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September 27, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Straits Times - September 27, 2019

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Indonesia's three newly formed joint defence commands, Kogabwilhan, designed for flexible and quick deployment to any security situation, will be led by three-star generals.

Equipped with naval, air and army assets, each Kogabwilhan will be responsible for the country's western, central and eastern parts.

Statements ›› West Papua ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Statement - September 27, 2019

Dandhy Dwi Laksono, a journalist filmmaker for WatchDoc, was arrested on September 26 and charged under Indonesia's controversial Information and Electronic Transaction Law (ITE Law) for a series of Twitter posts about the ongoing protests in Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Mongabay - September 27, 2019

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Indonesia's parliament is rushing to pass a controversial bill on coal and mineral mining before the current legislators' term ends on Sept. 30, defying a massive public outcry over legislation seen as favoring the extractives industry at the expense of the environment and vulnerable communities.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Associated Press - September 27, 2019

Arlina Arshad – Indonesia's chief security minister Wiranto said yesterday that the student protests in the country were being hijacked by a group set on disrupting Parliament and the inauguration of President Joko Widodo's new term next month.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Sydney Morning Herald - September 27, 2019

James Massola and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo could revoke a controversial law that weakens the country's anti-corruption commission after at least two people were killed during a fresh round of protests in Indonesia's Surabaya on Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Tempo - September 27, 2019

Jakarta – The House of Representatives (DPR) should delay the ratification of the Land Bill at the end of this parliamentary session. It has many problems: not only it is at odds with the constitution, it's also contradicting other laws and not in line with the agrarian reform.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Tempo - September 27, 2019

Ahmad Faiz, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has balked at commenting on the arrests of activists Dandhy Laksono and Ananda Badudu by the Jakarta Metro Police. He chose to leave reporters and asked State Secretary Pratikno to resume the interview.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - September 27, 2019

Heru Andriyanto, Markus Sihaloho, Carlos K.Y. Paath, Jakarta – Pressures are mounting on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to refrain from signing the amended law on the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, which critics said could effectively paralyze the anti-graft agency.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - September 27, 2019

Fana Suparman, Jakarta – Former youth and sports minister Imam Nahrawi was detained on Friday, shortly after he underwent his first questioning as a corruption suspect at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters in Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Jakarta Post - September 27, 2019

Ardilla Syakriah and Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – Musician Ananda Badudu, who initiated a crowdfunding campaign to support university students voicing their aspirations, was taken by police to the Jakarta Police headquarters on Friday morning.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
Jakarta Post - September 27, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Ardilla Syakriah and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and House of Representatives members have demanded an investigation be launched into the deaths of two university students who took part in Thursday's student protest that ended in clashes between the police and protesters in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Kompas.com - September 27, 2019

Fitria Chusna Farisa, Jakarta – Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) Deputy Coordinator Feri Kusuma believes that the arrest of filmmaker and journalists Dandhy Dwi Laksono and musician Ananda Badudu is reminiscent of how the country was before the era of reformasi – the reform process that began in 1998.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Channel News Asia - September 27, 2019

Aninda Dewayanti and Deasy Simandjuntak, Singapore – Over the past week, tens of thousands of university students and activists gathered in some of the biggest simultaneous rallies across the Indonesian archipelago in decades to voice grave concerns over recent moves by their government.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Tempo - September 27, 2019

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – Jakarta Metro Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono rebuffed the statement conveyed by former Tempo journalist Ananda Badudu regarding the detainment of students at the police headquarters sans legal assistance.

Argo said that all students had been returned to their homes, and there were advocates accompanying them during questioning.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Straits Times - September 27, 2019

Jakarta (AFP) – The death toll from a powerful earthquake that rocked Indonesia's remote Maluku islands has risen to 23, the disaster agency said on Friday (Sept 27), as more than 15,000 people were evacuated to shelters.

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Statement - September 27, 2019

Journalists covering student protests in cities across Indonesia were attacked by police in a series of brutal incidents on September 24.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Mongabay - September 27, 2019

Suryadi, Pekanbaru, Indonesia - September 16 was a happy day for Evan Zendrato and Lasma Yani Zega. The young couple gave birth to a boy weighing 2.8 kilograms (6.1 pounds). They spent the night at a midwife's house in Pekanbaru, the capital of Indonesia's Riau province.

News ›› West Papua ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
Radio New Zealand - September 27, 2019

There's been more deadly violence in West Papua with two motorcycle taxi drivers reportedly shot dead in Puncak regency.

The Antara news agency reported that the deaths in Ilaga sub-district have been blamed by Indonesian authorities on "armed rebels".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Coconuts Jakarta - September 27, 2019

Ananda Badudu, formerly of indie band Banda Neira and a former journalist for Tempo, was taken in by the Jakarta Metro Police this morning for questioning over a crowdfunding campaign he had initiated for student protesters in the capital.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Tempo - September 27, 2019

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – Former Tempo journalist and musician Ananda Badudu broke into tears after he was let go by the Jakarta Metro Police following a stringent 5-hour questioning.

In his statement, he expressed gratitude for the support coming from a number of organizations and members of the public for him.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - September 27, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – State Secretary Pratikno said he was preparing the draft of a government regulation in lieu of law or Perppu concerning the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

"Our task as [presidential] staffers is to prepare anything that will be decided by the leader," said Pratikno at the Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Friday, September 27.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Jakarta Globe - September 27, 2019

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The Jakarta Police arrested journalist and documentary filmmaker Dandhy Dwi Laksono on Thursday night and charged him with a crime over a tweet about the recent unrest in Papua.

After the interrogation, Dandhy was allowed to go home just before dawn.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Globe - September 27, 2019

Markus Junianto Sihaloho, Jakarta – Christian lawmaker Rahayu Saraswati Djojohadikusumo has expressed disappointment with a decision by the speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly, or MPR, to disallow her from reading a prayer scheduled for the final meeting of the current term of the national legislature on Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
Jakarta Post - September 27, 2019

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – A student from Halu Oleo University in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, has died after a demonstration in front of the provincial legislative council (DPRD) building descended into violence on Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
Jakarta Globe - September 27, 2019

Novy Lumanaw & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Two students were killed during a rally in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, on Thursday while protesting the passing of a controversial bill by the House of Representatives earlier this week.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Jakarta Post - September 27, 2019

Arya Dipa, Jakarta – Activist and documentary filmmaker Dandhy Dwi Laksono has been accused by the Jakarta Police for spreading hate speech after he posted about clashes in Jayapura and Wamena, Papua, on his Twitter account.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Post - September 27, 2019

Jakarta – A delegation led by Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) youth wing GP Ansor chairman Yaqut Cholil Qoumas met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Wednesday, during which the group expressed its support for the Pope's world peace document.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Detik News - September 27, 2019

Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) Commission III Deputy Chairperson Herman Hery from the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) faction is leaving it entirely up to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on whether to issue a Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) to replace the revised Corruption Eradication Commission Law (UU KPK) which was recently enacted

News ›› Indonesia ›› Democracy & Civil Rights
Voice of America - September 27, 2019

William Gallo, Jakarta – Indonesia is seeing its largest protests in two decades, amid a wave of public anger at a proposed overhaul of the country's criminal code and a controversial move to weaken an anti-corruption body.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
Tempo - September 27, 2019

Rosniawanti Fikry Tahir, Jakarta – An autopsy carried out by Abunawas Hospital forensic team revealed that Randi, a student of Halu Oleo University, died of a gunshot wound in his right upper chest during the protest at Southeast Sulawesi Legislative Council (DPRD) building on Thursday afternoon, September 26.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Reuters - September 27, 2019

Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – An Indonesian journalist and documentary filmmaker, Dandhy Laksono, was detained by police on Thursday night amid a crackdown on activists sympathetic to self-determination for the country's easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua.

September 26, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Coconuts Jakarta - September 26, 2019

Police in Indonesia have not only been accused of using excessive force against protesters taking part in student-led demonstrations against the government that have erupted in cities across the country in recent days, there are also serious allegations that they have used intimidation and violence against reporters attempting to cover those actions.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Tempo - September 26, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta -The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) said that there are means to delegitimize the nationwide students' rally against the passing of the criminal code draft bill (RKUHP). They claimed that it is to steer the public's sympathy away from the movement.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Tempo - September 26, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) Executive Director Damar Juniarto revealed a number of problems contained in the House of Representative's data protection and cybersecurity Draft Bill.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Jakarta Globe - September 26, 2019

Robertus Wardi & Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The chief security minister said on Thursday that the government had "enough evidence" to suspect that the orchestrators behind this week's violent rallies around the national legislative complex in Jakarta had sought to occupy the legislature and prevent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo from being sworn in for a second term.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Tempo - September 26, 2019

Adam Prireza, Jakarta – The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) recommended heads of educational institutions to refrain from imposing sanctions for high school students who joined the demonstration in the DPR building, Wednesday, September 25.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - September 26, 2019

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Foreign investors are preferring Indonesian bonds over stocks amid signs of slowing global economic activities, Financial Services Authority (OJK) data shows.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - September 26, 2019

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – The government is on high alert over a possible increase in tax shortfall this year as the economic slowdown is likely to continue until the end of the year.

Sluggish economic growth since early this year has begun to hurt the government's tax revenue, which contributes the larger part of the state budget.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Mongabay - September 26, 2019

Yovanda, Samarinda – Indonesia's wildfire emergency has spread to the part of eastern Borneo where President Joko Widodo wants to relocate the nation's capital.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Chauvinism & Xenophobia
Jakarta Post - September 26, 2019

Jakarta – Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto has claimed that the ongoing wave of demonstrations has been "taken over" by groups whose final aim is to thwart the inauguration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

News ›› West Papua ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Radio New Zealand - September 26, 2019

Australia's government has urged restraint by all relevant parties in West Papua amid ongoing unrest in the Indonesian ruled region.

The death toll from violence in the Papuan cities of Jayapura and Wamena on Monday hasrisen to 26. Violence erupted in both cities as Indonesian security forces cracked down on student protests.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Straits Times - September 26, 2019

Jakarta – A second Indonesian student has died after protesters clashed with police on Indonesia's Sulawesi island during a rally against legislation that critics fear would undermine freedoms and anti-corruption efforts, an official said on Friday (Sept 27).

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
Australian Associated Press - September 26, 2019

The long-running legal cases of a former spy and his lawyer, who are at the centre of a bugging scandal involving East Timor, have returned to a Canberra court.

Bernard Collaery is facing conspiracy charges after allegedly helping a former client – an intelligence officer known as Witness K – blow the whistle on the 2004 diplomatic incident.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Research & Technology
Jakarta Globe - September 26, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian workforce could end up seeing more jobs available to them – mainly in the service sector – should the government and corporate sectors manage the adoption of automation and artificial intelligence well over the next decade, a new report by global consulting company McKinsey said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - September 26, 2019

Among the many demands made by student protesters throughout Indonesia this week, which have largely been motivated by their rejection of several problematic bills Parliment has been trying to pass before the current legislative session ends, is the passage of the much-delayed Eradication of Sexual Violence bill (RUU PKS), which would enforce harsher punishments for perpetrators of

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Tempo - September 26, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The University of Indonesia's (UI) students' executive board (BEM) suspected that there were a number of people intentionally provoking the college students' protest at the House of Representatives (DPR) headquarters on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Tempo - September 26, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko confirmed that police members who physically abused protestors in the nationwide students' protest will be punished.

"We will evaluate the crucial elements that led to such instances," said Moeldoko at the Presidential Chief of Staff on Wednesday, September 25.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Tempo - September 26, 2019

Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – The government planned to visit universities to explain several controversial laws which recently triggered students' demonstration.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - September 26, 2019

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry announced on Wednesday evening that the government tentatively had 938 points of disagreement with the House of Representatives' proposed revision of the 2009 Coal and Mineral Mining Law.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Jakarta Globe - September 26, 2019

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly lambasted critics of the criminal code bill for pointlessly debating articles that had actually become law for many years under the existing code.