan figures during a meeting in the State Palace, Jakarta, on Tuesday, September 10.
Heru Asprihanto, Bogor, Indonesia – It's a warm night in Indonesia and the air is filled with excitement as villagers watch a puppet show accompanied by traditional music.
To the rhythmic beat of cymbals, drums and a bamboo harmonica, the hand-held puppets wearing brightly colored batik headdresses and sarongs fight, and one gets flung off the stage.
Thousands of Papua New Guineans marched through Port Moresby in support of West Papuan freedom today.
This follows weeks of protests by West Papuans, as well as unrest, in the neighbouring Indonesian-ruled territory.
September 9, 2019
Kukuh S. Wibowo, Jakarta – Several unknown people reportedly attacked the Papuan dormitory in Surabaya on the early dawn of Monday, September 9. Witnesses claimed that two people riding a single motorcycle threw four bags into the dormitory which was filled with snakes.
Quinton Temby – Indonesia's riots in May serve as a warning to all democracies with polarised electorates, high social media penetration and institutions labouring under the strain of populist politics.
The unrest was the first time in a democracy that social media-fuelled fake news and disinformation led to election riots.
An official from Indonesia's Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs apologized for the environmental damage caused by the reclamation of Benoa Bay and confirmed in a meeting with Bali Governor Wayan Koster that the controversial project will be put to a stop.
Dian Septiari, Jakarta – The recent unrest and rioting in Indonesia's easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua have sparked renewed debate on whether Papuans deserve the right to self-determination, just like the people of former East Timor (present-day Timor Leste) did 20 years ago during the independence referendum on Aug. 30, 1999.
Helen Davidson and Kate Lamb in Jakarta – A sack containing a 15-20kg python was thrown into a West Papuan student dormitory in Surabaya by masked motorcycle riders, students say.
Indonesian police are investigating allegations of masked motorcycle riders throwing bags of snakes into a West Papuan student dormitory in Surabaya and "deliberately spreading terror".
Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Indonesian representatives have approached the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva to clarify what they say is "distorted information" about Papua and West Papua, Indonesia's two easternmost provinces which were rocked by violent protests against ethnic and racial discrimination last month.
Jakarta (Antara) – Executive Director of Indonesian Center for Environmental Law (ICEL) Henri Subagiyo, requests President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to fight against the numerous attempts upon weakening the KPK.
"President Jokowi must fully support the public in fighting any form of attack against the KPK," said Henri in a test message in Jakarta on Sunday.
Avit Hidayat and Maya Ayu Puspitasari, Jakarta – Hundreds of professors and lecturers from several universities reject the revision of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law. The academics are garnering support to fight all efforts to weaken the KPK.
Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick is calling on the government to fix an "historic wrong" committed against Timor-Leste.
Crossbench senator Rex Patrick is calling on the government to reverse changes that prevented Timor Leste from taking Australia to court over potential international maritime law breaches during oil and gas negotiations.
Human Rights Watch is demanding Indonesia urgently investigate the deaths of Papuans killed during protests across the country.
At least 10 people have been killed in the worst unrest to hit Papua in years, as thousands have taken part in anti-racism rallies.
Should a tobacco company sponsor youth involvement in one of Indonesia's most beloved sports? A couple of child protection groups were understandably against the idea, but now they're facing a barrage of criticism in the country for causing a racket that led to the dissolution of a famous children's badminton talent search program.
Rizki Fachriansyah and Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – A group of unidentified individuals tossed two sacks of snakes into the front yard of a Papuan student dormitory on Jl. Kalasan in Surabaya, East Java in the early hours of Monday, according to the Papuan Students Alliance (AMP).
Friski Riana, Jakarta – Announced through his Twitter account, investigative reporter Benjamin Strick published his findings on Twitter bot network intentionally used to promote Papua and West Papua pro-government propaganda.
Syailendra Persada, Jakarta – Presidential Staff Deputy IV Ali Mochtar Ngabalin said that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has agreed on the revision of the Corruption Eradication Commission Law known as the UU KPK.
He claims that the revision of the law overseeing the anti-graft agency is meant to strengthen the anti-graft agency.
Sausan Atika, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration officially enforced the expansion of the odd-even license plate traffic policy on Monday following a trial run conducted since Aug. 12.
Singapore – Air quality in Singapore and parts of Malaysia may worsen in the coming days with Indonesian authorities warning of more forest fires in the region already in the grip of an unusually long dry weather spell.
Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – A solidarity group defending human rights activist Veronica Koman stated that the advocate did not disseminate false or hoax news regarding the conditions of Papuan students in Surabaya in mid-august this year. They opined that she spread valid information originating from her clients.
The UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet says her office has so far been unable to secure a trip to Indonesia's West Papua.
In January, Indonesia agreed in principle to allow a visit by the rights chief, but this has not yet eventuated, despite international backing for it.
Port Moresby Governor Powes Parkop has commended the hundreds of Papua New Guineans who turned up this morning at the Jack Pidik Park in Port Moresby to show their support for West Papua.
He says it is time for Papua New Guineans to be brave, bold and fearless in showing their support. The NCD Governor says PNG cannot prosper if West Papua is not free.
Rezki Alvionitasari, Jakarta – Jakarta Legal Aid (LBH Jakarta) public defender Muhammad Rasyid Ridha Saragih said that communication with human rights lawyer Veronica Koman is at the bare minimum as she is currently undergoing her studies overseas. Veronica was recently named by Indonesian Police as a suspect in relation to the Papua unrest.
September 8, 2019
Peter Brieger – Indonesia's surprise plan to roll out a nickel-ore export ban two years early could scare foreign investors away from Southeast Asia's biggest economy, analysts say, as it cements a reputation for policy flip-flops.
Nivell Rayda, Palu, Sulawesi – Like other residents who call Palu home, Tri Sasongko thought he had grown accustomed to the earthquakes which regularly hit the small Indonesian city of 340,000 residents, located at a junction where three active fault lines intersect.
Jakarta – PB Djarum, one of the most famous badminton clubs in Indonesia owned by the Djarum cigarette company, has decided to stop auditions for its badminton scholarship program starting next year after a row with the country's children protection agency who accuses the club of exploiting children to promote the cigarette brand.
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The North Sumatra administration has expressed its commitment to continuing efforts to decrease greenhouse gas emissions as it prepares to attend the Conference of Parties (COP) 25 in Chile on Dec. 2-8.
Farih Maulana Sidik, Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) employees used Car Free Day on Sunday September 8 to hold a long-march from the Hotel Indonesia (HI) traffic circle to the KPK building. The action was held to reject planned revisions to Law Number 30/2002 on the KPK (UU KPK).
Christopher Knaus – The crossbench senator Rex Patrick will push to fix a historic wrong stemming from the "shameful" treatment of Timor-Leste during oil and gas negotiations by overturning decisions that limit Australia's exposure to international courts.
September 7, 2019
Galuh Putri Riyanto, Jakarta – Executive Director of Amnesty International Indonesia Usman Hamid, said that the murder case of Munir is actually not hard to be revealed if there is a strong political will from high ranking state officials.
Jakarta – Castration is a punishment that not only belongs in the past but that also violates human rights. The government together with the House of Representatives (DPR) needs to remove it from the statute books. If they want to apply stronger punishment to those who rape children, judges can sentence them to life in jail.
Jakarta (Antara) – East Java Regional Police asked Immigration Directorate-general to revoke the passport of human rights lawyer Veronica Koman who was recently named as a suspect for distributing fake news or hoaxes about the incident at Papuan dorm in Surabaya last month.
Dina Manafe, Jakarta – A new study by the University of Indonesia's Social Security Study Center claims that excessive smoking habit among poor families in Indonesia is exacerbating the country's stunting problem.
Jakarta – President Joko Widodo must stop his plan to move the nation's capital. The series of reasons that he gave when announcing East Kalimantan as the prospective location for the new capital city only showed that there is no need to implement this proposal. This move could become Jokowi's biggest blunder of his second term.
Nick Baker – Rallies are being held across Australia on Saturday in solidarity with the mass protests underway in Papua.
Indonesia's eastern Papua provinces have been marred by weeks of protests, sparked by anger over racism and fresh calls for self-rule, countered by a military crackdown.
Jakarta – Legal uncertainties have hindered foreign investors from investing in Indonesia, especially in new or green field projects, Bank Indonesia (BI) senior deputy governor Destry Damayanti said in Jakarta on Friday.
Viji Menon – Domestically, the political stand-off between Timor-Leste's president Francisco Guterres and the government has continued with the president still refusing to swear in nine ministers because of their alleged involvement in corruption investigations.
September 6, 2019
Kunradus Aliandu, Jakarta – Indonesia plans to cut corporate taxes to boost domestic investment.
Jakarta – State-owned construction company PT Hutama Karya is finishing up construction on two toll road sections under the trans-Sumatra project and planning to inaugurate both later this year.
Jakarta – A lack of sanitation facilities and space for a growing number of families has prompted some residents of Kampung Bengek in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, to live side by side with heaps of waste on a plot of land owned by a port operator, PT Pelindo II Indonesian Port Corporation (IPC).
Indonesia warned Thursday it would chase those it accused of being behind two weeks of mass protests in Papua sparked by anger over racism and fresh calls for self-rule, as it started restoring internet access in the region.
Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu told members of the House of Representatives on Thursday that an Islamic State-affiliated militant group has called for jihad in Indonesia's part of Papua Island.
Marvie Chorawan-Basilan – Indonesia's chicken sector is in a bind as the country prepares to discard 10 million eggs. The eggs' destruction is the solution the government discovered to help push chicken prices up.
Dian Kurniati, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) is calling on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to rid his cabinet and administration of alleged perpetrators of past human rights (HAM) violations.
Pacific Media Watch – Internet access in West Papua has been at least partially restored just days after Indonesian police accused human rights lawyer Veronica Koman and West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda of spreading unrest through social media, reports Indonesia Expat.
Luke Hunt – Twenty-years ago, Timor-Leste was tipped into the abyss. A UN-backed referendum on August 30th, 1999 – the 20th anniversary of which was commemorated last week – paved the way to nationhood with voters overwhelmingly favoring independence, but a bloody rampage by pro-Jakarta militias resulted in over 1,000 dead along with massive displacement.