Hotman Siregar & Carlos Ky Paath, Jakarta – The House of Representatives, or DPR, agrees to postpone deliberations on the controversial Criminal Code bill until lawmakers elected in the April legislative elections are sworn in on Oct. 1, a House commission overseeing legal affairs said on Tuesday.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
September 24, 2019
Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has thanked ride-hailing firm Grab Indonesia for its initiative to hire more disabled driver partners, especially those who are deaf.
Jakarta – The Deposit Insurance Corporation (LPS) announced on Tuesday a cut in its guaranteed interest rates for both rupiah and foreign currency-denominated savings and deposits following a cut in Bank Indonesia's benchmark rate last week.
Riska Rahman and Prima Wirayani, Jakarta – The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), the main gauge of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) fell sharply in Tuesday's trading as protests against the government and the House of Representatives' policy to amend several crucial laws spread across the archipelago.
Jakarta – Students are on the move again! Today and yesterday, students in several parts of the country took to the streets to reject the revisions to the Corruption Eradication Law (UU KPK) and the Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP).
At least 20 people have been killed in a fresh burst of unrest in Indonesian-ruled West Papua.
Violence erupted in both the provincial capital Jayapura and the main Highlands town Wamena yesterday.
Indonesia's military said at least 16 people died in Wamena after Papuan high school students took to the streets in protest over a racism allegation.
Yesterday, large student-led demonstrations took place in cities across Indonesia to protest the passage of a number of controversial pieces of legislation that have been heavily criticized by activists and the general public.
Papuan churches want Indonesia to withdraw troops as violence escalates in the disputed territory.
And they want the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to urgently visit and see the human rights abuse in Papua – mainly by security forces and the military-backed armed civilian militia.
Matthew V. Veazey – The first onshore drilling campaign in the Southeast Asian country of Timor-Leste in nearly 50 years is slated to begin in January 2020, according to operator Timor Resources.
More than two dozen people have died in riots in Papua, authorities said Tuesday, sparking calls for an investigation into one of the bloodiest eruptions of violence to hit the restive Indonesian territory in years.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) Legal Commission Deputy Erma Suryani Ranik says that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo expressed no objections upon erasing the Article overseeing defamation against the President and Vice President mentioned in the revised criminal code draft bill (RKUHP).
Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, has arrested nine people in separate busts in Jakarta and Bogor, West Java, including three directors of state-run fishery company Perum Perindo, the anti-graft agency said on Monday night.
Gisela Swaragita, Jakarta – As rallies criticizing what protesters believe to be attempts to reverse the country's decades-old reforms spread nationwide, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko has ruffled some feathers by suggesting that the existence of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) could hinder investments.
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.
Jakarta – Bilateral ties between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia will continue to grow, Saudi Ambassador to Indonesia Esam A. Abid Althagafi has said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – Hundreds of university students on Monday from a wide range of campuses in Indonesia marched to protest at the House of Representatives (DPR) demanding the completion of the country's reform.
Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – Dozens of Papua and West Papua Legislative Council (DPRD) members met with presidential chief of staff Moeldoko in discussing the current situation and aspirations from the people of Papua.
Maybrat DPRD member Ferdinando Solossa requested the central government to hold meetings with figures of separatist groups.
Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Calm has returned to Jayapura and Wamena in Papua on Tuesday even though the death toll from yesterday's riots had risen to 26, with more than 90 people injured, officials said.
National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo said 733 students are still being detained at the Papua Police headquarters in Jayapura.
Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a nonprofit organization comprising more than 30 companies that use plastics in their products, has started work on establishing a sustainable waste management system in Bali's Jembrana district.
Thousands of university students from across Indonesia have once again taken to the streets in a continuation of a series of protests against what they perceive to be attempts by the government and the legislature to roll back democracy.
Haris Fadhil and Indra Komara, Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has strongly criticised a statement by Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko who said that the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) could be hindering investment. Although he has since clarified his statement, ICW says that Moeldoko's logic is misguided.
September 23, 2019
Jakarta – Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the eldest son of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, applied for membership of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P, in Solo on Monday, signaling his plan to run for mayor of the Central Java city next year.
President Joko Widodo's reputation for being anti-corruption took a major hit last week when the House of Representatives (DPR) passed a major revision to the laws governing the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) that removed the agency's independent status and made a number of other changes that watchdogs warned would cripple its graft-busting abilities.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) law commission deputy Desmond J. Mahesa said that postponing the revised law on the Corruption Eradication Commission or KPK Law lies in President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
Desmond argues that the president could simply just not officialize it into a state initiative.
Antara & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – A riot broke out in Wamena, the capital of the Jayawijaya district in Papua, on Monday morning after a crowd protesting ethnic and racial discrimination against Papuan students on the island of Java started burning some government buildings in the city, including the Wamena district head office, forcing local officials to close the Wamena Airp
Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II has recorded a rise in low-cost carrier (LCC) international flights departing from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, since January, signaling a thriving climate for overseas travel amid public furor over skyrocketing ticket prices for domestic routes.
Andreas Harsono – Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced on Friday he wanted parliament to delay its vote on the country's proposed new criminal code. The pending bill contains dozens of articles that violate the rights of women, religious minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people – and ultimately all Indonesians.
A new study has found that the majority of Indonesians are dissatisfied with the current crop of legislators in the House of Representatives (DPR), whose five-year term is coming to an end this month.
Carlos Roy Fajarta & Farouk Arnaz, Jakarta – Detachment 88, the National Police's elite counterterrorism squad, arrested at least eight suspects and seized half a kilogram of high explosives during coordinated raids in Jakarta and Bekasi, West Java, early on Monday.
Adam Prireza, Jakarta – President of Trisakti University's students' union Dinno Ardiansyah argues that the government together with members of the House of Representatives (DPR) have collectively betrayed the spirit of Indonesia's 1998 reformation era by ousting public contribution in its law-making process.
Jakarta (Antara) – National Mandate Party (PAN) Zulkifli Hasan announced that the party will completely support President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's call on the House of Representatives (DPR) to postpone the Draft Criminal Code Bill or RKUHP as it is deemed to defy the public's interest.
Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Police anti-terror unit Detachment 88 raided several hideouts in Bekasi in West Java and Jakarta on Monday morning, arresting eight people linked to the Islamic State-affiliated militant group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, or JAD, as well as seizing explosive materials belonging to the group.
Benny Mawel, Jayapura – Violent unrest broke out in Wamena, the main city of Jayawijaya regency in Papua, on Monday, with some senior high school students reportedly being attacked by security officers as they dispersed a protest.
Dozens of people in Denpasar participated in a rally earlier today in support of the revised law governing the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
They are among the few who have demonstrated in favor of the revisions, which have otherwise been met with widespread public resistance across the country over fears that they will weaken the independent anti-graft agency.
Fresh unrest broke out in Indonesia's restive Papua region Monday as protesters burned down a government office and other buildings in Wamena city, according to an AFP reporter.
Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Unrest that broke out in Jayapura and Wamena in Papua Province on Monday has claimed the lives of at least 20 people, while dozens more were injured, officials said.
Shinta Maharani, Jakarta – The supposed massive university students' protest in Yogyakarta dubbed "Gejayan Memanggil" set to be held today has been suspiciously suppressed after the movement was targeted by numerous online attacks – mainly in social platforms – accusing the protest of being compromised by radical groups and political influences.
Jakarta (Bisnis) – The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) stated haze caused by land and forest fires in several provinces of Sumatra has shrouded Aceh province, including Banda Aceh and its vicinity.
Antara & Beritasatu, Jakarta – At least two groups of antigraft activists have announced plans to file a lawsuit against the recently amended law on the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, on the grounds that the amendment process was full of flaws and that the revisions undermine the agency.
Norman Harsono, Jakarta – Efforts to plug a leaking oil well in the waters off Karawang regency, West Java, have reached 99.8 percent completion, according to state upstream energy company Pertamina Hulu Energi (PHE).
Nick Baker – Indigenous people around Indonesia are losing their forests to palm oil plantations at a "massive scale", according to a rights group.
In a report released Monday, Human Rights Watch examined the work of two palm oil companies, PT Ledo Lestari in Indonesia's West Kalimantan province and PT Sari Aditya Loka 1 in Jambi province.
September 22, 2019
Yustinus Paat & Dina Fitri Anisa, Jakarta – The proposed criminal code bill as it stands today will be a bane in Indonesia's effort to attract foreign investments and tourists, politicians and industry players warned over the weekend.
Jakarta – The number of Indonesians suffering respiratory problems caused by smoke from forest and peatland fires blanketing parts of Borneo and Sumatra in the past few months has nearly reached 900,000, according to the authorities.
Rahel Narda Chaterine, Jakarta – Indonesia Madani Circle (LIMA) founder and director Ray Rangkuti has said that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo doesn't deserve to receive the "Son of Reformasi" award. The issue went viral on social media after news circulated that the Trisakti University will give the award to Widodo.
Bayu Marhaenjati, Jakarta – The National Police on Sunday introduced an electronic driver's license that can also function as a digital payment card and record traffic violations by its owner.
Yulida Medistiara, Jakarta – The Draft Law in the Elimination of Sexual Harassment (RUU-PKS) is still being deliberated by the House of Representatives (DPR). Women's Solidarity Chairperson Dinda Nur Annisa Yura believes that this shows character of DPR members who are tolerant of sexual violence.