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February 13, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has been reported to the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) for allegedly campaigning for incumbent presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo outside the schedule set by the elections committee.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Straits Times - February 13, 2019

Jakarta (DPA) – Instagram has taken down an account that featured comic strips about a Muslim gay man's daily struggles after Indonesia demanded its removal, an official said on Wednesday (Feb 13).

News ›› West Papua ›› Political Parties & Elections
CNN Indonesia - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) and the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) say that the West Papuan people will not take part in the 2019 presidential and legislative elections.

News ›› West Papua ›› Film & Television
Radio New Zealand International - February 13, 2019

A short documentary which highlights the risks of being a journalist in Indonesian-ruled Papua region, or West Papua, has won an international film award.

Aprila, directed by Rohan Radheya, took out the best short film award at the 16th Pacific Fifo Documentary Film Festival in French Polynesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Social media platform Instagram has denied a government claim that it had taken down an Instagram account featuring a comic strip on the life of a gay Muslim man that has caused widespread indignation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
CNN Indonesia - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) Commission III member Arsul Sani says that the government's planned revisions to the 2009 Narcotics Law could open the way for the involvement of TNI (Indonesian military) personnel in combating the drug trade.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Coconuts Jakarta - February 13, 2019

Indonesia was hammered by some 2,374 natural disasters last year, the biggest and most deadly being the 7.5-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit Sulawesi in late September and killed more than 1,400 people and the 7.0-magnitude quake that rocked the island of Lombok in August, killing nearly 400 people.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – Ellya, a resident of Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, pays Rp 300,000 (US$21.38) a month for a water service of less than 40 cubic meters used by six adults and two children.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Jakarta – Social media platform Instagram has taken down an Instagram account featuring comic strips about the life of a Muslim gay man that has stirred national controversy, an official says. By 2 p.m. on Wednesday, the account @alpantuni was no longer accessible.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - February 13, 2019

Vincent Lingga, Jakarta – Even under the most optimistic projections, Indonesia's economic growth in the next five years is unlikely to exceed 6 percent. In fact, potential growth will most probably be at 5.68 percent, according to a joint study by the Asian Development Bank and the National Development Planning Ministry.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
New York Times - February 13, 2019

Mike Ives and Muktita Suhartono, Hong Kong – An Instagram account featuring a comic strip with gay Muslim characters disappeared on Wednesday, days after Indonesian officials threatened to block the entire social media platform in the country because of an uproar over the comic's content.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - February 13, 2019

VP candidate Sandiaga Uno has made traveling around the country and meeting with the downtrodden – particularly those who say they feel economically hard done by by President Joko Widodo's administration – one of his main campaign strategies.

February 12, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – In less than a week, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Prabowo Subianto will once again face each other in the second-round presidential debate.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Agnes Anya, Jakarta – Two universities in Canberra said in a joint statement on Monday that they were "shocked and appalled" at the alleged harassment of two hijab-wearing Indonesian students in the Australian capital.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Ruslan Sangadji, Palu – The Central Sulawesi provincial administration plans to build memorial parks in areas affected by earthquake-triggered soil liquefaction in Palu and Sigi regency to remember the victims.

The geological phenomenon hit Palu and Sigi following a 7.4-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated Central Sulawesi in September 2018.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Al Jazeera - February 12, 2019

Aisyah Llewellyn, Medan, North Sumatra – Musicians in Indonesia have slammed a new draft law seeking to criminalise content deemed pornographic or blasphemous, saying it could potentially limit freedom of expression across the vast archipelago.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Food & Beverage Industry
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Jakarta – The Bali administration is set to legalize traditional Balinese arak (liquor made from tuak, a sweet drink from coconut palm flower) with the hope that it will serve as a new trademark of Indonesia's main tourist destination, said Bali Governor Wayan Koster.

News ›› East Timor ›› Health & Education
Dili Weekly - February 12, 2019

Paulina Quintao – The Chief of the Surgery Department at the National Hospital of Guido Valadares (HNGV), in Dili, Surgeon Alito Soares said many patients of cancer, with broken legs and arms chose to leave the hospital early in favour of doing traditional treatments.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Globe - February 12, 2019

Dion Bisara, Jakarta – A planned increase in the rates of online-based motorcycle taxis may reduce demand for ride-hailing services by more than two-thirds, potentially paring drivers' incomes and prompting more people to use private vehicles, exacerbating traffic problems, a recent study showed.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Tempo - February 12, 2019

Muh. Syaifullah, Jakarta – The chairperson of Indonesia Solidarity Party (PSI) Grace Natalie suggested revocation of the joint ministerial decree or SKB regulating the establishment of houses of worship as it violated the 1945 Constitution Article 28e and Article 29.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Tempo - February 12, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – In an attempt to reject the much-debated Draft Music Bill (RUU Permusikan), Musician Kaka Slank plans to meet legislative member Anang Hermansyah form the House of Representatives' (DPR) Commission X.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – As public attention has focused on the increasingly heated presidential election campaign, it is easy to forget tens of thousands of candidates vying for seats at national and local legislatures.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Poverty & Social Inequity
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Jakarta – The International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID) has called on the government to continue tackling the gap between the rich and poor by providing more beneficial social service programs in a new report that shows the country's social gap index improved last year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Jakarta – The Indigenous Peoples Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) will reconsider its political stance in this year's presidential election amid "uncertainties" surrounding the indigenous peoples bill.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Jakarta – Some 10 percent of toddlers in West Jakarta suffer from health problems, most of which are related to nutrition, the municipality has announced.

West Jakarta assistant of administration and public welfare Yunus Burhan said that the administration had taken actions to address the issue.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Coconuts Jakarta - February 12, 2019

Indonesia's Information and Communications Ministry (Kominfo) says it has sent an official letter to Instagram demanding they block an account by a user posting self-drawn comic strips depicting gay Muslim characters in Indonesia.

News ›› East Timor ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
ABC News - February 12, 2019

An American missionary who was a hero in Timor-Leste for founding children's shelters that have operated for more than two decades has been expelled from his Catholic congregation after admitting to sexual abuse of minors.

News ›› Aceh ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Antara - February 12, 2019

Muhammad Ifdhal, Banda Aceh – Aceh Regional House of Representatives (DPRA) Commission VIII chairperson Ghufran Zainal Abidin says that Indonesia's western-most province rejects the Draft Law on the Elimination of Sexual Violence (RUU PKS) which is currently being deliberated by the House of Representatives (DPR)."This RUU must be rejected by broader society because it is potential

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
The Conversation - February 12, 2019

Jamie S. Davidson – Being known by the Indonesian public to support importing rice over self-sufficiency can jeopardise a politician's place in Indonesian politics. Recently, supporters of Prabowo Subianto, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's opponent in the country's upcoming election, tried to attack the incumbent using this issue.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Tempo - February 12, 2019

Eko Widianto, Malang – Musicians and art workers in Malang declined the music draft bill or RUU Permusikan because of its articles that promote controversy, such as a criminal threat against musicians.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Jakarta – After lowering fuel prices for land transportation, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will likely call on state-owned oil and gas holding company Pertamina to lower the price of aviation turbine fuel (avtur), which has been blamed for the high operational costs of airlines.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Jakarta – The government expects to raise Rp 22.5 trillion (US$1.6 billion) in revenue from the halal certification law, which becomes effective this year, an official has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 12, 2019

Agnes Anya, Jakarta – The Foreign Ministry has denied that a man who voiced his support for presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, the United States, is a government official.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Coconuts Jakarta - February 12, 2019

Most Indonesian cities are notoriously unfriendly towards pedestrians, none more so than the capital of Jakarta. Seeing sidewalks overridden with kaki lima (food carts) and motorcycles (either parked or using them as a shortcut) is a common occurrence but that's on top of basic design flaws like an overall lack of sidewalks and crosswalks.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Gay Star News - February 12, 2019

Rik Glauert – The Information and Communications Minister in Indonesia has threatened to block Instagram in the country.

It wants the social media company to block a user who posts self-drawn comics depicting a gay Muslim, according to CNN Indonesia. AlPantuni's Instagram says it posts 'Gay Muslim comics for people who are able to think'.

News ›› East Timor ›› Social Security & Welfare
Dili Weekly - February 12, 2019

Estevao Nuno – The Director of the organization BELUN, Luis da Costa Ximenes, urges the Secretariat of State for the Combatants of the National Liberation (SEAKLN) to verify the data and lists of veterans.

He said, in 2018, there were 28,896 veterans registered, which for him is a substantial number.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Population & Migration
Tempo - February 12, 2019

Ade Ridwan Yandwiputra, Jakarta – Head of Bogor National and Political Unity Office (Kesbangpol) Wawan Darmawan revealed that Puncak remains as the favored area in Bogor District for illegal immigrants, which have accumulated to 1,766 people.

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› International Solidarity
Solidarity for Venezuela - February 12, 2019

  • No to a coup, American intervention and military invasion
  • Let the Venezuelan people overcome the crisis in a democratic and peaceful manner

Imperialist America is again attacking Venezuela after earlier enacting sanctions and an economic blockade as well as financially supporting maneuvers by the right-wing opposition.

February 11, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tirto.id - February 11, 2019

Rio Apinino – Incumbent presidential candidate President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and running mate Ma'ruf Amin's have indeed made many sweet promises about protecting and upholding human rights (HAM).

News ›› Aceh ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - February 11, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The Arun Lhokseumawe Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Aceh, which houses one of the country's natural gas facilities, could be the latest example of the use of underutilized assets to boost local economies, said the State Asset Management Agency (LMAN).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - February 11, 2019

Jakarta – An association representing four industries, namely ceramic tile, glass, glove and oleochemical, have demanded that the government fulfill its promise to lower gas prices and help them become more competitive both in the domestic and international markets.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Agence France Presse - February 11, 2019

Indonesian entertainers have rallied against a draft law that seeks to ban blasphemous and "pornographic" music content, which critics say could be used to clamp down on freedom of expression in the Muslim-majority nation.

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

Ganug Nugroho Adi, Surakarta – The police have named the chairman of the 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212), Slamet Ma'arif, a suspect for violating campaign rules.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 11, 2019

Arya Dipa, Bandung – Chandra Kristianto, 41, has never witnessed a flood like the one on Saturday night in the eight years he has lived in Jatiendah, Bandung, West Java.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - February 11, 2019

Jakarta – The rupiah continued to weaken on Monday, falling to Rp 14,005 per United States dollar at 10 a.m. on the spot market as quoted by Bloomberg, a 0.35 percent depreciation after closing at Rp 13,955 per US dollar on Friday evening.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - February 11, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The government believes the manufacturing sector will be the new engine of economic growth for Indonesia and will, therefore, focus on its development in the next five years.

News ›› West Papua ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Associated Press - February 11, 2019

Indonesian police have acknowledged officers terrorised a Papuan man with a snake after a video of the incident circulated online showing the man screaming in fear while his interrogator laughed.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Governance & Public Policy
Jakarta Post - February 11, 2019

Sausan Atika and A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Monday that Jakarta would gradually take over tap water management from private operators Aetra and Palyja despite a recent Supreme Court ruling that approved the continuation of water privatization.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - February 11, 2019

Gisela Swaragita, Jakarta – A video of an angry South Tangerang man trying to dismantle his motorcycle after being ticketed by a police officer went viral last week. Some people deem the video unsettling, while others may find it amusing.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 11, 2019

Jakarta – Environmentalists have called on the government to fulfill its promise to strictly regulate crude palm oil (CPO) production to assure that the major export commodity is developed based on principals of sustainability.