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August 28, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Ethnic and Racial Discrimination
Antara News - August 28, 2019

Nikolas P, Rahmad Nasution, Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands – Tens of activists of the Tanjungpinang-Bintan Student Alliance staged a peaceful rally here on Tuesday to show their solidarity with the Papuan students in Malang, East Java, and urge the government to eliminate all forms of racism against the Papuans.

News ›› West Papua ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
SBS News - August 28, 2019

Indonesian authorities have opened fire on Papuan protesters, killing six people, as they tried to storm a local government office in the Deiyai region, news website Suarapapua.com reported, citing a separatist group spokesman.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
The Guardian - August 28, 2019

Helen Davidson – The US government knew for months that Indonesia's military was supporting and arming militias in East Timor in the lead-up to the 1999 independence referendum but continued to push for stronger military ties, declassified documents have revealed.

News ›› West Papua ›› Transport & Communication
Tempo - August 28, 2019

Dias Prasongko, Jakarta – Indonesian Ombudsman official Alvin Lie opined the internet block policy in Papua and West Papua applied because the government failed to implement the user identity policy, especially prepaid mobile users.

As a result, the government could not detect hoax and provocative contents without shutting off the system.

News ›› West Papua ›› Ethnic and Racial Discrimination
Jakarta Globe - August 28, 2019

Aries Sudiono & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – East Java Police on Wednesday charged Tri Susanti a.k.a. Susi, the woman behind an incident in Surabaya, East Java, on Aug, 17 which saw an angry mob besiege a boarding house occupied by Papuan students, with hate speech.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Jakarta Post - August 28, 2019

Donny Fernando, Jakarta – The demands by Papuans for a referendum on self-determination spread to Jakarta on Wednesday, amid reports of civilian fatalities in Papua.

Hundreds of Papuan students took to the streets in Central Jakarta following similar protests in the highlands of Papua earlier this week.

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
Asia Pacific Report - August 28, 2019

Domingos Gomes, Dili – Timor-Leste national police (PNTL) have arrested 46 students at a West Papua independence solidarity protest in Dili, amid accusations the group failed to get permission to hold their demonstration in public.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Channel News Asia - 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.

News ›› East Timor ›› Analysis & Opinion
WA Today - August 28, 2019

Anthony Whealy – The prosecution of witness K, a former intelligence agent, and his lawyer Bernard Collaery has raised considerable outrage.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Radio New Zealand - August 28, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - August 28, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Globe - August 28, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - August 28, 2019

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› Peace Talks & Dialogue with Jakarta
Antara News - August 28, 2019

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
Straits Times - August 28, 2019

Jakarta (AFP) – A soldier was killed in Indonesia's Papua region on Wednesday (Aug 28) during a clash with separatist protesters, officials said, with the territory gripped by unrest.

A group of police and military personnel were attacked by Papuans armed with machetes and bows and arrows, Papua military spokesman Eko Daryanto said.

August 27, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Asia Pacific Report - August 27, 2019

Pacific Media Watch – A senior Jakarta Post managing editor has predicted it is possible that West Papua may face a self-determination vote following the Timor-Leste example and this could pave the way for independence.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Democracy & Civil Rights
Indonesia at Melbourne - August 27, 2019

There is a growing anxiety among rights activists regarding the trajectory of Indonesia's democracy. The current consensus among political and constitutional scholars is that democracy in Indonesia is on the verge of regression, if not already in a state of decline.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Coconuts Jakarta - August 27, 2019

President Joko Widodo finally revealed the exact location of the country's new capital in East Kalimantan yesterday, putting Indonesia one major step closer to actually enacting the long-discussed plan to move the country's seat of government away from Jakarta.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
ABC News - August 27, 2019

Steve Cannane, ABC Investigations and Peter Cronau – The former prime minister of Timor Leste, Xanana Gusmao, says he wants to travel to Canberra to give evidence in court on behalf of former spy Witness K and lawyer Bernard Collaery if their prosecution continues.

News ›› East Timor ›› Independence & Self-Determination
The Conversation - August 27, 2019

Sara Niner – On August 30, Timor-Leste will celebrate the referendum that gave it independence from Indonesia. For the people of this small island, it has been a long battle – one that continues today. You can read our companion story on the island nation's vexed relationship with Australia here.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Tempo - August 27, 2019

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – The Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD DKI) secretariat announced that it will distribute brand new sets of gold pins today for the newly elected councilors which reportedly costs Rp1.3 billion.

However, only members from the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) faction will not receive the gold pins and has instead requested for brass pins.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - August 27, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia will continue to lean on palm oil economically for decades to come despite European opposition, as stakeholders look for a strategic policy that will help the industry grow sustainably, environmentally and financially.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Nikkei Asian Review - August 27, 2019

Erwida Maulia and P Prem Kumar, Jakarta/Kuala Lumpur – Asia's two dominant palm oil producers, Indonesia and Malaysia, may be heading for a clash with the European Union in international court over an EU clampdown on the fuel.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Radio New Zealand - August 27, 2019

Rights groups say an internet blackout in Indonesia's West Papua marks a dangerous violation of free speech protections. The restrictions were imposed by Indonesia earlier this month as protests escalated in response to racism toward Papuans.

Mackenzie Smith reports.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Coconuts Jakarta - August 27, 2019

The choice for the location of Indonesia's planned new capital city in East Kalimantan province, which was announced yesterday, has sparked speculation of backdoor political dealings after reports emerged that at least part of the land earmarked for the site is owned by Gerindra Chairman Prabowo Subianto.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
Jakarta Post - August 27, 2019

Kornelius Purba, Jakarta – Almost no one, including Dili Catholic Bishop Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo and independence fighter Kay Rale Xanana Gusmao, thought their homeland East Timor could gain independence in such a short time.

News ›› West Papua ›› Internet & Social Media
Tempo - August 27, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) urged the Indonesian government to revoke its internet block, specifically the bandwidth throttling imposed in Papua. SAFEnet said that the government's policy has severely limited access to public services and information.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Reuters - August 27, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo is willing to meet Papua and West Papua leaders to discuss their independence referendum demands, Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said.

Referendum calls "were the people's aspiration", Enembe told reporters, after meeting with Joko in Jakarta on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Globe - August 27, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Vale Indonesia, the country's largest nickel producer, said the government's planned ore export ban will give the country a strategic advantage and bring positive impact to the local nickel industry and the Indonesian economy in the long term.

News ›› East Timor ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Conversation - August 27, 2019

Michael Leach – On August 30, Timor-Leste will celebrate the referendum that gave it independence from Indonesia. For the people of this small island, it has been a long battle – and one that continues today. You can read our companion story on the island nation's struggle for independence here.

August 26, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Ethnic and Racial Discrimination
Jakarta Globe - August 26, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Five military personnel who were present at the scene when a mob besieged a boarding house occupied by Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, on Aug. 17 have been suspended, a military spokesman said on Monday. The incident triggered violent protests in Papua and West Papua last week.

News ›› West Papua ›› Internet & Social Media
Tempo - August 26, 2019

Caesar Akbar, Jakarta – The Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) Executive Director, Anggara, said that his institution is in the midst of taking legal steps against the government's policy upon blocking the internet connection in Papua Province and West Papua, which has lasted since Wednesday, August 21.

News ›› West Papua ›› Ethnic and Racial Discrimination
Jakarta Post - August 26, 2019

Ardila Syakriah and Wahyoe Boediwardhana, Jakarta/Surabaya – Legal experts have demanded that the police prove that shooting tear gas and arresting 43 Papuan students at a dorm in Surabaya on Aug. 17 without an investigation was "necessary" just because the police suspected there were "certain items" inside the dorm.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Nikkei Asian Review - August 26, 2019

Erwida Maulia, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday announced the location of Indonesia's next new capital in East Kalimantan Province.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Sydney Morning Herald - August 26, 2019

James Massola, Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ended months of speculation and finally revealed the country's national capital will move to a newly constructed city on the island of Borneo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Coconuts Jakarta - August 26, 2019

Rizieq Shihab, the infamous leader of the hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), says that he wants to leave Saudi Arabia – where he has lived for more than two years after fleeing pornography charges in Indonesia – but claims the Indonesian government is somehow blocking his return to his homeland.

News ›› West Papua ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
News Room - August 26, 2019

Marc Daalder – With concerns over violence in West Papua escalating, New Zealand officials appear reluctant to wade in more significantly – despite the Green Party calling for action.

As Indonesia cracks down on protests in the disputed West Papua territory, the Government has declined to condemn the violence.

News ›› West Papua ›› Ethnic and Racial Discrimination
Tempo - August 26, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – Brawijaya Military Command (Kodam) head of information Lieutenant Colonel Imam Haryadi announced that five Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) members will face discharge for allegedly participating in the besieging of a Papuan dormitory in Surabaya.

News ›› East Timor ›› Infrastructure & Development
Channel News Asia - August 26, 2019

Laurentina Barreto Soares, Melbourne – This month, Timor-Leste is in a festive mood, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its independence referendum.

On Aug 30, 1999, the people of Timor-Leste cast their ballots in a United Nations – administered popular consultation to determine the fate of the country, with 78.5 per cent voting to separate from Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Sydney Morning Herald - August 26, 2019

James Massola, Jakarta – Labor leader Anthony Albanese has called on the Morrison government to commission a white paper on Australia's economic relationship with Indonesia, as parliaments in both nations move towards ratifying a free trade deal.

Statements ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
United Liberation Movement for West Papua Press Release - August 26, 2019

Tens of thousands of West Papuans are taking to the streets this week in a 'second wave' of the West Papua Uprising, following mass demonstrations against Indonesian rule last week. Sparked by the racist abuse and arrests of West Papuan students in Surabaya on August 17, rallies have taken place across West Papua on a scale not seen since the Papuan Spring of 1999-2000.

News ›› West Papua ›› Ethnic and Racial Discrimination
Jakarta Post - August 26, 2019

Jakarta – The Brawijaya Military Command in East Java have suspended five military personnel who are currently under investigation for their alleged involvement in a recent incident of racial abuse targeted at Papuan students in Surabaya.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
The Guardian - August 26, 2019

Jonathan Watts – Indonesia has announced plans to move its capital from the climate-threatened megalopolis of Jakarta to the sparsely populated island of Borneo, which is home to some of the world's greatest tropical rainforests.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Tempo - August 26, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Tempo Magazine, Jakarta – President-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced the formation of three new State Ministries in his upcoming second-term Cabinet which will consist of the Ministry of Investments, Ministry of Digital Economy, and the Ministry of Creative Industry.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Tempo - August 26, 2019

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – Coordinator of Balinese' Peoples Forum (ForBali) Wayan Gendo Suardana urged state-owned port operator PT Pelindo III to immediately publish the environmental impact assessment (Amdal) on the Benoa Bay reclamation project.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
Australian Associated Press - August 26, 2019

The former president of East Timor wants to give evidence on behalf of two Australians charged with sharing secret information.

Xanana Gusmao has warned his evidence is likely to embarrass the Australian government, renewing calls for Canberra to drop the prosecutions instead.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Channel News Asia - August 26, 2019

Jakarta – Thousands of Papuans staged another series of rallies on Monday (Aug 26) in several towns of Indonesia's easternmost region, after protests that erupted last week over perceived ethnic discrimination provoked some calls for independence.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Washington Post - August 26, 2019

Stanley Widianto and David Crawshaw, Jakarta – Indonesia is draining the swamp. A steamy, jungle-clad island best known for orangutans, pygmy elephants and oil fields is to become the site of the country's new capital city, in an ambitious plan to ease pressure on smog-choked Jakarta.

News ›› West Papua ›› Ethnic and Racial Discrimination
The Guardian - August 26, 2019

Kate Lamb, Jayapura – Thousands of protesters were expected to take to the streets in six regions of West Papua on Monday, one week after violent demonstrations flared across Indonesia's easternmost provinces, leaving one dead and dozens injured.

Statements ›› West Papua ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
International Federation of Journalists Statement - August 26, 2019

Following the government-led internet shutdown in Indonesia's eastern provinces of Papua and West Papua a journalist has been doxxed and harassed online.