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September 4, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Globe - September 4, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Oil Palm Farmers Association, Apkasindo, has formed a partnership with the Indonesian Palm Oil Association, Gapki, to support the country's palm oil industry. The two associations met in Jakarta on Tuesday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
AFA Weekly - September 4, 2019

Jonathan Pearlman – Off the tip of north Queensland is a looming problem that Australia has long tried to avoid: a people suppressed. The region of West Papua receives little attention in Australia, partly because Indonesia blocks access to aid groups, foreign media and the United Nations. But Canberra, too, prefers this silence.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Spin Off - September 4, 2019

Maire Leadbeater – The uprising that is engulfing Indonesian ruled West Papua has lifted the lid on a deep strand of indigenous anger and resentment. While it is unprecedented in scale, it also has ominous echoes of the deadly clashes that took place in pre-liberation Timor Leste in 1999.

News ›› West Papua ›› UN Peacekeeping & Support Mission
ABC News - September 4, 2019

Liam Fox on Pacific Beat – The Pacific Council of Churches is urging the region's leaders to push for a peacekeeping mission to be sent to the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua.

The Papuan provinces have been wracked by civil unrest for more than a fortnight with reports several people have been killed in the crackdown by Indonesian security forces.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
The Interpreter - September 4, 2019

Kate Walton – Indonesia's dry season has never been easy. Dry winds blow from Australia and rainfall is almost nonexistent, which leads to major forest fires, choking air pollution, and searing heat, along with the energy-sapping effect the season has on residents.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Reuters - September 4, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday ordered his ministers to increase efforts to cut regulations that hurt foreign direct investment, aiming to shield Southeast Asia's largest economy from a global economic slowdown.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
South China Morning Post - September 4, 2019

Johannes Nugroho – The election of President Joko Widodo in 2014 has often been described as a watershed moment in Indonesian political history.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Kompas.com - September 4, 2019

Devina Halim, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman Hamid is of the view that the naming of Veronica Koman as a suspect could create fear among the public about speaking out on issues related to human rights (HAM) violations in Papua.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
Radio New Zealand - September 4, 2019

Amnesty International is calling on Indonesia to drop treason charges against six West Papuan activists.

Their arrests came during a wave of anti-racism protests and pro-independence demonstrations by Papuans which have rocked Indonesia for the past two weeks.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
Today Online - September 4, 2019

Max Lane – While foreign news headlines in Singapore have been dominated by developments in Hong Kong in recent weeks, there is another protest close to home that bears watching.

News ›› West Papua ›› Peace Talks & Dialogue with Jakarta
Tempo - September 4, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) had lunch with the winners of the "Gapura Cinta Negeri" (Country Love Gate) Festival, who came from Nduga and Yapen Islands Districts, Papua Province.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Coconuts Jakarta - September 4, 2019

In any religion, certain texts and rules are open to various interpretations. But most Muslims around the world would accept the idea that sex outside of marriage is a sinful act, as outlined in the Quran and other religious texts.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Tempo - September 4, 2019

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – The Transportation Ministry will allocate Rp2.55 trillion for the development of strategic tourism areas in 2020. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the decision is the ministry's way of supporting the government promote development in four super-priority destinations.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - September 4, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The government plans to gradually lower the corporate income tax in a bid to attract more investment and boost the country's cooling economic growth.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the plan would be incorporated in a tax bill currently being discussed by the government before it was brought to the House of Representatives.

News ›› West Papua ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Tempo - September 4, 2019

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law, and Security Affairs Wiranto declared that he would personally arrest the leader of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Benny Wenda, if he decides to return to Indonesia.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Asia Pacific Report - September 4, 2019

Pacific Media Watch – Fijian police have reportedly cautioned the Pacific Conference of Churches Secretariat from flying the Morning Star – the West Papuan flag of Independence – on private property in Suva.

News ›› East Timor ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Strategist - September 4, 2019

Mark Beeson – Australia is one of the most outspoken and prominent supporters of the 'rules-based international order'. Given its status as a modestly credentialled middle power with a limited capacity to influence the international order or the behaviour of its most powerful members, this is unsurprising, perhaps.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
The Conversation - September 4, 2019

Tangguh Chairil – Indonesia, a country with the fifth-highest number of internet users in the world, plans to issue its first law on cyber security this month.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Channel News Asia - September 4, 2019

Jakarta – Over 400 Indonesian Go-Jek riders demonstrated outside the Malaysian embassy in Jakarta on Tuesday (Sep 3), demanding a public apology from the founder of a Malaysian taxi company for describing the country and its people as "poor".

News ›› West Papua ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
ABC News - September 4, 2019

Tracey Shelton and Tasha Wibawa – Thousands of people have been protesting across Indonesia's easternmost territory over the past two weeks, torching government buildings and clashing with police, resulting in dozens of deaths and injuries.

The protesters' demands range from an end to racial violence to calls for a referendum on independence for the region.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Pacific Conference of Churches - September 4, 2019

Police have cautioned the Pacific Conference of Churches Secretariat for hoisting the Morning Star flag on private property in Fiji's capital, Suva.

Officers attempted to seize the flag yesterday (Tuesday) after it was raised in protest against the killing of Papua protesters by Indonesian security force and pro-Jakarta militia.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Tempo - September 4, 2019

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal, and Security Affairs, Wiranto, asserted that the raising of Bintang Kejora or the morning star flag in Indonesia is forbidden.

News ›› West Papua ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Antara News - September 4, 2019

Jakarta – Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Security Affairs Wiranto vehemently denied the incorrect claim of the Indonesian government seeking foreign assistance to ease tensions in the provinces of Papua and West Papua.

Wiranto affirmed that few violent protests erupting in the provinces from the racial abuse of Papuan students remained a national issue.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Asia Pacific Report - September 4, 2019

Pacific Media Watch – The New Caledonian-based Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front or FLNKS has condemned the ongoing human rights violations in West Papua and has called for the Papuan right to self-determination to be recognised.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Jakarta Globe - September 4, 2019

Antara & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Police have identified a new suspect in the sporadic violence that has plagued several cities in Papua and West Papua over the past two weeks.

Veronika Koman, who describes herself as a human rights lawyer on her Twitter profile, was named a suspect, based on witness testimonies.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Bloomberg - September 4, 2019

In Indonesia, the chicken comes before the egg. At least in the sense that the government is asking poultry breeders to throw away 10 million eggs or give them away for free in an attempt to support slumping chicken prices. It's hoping a reduction in the number of eggs that may hatch will shrink chicken supplies and prop up retail prices that are near a three-year low.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Agence France Presse - September 4, 2019

Indonesia has sent hundreds of garbage-filled shipping containers back to their countries of origin, according to the customs agency, as the Southeast Asian nation pushes back against becoming a dumping ground for foreign trash.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Reuters - September 4, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian police on Wednesday named a prominent human rights lawyer and activist a suspect in connection with Twitter posts about an incident that triggered unrest in Papua, drawing condemnation action from rights groups of the police action.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Urban Poor & Informal Sector
Coconuts Jakarta - September 4, 2019

Last month, Indonesia's Supreme Court decided to strike down an article in a 2007 regional law that gave the governor of Jakarta the authority to close roads and sidewalks for use by public traders.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
Radio New Zealand - September 4, 2019

West Papuan university students who have been attacked by non-Papuan civilian groups during unrest in the region say they simply seek self-determination.

A surge of anti-racism protests and pro-independence demonstrations by West Papuans has rocked Indonesia for the past two weeks, triggering unrest.

September 3, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Ethnic and Racial Discrimination
Tempo - September 3, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The government has named two suspects and suspended five military personnel for the racist speech against Papuan students in Surabaya and Malang, East Java, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto stated.

"We have named two suspects Tri Susanti and Saiful. Both were charged with multiple cases," Wiranto said Monday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Tempo - September 3, 2019

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – Jakarta Metro Police have released two Papuan college students who were arrested on August 30 and 31 in Depok and Jakarta for allegedly committing treason as they lacked evidence.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
KBR - September 3, 2019

Valda Kustarini, Astri Septiani and Adi Ahdiat, Jakarta – The Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) and the Institute for Human Rights Studies and Advocacy (ELSAM) have criticised the arrest of six Papuan students on charges of makar (treason, subversion, rebellion).

News ›› West Papua ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
The Diplomat - September 3, 2019

Joshua Mcdonald – At least six protesters and one soldier have been killed during clashes in Indonesia's Papua and West Papua province since unrest began over a two weeks ago.

The Indonesian government dismissed the report of protesters being killed as "a provocation," but said one soldier had been killed and three police officers injured.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
Nikkei Asian Review - September 3, 2019

Rosita Dewi – In August, riots which started in East Java, Indonesia, in response to the involvement of soldiers and security officers persecuting Papuan students, spread to the provinces of Papua and West Papua. The students had been demonstrating to express their disappointment and dissatisfaction toward Indonesian government policies in Papua.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
Voice of America - September 3, 2019

Luke Hunt, Dili – East Timor is marking the 20th anniversary of a referendum that ended 24 years of Indonesian occupation and delivered independence, but that also sparked a bloody rampage by pro-Jakarta militias who killed 1,500 people and pushed another half-a-million out of their homes.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Coconuts Jakarta - September 3, 2019

In recent years, the Indonesian government has been pushing to develop new tourist zones to attract foreign visitors to islands besides Bali.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - September 3, 2019

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – The Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) president director, Fachmi Idris, admitted that a total of 2,348 companies manipulated data of employees' salary so they could pay the premium lower than they should do.

News ›› West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Tempo - September 3, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – A politician from Perindo Party of Sorong Sayang Mandabayan is undergoing police question in Manokwari Resort Police Headquarters, Papua, over the possession of 1,500 flags of Bintang Kejora or morning star, the symbol of the Free Papua Movement.

News ›› West Papua ›› Chauvinism & Xenophobia
Tempo - September 3, 2019

Dewi Nurita and Yusuf Manurung, Jakarta – The House of Representatives (DPR) deputy speaker Fahri Hamzah urged the government to not make intelligence activities or foreign party involvement as a scapegoat for the riot in Papua.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
WA Today - September 3, 2019

Jennifer Robinson – Protests have been taking place across Indonesia on an unprecedented scale. Thousands of West Papuans have taken to the streets to demand a referendum on independence from Indonesia.

News ›› East Timor ›› Analysis & Opinion
Sydney Morning Herald - September 3, 2019

Lisa Davies – Australia's prestige in our region rests not just on our aid or our military might but also, we hope, on our reputation for dealing fair and straight.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Indonesia at Melbourne - September 3, 2019

Indonesia is hurtling toward major changes to its criminal law. Claiming that they are driven by a desire to abandon the colonial legacy of the current Criminal Code (KUHP), the government and legislature have collaborated closely on the development of a new draft Criminal Code (RKUHP) since 2015.

News ›› West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Tempo - September 3, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto has decided to set up his office in Papua for an indefinite period. "It depends on the developing situation in Papua," the TNI Commander said in Jakarta Monday.

Setting up his office in Papua will facilitate the TNI Commander to take quick decisions.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Jakarta Globe - September 3, 2019

Bayu Marhaenjati & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers have remained at a temporary shelter in Kalideres, West Jakarta, without electricity or water despite being ordered to vacate it on Aug. 31.

Jakarta city council secretary Saefullah said the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is responsible for removing the refugees from the site.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Tempo - September 3, 2019

Muh Halwi, Jakarta – The relocation of asylum seekers from ex-Kodim building in Daan Mogot Baru, Kalideres, West Jakarta has yet to finish despite it passed the deadline on August 31.

News ›› Aceh ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Jakarta Post - September 3, 2019

Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – A group that calls itself Victims of the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law Community (PAKU ITE) has urged the Aceh Police to stop the investigation into Saiful Mahdi, a lecturer from Syiah Kuala University, who is a suspect in a defamation case.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
South China Morning Post - September 3, 2019

Resty Woro Yuniar – Indonesia is set to resurrect a colonial-era regulation that could lead to the imprisonment of people who insult the president, in a move critics say demonstrates the country's creeping encroachment on free speech and which has been likened to Thailand's lese-majeste laws.

News ›› West Papua ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
SBS News - September 3, 2019

Virginia Langeberg – A 23-year-old West Papuan has given a harrowing account of the moment he and his friends were dragged in front of armed Indonesian soldiers who stood ready to gun them down.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
SBS News - September 3, 2019

Virginia Langeberg and Maani Truu – The exiled West Papuan independence leader has called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to condemn Indonesia's recent crackdown on pro-independence protesters or risk the situation becoming the "next East Timor".