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July 11, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Jakarta Post - July 11, 2019

Ni Komang Erviani, Denpasar – The Denpasar District Court has sentenced a Russian man, Andrei Zhestkov, 27, to one year of imprisonment for a foiled attempt to smuggle an orangutan from Bali to his home country.

Zhestkov was also required to pay a fine of Rp 10 million (US$710), or serve an additional two months in prison if he does not.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
ABC News - July 11, 2019

Max Walden – An Indonesian woman prosecuted for secretly recording her boss sexually harassing her has asked President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to grant amnesty, after the country's Supreme Court last week upheld a guilty verdict.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Coconuts Jakarta - July 11, 2019

The Indonesian Embassy in Saudi Arabia today shared the amazing news that an Indonesian domestic worker has been freed from death row in the Middle Eastern kingdom following almost 19 years of legal uncertainty.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
CNN Indonesia - July 11, 2019

Jakarta – House of Representatives Deputy (DPR) Speaker Fahri Hamzah has confirmed that the Indonesia New Direction Movement (Garbi) social organisation (ormas) will soon be transformed into a political party (parpol).

Hamzah said that the decision will be taken based on considering the aspirations of all Garbi sympathisers who established the group more than a year ago.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Tempo - July 11, 2019

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – Jakarta Legal Aid (LBH Jakarta) urged the police to stop the investigation and detention of woman SM who brought a dog to Al Munawaroh Mosque, Sentul, Bogor. SM was named a suspect in a blasphemy case.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - July 11, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned former Coordinating Ministers for Economic, Financial, and Industry Affairs, Kwik Kian Gie and Rizal Ramli, over the misuse of Bank Indonesia liquidity support (BLBI) funds.

July 10, 2019

News ›› Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Jakarta Post - July 10, 2019

Jakarta – North Aceh Regent Muhammad Thaib and 28 mass organizations in the regency have called on women not to go out in the evening without their husbands or muhrim (blood relatives) accompanying them.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - July 10, 2019

Rizieq Shihab – the controversial leader of the hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) who is living in self-imposed exile in Saudi Arabia – has seemingly become a political football in the reconciliation negotiations between President Joko Widodo and his defeated electoral rival Prabowo Subianto, with the Gerindra chief's camp claiming that the firebrand cleric's safe return is on

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Tempo - July 10, 2019

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – The government and the Jakarta capital administration plan to provide help to the asylum seekers currently dwelling in on the sidewalks of Kebon Sirih Road in Central Jakarta. Jakarta's Regional Legislative Council chairman Prasetio Edi Marsudi said that the effort is a humanitarian one.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Jakarta Post - July 10, 2019

Jakarta – Although its mass organization permit expired on June 20, the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) has still not fulfilled the administrative requirements for an extension, the Home Minister has said.

News ›› West Papua ›› Abductions & Extra-Judicial Killings
Radio New Zealand - July 10, 2019

A human rights group advocating for West Papuans in Indonesia says there were more than 20 extra-judicial killings by the military there last year.

But the military has dismissed the findings, which come during an escalating conflict in Papua's Highlands as rebels wage war on the state.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Tempo - July 10, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo conveyed several instructions to the National Police during his speech in the Police 73rd anniversary ceremony at Monas, Wednesday, July 10. One of the orders is in light of human resources development.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Tempo - July 10, 2019

Jakarta (Bisnis) – Indonesia managed to become the nation with the largest export among the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries after the country's export in 2018 reached US$762 billion, according to Halal Lifestyle Center Chairman Sapta Nirwandar.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Age & Disability Rights
Jakarta Post - July 10, 2019

Syofiardi Bachyul Jb, Padang – A number of activists in Padang, West Sumatra, protested on Tuesday the removal of a dentist from the civil servant candidate list because she has a disability.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
Coconuts Jakarta - July 10, 2019

Many public spaces in Indonesia, particularly malls, already provide special parking spaces for women, often connoted with pink "ladies parking" signs and situated closest to the building's entrance.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - July 10, 2019

Muh. Syaifullah, Jakarta – Education and Culture Ministry Vocational High schools (SMK) Director M. Bakrun said some 2,000 SMKs will be closed due to its poor quality. He said there are 14,000 institutions and 5 million students.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
South China Morning Post - July 10, 2019

Mercedes Hutton – Ever since Bali first established a position on the tourist trail in the 1920s, the Indonesian island has become a haven for foreign travellers in search of sanctuary among its picturesque paddy fields, deep blue breaks and sacred temples.

July 9, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - July 9, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) employee group has again urged President Joko Widodo or Jokowi to establish an independent joint fact-finding team (TGPF) for Novel Baswedan case. The team formation was considered necessary if the police team failed to unveil the attacker.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Tempo - July 9, 2019

Halida Bunga, Jakarta – Constitutional law expert Bivitri Susanti said that granting a pardon for Baiq Nuril Maknun is the appropriate step that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo could do under the current circumstance.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Jakarta Post - July 9, 2019

Jakarta – The Central Jakarta Bina Marga Road Agency revealed on Tuesday that it had allocated Rp 50 billion (US$3.5 million) to renovate 194 roads in the municipality.

"This is a periodical renovation conducted by the agency to ensure that all roads are safe for road users," the agency's road and bridge section head, Yudha Catur Suhartanto, said as quoted by kompas.com.

News ›› Aceh ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Jakarta Post - July 9, 2019

Jakarta – Members of a religious group have stopped the first-ever Base Jam concert in Aceh because of the pop band's alleged violations of the region's strict Islamic law.

Aceh Police chief Sr. Comr. Trisno Riyanto said Base Jam's performance had initially run smoothly before a group of people incited a disturbance as the event drew to a close.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
CNN Indonesia - July 9, 2019

Jakarta – Defense Minister (Menhan) Ryamizard Ryacudu still reminisces about his friendship with the supreme leader of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) Rizieq Shihab.

This was conveyed by Ryacudu during a goodwill gathering with the United Children of the Nation Forum (FRAB) at the Ministry of Defense offices in Jakarta on Tuesday July 9.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Radio New Zealand - July 9, 2019

There's strong opposition in West Papua to a reconfiguration of military forces in the struggle for independence from Indonesia.

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua, led by mainly exiled Papuans claims it's taking political leadership of a new unified military force, the West Papua Army.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Sydney Morning Herald - July 9, 2019

James Massola, Karuni Rompies and Chris Vedelago, Surabaya – Indonesia's Customs agency has seized 210 tonnes of "toxic" garbage at the port in Surabaya and is preparing to ship eight containers of material back to Australia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Globe - July 9, 2019

Antara & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said on Tuesday that thousands of Indonesian Islamic State sympathizers will be allowed to return to their home country on the condition they take an oath to be loyal to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia and its official state ideology Pancasila.

News ›› Aceh ›› Marriage & The Family
Tempo - July 9, 2019

Iil Askar Monza, Jakarta – The National Commission of Anti-Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) assessed the plan to legalize polygamy practice presently discussed by Aceh provincial administration and Aceh Legislative Council (DPRA) was not a solution to protect the rights of women in a marriage.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - July 9, 2019

Avit Hidayat and Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – Apart from the discussions on Jakarta's May 22 riots' alleged human rights violations, Amnesty International Indonesia also talked about the joint investigation on Novel Baswedan's acid attack that happened over a year ago.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Jakarta Globe - July 9, 2019

Yudha Baskoro, Jakarta – The narrow sidewalks of Jalan Kebon Sirih in Central Jakarta are now occupied by refugees and asylum seekers who were kicked out of their tents near the immigration detention center in Kalideres, where they had been seeking refuge in the past year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - July 9, 2019

Jakarta – Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan has said the increase in oil and gas imports was triggered by the significant increase in consumption, while domestic production could only increase gradually.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - July 9, 2019

Ganug Nugroho Adi, Klaten, Central Java – The student admissions committee at SMPN 1 Jogonalan junior high school in Klaten, Central Java, is requiring all applicants to bring in used plastic bottles in exchange for admissions packets.

"We want to instill the early habit of reducing plastic waste," SMPN 1 Jogonalan principal Endah Sulistyowati said recently.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Radio New Zealand - July 9, 2019

The West Papua National Committee has come out against a reconfiguration of military forces fighting for independence from Indonesia.

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua claims it's taking political leadership of a new unified military force, the West Papua Army.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - July 9, 2019

While Baiq Nuril, the schoolteacher who was sentenced to six months in prison for recording her boss' sexual harassment on tape, has exhausted all of her legal options to appeal in court, she may still be saved from having to serve her sentence if she is granted amnesty from the president.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - July 9, 2019

Fana Suparma & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – The Supreme Court on Tuesday accepted an appeal from Syafruddin Arsyad Temenggung, the former chairman of Indonesia's Bank Restructuring Agency, or BPPN, against a verdict from the anti-graft court and the Jakarta High court to jail him for his involvement in the long-running BLBI bailout fund graft case.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Tempo - July 9, 2019

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – Aviation observer and member of the Republic of Indonesia's Ombudsman, Alvin Lie, said the government has intervened airlines' businesses too far.

Alvin made the statement in response to the mandated ticket discounts for low cost carriers or LCC for certain flight routes, which is set at 50 percent below the maximum tariff.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Tempo - July 9, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Political observer from Widya Mandira Catholic University Kupang, Dr. Marianus Kleden, argues that Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab lacks any major influence to control Indonesia's Muslim community.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - July 9, 2019

Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – The government and the House of Representatives on Monday agreed to revise down the tax to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio assumption for the 2020 state budget to 10.57 to 11.18 percent from the initial figure of 10.6 to 11.2 percent.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - July 9, 2019

Jakarta – In response to a recent case of a man allegedly assaulting his wife for refusing sex, the National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) has said that forcing your wife to have sex is a form of rape, known as marital rape.

Komnas Perempuan commissioner Adriana said that marital rape was also a form of domestic violence.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Jakarta Post - July 9, 2019

Asip Hasani, Blitar – The Blitar Police have charged a local woman with defamation and hate speech after she referred to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo as "pharaoh" in an image that has become a viral meme.

News ›› West Papua ›› People & Places
Radio New Zealand - July 9, 2019

Leading West Papuan human rights activist Ferry Marisan has died in Jayapura.

Mr Marisan is well known for his work over two decades with the Advocacy of Human Rights Institution, ELSHAM Papua.

He played a prominent role in raising awareness about Papuan rights, including in relation to exploitation of Papua's mineral resources.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Jakarta Globe - July 9, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The United Nations Refugee Agency, or the UNHCR, will work together with the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Justice and Human Rights Ministry to find a way out for refugees and asylum seekers stranded in Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Children's Rights & Underage Workers
Coconuts Jakarta - July 9, 2019

The Bandung District Court today sentenced highly controversial cleric Habib Bahar bin Smith to three years in prison for assaulting two minors last year, footage of which went viral online.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - July 9, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has issued a regulation on major tax deductions aimed at boosting investment, research and development (R&D) as well as the participation of businesses in improving Indonesia's human resources.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Jakarta Post - July 9, 2019

Hipolitus Yolisandry Ringgi Wangge – Blood Diamond, a 2006 Hollywood blockbuster, depicts how the illicit economic activity to secure diamonds in Sierra Leone involved conflicting domestic and international groups. The film vividly depicts a rebel group abducting children and transforming them into deadly soldiers.

July 8, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Detik News - July 8, 2019

Mukhlis Dinillah, Bandung – The West Java Ministry of Justice and Human Rights representative office has found signs of deviant sex being committed by inmates at a number of correctional institutions and prisons as a result of overcrowding.

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

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) speaker Bambang Soesatyo said that its Commission III requested that President Jokowi pardon honorary senior high school teacher Baiq Nuril.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - July 8, 2019

Riza Roidila Mufti, Yogyakarta – Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) is not yet in full operation, as the developer is still working to complete facilities in the new airport in Kulon Progo. However, an airport operator said it had served about 1,000 passengers in one day.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - July 8, 2019

Jakarta – The Transportation Ministry has issued a regulation that requires all public transportation companies to install a global positioning system (GPS) device in every vehicle for monitoring those in operation.

News ›› Aceh ›› Marriage & The Family
Detik News - July 8, 2019

Jakarta – The draft Aceh qanun (bylaw) legalising polygamy has attracted support and opposition. Some believe that the qanun needs to be supported providing that it includes stipulations on the husband behaving fairly towards his wives.

There are others on the other hand who believe the qanun is in fact an attempt to turn polygamy into a lifestyle.

News ›› East Timor ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Straits Times - July 8, 2019

Aw Cheng Wei, Singapore – The young South-east Asian nation of Timor Leste is hoping that Singapore will play a bigger role in its development story as it strives to become an upper middle-income country by 2030.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Coconuts Jakarta - July 8, 2019

The overcrowding in Indonesia's prison system is at near crisis levels. Sadly, a homophobic warning recently given by a government official may be one of the few things that could get Indonesians to pay attention to the problem (if for the wrong reason).