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September 5, 2019

News ›› Aceh ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Coconuts Jakarta - September 5, 2019

Aceh, the only province in Indonesia with special autonomy to enact sharia law, is often criticized by human rights activists for publicly caning those found guilty of morality-based "crimes" such as adultery and homosexual relations.

News ›› West Papua ›› Peace Talks & Dialogue with Jakarta
Tempo - September 5, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – Legal and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly has responded to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet's call for dialogue between the Indonesian government and Papua and West Papua people.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Tempo - September 5, 2019

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – The asylum seekers who are accommodated at the Kalideres facility demands the UNHCR provide them with a new shelter as the current one in the former military command (Kodim) headquarters is about to be closed today, September 5.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - September 5, 2019

Markus Junianto Sihaloho & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – The House of Representatives, or DPR, on Wednesday approved proposed revisions to the 2002 Corruption Eradication Commission Law and said it intended to pass them before the current 2014-2019 parliament is disbanded on Sept. 30.

The revisions of the law were a House initiative proposed by its legislative committee.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
Asia Pacific Report - September 5, 2019

Selwyn Manning – It is clear and proper that New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is closely monitoring a concerning situation of deteriorating violence in West Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Reuters - September 5, 2019

Jakarta – European Union representatives to Indonesia on Thursday challenged a plan to impose duties on European dairy goods in retaliation for the bloc's duties on palm biodiesel, warning such action would violate World Trade Organization rules.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - September 5, 2019

Dina Manafe & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Costly treatments for heart disease, kidney failure and cancer, health problems that could be prevented with healthier lifestyle or curable with early detection, have bogged down Indonesia's universal health insurance scheme in the past few years and amplified health insurance agency BPJS Kesehatan's deficit problem.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Radio New Zealand - September 5, 2019

An Indonesian human rights lawyer working with West Papuans has been named as a criminal suspect.

Veronica Koman is accused of incitement and spreading fake news online, fuelling violent protests which have rocked Papua in recent weeks.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
KBR - September 5, 2019

Dian Kurniati and Adi Ahdiat, Jakarta – The Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP) has been widely criticised as being undemocratic.

News ›› West Papua ›› Internet & Social Media
Agence France Presse - September 5, 2019

Indonesia has started restoring internet access in restive Papua, which has been gripped by two weeks of mass protests sparked by anger over racism and fresh calls for self-rule.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
Suara.com - September 5, 2019

Reza Gunadha and Yosea Arga Pramudita – Civil Society Coalition for Democracy spokesperson Suarbudaya Rahadian has revealed that Paulus Surya Anta Ginting or Surya Anta has been placed in an isolation cell.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Radio New Zealand - September 5, 2019

An Indonesian human rights lawyer working with West Papuans has been named as a criminal suspect.

Veronica Koman is accused of "incitement" and spreading fake news of "hoaxes" online, fuelling violent protests which have rocked Papua in recent weeks.

News ›› West Papua ›› Internet & Social Media
Tempo - September 5, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The government has gradually recovered the internet data restriction in Papua and West Papua starting Wednesday, September 4, at 23:00 Eastern Indonesian Time (WIT).

The decision is made after coordination with law enforcement institutions and security officers, as well as in consideration of conditions in several regencies of the province.

News ›› West Papua ›› Peace Talks & Dialogue with Jakarta
Tempo - September 5, 2019

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – Vice President-elect Ma'ruf Amin mentioned his willingness to visit Papua together with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in order to curb the heightening tension in the region.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Kompas.com - September 5, 2019

Ardito Ramadhan, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission Candidate Leadership Monitoring Coalition believes that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has ignored public input by going ahead and submitting the 10 candidate leadership names proposed by the KPK leadership selection committee to the House of Representatives (DPR).

News ›› East Timor ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
The Interpreter - September 5, 2019

Robin Perry – Last week, Dili polished itself up and played host to visiting government officials from more than 20 countries, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison from Australia, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Timor-Leste's vote for independence on 30 August 1999.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Nationalism & State Ideology
Channel News Asia - September 5, 2019

Ariel Heryanto – Recent conflicts in Papua have intensified with the death of at least seven people as anti-government protests turned violent in Indonesia's easternmost region.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
The Guardian - September 5, 2019

Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Indonesian police have named human rights lawyer and well-known West Papua advocate Veronica Koman as a suspect in the spreading of "fake news", accusing her of provoking widespread unrest in Indonesia's easternmost provinces.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
CNN Indonesia - September 5, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian police chief (Kapolri) General Tito Karnavian claims that Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda, the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and the pro-independence West Papua National Committee (KNPB) were behind the anarchic demonstrations in and outside of Papua and West Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - September 5, 2019

Rosseno Aji and Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Masinton Pasaribu, a member of the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission III overseeing legal affairs, claimed that the government and the parliament have agreed to amend the Law No. 30/2002 on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) since 2017.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
Tempo - September 5, 2019

Jakarta – If the government had been quicker to take the right steps to calm the situation, the disturbances in Papua would not have spread. But exactly the opposite happened: protests spread giving the impression they could not be stopped.

September 4, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
The Interpreter - September 4, 2019

Kate Walton – Indonesia's dry season has never been easy. Dry winds blow from Australia and rainfall is almost nonexistent, which leads to major forest fires, choking air pollution, and searing heat, along with the energy-sapping effect the season has on residents.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Reuters - September 4, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday ordered his ministers to increase efforts to cut regulations that hurt foreign direct investment, aiming to shield Southeast Asia's largest economy from a global economic slowdown.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
South China Morning Post - September 4, 2019

Johannes Nugroho – The election of President Joko Widodo in 2014 has often been described as a watershed moment in Indonesian political history.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Kompas.com - September 4, 2019

Devina Halim, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman Hamid is of the view that the naming of Veronica Koman as a suspect could create fear among the public about speaking out on issues related to human rights (HAM) violations in Papua.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
Radio New Zealand - September 4, 2019

Amnesty International is calling on Indonesia to drop treason charges against six West Papuan activists.

Their arrests came during a wave of anti-racism protests and pro-independence demonstrations by Papuans which have rocked Indonesia for the past two weeks.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
Today Online - September 4, 2019

Max Lane – While foreign news headlines in Singapore have been dominated by developments in Hong Kong in recent weeks, there is another protest close to home that bears watching.

News ›› West Papua ›› Peace Talks & Dialogue with Jakarta
Tempo - September 4, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) had lunch with the winners of the "Gapura Cinta Negeri" (Country Love Gate) Festival, who came from Nduga and Yapen Islands Districts, Papua Province.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Coconuts Jakarta - September 4, 2019

In any religion, certain texts and rules are open to various interpretations. But most Muslims around the world would accept the idea that sex outside of marriage is a sinful act, as outlined in the Quran and other religious texts.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Tempo - September 4, 2019

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – The Transportation Ministry will allocate Rp2.55 trillion for the development of strategic tourism areas in 2020. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the decision is the ministry's way of supporting the government promote development in four super-priority destinations.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - September 4, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The government plans to gradually lower the corporate income tax in a bid to attract more investment and boost the country's cooling economic growth.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the plan would be incorporated in a tax bill currently being discussed by the government before it was brought to the House of Representatives.

News ›› West Papua ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Tempo - September 4, 2019

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law, and Security Affairs Wiranto declared that he would personally arrest the leader of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Benny Wenda, if he decides to return to Indonesia.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Asia Pacific Report - September 4, 2019

Pacific Media Watch – Fijian police have reportedly cautioned the Pacific Conference of Churches Secretariat from flying the Morning Star – the West Papuan flag of Independence – on private property in Suva.

News ›› East Timor ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Strategist - September 4, 2019

Mark Beeson – Australia is one of the most outspoken and prominent supporters of the 'rules-based international order'. Given its status as a modestly credentialled middle power with a limited capacity to influence the international order or the behaviour of its most powerful members, this is unsurprising, perhaps.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
The Conversation - September 4, 2019

Tangguh Chairil – Indonesia, a country with the fifth-highest number of internet users in the world, plans to issue its first law on cyber security this month.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Channel News Asia - September 4, 2019

Jakarta – Over 400 Indonesian Go-Jek riders demonstrated outside the Malaysian embassy in Jakarta on Tuesday (Sep 3), demanding a public apology from the founder of a Malaysian taxi company for describing the country and its people as "poor".

News ›› West Papua ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
ABC News - September 4, 2019

Tracey Shelton and Tasha Wibawa – Thousands of people have been protesting across Indonesia's easternmost territory over the past two weeks, torching government buildings and clashing with police, resulting in dozens of deaths and injuries.

The protesters' demands range from an end to racial violence to calls for a referendum on independence for the region.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Pacific Conference of Churches - September 4, 2019

Police have cautioned the Pacific Conference of Churches Secretariat for hoisting the Morning Star flag on private property in Fiji's capital, Suva.

Officers attempted to seize the flag yesterday (Tuesday) after it was raised in protest against the killing of Papua protesters by Indonesian security force and pro-Jakarta militia.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Tempo - September 4, 2019

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal, and Security Affairs, Wiranto, asserted that the raising of Bintang Kejora or the morning star flag in Indonesia is forbidden.

News ›› West Papua ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Antara News - September 4, 2019

Jakarta – Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Security Affairs Wiranto vehemently denied the incorrect claim of the Indonesian government seeking foreign assistance to ease tensions in the provinces of Papua and West Papua.

Wiranto affirmed that few violent protests erupting in the provinces from the racial abuse of Papuan students remained a national issue.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Asia Pacific Report - September 4, 2019

Pacific Media Watch – The New Caledonian-based Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front or FLNKS has condemned the ongoing human rights violations in West Papua and has called for the Papuan right to self-determination to be recognised.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Jakarta Globe - September 4, 2019

Antara & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Police have identified a new suspect in the sporadic violence that has plagued several cities in Papua and West Papua over the past two weeks.

Veronika Koman, who describes herself as a human rights lawyer on her Twitter profile, was named a suspect, based on witness testimonies.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Bloomberg - September 4, 2019

In Indonesia, the chicken comes before the egg. At least in the sense that the government is asking poultry breeders to throw away 10 million eggs or give them away for free in an attempt to support slumping chicken prices. It's hoping a reduction in the number of eggs that may hatch will shrink chicken supplies and prop up retail prices that are near a three-year low.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Agence France Presse - September 4, 2019

Indonesia has sent hundreds of garbage-filled shipping containers back to their countries of origin, according to the customs agency, as the Southeast Asian nation pushes back against becoming a dumping ground for foreign trash.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Reuters - September 4, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian police on Wednesday named a prominent human rights lawyer and activist a suspect in connection with Twitter posts about an incident that triggered unrest in Papua, drawing condemnation action from rights groups of the police action.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Urban Poor & Informal Sector
Coconuts Jakarta - September 4, 2019

Last month, Indonesia's Supreme Court decided to strike down an article in a 2007 regional law that gave the governor of Jakarta the authority to close roads and sidewalks for use by public traders.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
Radio New Zealand - September 4, 2019

West Papuan university students who have been attacked by non-Papuan civilian groups during unrest in the region say they simply seek self-determination.

A surge of anti-racism protests and pro-independence demonstrations by West Papuans has rocked Indonesia for the past two weeks, triggering unrest.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - September 4, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named three suspects in the bribery case of projects in the Public Works and Housing Agency of Muara Enim regency, South Sumatra.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Globe - September 4, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Oil Palm Farmers Association, Apkasindo, has formed a partnership with the Indonesian Palm Oil Association, Gapki, to support the country's palm oil industry. The two associations met in Jakarta on Tuesday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Spin Off - September 4, 2019

Maire Leadbeater – The uprising that is engulfing Indonesian ruled West Papua has lifted the lid on a deep strand of indigenous anger and resentment. While it is unprecedented in scale, it also has ominous echoes of the deadly clashes that took place in pre-liberation Timor Leste in 1999.