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June 30, 2022

Benarnews - June 30, 2022

Victor Mambor and Dandy Koswaraputra Jayapura, Indonesia and Jakarta – The Indonesian parliament on Thursday approved the creation of three new provinces in the restive Papua region, despite opposition from many indigenous Papuans who fear an influx of outsiders, and criticism from rights groups that the move is a "divide-and-rule" strategy.

Tempo - June 30, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly in a written statement on Thursday said the country's Second Home Visa provides the opportunity for foreign nationals, which include the elderly, to reside in Indonesia.

ABC News - June 30, 2022

Stephanie Sinclair, Daniel Fitzgerald and Belinda Varischetti – Indonesia has begun a national vaccine rollout for FMD but the disease continues to spread, with more than 200,000 cases now recorded across 19 provinces, according to Australia's Department of Agriculture.

Straits Times - June 30, 2022

Singapore – Singapore will soon be able to receive chicken from Indonesia.

In a Facebook post on Thursday (June 30), the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said Indonesia has been approved as a new source of frozen, chilled and processed chicken meat for the Republic.

Oekusi Post - June 30, 2022

Journalist and editor-in-chief Raimundos Oki of Timor-Leste's online media Oekusipost.com was today accused of "violating legal secrets" related to his reporting about the case of illegal detention and forced virginity testing of about 30 underage girls in Oe-Kusi Ambeno during 2020.

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 30, 2022

Jakarta – We support state-owned oil company Pertamina's initiative to control the use of subsidized Pertalite gasoline and diesel oil through the introduction of the MyPertamina app to prevent the wasteful fuel subsidy spending from exploding into an unmanageable fiscal deficit.

Jakarta Globe - June 30, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Wednesday had a tete-a-tete with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the Mariinsky Palace in Kyiv, in an attempt to end the war that has sparked a global food crisis.

Straits Times - June 30, 2022

Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesia's parliament passed on Thursday (June 30) legislation to create three new provinces in its underdeveloped region of Papua, a move critics fear could undermine the standing of the area's indigenous population and threaten special autonomy powers.

Tabloid JUBI - June 30, 2022

Wamena, Jubi – Regarding the planned ratification of three New Autonomous Regions (DOB) bills into law on Thursday, June 30, 2022, the Jayawijaya Police has prepared hundreds of joint security personnel to secure the agenda.

Antara News - June 30, 2022

Laily Rahmawaty, Suharto, Jakarta – The Indonesian Police (Polri) is planning to raise three new provincial police forces following the ratification of bills on the establishment of three new provinces in Papua into law on Thursday.

Tempo - June 30, 2022

Pribadi Wicaksono, Jakarta – The return of tourism and campus activities to Yogyakarta have recently been followed by heightened surveillance of drug trafficking. As a tourist destination and city of students, Yogyakarta remains as one of Java's most vulnerable areas for drug circulation.

Reuters - June 30, 2022

Kyiv, Ukraine – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo offered on Wednesday to deliver a message from Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky to Russian leader Vladimir Putin to try to boost peace hopes.

It was not immediately clear how Zelensky responded to the offer made by Jokowi during talks in Kyiv or whether the Ukrainian leader had any message he wished to send to Putin.

UCA News - June 30, 2022

Ryan Dagur – The Indonesian government is to expedite the repatriation of illegal migrant workers held in Malaysian detention centers in response to a report by an advocacy group that said the detainees were being held in "hellish" conditions.

Tabloid JUBI - June 30, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Indo-Pacific Study Center of the Cenderawasih University launched a book titled "Repatriates in Papua" in Jayapura City on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

June 29, 2022

AsiaOne - June 29, 2022

Resty Woro Yuniar – Health experts have urged Indonesia to reimplement stricter coronavirus curbs as a top official warns the country could see the latest wave, driven by Omicron subvariants, peak in the second or third week of July.

Mongabay - June 29, 2022

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Jakarta's recent episode of world-beating air pollution has highlighted what activists describe as belligerent inaction by the Indonesian government to address the source of the problem, even in the face of a ruling by the nation's top court ordering it to act.

Tempo - June 29, 2022

Mutia Yuantisya, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission or Komnas HAM called on the Indonesian government to immediately take action on the fate of citizens at the Immigration Detention Centers in Sabah, Malaysia. The government should respond to the report issued by the Sovereign Migrant Workers Coalition (KBMB).

Channel News Asia - June 29, 2022

Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – It was the big football match Raihan Fauzi, 25, had been waiting for.

His hometown club Bandung Persib was about to play Surabaya's Persebaya on Jun 17. The match took place at Gelora Bandung Lautan Api (GBLA), which is Persib's homeground.

Jakarta Globe - June 29, 2022

Jakarta – The government has revealed a plan to review the marijuana ban in Indonesia, marking a shift in tone that many hope would pave the way for the use of the addictive substance for medical purposes in the country.

Tabloid JUBI - June 29, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Civil Organizations Solidarity for Papua Land said the Papua expansion plan of forming three new provinces was prone to causing new social conflicts. In a press statement received by Jubi on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, the group urged President Joko Widodo to cancel the plan.

Jakarta Post - June 29, 2022

Sylviana Hamdani, Jakarta – For the soft opening of Taman Ismail Marzuki, the Jakarta Arts Council showcases some of its most notable archives and art collection.

Tempo - June 29, 2022

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Deputy Minister of Law and Human Rights Edward Omar Sharif Hiariej said the government would not drop down the article regarding insults to the president in the draft bill of the penal code law (RKUHP) albeit sparking criticism.

Agence France-Presse - June 29, 2022

Surabaya – A zoo in Surabaya, East Java has welcomed dozens of new baby Komodo dragons hatched in captivity in recent months as part of a breeding programme, its director said Tuesday, offering hope for efforts to conserve the endangered species.

Jakarta Post - June 29, 2022

Nur Janti, Jakarta – Lawmakers have pressed ahead with a plan to create new provinces in resource-rich Papua after securing support from local elites, as politicians aim to pass a set of bills that will lay legal groundwork for the major redistricting before they go into recess early next month.

Jakarta Globe - June 29, 2022

Jayapura (Beritasatu) – A small plane belonging to Associated Mission Aviation crash-landed in the district of Keerom in the eastern province of Papua due to a combination of bad weather and fuel shortage on Tuesday.

June 28, 2022

Indonesia at Melbourne - June 28, 2022

Tamara Soukotta – Former President Megawati Soekarnoputri, the long-serving chair of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), has been widely criticised for comments she made at her party's 2022 National Meeting on 21 June.

Tempo - June 28, 2022

Bisnis.Com, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo) stated that it would block private sector electronic system organizers or PSE such as Netflix and Twitter on July 21, 2022, if they do not make a registration by July 20, 2022.

UCA News - June 28, 2022

Katharina Reny Lestari – A priest and several nuns were among dozens of anti-human trafficking activists who descended on the Malaysian embassy in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on June 27 to protest against the acquittal of a woman accused of murdering her Indonesian maid four years ago.

Tempo - June 28, 2022

Tempo.Co, Fransisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – Lion Air Group management claimed to not profit from the airfares of some routes despite the generally pricey flight tickets. The airline's managing director Daniel Putut Kuncoro Adi had even claimed that the company spent more on expenses due to numerous factors.

Tempo - June 28, 2022

Moh. Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – The Jakarta Legal Aid Institute or LBH Jakarta urged President Joko Widodo or Jokowi and the House of Representatives (DPR) to evaluate 'rubber' articles – articles that are vague – in the Electronic Information and Transactions or ITE Law that ensnared workers of Holywings bars who were named suspects following the nightclub's marketing campaign.

Jakarta Post - June 28, 2022

Radhiyya Indra, Jakarta – The provincial government has shut down all Holywings outlets across the capital after further investigations found violations beyond its alleged blasphemous promotion.

Antara News - June 28, 2022

Andi Firdaus, Raka Adji, Jakarta – The number of people receiving the third or booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia has topped 50 million as of 12 p.m. on Monday, according to the COVID-19 Handling Task Force.

UCA News - June 28, 2022

Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta has vetoed a proposed law on presidential responsibilities after a court ruling granted his appeal and declared it unconstitutional.

Mongabay - June 28, 2022

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Major coal-fired power plant projects in Indonesia and Bangladesh have effectively been cancelled after the Japanese government, their main funder, recently announced it would stop providing loans to build such plants in the two countries.

Tempo - June 28, 2022

Moh. Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – A story of a mother fighting for the legalization of medical marijuana in Indonesia for her child's treatment recently went viral on social media.

CNN Indonesia - June 28, 2022

Jakarta – A protest action by students from several different tertiary education institutions in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) building in Jakarta, which was calling for transparency in the deliberations on the Draft Criminal Code (RKUP), became heated on the afternoon of Tuesday June 28.

UCA News - June 28, 2022

Katharina Reny Lestari – Indonesian police have arrested six workers at a popular nightlife chain for allegedly committing blasphemy in an online drink promotion.

Holywings, which runs beer houses, lounges and nightclubs, posted an offer on its Instagram account last week offering a free bottle of gin for men named Mohammad and women named Maria every Thursday,

Coconuts Jakarta - June 28, 2022

Indonesia just got one of the unlikeliest proponents for medical marijuana: Vice President Ma'ruf Amin.

Organisation for World Peace (OWP) - June 28, 2022

Chris Fitzgerald – Clashes have taken place between Indonesian police and protesters in West Papua, adding to ongoing concerns about allegations of police violence.

June 27, 2022

Jakarta Globe - June 27, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – A recent study revealed that the implementation of a visitor cap could greatly reduce the loss of ecosystem service value at the Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara, which is home to the world's largest extant lizard species, the Komodo dragon.

Tempo - June 27, 2022

M Faiz Zaki, Jakarta – Sebby Sambom, a spokesperson for the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), which is the armed wing of the Free Papua Movement (OPM), in a voice recording Tempo received on Monday, June 27, warned the Indonesian government to halt the Papua provincial expansion plan.

The Diplomat - June 27, 2022

Eva Kusuma Sundari – Almost a quarter of a century after the Indonesian people put an end to the dictatorship of General Suharto and embarked on a democratic transition uniquely successful in Southeast Asia, the country now finds itself at risk of taking major steps backwards on fundamental freedoms with the proposed overhaul of its Criminal Code.

Tempo - June 27, 2022

M. Faiz Zaki, Jakarta – The Labor Party is set to file a judicial review of the Law on the legislation formation (UU PPP) on Monday, June 27, 2022, at 14:00 Jakarta time to the Constitutional Court.

The party's legal counsel Said Salahudin and Muhammad Imam Nassef will lead the submission of the material and formal examinations of the regulation.

Kompas.com - June 27, 2022

Vitorio Mantalean, Jakarta – State security personnel were the principle actors in the torture of Indonesian citizens over the last year.

UCA News - June 27, 2022

Police in Timor-Leste have arrested two foreign nationals for allegedly being involved in a human trafficking case in which several women were smuggled into the United Arab Emirates (UAE) without proper documents.

Tempo - June 27, 2022

Hendartyo Hanggi, M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Attorney General Sanitiar Burhanuddin in a press conference on Monday at the Attorney General's Office (AGO) headquarters said that the corruption case of Garuda Indonesia aircraft procurement cost the country up to Rp8.8 trillion.

Global Voices - June 27, 2022

An interview with filmmaker Irene Yuliana Fatagur

This edited article was published on April 21 by WITNESS Asia, an international organization that supports people using video in their fight for human rights. It has been republished on Global Voices under a content partnership agreement.

Tabloid JUBI - June 27, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi TV – The families of the victims of "Bloody Paniai" expressed their disappointment with the investigation process of the shooting tragedy at Karel Gobay Field on December 8, 2014. This tragedy killed four teenagers and injured 13 other people.

June 26, 2022

Yogya.co - June 26, 2022

Febriyani, Jakarta – Coinciding with the commemoration of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26, a mother and her daughter, who suffers from cerebral palsy, held a peaceful action on Car Free Day (CFD) at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta this morning.

Agence France-Presse - June 26, 2022

Jakarta – The Jakarta Police arrested six people on charges of blasphemy over a bar chain's free alcohol promotion for patrons named Mohammad, officials said late on Friday, in a case that has sparked outrage in the Muslim-majority country.