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May 24, 2022

UCA News - May 24, 2022

Katharina Reny Lestari – Ten Indonesian soldiers have been named as suspects in a human trafficking case in North Sumatra province.

UCA News - May 24, 2022

Konradus Epa – Indonesia's national human rights watchdog has called on people in predominantly Catholic East Nusa Tenggara province not to be afraid to report abuses, including those by state forces, after opening a complaints center there.

Channel News Asia - May 24, 2022

Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesia's central bank announced on Tuesday more aggressive hikes in the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) for banks, expecting inflation to rise slightly above its target band this year, but kept interest rates unchanged at a record low.

News Room - May 24, 2022

Melanie Reid and Bonnie Sumne – Documents tabled in a New Zealand court case show how a Kiwi developer and a company which has cut down Papuan rainforest intend to make around $110 million from the timber to make floors and decks – in stark contrast to statements made in a recent Newsroom investigation.

Australian West Papua Association (AWPA) Statement - May 24, 2022

According to the UN there are 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories.

In the Pacific region there are 6. French Polynesia and New Caledonia/Kanaky. (France). American Samoa and Guam (US). Pitcairn (UK) and Tokelau (NZ).

Another territory which is not on the list of self governing terrorites but should be is West Papua.

Jakarta Post - May 24, 2022

Windraty Ariane Siallagan, Jakarta – The government has ended the 2021 fiscal year on a high note with Rp 2.74 quadrillion (US$195.7 billion) in disbursements, or 99.7 percent of the budget, achieving a tax-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio of 9.11 percent, compared to 8.33 percent in 2020.

Jakarta Post Editorial - May 24, 2022

Jakarta – This time will be a good opportunity for the nation to look back at what happened 25 years ago when the severe Asian financial crisis started to devastate Indonesia's economy and one year later in May 1998, it spelled the end of then-president Soeharto's 32-year rule.

Pembebasan - May 24, 2022

Laili – The People Movement Alliance (ARB) held a protest action to commemorate May Day, National Education Day and 24 years since reformasi in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta on May 22.

Tempo - May 24, 2022

Jamal A. Nashr, Jakarta – The Semarang City Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) on Tuesday announced that the coastal flooding that hit the region on Monday had affected 1,255 households.

The area was inundated under ocean water after the region's coastal embankment failed to withhold rushing seawater caused by high tides.

Tempo - May 24, 2022

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Plaintiffs that consist of two retired Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) employees, Sudarta and Dedi Sunaryadi, along with one entrepreneur Achmad Nawawi, have filed a lawsuit against President Joko Widodo or Jokowi at the Supreme Court over Indonesia's national energy policy, specifically the Article 11 government regulation No. 79/2014.

Tempo - May 24, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – Crisis Response Mechanism (CRM) staff Riska Carolina on Monday said she was startled by the statement from the coordinating minister of politics, law, and human rights Mahfud MD who said behaviors related to LGBT could be legally punished under the draft criminal code (RKUHP).

May 23, 2022

ABC News - May 23, 2022

Indonesia summoned Britain's ambassador on Monday to explain the raising of an LGBT flag at its embassy and urged foreign missions to respect local "sensitivities" following a backlash among conservatives.

Fulcrum - May 23, 2022

Yanuar Nugroho – Although President Jokowi has officially announced the date of the next Indonesian presidential election, there are important strategic and personal considerations that could tempt him to seek to remain in power.

Sydney Morning Herald - May 23, 2022

Chris Barrett, Singapore – New East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta wants Australia to back a major infrastructure drive in south-east Asia's newest nation, saying it's in the new government's strategic interest to retain a "pro-Australia, pro-Western values" near neighbour.

Coconuts Jakarta - May 23, 2022

Indonesians may soon be a step closer to post-pandemic life, as the government says it plans to end a COVID-19 restrictions protocol the country has had to live with for over a year.

Tabloid JUBI - May 23, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi TV – The Humanitarian Coalition for Papua urges the government to involve actual, meaningful participation of indigenous Papuans regarding the amendment of Special Autonomy Law and the government's plan to establish three New Autonomous Region (DOB) Bills in Papua.

Straits Times - May 23, 2022

Jakarta (AFP) – Indonesia summoned Britain's ambassador on Monday (May 23) over an LGBT flag displayed at the British embassy, with Jakarta calling on foreign envoys to respect local sensitivities in a country where same-sex relationships remain taboo.

Reuters - May 23, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia allowed a resumption of palm oil exports from Monday after a three-week ban, but shipments were not expected to get underway until details emerge on new rules aimed at securing domestic supplies of the edible oil.

Tempo - May 23, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Over a dozen of houses, and kiosks located in the Dogiyai Regency in Papua went ablaze after being intentionally burned by unknown people on Sunday evening, May 22. This has forced 100 women and children to take refuge at the region's military-police post.

Arah Juang - May 23, 2022

International Labour Day 2022 was commemorated by the Labour Party as a "May Day Fiesta" at the Bung Karno Sports Stadium (GBK) in Jakarta on May 14. An estimated 30-60 thousand workers attended the fiesta. Even if the lower estimate of 30,000 is used it shows an increase in mass mobilisations.

Jakarta Globe - May 23, 2022

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – Parents should consider placing at least two words when giving names to their children to avoid administrative issues when they grow up, a Home Affairs Ministry official said on Monday.

Kompas.com - May 23, 2022

Adhyasta Dirgantara, Jakarta – Leaders of the 1945 Indonesian Christian Party (Parkindo 1945) visited the Justice and Human Rights Ministry (Kemenkumham) today to protest the change of their party's name into the Indonesian Student Party.

Parkindo 1945 believes that the status of the Indonesian Student Party is unclear.

Tempo - May 23, 2022

Faiz Zaki, Jakarta – A recent survey conducted by Indonesian pollster Lembaga Survey Indonesia (LSI) found that 40 percent of its respondents were dissatisfied with the country's anti-corruption stance.

Tempo - May 23, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ministry of Health – citing a report from the Covid-19 task force – revealed that 44,099,737 people had received booster shots up until Sunday noon of May 22.

May 22, 2022

Detik.com - May 22, 2022

Jakarta – A rainbow flag was flown alongside the Union Jack at the British Embassy in Jakarta on May 17. A number of groups subsequently criticised the flying of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) flag.

Tempo - May 22, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy said that corona virus disease (COVID-19) would be treated as an ordinary disease once the government change its status from pandemic to endemic disease.

May 21, 2022

Straits Times - May 21, 2022

Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – Supporters of Indonesian preacher Abdul Somad Batubara staged protests in Jakarta and Medan, North Sumatra, on Friday (May 20) against Singapore's recent move to deny him entry over his history of extremist teachings.

UCA News - May 21, 2022

Ryan Dagur – Timor-Leste's new president Jose Ramos-Horta has pledged to maintain democracy and peace in the Catholic-majority country stressing his commitment to defend all sections of society, including sexual minorities, regardless of ideology and religion.

Channel News Asia - May 21, 2022

Jakarta (Reuters) – Long lines of trucks trying to unload palm fruit formed outside Indonesian processing mills this week, illustrating the growing cost of a palm oil export ban by the world's biggest producer.

Jakarta Post - May 21, 2022

Fadhil Haidar Sulaeman, Jakarta – While tens of millions of Indonesians jumped at the opportunity to visit their family homes for Idul Fitri earlier this month after a two-year hiatus, the younger generation is open to parting with the tradition for the holiday break.

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CNN Indonesia - May 21, 2022

Jakarta – Protesters from the Labour Movement with the People (Gebrak) brought a giant effigy of a rat wearing a tie along with a large book, flags, posters and a banner containing their demands on the administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin to a rally in Central Jakarta today.

May 20, 2022

Jakarta Post Editorial - May 20, 2022

Jakarta – The government finally decided on Thursday to revoke the total palm oil export ban which was imposed on April 28 apparently because the draconian measure caused more damages to the economy.

Asia Pacific Report - May 20, 2022

George Heagney (Stuff) – A group of students from West Papua, the Melanesian Pacific region in Indonesia, are fearful about their futures in New Zealand after their scholarships were cut off.

Straits Times - May 20, 2022

Dili (Reuters) – Timor-Leste's independence figure and Nobel laureate Jose Ramos-Horta was inaugurated as the country's fifth president on Friday (May 20), pledging to dedicate his time in office to strengthen national unity and forge closer relations with China.

Antara News - May 20, 2022

Putu Indah S, Nabil Ihsan – "Every drop of blood shed in the Motherland will never be forgotten; it will be remembered under the red-and-white banner."

Reuters - May 20, 2022

?Indonesia will reimpose a domestic sales requirement on palm oil, the government said on Friday, a day after the world's biggest producer of the key edible oil reversed a ban on its export.

Jakarta Post - May 20, 2022

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Journalists are caught in a maelstrom of proliferating false information on social media and threats to their own safety and their work, showing that freedom of the press remains precarious, especially in the region of Papua, observers say.

New Mandala - May 20, 2022

Lisa Palmer – Timor-Leste turns 20 on the 20th of May 2022. It has a freshly minted new (and former) president, Dr Jose Ramos Horta who will be sworn into power on the same day. Fresh parliamentary elections await a date to be fixed sometime over the next 12 months.

Tabloid JUBI - May 20, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan respected figure, theologian and activist Benny Giay throws the question of why the Indonesian government has not wanted to engage in a dialogue with Papuans. Instead, the government always chooses a security approach by sending troops and police to the Land of Papua.

Tabloid JUBI - May 20, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi TV – The Papuan Customary Council of the IV Great Conference of Indigenous Papuans assessed that the government should impose restrictions on migration to the Papua land. Such restrictions can be stated in regional regulations, said Secretary-General of the Papuan Customary Council Leonard Imbiri on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

Coconuts Jakarta - May 20, 2022

LGBT+ rights have seemingly taken a hit lately in Indonesia amid an unsettling wave of homophobia triggered by a controversial podcast. Yet one diplomatic mission remains steadfast in reflecting its home nation's support for the marginalized community.

The Guardian - May 20, 2022

Alex Soares with Luke Henriques-Gomes – This week, Timor-Leste celebrates 20 years of independence. On 20 May 2002, the United Nations formally handed power to the new Timorese government and, thus, to its people.

CNN Indonesia - May 20, 2022

Jakarta – Papua Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) Director Emanuel Gobay says that demonstrations or protest actions are regulated under Law Number 9/1998 on the Freedom to Convey an Opinion. This includes also, he added, the recent demonstrations criticising plans to create new autonomous regions (DOB) in Papua.

CNN Indonesia - May 20, 2022

Jakarta – On Friday May 20 President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo invited political figures from Papua and West Papua provinces to an audience at the Bogor Presidential Palace in Bogor city, West Java.

During the meeting, they discussed a number of issues including the creation of new autonomous regions (DOB) in Papua.

Jakarta Post - May 20, 2022

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Indonesia has acknowledged that Singapore was within its right to bar the entry of Muslim preacher Abdul Somad Batubara earlier this week, a government official has said, after news of the divisive figure being excluded prompted threats of retaliation.

Antara News - May 20, 2022

Qadri Pratiwi, Uyu Liman, Jayapura, Papua – The Papuan People's Council (MRP) fully supports the central government's plans to establish new autonomous regions (DOB) of South Papua, Central Highlands Papua, and Central Papua to provide fair, equitable, and inclusive development.

May 19, 2022

Agence France-Presse - May 19, 2022

Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara – Rescuers were battling to free a ferry with more than 800 passengers Wednesday after it ran aground in shallow waters off the coast of the country's southernmost province, a local official said.

Jakarta Globe - May 19, 2022

Jakarta – The government has decided to lift the ban on cooking oil exports on May 23, as cooking oil supply in the domestic market improved, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced on Thursday.

Jakarta Globe - May 19, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The topic of gender equality in Indonesia took the center stage of the recent Inspiring Women 2022 conference hosted by Berita Satu Media Holdings.

Associated Press - May 19, 2022

Dili – Former Timor-Leste independence fighter and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta was to be sworn in as the president of Asia's youngest country on Thursday night as it marks its 20th anniversary of independence.