Siddharth Chandra – The Indonesian killings of 1965-66 marked a turning point in Indonesian politics, and rank among the most traumatic episodes in the country's history.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
September 30, 2019
Anna Whyte – Three shipping containers of used, contaminated plastic waste are on the way back to New Zealand after a sting by the Indonesian government, and more could be on the way.
Vanuatu's prime minister has again pressed the United Nations General Assembly over human rights abuses in West Papua.
During his speech in New York, Charlot Salwai lamented how some Pacific territories are yet to break the shackles of colonialism.
Mr Salwai cited France's territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia, as well as Indonesian-ruled West Papua.
Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Construction on the 82.7-kilometer elevated section of the China-backed Jakarta-Bandung Fast Train project commenced on Monday.
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says that he doesn't have any problems will a proposal that he meet with pro-referendum Papuan figures, including those in the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and the West Papua National Committee (KNPB).
Shinta Maharani, Jakarta – The massive university students' protest dubbed Gejayan Memanggil (Gejayan is Calling) was echoed again to be held today, September 30, in Yogyakarta.
Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – Indonesia's trade sector has received its Christmas gift early: The European Union has granted Indonesia Rp 232 billion (US$16.37 million) through a program dubbed ARISE+ Indonesia to improve trade conditions and capacity between 2019 and 2023.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Bogor, West Java – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has blamed a local armed group for the deadly riots in Wamena, Papua, last week, which killed at least 33 people, ordering authorities to hunt down those responsible for the unrest.
Aisyah Llewellyn – In my five years as a journalist, I've seen a fair share of tragedy.
I've reported from the site of a deadly 2018 tsunami; inside a morgue filled with charred corpses; in front of an erupting volcano; in the middle of a refugee camp. Each of these situations brought with it its own particular horror, yet none prepared me for Indonesia's deadly haze.
Kurniawan Ulung – Industry members in Indonesia have expressed their deep reservations and objections over the passing of a revised criminal code containing controversial articles, as they believe such a move would prove disastrous for the tourism sector if passed through.
Michael Taylor, Kuala Lumpur – Palm oil from an illegal plantation inside an Indonesian rainforest home to endangered orangutans has found its way into the supply chains of major consumer brands including Unilever and Nestle, according to a U.S.-based environmental group.
Bayu Marhaenjati & Farouk Arnaz & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Police made a series of raids on Friday night and Saturday morning in Tangerang, Banten, and arrested at least six people who are now accused of plotting to create riots in Jakarta during the weekend.
Paris – East Timor is imposing restrictions on the movement of livestock to contain African Swine flu, its agriculture ministry said on Monday after reporting multiple outbreaks to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
Shinta Maharani, Jakarta – Other than university students, the Independent Journalist Alliance or AJI Yogyakarta joined the second students' demonstration dubbed Gejayan Memanggil 2 held in Gejayan, Yogyakarta, Monday, September 30.
They will voice criticism upon various forms of violence and criminalization against journalists that have occurred recently.
Max Lane – Since Sept 23, there have been student demonstrations in almost every province of Indonesia against numerous new Bills being tabled and passed by the outgoing Parliament. The first protest in the university town of Yogyakarta saw a turnout of 15,000 students, despite the rally call going out less than 24 hours before that.
Jakarta – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe has apologized for deadly riots that rocked Wamena, the seat of Jayawijaya regency in Papua, which paralyzed parts of the city and left more than 30 people dead, with thousands fleeing their homes in fear.
Harry Suhartono and Tassia Sipahutar – Foreign investors pared their holdings of Indonesian stocks as escalating political demonstrations added to worries of a slowdown in Southeast Asia's largest economy.
Devana Senanayake – 'My crotch does not belong to the government,' read a board held up in a protest against a series of proposed updates to the Dutch-era criminal code in Indonesia.
September 29, 2019
Jakarta (Antara) – The Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry has invited rectors from various universities in Indonesia to discuss issues related to student protests that broke out in various cities over the past few days.
A brutal Indonesian forest fire season that left Southeast Asia choking in smog has renewed scrutiny of major palm oil and paper companies, with activists accusing them of breaking promises to halt logging.
The monster blazes sent a pall of acrid smoke over the region for weeks, closing schools and airports and causing a spike in respiratory ailments.
Tasha Wibawa – "I had my first child at 14, a little boy, and I was destroyed," Indonesian woman Rasminah, who goes by one name, told the ABC.
Rasminah, from a village in West Java, calls herself a survivor of child marriages – by the time she was 30 she had been married off by her parents four times.
Jakarta – Ambon Mayor Richard Louhenapessy has declared a 14-day emergency following the magnitude-6.5 quake that struck the Maluku capital and two adjacent districts on Thursday.
National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Agus Wibowo said on Sunday that at least 30 people died and 156 were injured in the incident. About 700 buildings were damaged.
Jakarta (Antara) – A total of 504,000 inhabitants of West Kalimantan, particularly children, suffered from respiratory illness due to the smog from forest fires, according to Inspector General Didi Haryono, head of the West Kalimantan Police.
Thousands attended a mass prayer in the devastated Indonesian city of Palu on Saturday, one year after a quake-tsunami swallowed up whole neighborhoods and killed more than 4,000 people.
Many in the crowd sobbed as they remembered victims of the 7.5 magnitude quake and subsequent deluge that razed swathes of the coastal city on Sulawesi island last September.
Fana Suparman & Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The Supreme Court justice who overturned a graft conviction against Syafruddin Arsyad Temenggung, former head of the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency, or IBRA, has been found guilty of ethical misconduct, the court said on Sunday.
Frank Fang, Taipei, Taiwan – Health authorities in Taiwan are warning travelers not to bring any meat products from East Timor, after the Southeast Asian nation confirmed an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF).
September 28, 2019
Kate Lamb in Jakarta, Marni Cordell and Ben Doherty – Witnesses to Monday's deadly riots in West Papua claim Indonesian police gunned down Papuan students in the street during the unrest, and say Wamena has since become a militarised ghost town.
Benny Mawel, Jayapura – After the student protests that ended in unrest and killings in Wamena, Papua, on Monday, both indigenous and non-indigenous residents have started to leave the city.
The residents are fleeing the city amid rumors that there will be a huge military deployment to prevent further turbulence in the area.
Wamena, Indonesia – Thousands of scared residents in Indonesia's Papua scrambled to board military planes Friday, fleeing urban unrest after one of the region's deadliest eruptions of violence in years.
Evi Mariani, Jakarta – "The road was quiet with only palm trees around and it was only two of us in his car when he began to caress my thigh and slip his hand under my bottom. I don't know why but I couldn't scream. I didn't fight back because I was so scared. I was afraid he would get angry and he could do anything to me if I screamed. I could be killed.
Jakarta (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Indonesians are struggling to rebuild their lives a year after a powerful earthquake and tsunami caused widespread devastation, with many still homeless and schools unable to reopen, aid groups said on Saturday (Sept 28).
Fresh protests broke out across Indonesia on Friday as the president ordered a probe into two student deaths during a wave of demonstrations against divisive legal reforms, including banning pre-marital sex and weakening the anti-graft agency.
Antara & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Police in Papua's Jayawijaya district have identified three suspects involved in last week's riots in Wamena, in which 32 people died and more than 60 were injured.
"The three suspects are S.E. (40), I.G. (29) and Y.E. (53)," Papua Police spokesman Senior Comr. Ahmad Musthofa Kamal said in Jayapura on Friday.
Jakarta – Journalist, filmmaker and founder of the production house Watchdoc, Dandhy Dwi Laksono, was arrested by police on charges of violating Article 28 Paragraph (2) of the Electronic Transaction and Information (ITE) Law on the night of Thursday September 26. The charges relate to tweets he posted on Twitter on September 23 about violence in Papua.
Caesar Akbar, Jakarta – Public Housing and Public Works Minister Basuki Hadimuljomo said the government plans to build 2,500 kilometers of toll road within the next five years, or in the second period of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in the office. The project will complete the 1,852 km of toll road planned to finish this year.
Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Justice Minister Yasonna Laoly submitted his resignation to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Friday, after opting to take up the seat in the House of Representatives he had won in the April legislative election.
John Martinkus – In the town of Wamena, in the highlands of Papua, thick smoke poured from the roof of the regent's office. It had been torched by protesters, according to police, along with dozens of other buildings and cars.
Maria Ortuoste – Another year, another rejection. Once again, ASEAN did not discuss Timor-Leste's application for membership in its annual meeting. This delay is puzzling since Timor-Leste has made significant progress in meeting ASEAN's requirements and current geostrategic trends necessitate greater ASEAN solidarity.
Ian Morse, Palu, Indonesia – For Ariyati, the disaster that took her mother's life and that of more than 4,800 others a year ago has been followed by another unseen, but greater disaster.
Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Lili Pintauli Siregar, one of five newly elected commissioners of the national antigraft agency, said she supported the establishment of a supervisory body from which investigators must obtain warrants to wiretap suspects.
Jakarta – A 212 Holy Warriors Action (Aksi Mujahid 212) to Save the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia on Saturday in Jakarta has demanded that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo resign from the presidency and criticised government policies which adversely affect society and the Islamic community.
Jakarta – Expressions of regret for President Joko Widodo came after the domestic textile industry was brought to its knees. The decision to open the door to textile and textile product imports that were taken without proper consideration two years ago has caused losses for local industry.
Virginia Langeberg – Australia has been urged to "step up substantially on the issue of West Papua", with Vanuatu's leaders taking to the stage of the UN General Assembly to "emphatically condemn" alleged human rights violations in the region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.