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September 26, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Agence France Presse - September 26, 2019

Hundreds of Indonesians gathered in several major centers across the archipelago today as authorities braced for more violent opposition to a major overhaul of the criminal code (RKUHP).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Tempo - September 26, 2019

Fikri Arigi and Friski Riana, Jakarta – SETARA Institute openly criticized police repression against the criminal code draft bill (RKUHP) students' protest and maintains that police's excuse of "running out of patience" is definitely unacceptable.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Tempo - September 26, 2019

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – Amnesty International deemed the Indonesian police force has abused its authority in suppressing the massive student rally at the House of Representatives (DPR) headquarters.

They deemed that police have failed to learn from the May 21-22 incident where police's protest-suppression strategy caused numerous victims to fall.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Tirto.id - September 26, 2019

Reja Hidayat, Felix Nathaniel and Haris Prabowo – On Tuesday afternoon in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) building, held back by a fence, the protester's fury reached its climax.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Jakarta Post - September 26, 2019

Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani urged stakeholders to build more digital infrastructure as the digital economy would play an important role in the country's economic growth.

She said that many parts of Indonesia have yet to enjoy the impact of the digital economy because of a lack of infrastructure such as the internet and electricity.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - September 26, 2019

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – State utility company PLN booked first half net profit of Rp 7.35 trillion (US$521.53 million), greatly turning around a net loss of Rp 5.34 trillion in the same period last year, according to its recently published financial report.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Retail & Service Industry
Jakarta Post - September 26, 2019

Jakarta – With less than a month before halal certification will become mandatory, an assessment by the Indonesian Ombudsman has found the Halal Certification Agency (BPJPH) unprepared for the task of issuing halal certification.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Chauvinism & Xenophobia
Straits Times - September 26, 2019

Arlina Arshad, Jakarta – Indonesia's Chief Security Minister Wiranto said on Thursday (Sept 26) that the recent student protests in the country were hijacked by a group aimed at disrupting Parliament and the inauguration of President Joko Widodo's new term in October.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - September 26, 2019

Ambon, Indonesia – At least six people died on Thursday after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Indonesia's eastern province of Maluku, damaging buildings and sending people fleeing to the hills, officials and witnesses said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Coconuts Jakarta - September 26, 2019

Police in Indonesia have not only been accused of using excessive force against protesters taking part in student-led demonstrations against the government that have erupted in cities across the country in recent days, there are also serious allegations that they have used intimidation and violence against reporters attempting to cover those actions.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Tempo - September 26, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta -The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) said that there are means to delegitimize the nationwide students' rally against the passing of the criminal code draft bill (RKUHP). They claimed that it is to steer the public's sympathy away from the movement.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Tempo - September 26, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) Executive Director Damar Juniarto revealed a number of problems contained in the House of Representative's data protection and cybersecurity Draft Bill.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Jakarta Globe - September 26, 2019

Robertus Wardi & Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The chief security minister said on Thursday that the government had "enough evidence" to suspect that the orchestrators behind this week's violent rallies around the national legislative complex in Jakarta had sought to occupy the legislature and prevent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo from being sworn in for a second term.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Tempo - September 26, 2019

Adam Prireza, Jakarta – The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) recommended heads of educational institutions to refrain from imposing sanctions for high school students who joined the demonstration in the DPR building, Wednesday, September 25.

September 25, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - September 25, 2019

Robertus Wardi & Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The finance commission at the House of Representatives on Wednesday elected four politicians and a professional to become the next board members of the Supreme Audit Agency for the 2019-2024 period.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - September 25, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The House of Representatives agreed on Tuesday to delay the deliberation of four problematic bills, including the Criminal Code (KUHP) bill, following mounting public anger at the legislative agenda.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - September 25, 2019

Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – The government has decided to suspend an export tax imposed on crude palm oil (CPO) and its derivative products until next year to ease the financial burdens of palm oil producers amid a drop in CPO prices on the world market.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Al Jazzera - September 25, 2019

More than 300 university students and police in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta were being treated in hospital on Wednesday, a day after violent clashes with police during nationwide protests triggered by a new law that critics say cripples the country's anti-corruption agency.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Star Observer - September 25, 2019

Peter Hackney – A lawmaker from Indonesia's House of Representatives has claimed foreigners "need not worry" about proposed laws criminalising extramarital sex, contained in the draft revision to Indonesia's criminal code.

News ›› West Papua ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Sydney Morning Herald - September 25, 2019

James Massola and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – Deadly violence has shaken the Indonesian province of Papua once more, with reports of people being burnt alive and stabbed to death amid fierce protests.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Coconuts Jakarta - September 25, 2019

Police in Jakarta arrested 94 people in connection with yesterday's student protests in the capital, which began peacefully outside the House of Parliament (DPR) building but descended into chaos towards the evening.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Tempo - September 25, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Thousands of Indonesia's university students in various regions have once again taken to the streets to protest the revisions of several laws including the one on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and Criminal Code (KUHP).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Tempo - September 25, 2019

Nurhadi, Surabaya – Thousands of students joined in Surabaya Student Executive Body (BEM) Alliance staged demonstrations, rejecting the amended KPK Law and Criminal Code draft bill at the East Java Legislative Council (DPRD) building, Jalan Indrapura, Wednesday, September 25.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - September 25, 2019

Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The national antigraft agency has reminded President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration that corruption remains the main obstacle to investment in Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Jakarta Post - September 25, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi and Ghina Ghaliya, Semarang/Medan/Jakarta – Student protesters across the country clashed with police officers when thousands once again took to the streets to reject what they perceived as undemocratic government policies.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
CNN Indonesia - September 25, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) is questioning President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's commitment to eradicating corruption in Indonesia during his next term in office.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Housing & Property
Jakarta Post - September 25, 2019

Jakarta – A government plan to annul the requirement to obtain a building permit (IMB) for houses and other property has received little support from stakeholders, including property consultants and property companies.

They fear that if IMBs were no longer required, building construction could violate spatial planning regulations in urban areas.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Straits Times - September 25, 2019

Jakarta (Bloomberg) – Violent street protests in Indonesia against a number of controversial laws risks damaging growth and stability in South-east Asia's biggest economy, according to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Coconuts Bali - September 25, 2019

A lawmaker from the House of Representatives (DPR) claimed yesterday that foreigners visiting Indonesia "need not worry" about articles criminalizing sex outside of marriage contained in the draft revision to Indonesia's criminal code (RKUHP), highlighting that charges can only be made by immediate family members of those involved.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Sydney Morning Herald - September 25, 2019

James Massola and Amilia Rosa, Jakarta – Thousands of people have taken to the streets in cities across Indonesia to protest draconian changes to the country's criminal code and the weakening of the anti-corruption commission.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Coconuts Jakarta - September 25, 2019

The massive student demonstrations that erupted in cities across Indonesia on Monday and Tuesday were fueled, in large part, by anger at Parliament for passing a bill that anti-graft activists say will cripple the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), as well as mounting frustration at President Joko Widodo, who said Monday that he would not use his executive power to block the

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Tempo - September 25, 2019

M Yusuf Manurung, Jakarta – Jakarta Metro Police Chief Insp. Gen. Gatot Eddy Pramono said as many as 39 police officers fell victim to the clash at the House of Representatives (DPR) building on Tuesday, September 24. They were reportedly injured during the incident.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - September 25, 2019

Jakarta – If President Joko Widodo and his aides had been prepared to abide by the March 22, 2017, court ruling on the handling of fires in forests and land for agriculture, this year's fires might have been prevented.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Jakarta Globe - September 25, 2019

Robert Isidorus, Jakarta – At least a thousand residents of Wamena in Papua's Jayawijaya district have requested evacuation to the provincial capital, Jayapura, following Monday's riots that claimed the lives of 26 people, an official said on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - September 25, 2019

Jakarta – The House of Representative passed the 2020 state budget bill into law during a plenary meeting on Tuesday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
Jacobin Magazine - September 25, 2019

Bytamara Soukotta – Amid the loud yells celebrating freedom during the Indonesian Independence Day celebration last month, West Papuan students in Surabaya were attacked in their own residences by civilian groups as well as uniformed military. Apart from suffering physical wounds, the West Papuan students also endured verbal harassment, including being called "monkeys."

News ›› West Papua ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
ASEAN MP - September 25, 2019

Jakarta – Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia today called for calm and an immediate cessation of violence from all sides following reports of clashes between protesters and security forces in at least two locations across Papua.Efforts over recent weeks of the Indonesian authorities to address the grievances and unrest have failed to quell tensions, and in some cases, may

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
CNN - September 25, 2019

Julia Hollingsworth – Thousands of student protesters have taken to the streets of Indonesia to oppose a controversial draft criminal code that would make consensual sex outside of marriage illegal and a new law that could weaken anti-corruption efforts.

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Statement - September 25, 2019

Bangkok – Indonesian authorities should carry out a thorough investigation into the police assaults of reporters covering protests in Makassar and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Reuters - September 25, 2019

Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – Indonesian students rallied for a third day on Wednesday against proposed new laws, including a criminal code that would ban extramarital sex and insulting the president's honour, a day after clashes in the capital injured more than 300 people.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
Coconuts Jakarta - September 25, 2019

Scenes of violence erupted in the numerous large-scale demonstrations throughout Indonesia yesterday as thousands of university students came out to voice their anger towards the government and Parliament over several controversial bills, the ongoing haze crisis, and violence in Papua, among other pressing issues facing the country.

News ›› West Papua ›› Peace Talks & Dialogue with Jakarta
Tempo - September 25, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto refused to establish a formal meeting with the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). He opined such a meeting might be seen as the government's recognition for the group.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Tempo - September 25, 2019

M Yusuf Manurung, Jakarta – Jakarta Metro Police Chief Insp. Gen. Eddy Pramono said the police have arrested 94 people allegedly involved in a clash between students and police at the DPR on Tuesday, September 24. According to him, one of them brought a molotov cocktail to attack security officers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Tempo - September 25, 2019

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – The House of Representatives (DPR) speaker Bambang Soesatyo said the plenary meeting which is slated to take place Thursday, September 26, might possibly pass the draft bill on the elimination of sexual violence (RUU PKS).

September 24, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Globe - September 24, 2019

Bayu Marhaenjati, Jakarta – Members of Detachment 88, the National Police's elite counterterrorism squad, have found an Islamic State flag and weapons at a rented house occupied by a terror suspect who was arrested in coordinated raids in Bekasi, West Java, on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - September 24, 2019

Jakarta – Bilateral ties between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia will continue to grow, Saudi Ambassador to Indonesia Esam A. Abid Althagafi has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Straits Times - September 24, 2019

Jakarta – Thousands of students rallied in cities across Indonesia on Tuesday (Sept 24) against proposed changes to the criminal code that they say would threaten civil liberties.

Parliament had been due to pass the draft revisions to the penal code on Tuesday, but decided to postpone a vote on the Bill at the request of President Joko Widodo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
ABC News - September 24, 2019

Tasha Wibawa and Iffah Nur Arifah – Skies have turned to what many describe as post-apocalyptic blood red in an Indonesian province because of a widespread forest fire which continues to burn.

Jamaludin, who goes by one name, from the village of Jebus, said his home has been surrounded by smog for the past three months.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Coconuts Jakarta - September 24, 2019

Indonesian forest fires are putting nearly 10 million children at risk from air pollution, the United Nations warned Tuesday, as scientists said the blazes were releasing vast amounts of greenhouse gases.

Statements ›› West Papua ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
ULMWP Chair - September 24, 2019

Twenty-nineteen is becoming the worst year in nearly six decades of illegal Indonesian occupation. Massacres and violence are being carried out as a direct result of the additional 16,000 Indonesian troops deployed since August. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights must visit West Papua now, and the Pacific Islands Forum must help secure this.