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July 3, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Brisbane Times - July 3, 2019

James Massola, Chris Vedelago and Amilia Rosa, Jakarta – Australian company Visy Recycling was behind the export of a container of plastic waste that is regarded as toxic in Indonesia, according to documents seen by The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
ABC News - July 3, 2019

Jordan Fennell and Tracey Shelton – Three armed separatist groups in the Indonesian region of West Papua have announced they have united to form the West Papuan Army, as activists lobbying for independence declare they are now ready to "take over our country".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - July 3, 2019

A few days ago, Sandiaga Uno, running mate to defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, was criticized for not congratulating President Joko Widodo on his re-election win and saying that giving congratulations was "western culture" – before flip-flopping with a carefully worded message of congratulations to the president later that same day.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Tempo - July 3, 2019

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – Maritime Affairs Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan defends President Jokowi's English speaking ability while recalling their visit to the G20 summit.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Literature & The Arts
Jakarta Post - July 3, 2019

Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has said that the management of the iconic Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) arts and culture center in Cikini, Central Jakarta, will be handed over to city-owned property developer Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro) for about 30 years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Jakarta Post - July 3, 2019

Gisela Swaragita, Jakarta – Two people have been arrested for posting content on social deemed insulting to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

Among the two arrested was Juranda Aditya from Bangka regency, Bangka Belitung Islands, who posted a photo of Jokowi and comedian Andre Taulany.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
CNN Indonesia - July 3, 2019

Jakarta – The Denny JA Indonesia Survey Circle (LSI) predicts that the presidential elections (pilpres) in 2024 will be enlivened by a contest between four different ideologies, namely reformasi, political Islam, the 1945 Constitution (UUD 1945) and human rights (HAM).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - July 3, 2019

Yustinus Paat & Robertus Wardi & Hotman Siregar & Asni Ovier & Markus Junianto Sihaloho, Jakarta – Golkar, one of Indonesia's largest political parties, finds itself at another crossroads, with two of its top members vying for the leadership.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Vanuatu Daily Post - July 3, 2019

The plight of West Papuans as Melanesian citizens is an important issue that Vanuatu must continue to support.

Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and External Trade, Ralph Regenvanu, made this clear in his keynote address yesterday to all Vanuatu's Heads of Missions (HOM) who are currently in the capital for the 3-day 8th HOM meeting.

News ›› East Timor ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Asia Pacific Report - July 3, 2019

Tempo Timor, Dili – Proposals to make defamation a crime in Timor-Leste have sparked public debate about a controversial law that could see people jailed for their opinions on popular platforms like Facebook.

News ›› West Papua ›› Political Prisoners & Wrongful Imprisonment
Radio New Zealand - July 3, 2019

A Polish man imprisoned in Indonesia's Papua province for treason says his government has been of little help to him.

Jakub Skrzypski was in May jailed for five years after an Indonesian court said he had plotting to sell arms to the West Papua Liberation Army.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Coconuts Jakarta - July 3, 2019

Now that the post-election legal battle with failed candidate Prabowo Subianto is finally finished (despite what some of his most die-hard supporters may think), speculation has now moved on to the possible makeup of President Joko Widodo's new cabinet.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fishing & Maritime Affairs
Tempo - July 3, 2019

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – Member of Jakarta Legislative Council's D Commission, Yusriah Dzinnun, claims the five-meter tall embankment wall which is part of the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) hampers local fishermen from accessing the area's fish market.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Tempo - July 3, 2019

Vindry Florentin, Jakarta – The government plans to increase electricity tariffs for 12 non-subsidized groups starting in 2020. Thepolicy is expected to reduce the government's financial burden in the State Budget (APBN).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Indonesia at Melbourne - July 3, 2019

A recent high-profile case of alleged bribery for promotions in the Religious Affairs Ministry is just one small example of the deep-seated corruption still infecting Indonesia's civil service.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - July 3, 2019

Jakarta – The country's manufacturing sector grew slower in June as indicated by a decline in the purchase manager index (PMI) to 50.6 from 51.06 in the previous month.

An index rate above 50 indicates growth in the manufacturing sector.

July 2, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
The Guardian - July 2, 2019

Helen Davidson – A leading West Papuan independence organisation claims to have unified three rebel armies under its control, led by exiled leader Benny Wenda, who says they are now "ready to take over our country".

However one alleged party – the long-running domestic separatist group, OPM, – has rejected the announcement as "lies and fabrication".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Tempo - July 2, 2019

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) chairman Tulus Abadi considered the decrease in airlines tariff that would be valid starting this week was only a marketing gimmick. "Because, the drop is not in peak hours or days," said Tulus when contacted on Tuesday, July 2.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - July 2, 2019

Beritasatu Team & Egna Setiawan, Jakarta – The national antigraft agency will detain state prosecutor Agus Winoto for an initial 20 days on bribery charges, following a series of arrests since late last week.

He was arrested on Friday, along with the lawyer Alvin Suherman and two other officials employed at the Jakarta Prosecutor's Office.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - July 2, 2019

Jakarta – The National Police's Densus 88 counterterrorism unit is tracking terrorist group Jamaah Islamiyah's (JI) source of funding after arresting its leader Para Wijayanto, according to National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Jakarta Post - July 2, 2019

Theresia Sufa, Bogor, West Java – The Bogor Police have detained SM, the woman who entered a mosque in Sentul on Sunday with a dog and her shoes on, and charged her with blasphemy.

Bogor Police spokesperson Adj. Comr. Ita Puspita said that investigators had named SM a suspect based on evidence and witness statements.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Food & Beverage Industry
Jakarta Post - July 2, 2019

Jakarta – The contribution of the food and beverage (F&B) industry to gross domestic product (GDP) increased steadily over the past four years in spite of the decrease of its growth last year, according to the Indonesian Food and Beverage Producers Association (GAPMMI).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Detik News - July 2, 2019

Zunita Putri, Jakarta – The Denny JA Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI) predicts that there will be 14 possible contenders for the 2024 presidential election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
The Guardian - July 2, 2019

Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Tired of breathing in some of the world's filthiest air, a group of activists and environmentalists in Jakarta has decided to sue the Indonesian government to take action.

Air quality in the south-east Asian metropolis has plunged dramatically in the past month and recorded worse conditions than notoriously polluted cities such as Delhi and Beijing.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Coconuts Jakarta - July 2, 2019

Indonesian police arrested Para Wijayanto, the alleged leader of the Al Qaeda-linked extremist network Jemaah Islamiah (JI) on Saturday in Bekasi.

Yesterday, police told the media that Para was funding the salaries and logistics of the terrorist group, which was behind the deadly 2002 Bali bombings, through profits from palm oil plantations.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Globe - July 2, 2019

Jakarta – Thousands of Islamic State sympathizers from Indonesia currently in Syria may wish they had the opportunity to vote for the right candidates in the April 17 election, as the decision whether to allow them to return now rests on a political compromise between parties in the House of Representatives.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Jakarta Post - July 2, 2019

Jakarta – Statistics Indonesia (BPS) recorded that the number of tourists who arrived in Indonesia on airplanes was 713,881 in May, a decline of 11.37 percent year-on-year (yoy).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Post - July 2, 2019

Jakarta – The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) will extend its investigation into the sharp price drop of chicken at the farming level, which according to farmers is lower than production cost.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Sydney Morning Herald - July 2, 2019

James Massola and Amilia Rosa, Batam – Indonesian authorities have rejected a 13-tonne container full of plastic recycling waste from Australia after it was found to be contaminated with toxic materials, and they intend to send it back.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Tribune - July 2, 2019

Glery Lazuardi, Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition is calling on the government to postpone the ratification of the Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP) because it still contains articles on insulting religion and blasphemy which are open to multiple interpretations and are applied in a discriminative way.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Jakarta Post - July 2, 2019

Jakarta – In response to the blasphemy charge against a middle-aged woman identified only as SM who entered a mosque in Bogor, West Java, with a dog on Sunday, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) officially stated that such an action would only be considered blasphemous had it been done intentionally by a person of sound mind.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Reuters - July 2, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian police have arrested the leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah militant network linked to al-Qaeda, authorities said on Tuesday, on suspicion of recruiting members and sending them to Syria to train with extremist groups.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
CNN Indonesia - July 2, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) is urging the state to carry out a substantive internal reform of the National Police (Polri). This is because according to data gathered by the YLBHI and the Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) there were 115 cases of police negligence in handling problems with civilians.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Kanivatonga News - July 2, 2019

Philip Cass – West Papuan human rights activist Rosa Moiwend has asked Tonga to continue its support or her people's struggle for independence.

She told Kaniva news it was important to support Vanuatu's effort to prepare a resolution to have West Papua placed on the agenda of the United Nations Decolonisation Committee.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Coconuts Jakarta - July 2, 2019

A middle aged Indonesian woman, who has been identified by her initials SM, has been charged with blasphemy for bringing her dog into a mosque in Bogor and setting it loose, despite the police's mental health assessment unearthing her long history of mental illness.

July 1, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - July 1, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The Democrat Party announced that it will decide its future and position within Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration after the 40-days commemoration of Ani Yudhoyono's passing.

"Around July 10 we will announce what direction the party will take and also the coalition," said Democrat Party secretary-general Hinca Panjaitan in Jakarta yesterday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - July 1, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Executive Director of Voxpol Center Research and Consulting, Pangi Syarwi Chaniago argues that Prabowo Subianto's Gerindra Party will have a better chance of winning in the 2024 general elections as long as they remain as oppositions.

"It's better for Gerindra to partake in 5-year fasting," said Pangi in a statement today.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - July 1, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called for greater cooperation between Indonesia and Australia in vocational education.

Jokowi said such a collaboration would be in line with Indonesia's plan to focus on human resource development in the next five years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
The Interpreter - July 1, 2019

Kate Walton – The end of the Ramadan fasting period is marked by a week-long holiday in Indonesia. In Jakarta, this means that almost half the population leave the city to travel back to their hometowns and villages to celebrate Idul Fitri with their families.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Radio New Zealand - July 1, 2019

Armed rebel groups in Indonesia's West Papua have reportedly united to form a new army under a single command.

A release from the office of the chairman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, Benny Wenda, says it's the first time the three major factions have come under a single arm.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - July 1, 2019

Beritasatu TV & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto is considering a meeting with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in a reconciliatory move widely seen as crucial to repairing the rift that formed during this year's presidential election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - July 1, 2019

Jakarta – The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) summoned on Monday flag carrier Garuda Indonesia president director Ari Askhara for questioning on a report that he had positions in airlines under the Garuda Indonesia Group's management.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Inside Indonesia - July 1, 2019

Hipolitus Yolisandry Ringgi Wangge – Just like any 12-year-old boy, Daniel appeared happy and carefree as he played soccer with his friends in the churchyard of Kingmi Weneroma.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - July 1, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Former Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno talked about reports that he would be appointed as a minister in Joko Widodo's 2019-2024 cabinet. Sandiaga, who ran for vice president opposed Jokowi, said he is not interested.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - July 1, 2019

Leonard A.L. Cahyoputra, Jakarta – Hyundai Motor Company has affirmed its Rp 40 trillion ($2.8 billion) investment in Indonesia as part of the South Korean automotive giant's plans to make Indonesia one of its car export hubs and develop electric vehicles in Southeast Asia, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said in a statement on Sunday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - July 1, 2019

Jakarta – Vice-presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno uploaded a video congratulating Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin for winning the 2019 presidential election through his Instagram account @sandiuno on Sunday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Straits Times - July 1, 2019

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja – A man believed to be the emir, or top leader, of the South-east Asia terror group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) has been arrested after a 16-year-long hunt.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Globe - July 1, 2019

Farouk Arnaz & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – The National Police's elite anti-terrorism squad arrested five militants, including Para Wijayanto, leader of the terrorist group Jamaah Islamiyah, in various locations in West Java and East Java over the weekend, a spokesman said on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - July 1, 2019

Sandiaga Uno, running mate to defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, has seemingly been forced to shift his views several times following the April 17 election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Jakarta Globe - July 1, 2019

Maria Fatima Bona & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Religious teaching in Indonesian state universities could be amplifying fundamentalist tendencies among their students, making them more accepting of extremist ideas, a recent survey has shown.