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January 23, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Tirto - January 23, 2019

Fadiyah Alaidrus – Padang Mayor Mahyeldi Ansharullah views Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people as a sickness that is caused by the environment and economic factors.

In order to deal with this, the Padang government will carry out investigative operations, arrests and involve the Indonesian military (TNI) in retraining LGBT people.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Tempo - January 23, 2019

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – The 212 Brotherhood (PA 212) gave their opinion upon Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama's prison release tomorrow.

This group is widely known to be the motor behind the major rallies in 2016 that eventually pressured for the former governor's imprisonment.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Jakarta Post - January 23, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana and Gisela Swaragita, Jakarta – Former Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama is to become a free man on Thursday after serving most of his two-year prison sentence for blasphemy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 23, 2019

Jakarta – Six people died and 10 went missing in a flood that hit Makassar City and six other districts in South Sulawesi on Tuesday.

The previous day, dozens of houses and several bridges were destroyed hours after torrential rainfall hit.

The six people were from Gowa district, which was inundated because of rising water levels in the Jenebarang River.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - January 23, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – As voters and activists vent their increasing disillusionment with both presidential tickets, the question is whether abstention could become a key factor in the 2019 elections.

Voter turnout in Indonesia has traditionally been high, consistently exceeding 70 percent for national elections since the end of the Soeharto regime.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Jakarta Post - January 23, 2019

Ni Komang Erviani and Connor Foley, Denpasar and Jakarta – The government's now-canceled plan to grant Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, the spiritual leader of a terror group responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings, an early release has received a backlash from survivors of the deadly terror attack and families of the victims.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - January 23, 2019

Pisang Batu River, Indonesia – Boys played and chatted on a rickety wooden ramp under a baking sun in West Java, while just below their feet flowed one of Indonesia's most horribly polluted rivers, clogged with hundreds of tonnes of smelly trash.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Asia Times - January 23, 2019

John McBeth, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been forced to reverse his decision to free jailed terrorist leader Abu Bakar Ba'asyir six years ahead of schedule, in a move critics decried as both misguided and legally questionable.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - January 23, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) director Arief Maulana predicted that the number of abstainers or golput in the upcoming 2019 election would increase when compared to that in the 2014 election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Coconuts Jakarta - January 23, 2019

The LGBT moral panic in Indonesia has become particularly alarming in some areas of the country where government officials are engaging in campaigns of state-sponsored discrimination against the protected minority ahead of this year's national elections.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
CNN Indonesia - January 23, 2019

Jakarta – Civil society organisations grouped under the Civil Society Coalition have declared that not casting a vote or golput (white movement) in elections is a right and not a crime. Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) Director Arif Maulana asserts that not voting or golput is a political choice in a society.

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Human Rights Watch News Release - January 23, 2019

Jakarta – The expected release of the former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama from a Jakarta prison on January 24, 2019 underscores Indonesia's dangerous and discriminatory blasphemy law, Human Rights Watch said today. Purnama, known as Ahok, was convicted of blasphemy in May 2017, and served a reduced two-year prison term for "blasphemy against Islam."

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Tempo - January 23, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly explained that the government formed a team specially tasked to discuss strategies and the following implications of Abu Bakar Baasyir's prison release.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Age & Disability Rights
Jakarta Post - January 23, 2019

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – A video of a disabled man being told to pray outside the West Sumatra Grand Mosque in Padang, West Sumatra, because his wheelchair was "not clean" sparked outrage on social media.

Abraham Ismed wrote about his experience and posted a video of an argument he had with a security officer on his Instagram account, @boy1492,on Sunday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Jakarta Post - January 23, 2019

Jakarta – Instead of returning to politics, former Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama might try his hand in oil – and become a talk show host on television.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Straits Times - January 23, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia's State Palace has confirmed that the government decided to call off the plan to grant early release to radical Muslim cleric and terror convict Abu Bakar Bashir due to his resistance to pledge loyalty to the state ideology, Pancasila, and the Republic of Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Sydney Morning Herald - January 23, 2019

Tim Lindsey – Indonesia's announcement that it would release 80-year-old Abu Bakar Bashir, the spiritual leader of terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, after serving two-thirds of his 15-year sentence for supporting a terrorist training camp in Aceh, took many by surprise.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
ABC News - January 23, 2019

Anne Barker – Indonesian President Joko Widodo appears to have backed away from plans to offer early release from jail to the alleged mastermind of the Bali bombings, Abu Bakar Bashir, after a public backlash at home and in countries including Australia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
CNN Indonesia - January 23, 2019

Jakarta – Disappointment with incumbent presidential candidate President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is one of the reasons why people are choosing not to vote or golongan putih (white group, golput) in the 2019 presidential election.

One of the people feeling this sense of dissatisfaction is Asean Sogie Caucus member Lini Zurlia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PKI & Anti-Communism
Detik News - January 23, 2019

Gibran Maulana Ibrahim, Jakarta – Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo has spoken out about hundreds of books on communism that were seized last year in Kediri, East Java. According to Prasetyo, more raids need to be carried out if indeed these books contain communist teachings.

News ›› West Papua ›› Infrastructure & Development
Radio New Zealand International - January 23, 2019

The Free West Papua Movement, or OPM, says it has political support in Papua New Guinea to push for negotiations with Indonesia.

Along with its armed wing, the West Papua Liberation Army, the OPM plans to hold a press conference in PNG's capital next week.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - January 23, 2019

Ryan Dwiky Anggriawan, Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition for civil rights asserted that people who choose to be abstainers, locally known as golput (Golongan Putih), in the general election did not violate the law. The coalition's coordinator Arip Yogiawan made the statement during a press conference at YLBHI building, Jakarta, Wednesday, January 23.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
CNN Indonesia - January 23, 2019

Jakarta – The planned release of Abu Bakar Bashir has turned into a polemic with the government still vacillating about whether or not to release the leader of the Indonesian Mujahidin Council (MMI).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Detik News - January 23, 2019

Ibnu Hariyanto, Jakarta – In the lead up to the 2019 presidential and legislative elections in April a movement has emerged promoting golput or white movement, meaning those who do not vote for any one of the candidates. Does this violate the law?

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Detik News - January 23, 2019

Yulida Medistiara, Jakarta – Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo will discuss the resolution of gross past human rights cases with the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM). He will do this so that there are no misunderstandings about how to resolve them.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Tempo - January 23, 2019

Ryan Dwiky Anggriawan, Jakarta – The Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno campaign team spokesman Dian Fatwa revealed that Prabowo will mainly talk about the concept of building the 'small people's infrastructure' in February's presidential debate.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Asia Pacific Report - January 23, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo says a radical Muslim cleric linked to the 2002 Bali bombings would only be released from jail if he pledged loyalty to the state and its ideology, following news he would be freed unconditionally sparked criticism – including a stinging editorial in the country's national English language daily.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - January 23, 2019

Jakarta – City-owned PT MRT Jakarta and the Jakarta Military Command on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding that stipulates for support from the military for the MRT's operational security. The memorandum will last for five years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Indigenous & Minority Rights
Jakarta Post - January 23, 2019

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – The issue of the Anak Dalam tribe, also known as the Orang Rimba, who traditionally live deep in the forest in Jambi in small nomadic groups, came into the spotlight in the past few years after they were forced to leave their land because of uncontrolled conversion of natural forest.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - January 23, 2019

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration has boasted that nearly all households in Indonesia have electricity, saying that the country had reached an electrification ratio of 98.05 percent as of September.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Retail & Service Industry
Jakarta Post - January 23, 2019

Jakarta – Large retailers, such as supermarkets and hypermarkets, will likely continue to experience subdued growth in 2019, which will benefit minimarket operators, Fitch Ratings says.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
South China Morning Post - January 23, 2019

Resty Woro Yuniar, Agencies – Australia's prime minister on Tuesday denounced Indonesia's move to grant radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir an early release from prison, a day after the country's chief security minister appeared to walk back the decision, saying it would be reviewed.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PKI & Anti-Communism
Tempo - January 23, 2019

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo is proposing that massive raids be carried out to hunt down books which contain communist teachings and banned ideologies. The proposal was made after the seizure of hundreds of books around the country allegedly containing "banned ideas".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Sydney Morning Herald - January 23, 2019

James Massola, Jakarta – The former governor of Indonesia's capital will be released from prison on Thursday, nearly two years after being jailed for blasphemy against Islam.

January 22, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Jakarta Post - January 22, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – A Samosir Police officer in North Sumatra was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of smuggling 15 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine.

The North Sumatra Police began their investigation into the suspect, a 34-year-old police brigadier identified as S, following an anonymous tip-off a week before the arrest.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Tabloid JUBI - January 22, 2019

Victor Mambor, Jayapura – Papua Human Rights Lawyers Association (PAHAM), Papua Legal AID Institute (LBH) and GKI Synod who are members of the Coalition for Law Enforcement and Human Rights in Papua registered a pretrial lawsuit against the police in Timika District Court, Papua on Thursday afternoon (17/01/2019).

News ›› East Timor ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Pacific Media Centre - January 22, 2019

Dili, Timor-Leste – The former president of Timor-Leste's public television network says he has been sacked for political reasons.

Gil da Costa was removed this month from the post of chairperson of the board of directors of Timor-Leste Radio and Television (RTTL) following an audit undertaken by the government – and he had no knowledge of the result.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Jakarta Post - January 22, 2019

Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – After facing a deluge of criticism over the planned release of convicted terrorist Abu Bakar Ba'asyir, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo declared that the firebrand cleric must express loyalty to the state ideology of Pancasila if he wants to be paroled.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Jakarta Post - January 22, 2019

Arya Dipa, Bandung – The West Java Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) is reviewing the Indonesia Barokah tabloid, which has been distributed to mosques and pesantren (Islamic boarding schools) in the province ahead of the upcoming elections.

"One mosque got one or two copies of the tabloid send by mail," West Java Bawaslu member Zaki Hilmi said Sunday.

News ›› West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Radio New Zealand International - January 22, 2019

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua is calling for Pacific regional groups to investigate the alleged use of chemical weapons in Indonesia's Papua region.

The movement's chair, Benny Wenda, said the Pacific Islands Forum and the Melanesian Spearhead Group should urgently send fact-finding missions to Nduga regency.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
Down to Earth - January 22, 2019

Jessica Franklin – More than 300 different Papuan tribes of ethnic Melanesian origin on the western half of New Guinea have been brutally suppressed by the Austronesian-dominated government at Jakarta since 1963

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Jakarta Post - January 22, 2019

Ni Komang Erviani, Denpasar – The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Denpasar chapter criticized President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's decision to grant remission to I Nyoman Susrama, the mastermind behind the murder of journalist Anak Agung Bagus Narendra Prabangsa, saying it was a "step back" in efforts to sustain press freedom.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - January 22, 2019

Jakarta – The Nanggroe Aceh Party (PNA) has decided to support incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin in the 2019 presidential election.

News ›› West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
The Guardian - January 22, 2019

Helen Davidson – Three babies who died during childbirth are among the civilian deaths West Papuan leaders are blaming on a brutal crackdown by Indonesian forces in the region of Nduga.

They are calling for Indonesia to allow humanitarian and medical agencies access to the area, as well as foreign media.

Reports ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Free West Papua - January 22, 2019

A rescue team consisting of church leaders, Nduga government representatives, local parliament members and civil society figures have published a report on the killing of 17 government contractors.

January 21, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Indonesia at Melbourne - January 21, 2019

On 17 January, Indonesia's presidential candidates faced each other in the first of five televised debates as the country heads toward elections in April. The debate featured some of the country's biggest challenges – law, corruption, terrorism and human rights – so expectations were high, not least because of the candidates' respective human rights records.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Straits Times - January 21, 2019

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – The Indonesian government made a bold statement three years ago when it put five of the most dangerous radical clerics in isolation cells to limit their influence beyond the prison walls.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Tempo - January 21, 2019

Ryan Dwiky Anggriawan, Jakarta – The Jokowi-Ma'ruf pair is still ahead of rival Prabowo-Sandiaga ticket, according to the latest poll results of pollster National Survey Media.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Jakarta Post - January 21, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has promised to pass a bill to protect Muslim clerics, religious figures and religious symbols as part of its bid to retain seats in the House of Representatives after the 2019 general election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
CNN Indonesia - January 21, 2019

Jakarta – The Nusantara Traditional Community Alliance (AMAN) has accused President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo as the head of state of being neoliberal because his policies are always orientated towards the economic sector.