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June 6, 2022

Surara.com - June 6, 2022

Agung Sandy Lesmana – A video of alleged immoral acts by same-sex couples or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people which occurred at a cafe in the Pancoran area of South Jakarta has gone viral on social media

Asia Pacific Report - June 6, 2022

Yamin Kogoya – A flurry of peaceful rallies and protests erupted in West Papua and Indonesia on Friday, June 3.

Papuan People's Petition (PRP), the National Committee for West Papua (Komite Nasional Papua Barat-KNPB) and civil society groups and youth from West Papua marched in protest of Jakarta's plan to create more provinces.

Tempo - June 6, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Panjaitan admitted that it is not easy to control cooking oil prices in the domestic market amid fluctuating prices of global oil.

The conversation - June 6, 2022

Tim Lindsey and Tim Mann, Melbourne, Australia – A new Australian prime minister flying to Indonesia to "reset" relations is now so routine it would probably raise hackles in Jakarta if it didn't happen.

The Guardian - June 6, 2022

Lizzie Cernik – In the summer of 2010, Rainer was volunteering at an underground LGBTQ+ film festival in Jakarta. "I was born and raised in the city and had been part of the festival for a while," he says.

CNN Indonesia - June 6, 2022

Jakarta – Residents from the Wadas Village Nature Concern Social Movement (Gempadewa) were blocked by razor wire when they held an action on International Environment Day at the offices of the Central Java governor in Semarang on the afternoon of Monday June 6.

Tabloid JUBI - June 6, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Amnesty International Indonesia and Amnesty International Australia made a joint press release to respond to the police's action in dispersing a peaceful protest against the Papua expansion plan as well as Papua's Special Autonomy (Otsus) in Jayapura City on Friday, June 3, 2022.

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 6, 2022

Jakarta – For at least 10 days after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo lifted the palm oil export ban on May 23, not a single shipment of the commodity left port as a result of the entirely new and labyrinthine bureaucratic procedures imposed by the Trade Ministry.

UCA News - June 6, 2022

By UCA News reporter, Jakarta – Human rights activists including Christians have urged the Indonesian government to explain the use of mortars during airstrikes in Papua as alleged in a report by a London-based think tank.

Tabloid JUBI - June 6, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Spokesperson for the Papuan People's Petition (PRP) Jefri Wenda urges the Papuan Legislative Council (DPRP) and the Papuan People's Assembly (MRP) to immediately address people's aspirations in rejecting the creation of new autonomous regions in Papua (Papua expansion) and Papua's Special Autonomy.

Okezone - June 6, 2022

Widya Michelia (MNC Media), Jakarta – The Indonesian military (TNI) has again dismissed and imprisoned rogue TNI soldiers for being proven to have committed homosexual or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) acts.

The Guardian - June 6, 2022

Katharine Murphy – Anthony Albanese says Australia's economic relationship with Indonesia has "struggled to keep pace" with the country's "extraordinary economic rise" but the new government in Canberra will dig in behind emerging opportunities, including partnerships in clean energy.

June 5, 2022

Jakarta Post - June 5, 2022

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The Aceh Police have named former Bener Meriah regent Ahmadi as a suspect of wildlife crime involving the skin of a Sumatran tiger, and have detained him along with two other suspects.

The three suspects face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of Rp 100 million (US$6,928).

Sydney Morning Herald - June 5, 2022

Katharine Murphy, Perth – Anthony Albanese had what officials characterised as a "warm and positive" conversation with the Timor-Leste prime minister, Taur Matan Ruak, en route to Jakarta on Sunday.

Australian Financial Review - June 5, 2022

Robert Law – Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong's visit to Indonesia is the first step in rebuilding a relationship that warrants more attention. The convention for new prime ministers to make an early visit to Indonesia is recognition of that country's importance to Australia across a range of political, security and economic issues.

The Epoch Times - June 5, 2022

Nina Nguyen – East Timor President Ramos-Horta has ruled out a security pact with China's ruling communist regime but defended his country's decision to sign a slew of deals across areas including agriculture and economic cooperation.

June 4, 2022

Associated Press - June 4, 2022

Victoria Milko and Andi Jatmiko, Babahan, Indonesia – Tossing flowing crests back and forth, three snow-white Bali mynahs share a branch, squawking and looking around with the trademark blue patches around their eyes catching sunlight. Minutes later, four more join – a sight that would have been impossible in the wild two decades ago.

Jakarta Globe - June 4, 2022

Herman, Jakarta – The National Development Planning Agency, or Bappenas, is proposing the phaseout of vehicles running on gasoline and diesel to pave way for the government's net zero emission target.

The sales of fossil fuel-powered vehicles must be discontinued completely by 2040, according to the proposal being drafted by Bappenas.

Australian West Papua Association (Sydney) Statement - June 4, 2022

Six defendants on trial for the attack on the Kisor Military Post in Maybrat Regency West Papua, were sentenced to between 18 and 20 years in prison on the 31 May.

Antara News - June 4, 2022

Abdul Kadir, Suharto, Makassar, S Sulawesi – The South Sulawesi provincial government has launched the "South Sulawesi Free From Drugs, Find Drug-Free Sons-and Daughters-in Law" Movement as part of the drug eradication program.

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 4, 2022

Jakarta – For the second time in less than three months, Indonesia will steal the show for motorsport enthusiasts around the world. On Saturday, Jakarta will host the Formula E race, the ninth stop of the season, at the newly built Jakarta International E-Prix Circuit in Ancol, North Jakarta, just near the city's most-prominent amusement park.

SBS News - June 4, 2022

China's foreign minister signed a series of agreements in Timor-Leste on his final stop of a 10-day diplomatic blitz of the South Pacific on Friday, boosting ties between Beijing and Southeast Asia's youngest country.

June 3, 2022

Tabloid JUBI - June 3, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Jayapura City Police deployed its forces this morning to a number of locations where the Papuan People's Petition (PRP) mass protested on Friday, June 3, 2022, claiming to secure the action.

The Strategist - June 3, 2022

David Engel – By going to Jakarta so early in his prime ministership, Anthony Albanese is practising what he preached during the election campaign about the importance he intends attaching to Indonesia.

Kompas.com - June 3, 2022

Vitorio Mantalean, Jakarta – The Papua Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) says that as of Friday evening, June 3, at least 20 people had been injured as a result of police violence in dealing with protest actions against the creation of new autonomous regions (DOB) in Papua and West Papua provinces.

Tabloid JUBI - June 3, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Byak'Si Community Movement has submitted to the Synod of the Evangelical Christian Church (GKI) Papua its aspiration to reject the Biak Spaceport development plan in Biak Numfor Regency on Monday, May 30, 2022.

Tempo - June 3, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The spokesman for the COVID-19 Handling Task Force, Wiku Adisasmito, said the pandemic situation which is getting more controlled recently has led to rising economic growth.

Antara News - June 3, 2022

Hreeloita Dharma S, Suharto, Jakarta – COVID-19 full vaccination coverage among older adults in three provinces in Java is still lower than that of other provinces, a spokesman stated.

CNN Indonesia - June 3, 2022

Jakarta – Two students were reportedly injured today when they were blocked by police during a long-march in the provincial capital of Jayapura opposing new autonomous regions (DOB) in Papua. The police meanwhile have denied this.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 3, 2022

As high-tech as the electric race cars whizzing around Ancol's street track this weekend, organizers will also rely on scientific tools to predict the weather – unlike a certain other grand prix in Indonesia.

Kompas.com - June 3, 2022

Sorong Maichel (contributor), Sorong – Police were forced to break up a demonstration opposing the creation of new autonomous regions (DOB) in Papua which was held at the Sorong city Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) office in Sorong, West Papua, on Friday afternoon, June 3.

Tempo - June 3, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – Environmental watchdog Greenpeace along with a number of civil organizations demanded transparency in the land-cultivation permits (HGU) in order to evaluate the upstream cooking oil industry. Greenpeace forest campaigner Sekar Banjaran Aji assessed that oil palm plantations in the archipelago are mostly controlled by oligarchs.

The Wire - June 3, 2022

Tom Allard, Jakarta – Almost 2,500 mortar shells from Serbia bought for Indonesia's spy agency last year were converted to be air-dropped, and some were used in attacks on eight villages in Papua, according to a report from an arms monitoring group and photos provided to Reuters.

June 2, 2022

Coconuts Jakarta - June 2, 2022

Consensual same-sex relations between adults is not a crime in Indonesia, but calls from religious conservatives to make it so have alarmingly gotten louder.

On Tuesday, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) – the highest clerical body in the nation – held a meeting with leaders of major Islamic organizations in Jakarta in which they discussed the LGBT+ "problem."

Coconuts Jakarta - June 2, 2022

For some in the field of medicine, TikTok fun trumps the Hippocratic Oath. A couple of medical workers in Indonesia found themselves facing serious public scrutiny for oversharing on TikTok after they exhibited or implied inappropriate behavior towards people under their care.

Tabloid JUBI - June 2, 2022

Yogyakarta, Jubi – The Makassar District Court on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, sentenced six defendants in the attack on the Kisor Military Post in Maybrat Regency, West Papua.

CNN Indonesia - June 2, 2022

Jakarta – The country's peak Islamic body the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) and the leaders of Islamic ormas (social or mass organisations) have agreed to ask President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and the House of Representatives (DPR) to include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) practices as criminal acts in the Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP).

Jakarta Globe - June 2, 2022

Jakarta – The May inflation in Indonesia has accelerated to the highest level since December 2017, as the celebrations for the Islamic holiday Idul Fitri push costs for consumers across the board, from food items to airplane tickets, the country's statistics agency said on Thursday.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 2, 2022

An Indonesian man has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for blasphemy towards the Hindu faith, after he was filmed kicking offerings on Mount Semeru in Lumajang, East Java.

The Lumajang District Court handed the sentence to Hadfana Firdaus on Tuesday. If he manages to pay a fine of IDR10 million (US$690), Hadfana will only have to serve 8 months behind bars.

Kompas.com - June 2, 2022

Tatang Guritno, Jakarta – The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) should open itself up to other political parties following the meeting between National Democrat (Nasdem) Party General Chairperson Surya Paloh and Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) Party General Chairperson Prabowo Subianto.

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 2, 2022

Jakarta – The government is dousing the flame of reform by insisting on the appointment of active military and police officers as acting regional heads, who will assume the jobs until after the simultaneous regional elections in November 2024.

Straits Times - June 2, 2022

Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesia barred a group of its plantation workers from travelling to Malaysia because recruiters did not follow proper procedures and most of the workers did not have the right visa, the head of the country's migrant worker protection agency said.

Tabloid JUBI - June 2, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi TV – Coordinator of the Papua Peace Network (JDP) Pastor John Bunai says that reconciliation is an option for a Papuan recovery movement.

Previously, the late Pastor Neles Tebay has also called for dialogue to unravel the root causes of Papua's problems with Indonesia. But the voice for dialogue seems to keep ricocheting, never done properly.

June 1, 2022

Mongabay - June 1, 2022

Last week, Mongabay, BBC News and The Gecko Project released a joint investigation into a scheme that was intended to help lift millions of Indonesians out of poverty and cut them in on the spoils of the global palm oil boom, but has instead been plagued by allegations of exploitation and illegality.

Suara Jabar - June 1, 2022

Andi Ahmad S – The regent of Cianjur in West Java, Herman Suherman, claims to have received data on exactly which state civil servants (ASN) within the Cianjur regency government have deviant sexual relationships or like the same sex.

The Independent - June 1, 2022

Craig Harris – My cell phone rang at 4 a.m. On the other end was Victor Yeimo calling from his hospital bed in Jayapura, the capital of West Papua.

Tempo - June 1, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Environmental Forum (Walhi) estimated that 1.26 million hectares, or about 60 percent of the total forest area in Jambi, had been encroached upon or damaged over the last two decades.

Director of Walhi Jambi Abdullah stated on Tuesday that Jambi Province currently had only 840 thousand hectares of forest, with good tree cover.

UCA News - June 1, 2022

Katharina Reny Lestari – Christians have urged the Indonesian army to take strict action against any group trying to sow discord and create divisions in society after a video of a large motorcycle rally by Muslim extremists calling for an Islamic caliphate went viral on social media.

May 31, 2022

Jakarta Post - May 31, 2022

Nur Janti, Jakarta – The government has come under increased pressure to involve indigenous Papuans in the policy-making processes that affect them and to accommodate their will as the state pushes to redistrict the resource-rich region and augment its security presence there.

Tempo - May 31, 2022

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The General Elections Commission (KPU) expected that the 2024 General Elections will run better than the previous elections. The organizers thus designed a number of new rules such as limiting the age of polling station working committees (KPPS) up to cutting the campaign period.