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.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Johannes Nugroho – The election of President Joko Widodo in 2014 has often been described as a watershed moment in Indonesian political history.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
In recent years, the Indonesian government has been pushing to develop new tourist zones to attract foreign visitors to islands besides Bali.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".