Mackenzie Smith – Thousands of Papuans in Indonesia are occupying the governor's office, a protest organiser says, after several government buildings were torched in the provincial capital Jayapura on Thursday.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
August 30, 2019
Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Wiranto says that the government is open to dialogue with all parties to improve the situation in Papua, but it will not discuss a referendum or Papuan independence.
Anwar Siswadi, Jakarta – The National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) Chief Suhardi Alius warned academic administrators to pay close attention to radicalism that might happen within campus environments. He also asked university rectors to register students that might be involved in radical activities.
Protesters in Indonesia's easternmost region of Papua have set buildings ablaze in the provincial capital Jayapura, forcing the state power firm to cut off electricity in some districts, state media and an executive of the utility said.
Caesar Akbar, Jakarta (Antara) – The Association of Indonesian Travel Companies (Asita) asked President Joko Widodo or Jokowi to immediately resolve the issues in Papua and West Papua. Asita said that travel agents need to be able to convince potential tourists that Indonesia is safe.
Rizal Harahap, Pekanbaru – A thick blanket of haze from forest fires has forced schools in Dumai, Riau, to dismiss their students early.
On Wednesday, four principals from different elementary schools asked the Dumai Education Agency for permission to dismiss their students early because of the increasing severity of the haze.
Jon Afrizal, Jambi – Members of Suku Anak Dalam (SAD), grouping remote indigenous communities in Jambi, are marching from their villages to the State Palace to demand that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo help them resolve a land dispute with palm oil company PT Berkas Sawit Utama (BSU).
Pacific Media Watch – Papuan demands for a referendum on self-determination have erupted more strongly amid fears of civilian casualties in the Melanesian provinces of Papua and West Papua.
A government-imposed internet blackout is in place following a two-week wave of protests triggered by racial abuse against Papuan students in East Java, reports The Jakarta Post.
The people of West Papua need urgent international attention. I am calling on all the world's governments, parliamentarians and media to shine the spotlight on West Papua. If the world and international media ignores West Papua now, the Indonesian security services may turn it into a bloodbath.
August 29, 2019
Anthony Stewart and Erwin Renaldi – Kuon Nhen Lay had just joined the resistance movement against Indonesia's invasion of Timor-Leste in December 1975, when his wife went into labour the next day.
The then 34-year-old guerilla fighter was forced to keep a low profile to protect his family, and soon sent his wife and newly-born to Australia while he stayed behind to fight.
Rod McGuirk – A former Australian spy charged with conspiring to reveal classified information about an allegation that Australia bugged East Timor's government during negotiations over the sharing of billions of dollars in oil and gas had been denied legal aid and might not be able to adequately fund his case, his lawyer told a court on Thursday.
James Massola, Dili – The Morrison government will throw East Timor a digital lifeline and spend millions to fund the laying of a first sub-sea fibre optic cable connection to the tiny island nation.
Timor-Leste's Nobel Peace Prize-winning former Prime Minister Jose Ramos-Horta says Australia "should get over it" and drop charges against two whistleblowers who revealed covert spying.
Helen Davidson – An "infuriated" Alexander Downer tried to get US officials to back up his response to leaks revealing Australia rejected a US request to join a peacekeeping force in East Timor, documents show.
Tasha Wibawa and Nurina Savitri – At least one soldier and two civilians have died in the latest violence in the embattled Indonesian province of Papua.
Ben Doherty and agencies – Up to six protesters and one soldier have been killed in clashes across the restive West Papua and Papua provinces, although protesters and police dispute how many have died.
Sapri Maulana, Jakarta – The East Kalimantan Mining Advocacy Network (JATAM) openly doubts the commitment of Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs Luhut Panjaitan to curb the mining industry in Kalimantan, which he said is one of the reasons behind the capital city move.
Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs notified all foreign representatives in Indonesia on Thursday about Wednesday's violence in Papua, which resulted in the deaths of two civilians and a soldier.
Antara & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Indonesia may start to repatriate Iranian migrants currently in limbo in the archipelago, following an agreement with their country's consular representatives earlier this week.
Theresia Sufa, Bogor – Some 53 unlicensed buildings in Naringgul village in Cisarua, part of the Puncak resort in Bogor, West Java, were demolished by the regency's Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers on Thursday.
Bogor Satpol PP head of law enforcement, Agus Rido, said officers had demolished the buildings in compliance with a 2015 bylaw on public order.
Ghina Ghaliya and Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – The leadership race in the Golkar Party has led to an internal rift as potential contender Bambang Soesatyo demanded the party hold a national congress soon to elect its next chairman.
Bambang's supporters staged a rally recently that blocked access to the party's headquarters in West Jakarta.
Jakarta – Students of Al Jamiyatul Washliyah Social Funding Foundation in Medan, North Sumatra, have called for an investigation into the school's principal for alleged sexual harassment of a female student.
Paul Karp – Counsel for the former spy Witness K has launched a broadside at Legal Aid ACT, accusing it of an "extraordinary unexplained roadblock" in approving funding for the whistleblower's case.
David Fickling – Given a sad history of exploitation by foreigners, the young democracy of Timor-Leste can hardly be blamed for being hell-bent on self-sufficiency. But its current drive to cement its independence risks squandering the faltering progress the country has made. If the government doesn't tread carefully, a future of debt peonage to China beckons.
Erwida Maulia, Jakarta – A day after President Joko Widodo announced his plan to move Indonesia's capital to East Kalimantan Province, property developer Agung Podomoro Land placed a full-page ad in a national newspaper offering investment opportunities in a new apartment and commercial complex in the province's largest city.
Jamie Tahana – As thousands of Papuans took to the streets for a second week of mass demonstrations, Pacific leaders have conceded that, to date, their stance on West Papua has achieved little.
James Massola, Dili – Senior figures from the East Timorese government and opposition say they would welcome Chinese investment in the huge Tasi Mane infrastructure project, which includes development of the $50 billion Greater Sunrise oil and gas field.
Jakarta – The rally in Jayapura, Papua on Thursday, August 29 left the provincial capital paralyzed. Reports said that the city is gripped by a tense atmosphere.
Shopping centers and offices were closed since 12:30 East Indonesia Time. Antara reported that the Jayapura Mall, the biggest shopping center in the city, is also closed.
Jakarta – Indonesia's textile industry entered the year with high optimism, which was subsequently followed by steady growth throughout the year. But due to the ongoing trade war between the United States and China, Indonesia's textile industry is due to see some bumps in its trajectory.
Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – YouTube has blocked a satirical video about West Papua from being viewed in Indonesia following a "legal complaint from the government".
The video, created by Australian film and media company The Juice Media, satirizes the Australian government's policies on West Papua as part of the company's Honest Government Ad series.
Institute for Papuan Advocacy & Human Rights today condemns the fatal shootings in the military attack on protestors in Deiyai yesterday. Paula Makabory spokesperson for Institute for Papuan Advocacy and Human Rights (IPAHR) calls for an end to the violence and help for the shooting victims.
Six Papuan civilians have been killed and at least three others wounded after Indonesian security forces opened fire at a rally in Deiyai regency, Papua, as protests intensified, report news media.
Anne Barker – Newly published intelligence documents, declassified by the US, shed new light on the turbulent events surrounding the 1999 independence referendum in Timor Leste, when Indonesian-backed militia gangs went on a murderous rampage across the country.
Luthfi T. Dzulfikar, Ni Luh Putu Maitra Agastya and Sri Wiyanti Eddyono – Scholars weigh in on what sex education, which to this day does not have a formal curriculum, should look like for Indonesian schools.
Andreas Harsono – In early January 2016, journalists in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta chatted about a doctor who had left her husband, moving to Kalimantan Island and joining a back-to-the-land movement called Gafatar.
Sarah Martin – The Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, has reassured the Indonesian government that he supports deeper trade ties with Jakarta, as the party comes under growing union pressure to oppose a new free-trade agreement that the government wants passed through parliament this year.
Mackenzie Smith – Calm has returned to the West Papuan regency of Deiyai, where at least two protestors and a soldier were killed in a bloody clash on Wednesday, Indonesia's Foreign Ministry says.
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) has won the lawsuit against the Governor of Aceh at the Banda Aceh state administrative court (PTUN) over the governor's use of forest area permit that was issued for PT Kamirzu to construct a hydropower plant.
The use of Indonesia's "religious harmony" laws to prevent members of a minority religion from being able to worship was dramatically highlighted once again in a case that was captured in a viral video showing officers of the Civil Service Police (Satpol PP) stopping a church service in Riau on Sunday.
Lenny Tristia Tambun & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Jakarta city council has announced that after two months it will stop aid for thousands of refugees and asylum seekers currently being housed at a converted military barrack in Kalideres, West Jakarta. The refugees will be ordered to leave the shelter on Aug. 31.
Jakarta (Antara) – The rally in Waena, Jayapura, Papua, Thursday, August 29, turned into anarchy and forced the police to shoot tear gas at protesters. They staged a rally to condemn racism against Papuan students in Surabaya.
Jakarta – Persecution and racial discrimination towards Papuan students in Malang and Surabaya cannot be justified for any reason whatsoever. Those responsible must be prosecuted. Justice needs to be upheld, not only to assuage the anger of the Papuans but also to bring about a deterrent effect.
Jakarta – Tri Susanti, the field coordinator of a protest that led to racist abuse against Papuan university students in Surabaya, East Java, has been named a suspect of hate speech, provocation and misinformation in relation to the incident.
August 28, 2019
Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – The announcement to relocate Indonesia's capital city to East Kalimantan province provides an opportunity to shift the developmental focus to other parts of the archipelago, but environmental pitfalls will need to be avoided, said experts and activists interviewed by CNA.
Anthony Whealy – The prosecution of witness K, a former intelligence agent, and his lawyer Bernard Collaery has raised considerable outrage.
The Governor of Papua says the Indonesian president is willing to discuss Papuan demands for an independence referendum.
Lukas Enembe told reporters after meeting with Joko Widodo in Jakarta that a referendum was the people's aspiration.
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The fifth Indonesian president and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Chairperson Megawati Soekarnoputri hopes that President Jokowi's decision to move the capital city to East Kalimantan has undergone mature planning and considers long term sustainable development.
Jakarta – The head of Indonesia's palm oil lobby group said profit, people and planet define sustainability in the industry and that the European Union should consider these aspects as a whole.
Jakarta – The Jakarta Police's traffic division has blocked 9,169 vehicle registration certificates (STNK) belonging to vehicle owners who had been caught by the Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement (ETLE) system and failed to pay their fine.
Biak, Papua – Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto and National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian held a dialog with several representatives of Papuan customary communities in Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, on Tuesday.