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October 8, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Post - October 8, 2019

Jakarta – The Papua Police have named 13 people suspects for allegedly having been behind the recent deadly unrest in Wamena, Jayawijaya regency, which caused tens of thousands of residents to flee their homes.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Al Jazeera - October 8, 2019

Indonesian authorities should independently investigate recent riots in West Papua that led to 33 deaths, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said as indigenous Papuans urged the government to allow United Nations human rights officials access to the restive region.

News ›› West Papua ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
Radio New Zealand - October 8, 2019

Human Rights Watch is calling on Indonesia to investigate riots in West Papua, which killed dozens last month.

The clashes in Wamena on 23 September killed 33 people, injured at least 77, and displaced thousands more.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Jakarta Post - October 8, 2019

Jakarta – Thousands of residents of West Seram Regency in Maluku fled to nearby mountains and forests on Tuesday amid fears of an incoming tsunami after fake news spread online following a deadly earthquake that jolted the region late last month.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Tempo - October 8, 2019

Ester Arlin, Jakarta – Constitutional law expert Bivitri Susanti argued that the plan to amend the 1945 Constitution (UUD 1945) is not backed by a solid reason and slammed it as a mere political elite maneuver, and not based on public demand.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Tempo - October 8, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Yohana Susana Yembise publicly urged the House of Representatives (DPR) to pass the bill against sexual violence (RUU PKS) that has yet been amended.

The minister said there have yet been any discussions taking place between the government and DPR regarding the Bill.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - October 8, 2019

Jakarta – The National Police have foiled an attempt to explode bombs in business districts across Jakarta, which was allegedly planned and organized by a university lecturer and a retired Navy officer.

News ›› West Papua ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Tempo - October 8, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The National Committee for West Papua (KNPB) spokesman Vic Yeimo denied that 13 suspects in the deadly riot in Wamena are members of his organization.

Papua Regional Police earlier named 13 suspects in the riot and identified most of them as parts of the KNPB and United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP).

News ›› West Papua ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Sydney Morning Herald - October 8, 2019

James Massola, Jakarta – Indonesia has taken the "unusual" step of blocking foreign diplomats from visiting strife-torn Papua, citing security concerns following weeks of violence and ethnic conflict.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - October 8, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Gerindra Party secretary-general Ahmad Muzani says a number of attempts have been made by the government in power to persuade his political party, known to be siding against the government.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Tempo - October 8, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – There are still around 5,000 people displaced by the riots in Wamena, Papua. They currently live in 22 temporary refugee posts, mostly in Jayawijaya Regional Police, Jayawijaya Regional Military Command, Koramil, and Wamena Air Field.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - October 8, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The non-governmental organization or NGO Bung Hatta Anti-corruption has expressed its support for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perpu) on the Corruption Eradication Commission or KPK (Perpu KPK).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Research & Technology
Jakarta Globe - October 8, 2019

Abdul Muslim, Jakarta – Tech giant Google and Singaporean wealth fund Temasek have updated their projection for Indonesia's internet economy to reach $133 billion in total value by 2025, 33 percent higher than previously estimated.

Expansion of e-commerce to smaller cities and rural areas and growing adoption of digital payment services will drive most of the growth.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - October 8, 2019

Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors have demanded a five-year prison sentence for Sofyan Basir, former president director of state-owned electricity firm PLN, for his alleged role in a corruption case pertaining to the construction of a power plant in Riau.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Indonesia at Melbourne - October 8, 2019

Indonesia's notorious Blasphemy Law looks set to claim another victim. In late June, a viral video spread online showing a woman bringing her dog and wearing her shoes into the Al Munawaroh Mosque, in Sentul City, Bogor, West Java.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - October 8, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named North Lampung Regent Agung Ilmu Mangkunegara a suspect in a bribery case related to projects at two agencies in the regency, following a series of arrests on Sunday and Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - October 8, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Expert on political affairs Pangi Syarwi Chaniago said that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's lack of immediacy to introduce the government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) in the case of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arose several questions.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Poverty & Social Inequity
Tempo - October 8, 2019

Jakarta (Bisnis) – Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) senior economist Aviliani said that Indonesia is facing an income gap causing a concentration of capitals leading into certain groups. This problem is feared to increase the economy by oligarchs.

October 7, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Globe - October 7, 2019

Diana Mariska, Robert Isidorus, Telly Nathalia and Farouk Arnaz, Jakarta – Papua Police said on Monday that the situation in Wamena had returned to normal and that residents were starting to return home, following deadly riots that broke out in the city on Sept. 23.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Abductions & Extra-Judicial Killings
Tempo - October 7, 2019

Mei Leandha, Jakarta – Human rights activist and the legal council coordinator for the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), Golfrid Siregar died on Sunday, October 6th, at the Haji Adam Malik Medan (RSUP HAM) general hospital.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - October 7, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri is reportedly closely monitoring the possibility of President Joko Widodo or Jokowi issuing a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to revoke the much-debated revision of the law on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK Law).

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

Dina Manafe, Jakarta – A whopping 82 percent of Indonesian households lead an unhealthy lifestyle, a huge factor in the swelling deficit of the country's national health insurance scheme, Health Minister Nila Moeloek said on Sunday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
Jakarta Post - October 7, 2019

Jakarta – Human rights activists who are part of the Papuan Civil Coalition condemned the Papua Police for transferring treason suspects from Papua to East Kalimantan without their knowledge. The activists, including the suspects' lawyers, claimed that the plan was done without any legal basis.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Research & Technology
Tech Wire Asia - October 7, 2019

Soumik Roy – Analysts believe that Indonesia's economy is accelerating its journey to digital, paving the way for economic success for stakeholders across the board.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Sydney Morning Herald - October 7, 2019

James Massola, Jakarta – Scott Morrison will spend two days in Indonesia's capital to attend the second inauguration of President Joko Widodo, his second visit in just over a year.

But Joko, who will finally be sworn in on October 20, more than six months after winning the April 17 election, will not address the Australian Parliament this year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Jakarta Globe - October 7, 2019

Bayu Marhaenjati, Jakarta – A man known as a diehard supporter of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo testified to police that a group of men punched, kicked and then threatened to kill him inside a Jakarta mosque last week.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - October 7, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The House of Representatives (DPR) will soon fix the draft of the revised Corruption Eradication Commission law (KPK Law) that was sent back by Secretary of State Pratikno to parliament members due to numerous typing errors or typos.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - October 7, 2019

Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) during an operation on Sunday arrested North Lampung Regent Agung Ilmu Mangkunegara for alleged involvement in a graft case related to a project in the regency.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Inside Story - October 7, 2019

Nic Maclellan – When Vanuatu's prime minister, Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, stood before the UN General Assembly last week, he would have known how Indonesia was likely to react to his words. Echoing the decision of the recent Pacific Islands Forum, he called on the United Nations to find solutions to ongoing violations of human rights in West Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Thanh Nien News - October 7, 2019

Out of 56 companies that relocated their production out of China between April 2018 and August 2019, only three went to India and two to Indonesia. This was the finding of a study by Nomura, a Japanese financial group.

Out of the 56 firms, 26 relocated to Vietnam, 11 went to Taiwan and eight to Thailand, the Economic Times wrote.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Coconuts Jakarta - October 7, 2019

Bandung was once seen as the ideal weekend getaway destination for Jakartans wanting to escape the capital's maddening macet, but a new study showed that the West Java city has become even more congested than Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - October 7, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) suspects unfortunate motives from the Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly to double-cross President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo throughout the government's talks on the revision (RUU) of law on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK Law).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - October 7, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Gerindra Party politician Supratman Andi Agtas suggested that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo should invite the leaders of the factions in the Parliament to discuss the controversial revision of the Corruption Eradication Commission or KPK Law.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Agence France Presse - October 7, 2019

Jakarta – Thousands of Ambon residents are still in shelters nearly two weeks after a deadly earthquake sparked a stream of fake news and hoaxes warning that an even bigger disaster was looming, the government said Monday.

The local government has declared a state of emergency until Wednesday, with nearly 135,000 people in evacuation shelters and tents.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
Australian Associated Press - October 7, 2019

Human rights lawyers say the case against a whistleblower at the centre of a bugging scandal involving East Timor should never have made it to court.

The case against former spy Witness K is due back in the ACT Magistrates Court on Tuesday. His former lawyer, Bernard Collaery, is also facing conspiracy charges in a separate prosecution.

News ›› West Papua ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Radio New Zealand - October 7, 2019

Johnny Blades – Jihadis are being encouraged to go and fight in West Papua by Indonesian Muslim hardliners.

Front Jihad Islam, or FJI, issued a call to arms in the Indonesia-ruled Papuan provinces after non-Papuan settlers were among the victims of recent violence there.

October 6, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Detik News - October 6, 2019

Ibnu Hariyanto, Jakarta – the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) has released a survey on the public's level of trust in the president, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the House of Representatives (DPR). The results show that the majority of respondents trust President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and the KPK more than the DPR.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
South China Morning Post - October 6, 2019

Amy Chew – A series of bombs that two Indonesian men were assembling to "burn Chinese shops" in Jakarta were not filled with petrol as previously thought, but were instead explosive devices with gunpowder and nails, police have said, as they accused a university lecturer of financing the plot.

News ›› West Papua ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
ABC News - October 6, 2019

Alan Weedon – West Papua – an Indonesian region with closer cultural and ethnic ties to Melanesia – has been rocked by protests for more than a month, resulting in the deaths of dozens of people.

Tensions between Papuans and those ruling in Jakarta have simmered since it was formally incorporated into Indonesia from Dutch rule, following a disputed referendum in 1969.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
The Star - October 6, 2019

Karim Raslan – "A government should be the voice of God to the people, not Satan."

Hamzah Mustaffa, 22, an English literature student from the Jakarta suburb of South Tangerang, has strong if poetic views.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
CNN Indonesia - October 6, 2019

Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and presidential confidant Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan admits that he is confused about the wave of demonstrations by students and civil society groups against recent policies by the administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Tempo - October 6, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has commended the hard work of the Indonesian Military (TNI) in maintaining public confidence.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
ABC News - October 6, 2019

David Lipson – My first story reporting from Indonesia was about a mob.

It was January 2018 and a group known as FPI – the Islamic Defenders Front – had marched on Facebook's Jakarta office to protest, with excessive noise and fury, against the social media giant's decision to ban a bunch of their Facebook groups for promoting hatred or violence.

October 5, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Political Prisoners & Wrongful Imprisonment
CNN Indonesia - October 5, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) spokesperson Surya Anta, who has being detained at the Mobile Brigade Command Headquarters (Mako Brimob) in Depok since September 1, is reportedly ill and is not receiving proper treatment. Anta is said to be suffering from an ear infection and cannot hear out of his right ear.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Tempo - October 5, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The West Java Manpower and Transmigration Agency revealed that from January 2018 until September 2019, a total of 188 textile and textile products industries have declared bankruptcy. The bankrupt industries later relocated their business to Central Java.

News ›› Indonesia ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Jakarta Globe - October 5, 2019

Jakarta (Berita Satu) – The Indonesian Military, or TNI, will have four new bases in the country's eastern region to improve its combat readiness and better coordinate its three forces in maritime border areas, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said on Saturday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - October 5, 2019

Jakarta (Bisnis) – The Riau Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD Riau) continues to carry out efforts to extinguish forest and land fires in a number of regions such as the Pelalawan Regncy, Indragiri Hulu Regency, and Siak Regency.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Channel News Asia - October 5, 2019

Kiki Siregar, Jambi – A man in Muaro Jambi regency wanted to clear his land to plant coffee, and the easiest way was to light a match and fling it into the vegetation.

When the fire spread quickly, he panicked. Then, someone called the police.

October 4, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Straits Times - October 4, 2019

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – A senior politician with Indonesia's second-largest party Golkar, Bambang Soesatyo, has been appointed Speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), as lawmakers gear up for the new legislative year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Sydney Morning Herald - October 4, 2019

Amilia Rosa, Denpasar – Every year, millions of holidaymakers flock to Bali for its white sandy beaches, lush green paddy fields, cultural wonders and friendly people.

To create that picture-perfect holiday, many labour behind the scenes. These unseen workers of paradise earn just a trickle of the holiday dollar.