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September 10, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Peace Talks & Dialogue with Jakarta
Tempo - September 10, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Sydney Morning Herald - 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.

News ›› West Papua ›› Ethnic and Racial Discrimination
Tempo - September 10, 2019

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Tempo - September 10, 2019

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› Regional Autonomy & Separatism
Tempo - September 10, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Literature & The Arts
Reuters - September 10, 2019

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
Radio New Zealand - September 10, 2019

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

News ›› West Papua ›› Ethnic and Racial Discrimination
Tempo - 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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
South China Morning Post - September 9, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Coconuts Bali - September 9, 2019

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Jakarta Post - September 9, 2019

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
The Guardian - September 9, 2019

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".

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Globe - September 9, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - September 9, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - September 9, 2019

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.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Dispute
SBS News - September 9, 2019

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Radio New Zealand - September 9, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sport & Recreation
Coconuts Jakarta - September 9, 2019

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› Ethnic and Racial Discrimination
Jakarta Post - September 9, 2019

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).

News ›› West Papua ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Tempo - September 9, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - September 9, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - September 9, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Bloomberg - September 9, 2019

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Tempo - September 9, 2019

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Radio New Zealand - September 9, 2019

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
PNG Facts - September 9, 2019

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Tempo - September 9, 2019

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

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Agence France Presse - 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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Channel News Asia - September 8, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sport & Recreation
Jakarta Globe - September 8, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - September 8, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Detik News - September 8, 2019

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).

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Dispute
The Guardian - September 8, 2019

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

News ›› Indonesia ›› Abductions & Extra-Judicial Killings
Tempo - 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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Tempo - September 7, 2019

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› Immigration & Border Security
Tempo - September 7, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - September 7, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Tempo - September 7, 2019

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
SBS News - September 7, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - September 7, 2019

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.

News ›› East Timor ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Eurasia Review - September 7, 2019

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

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Globe - September 6, 2019

Kunradus Aliandu, Jakarta – Indonesia plans to cut corporate taxes to boost domestic investment.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Jakarta Post - September 6, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - September 6, 2019

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).

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Agence France Presse - September 6, 2019

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Globe - September 6, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Business Times - September 6, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
KBR - September 6, 2019

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Asia Pacific Report - September 6, 2019

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.

News ›› East Timor ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Diplomat - September 6, 2019

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.