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April 11, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - April 11, 2019

Jakarta – The Taxation Directorate General has seen tax revenues increase in the first half of 2019, triggered by the legislative and presidential elections on April 17.

Tax office spokesman Hestu Yoga Saksama said on Wednesday that retail sales growth of 9.1 percent in February would positively affect tax revenues.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
The Ecologist - April 11, 2019

Natalie Sauer – Sandiaga Uno may have personally benefited from payments made by one of Indonesia's biggest coal miners to an offshore firm he owned, Global Witness says.

Berau Coal paid at least $43 million between 2010 and 2012 to an obscure offshore company in the Seychelles called Velodrome Worldwide Limited, according to a report released by the NGO.

News ›› Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Coconuts Jakarta - April 11, 2019

The #JusticeForAudrey assault case, which has dominated Indonesian headlines this week and resulted in millions of Indonesians signing a petition demanding the prosecution of 12 high school girls accused of the assault, has taken a twist that may absolve some of the girls of blame.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Detik News - April 11, 2019

Jakarta – At least 114 investigators from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) have signed a petition complaining over the obstacles they face when pursuing corruption cases. The petition was addressed to the KPK leadership because they are having difficulties indicting big fish.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - April 11, 2019

Nurul Fitri Ramadhani and Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – A video of people raiding an empty store in Selangor, Malaysia, and unpacking several bags containing marked ballots in favor of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and running mate Ma'ruf Amin circulated on social media on Thursday.

April 10, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - April 10, 2019

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – Health advocates have urged the government to regulate the use of e-cigarettes to prevent non-smokers, particularly young ones, from taking up the habit.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
CNN Indonesia - April 10, 2019

Jakarta – National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) Commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara says the prosecution of past cases of gross human rights (HAM) violations is being hindered by the Attorney General's Office (AGO) and there is nothing new in the AGO's latest response.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Nikkei Asian Review - April 10, 2019

Vikram Nehru – The runup to Indonesia's general election on April 17 has so far seen four revealing presidential debates. Occasionally strident, sometimes humorous, the events have been a welcome opportunity for the candidates, incumbent President Joko Widodo and former general Prabowo Subianto, to reach out to voters.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
Jakarta Post - April 10, 2019

Izzan Fathurrahman, Jakarta – A new movement called "Indonesia without feminism" has started its online campaign through popular social media platform Instagram. The campaign account of Indonesia tanpa feminisme has gained thousands of followers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Jakarta Post - April 10, 2019

Fadli, Batam – Beaches near Nongsa resorts in Batam, Riau Islands, have been covered with a thick film of stinky, black oil since Tuesday, forcing foreign tourists staying at the resorts along the beaches to check out earlier than planned or cancel their stay.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Coconuts Jakarta - April 10, 2019

We're exactly one week off from Indonesia's presidential election and the vast majority of recent polling still shows President Joko Widodo to have a commanding double-digit lead of 15-20% over challenger Prabowo Subianto.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - April 10, 2019

Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Surakarta, Central Java – The incumbent intends to repeat his 2014 performance in cities and regencies across Central Java to secure at least 70 percent of all votes in the province, which is widely regarded as his stronghold.

News ›› West Papua ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - April 10, 2019

Jakarta – Mimika regency in Papua banned alcoholic beverage sales on Wednesday in an effort to maintain public order during the simultaneous presidential and legislative elections on April 17.

Mimika Regent Eltinus Omaleng told hundreds of civil servants on Monday that sales would be banned at stores and entertainment spots across the regency.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Asian Correspondent - April 10, 2019

William Chalk – For the first time in Indonesia's history, the president, vice president, and constituents of the People's Consultative Assembly will be selected on the same day during its general elections on April 17.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Nikkei Asian Review - April 10, 2019

Erwida Maulia and Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – The overflowing crowd of 200,000 gathered at Jakarta's Bung Karno Stadium roared as opposition leader Prabowo Subianto took the stage. "Up, up Prabowo-Sandi, down, down Jokowi," they sang.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - April 10, 2019

Christian Lee, Jakarta – Economic stability or possible protectionism? That's what investors have to think about beyond the 2019 presidential election in Indonesia – due to take place next week, the Economist Intelligence Unit, or EIU, said in a report early this month.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Indonesia at Melbourne - April 10, 2019

Among the many incidents of violence in the conflict in Poso, Central Sulawesi, the attack by Christian militants at Kilometre 9 in Lage subdistrict in May 2000 is the one that former jihadist Sumiyono, or Yono, remembers the most.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - April 10, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Several public figures went to the General Elections Commission (KPU) building in Central Jakarta to encourage them following threats made by the Prabowo Subianto camp suggesting that they would take to the streets and mobilize 'people power' should they find proof of fraud in the upcoming general election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Coconuts Jakarta - April 10, 2019

Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab is not welcome on Instagram, at least according to his supporters, as several of them have publicly claimed that the social media platform is erasing their photos of the controversial hardline cleric.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - April 10, 2019

Jakarta – State-owned oil and gas holding company Pertamina announce that it had found new oil and gas reserves in intensive explorations conducted in the first quarter of 2019.

According to Pertamina upstream director Dharmawan H. Samsu, one new oil reserve was found in Benewangi Well #J-01 in Riau province, with a projection rate of 540 barrels of oil per day (bopd).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Jakarta Post - April 10, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The electoral gap between Prabowo Subianto and Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has narrowed amid a large number of undecided voters, a recent poll shows.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
The Interpreter - April 10, 2019

Erin Cook – With a week left until Indonesia's presidential election, polls are tightening and huge mass rallies show the 193 million voters keen to have their say. For incumbent Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, his not-so-hidden strength has been his three-year-old grandson, Jan Ethes.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Nikkei Asian Review - April 10, 2019

Erwida Maulia and Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – With less than a month to go before election day, a grinning President Joko Widodo stood inside a jammed subway car and touted the opening of Indonesia's first-ever metro network, the Jakarta MRT.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Sydney Morning Herald - April 10, 2019

James Massola – Indonesians are in the midst of a fierce electoral contest with potentially enormous consequences.

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal - April 10, 2019

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-004-2019

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News ›› Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Coconuts Jakarta - April 10, 2019

An alleged case of abuse against a middle school student in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, continues to dominate the conversation on Indonesian social media today as police continue investigation into the case.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Kumparan - April 10, 2019

Paul – The West Papua immigration office insists that it will take firm action against foreign journalists trying to cover the elections in West Papua.

This was emphasised by Manokwari Class II Non-TPI Immigration Office West Papua representative Bugie Kurniawan at a meeting on foreign surveillance at the Bintuni Bay regency on Wednesday April 10.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - April 10, 2019

Markus Makur, West Manggarai – Local General Elections Commissions (KPU) in East and West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara, are putting forth local dialects and mascots to encourage people to vote.

April 9, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - April 9, 2019

Indonesians have been freed from the shackles of work on April 17, as President Joko Widodo yesterday passed a decree mandating that election day will be a public holiday to encourage voter turnout.

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Human Rights Watch News Release - April 9, 2019

Jakarta – Political changes in post-Suharto Indonesia have triggered ethnic and religious violence across the country, says a book by Andreas Harsono, a veteran Indonesia researcher for Human Rights Watch, that was published today.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - April 9, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The Prabowo-Sandiaga campaign team spokesman Andre Rosiade conveyed his suspicion on the alleged mobilization of State-owned Enterprises (SOE) workers to the grand campaign of Jokowi-Ma'ruf Amin in Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) stadium, Jakarta, on Saturday, April 13.

News ›› Aceh ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - April 9, 2019

Jakarta – A panel of judges at the Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced on Monday evening suspended Aceh governor Irwandi Yusuf to seven years in prison for accepting bribes and unlawful gifts that he later distributed, among others, to his close companion Steffy Burase.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - April 9, 2019

Nurlis Meuko & Muhamad Al Azhari, Jakarta – A high-ranking officer in Indonesia's military has downplayed rumors that some powerful political figures might try to challenge the outcome of the April 17 elections – when 190 million voters will choose a president, vice president and members of the state and regional legislatures – if the results do not go their way.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - April 9, 2019

Jakarta – Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has blamed the West Java administration for the lack of activity at Kertajadi International Airport in Majalengka, saying that the idea to construct the airport came from the local administration.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Prostitution & Human Trafficking
Jakarta Post - April 9, 2019

Jakarta – The National Police's criminal investigation body has announced that it has uncovered four human trafficking networks that sent an estimated 1,200 Indonesians to work in Syria, Turkey, Morocco and Saudi Arabia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Coconuts Jakarta - April 9, 2019

Almost every recent survey about the Indonesian presidential election agrees that incumbent Joko Widodo is comfortably ahead of his rival Prabowo Subianto in the run-up to the April 17 vote, with slight variations as to how big the lead is (most put Jokowi at least 15% ahead).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Al Jezerra - April 9, 2019

More families of victims of the Lion Air crash in Indonesia are suing Boeing after its chief executive apologised and said a software update for the MAX 8 jet would prevent further disasters.

Family members and lawyers said on Monday that CEO Dennis Muilenburg's comment last week, related to an automated flight system, was an admission that helps their cases.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Tempo - April 9, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The advisory board chairman of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) Salim Segaf Aljufri accompanied by the PKS Faction head of the House of Representatives (DPR) Jazuli Juwaini and a number of PKS executives visited Monday, April 8 the Islamic Front Defender (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab at his residence in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - April 9, 2019

Iqbal Tawakal Lazuardi (Contributor), Jakarta – The Indonesian election supervisory agency (Bawaslu) published its latest report on Indonesian regions that are prone to dispute during the 2019 general elections. They claim that 16 provinces are classified under this category.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Jakarta Post - April 9, 2019

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara has been named the Best Halal Tourist Destination on the 2019 Indonesia Muslim Travel Index (IMTI), followed by destinations in Aceh, Riau, Riau Islands and Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - April 9, 2019

Bambang Nurbianto, Jakarta – The head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, has said Indonesia is still lagging behind three other ASEAN members – Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia – when it comes to exports.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - April 9, 2019

Jakarta – Gerindra Party chairman and presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto showed a glimpse of his notorious temper at a campaign event in Yogyakarta on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Digital Journal - April 9, 2019

Dessy Sagita (AFP) – When Indonesian authorities arrested a politician with some 400,000 cash-filled envelopes, it was a stark reminder that a long-time election staple is alive and well in the corruption-riddled country – vote buying.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
East Asia Forum - April 9, 2019

Iwu Dwisetyani Utomo – A recent Gender and Reproductive Health Study in Indonesia found a surprisingly high degree of comprehension of sexual harassment among Indonesian students and teachers, but there were some worrying differences across various demographics.

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

Jakarta – The uptrend in airline tickets is hitting the domestic tourism industry hard. According to the Indonesian Travel Agents Association (ASITA), Indonesian tourists prefer to travel abroad.

The situation began after the airfares for domestic routes soared at the end of 2018.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Jakarta Post - April 9, 2019

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – Press agencies and legal aid organizations have formed the Journalist Safety Committee in the face of the rise in violence against journalists in Indonesia, especially during political years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Jakarta Post - April 9, 2019

Jakarta – Two people have been arrested for allegedly spreading a video claiming that the General Election Commission's (KPU) computer servers were being manipulated to ensure the victory of the Joko "Jokowi" Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin presidential ticket.

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

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – A joint search and rescue team has rescued two miners and recovered five dead bodies after a landslide hit an artisanal diamond mine in Banjarbaru, South Kalimantan.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Indonesia at Melbourne - April 9, 2019

In the recent televised debate between Indonesia's vice presidential candidates, Ma'ruf Amin and Sandiaga Uno, were asked about the threat of "dehumanisation" of the workforce in the face of Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Al Jazeera - April 9, 2019

Kate Walton, Jakarta – As the Indonesian President Joko Widodo campaigns for a second term after coming into power five years ago on a wave of reformist optimism, the voters who once backed him are wrestling with disappointment.