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July 30, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - July 30, 2019

Fadli, Batam, Riau Islands – The Batam Customs Office in Riau Islands has sent seven containers containing hazardous and toxic waste owned by importing company PT Arya Wiraraja Plastinindo on their way back to France and Hong Kong.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - July 30, 2019

Rachmadea Aisyah, Jakarta – The chairman of the Investment Coordinating Board, Thomas Trikasih Lembong, is optimistic investments would record a double-digit growth this year after a 7.4 increase in the first half. (The Jakarta Post/Donny Fernando)

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - July 30, 2019

Jakarta – Singapore remained the largest foreign investor in Indonesia during the first half, with investments of US$3.4 billion comprising 5,348 projects, according to the latest investment data issued by the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Coconuts Jakarta - July 30, 2019

After successfully getting Youtube to suspend videos by gaming influencer Kimi Hime over "immoral" content, it appears that Indonesia's Information and Communications Ministry (Kominfo) is continuing its crusade against questionable content online.

Kominfo is now calling on citizens to help them find and block more "negative" content online.

July 29, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - July 29, 2019

Jakarta – Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto has appointed former chairman of Muhammadiyah's youth wing, Dahnil Simanjuntak, as his spokesman.

Dahnil was also the chief spokesmen for Prabowo and his running mate Sandiaga Uno's campaign team in the recent presidential election.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Dispute
Australian Associated Press - July 29, 2019

Australia's parliament voted Monday to implement a maritime border treaty with East Timor, potentially unlocking billions in offshore oil and gas revenue after a bitter decade-long dispute.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Democracy & Civil Rights
Jakarta Globe - July 29, 2019

Antara & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Indonesian Democracy Index, or IDI, improved slightly in 2018 from the year before, the Central Statistics Agency announced on Monday. The index is an indicator of democratic progress in the world's third-largest democracy with a population of more than 260 million.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Radio New Zealand - July 29, 2019

Indonesia's military, or TNI, says its soldiers have taken control of an regional headquarters of the West Papua Liberation Army in Papua's Highlands.

Armed conflict between the Liberation Army and the TNI since late last year has left dozens dead in Nduga regency. Thousands of villagers have also been displaced from the regency due to the conflict.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - July 29, 2019

Andita Rahma and M. Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia affirms that they are against the idea of handing death penalty to the repeat offender of corruption, Kudus Regent M. Tamzil.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - July 29, 2019

Jakarta – PT Gudang Garam Tbk (GGRM), one of the country's major cigarette producers, will expand into the road construction business to increase the company's sources of revenue, although cigarette production remains among the most lucrative lines of business in the country.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Dispute
Straits Times - July 29, 2019

Melbourne (Reuters) – Australia passed a legislation that sets down maritime boundaries with Timor-Leste on Monday (July 29), providing a framework for the two countries to split revenue from the offshore Greater Sunrise natural gas field.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Globe - July 29, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo signed a decree on Monday granting amnesty to Baiq Nuril Maknun, the woman sentenced to six months in prison and a Rp 500 million ($35,600) fine under Indonesia's notorious Electronic Information and Transactions Law for defaming the man who allegedly sexually harassed her.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Coconuts Jakarta - July 29, 2019

The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), one of Indonesia's most controversial civil society organizations (locally referred to as mass organizations or ormas for short), has been in a state of legal limbo for over a month after its permit expired on June 20 and the hardliner group's future existence has been thrown into serious doubt after President Joko Widodo himself hinted that their

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - July 29, 2019

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – At least 10 villages and seven beaches in West Java have been affected by the oil spill from state energy giant Pertamina's Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) block that has been polluting the sea for more than two weeks.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Tempo - July 29, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The National Police's cybercrime directorate is investigating alleged personal data trading, such as e-ID Number and Family Card Number (KK), on social media.

National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo said he would communicate with the Home Affairs Ministry should there be any legal violation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - July 29, 2019

Jakarta – The discovery of at least 300 rusty abandoned buses bearing Transjakarta logos in a field in Dramaga subdistrict, Bogor, West Java has led the Jakarta city government to file a lawsuit against the companies that supplied them in 2013.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
CNN Indonesia - July 29, 2019

Jakarta – A number of activists from the Civil Society Coalition suspect that the selection of leadership candidates for the Corruption Eradication Commission (capim KPK) for 2019-2023 which is currently underway is being manipulated by the government.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Jakarta Globe - July 29, 2019

Antara & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – A group of about 100 migrants protested in front of the offices of the United Nations Refugee Agency in Central Jakarta on Monday.

The protesters, who are all unattached individuals, demanded equal treatment as their peers with families, whose needs are often prioritized.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand - July 29, 2019

Pacific Islands Forum Foreign Ministers have agreed that alleged human rights violations in West Papua must remain on the agenda of the regional body.

Foreign ministers wrapped up their meeting in Suva at the weekend, laying out the agenda for next month's Forum leaders' summit in Tuvalu.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - July 29, 2019

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – Indonesia's election organizing agency expressed support for a proposal by the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, to ban graft convicts from nominating themselves as candidates in next year's regional elections.

July 28, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Jakarta Globe - July 28, 2019

Bayu Marhaenjati & Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – Thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in Jakarta will be able to breathe easier this week after the government, private companies and social foundations joined hands to provide basic necessities that have been denied them for many months.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Tempo - July 28, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Golkar Party's Deputy Secretary General Ace Hasan Syadzily said President Joko Widodo (Jokowi)'s statement that the government would review the extension of the permit for the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) was not a political matter.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
This Week - July 28, 2019

Patrick Winn – There's nothing new about emerging generations embracing sexual mores that shock their elders. But many Indonesians, especially those with a more liberal disposition, really didn't see this one coming.

News ›› Aceh ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Serambi News - July 28, 2019

Saiful Bahri I, Lhokseumawe – Female religious pupils (santriwati) from the An Islamic boarding school (pesantren) in Lhokseumawe, northern Aceh, are now required to wear the cadar (full length Islamic veil) in and around their new pesantren.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Kompas.com - July 28, 2019

Ahmad Faisol, Probolinggo – Police arrested two literacy activists who had setup a free reading stall at the Kraksaan public square in Probolinggo regency, East Java, on Saturday July 27. The two youths were arrested for allegedly displaying books by former Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) leader DN Aidit.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Tempo - July 28, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The global environmental conservation organization WWF-Indonesia has used an art approach to protect Sumatran tigers, in its collaboration with young rapper Tuan Tigabelas from Sumatra to hold a concert at Mount Pancar in Bogor District, West Java, in the commemoration of Global Tiger Day on July 29.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Associated Press - July 28, 2019

Indonesia's president said in an interview that he wants to see the speedy construction of a giant sea wall around Jakarta to prevent the low-lying capital from sinking under the sea, lending renewed backing and a sense of urgency to a slow-moving and politically contested mega project.

News ›› West Papua ›› Language & Culture
Antara News - July 28, 2019

Musa Abubar and Eliswan Azly, Jayapura – The Papua Archaeological Center's researcher, Hari Suroto, highlighted the importance of teaching "koteka" (penis gourd) at schools in the central mountainous region of Papua Province as one of the ways to preserve the cultural heritage of indigenous Papuans.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - July 28, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – General Chairman of the Greater Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party Prabowo Subianto on Saturday visited Rachmawati Soekarnoputri to talk about his meeting with her elder sister, Megawati Soekarnoputri, chairperson of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), last Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
CNN - July 28, 2019

Anna Coren, Jane Sit and Helen Regan, Jakarta – In his first international television interview since being re-elected in May, Indonesian President Joko Widodo denied being concerned about the rise of fundamentalism in his country, saying that the Islam practiced there is tolerant and progressive.

July 27, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - July 27, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said on Friday that the political parties supporting him remained solid despite recent steps taken by members of the ruling coalition.

"The [ruling] coalition remains solid. More solid than before," Jokowi said on Friday night in an event to dismiss his presidential campaign team at a restaurant in Central Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Jakarta Globe - July 27, 2019

Primus Dorimulu, Jakarta – Bambang Soesatyo, the speaker of the House of Representatives, has reminded Australia not to avoid the responsibility of accepting refugees currently transiting in Indonesia.

Southeast Asia's largest archipelago today hosts around 14,000 refugees and asylum seekers from several countries including Afghanistan, Myanmar and Somalia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Post - July 27, 2019

Gisela Swaragita, Jakarta – Munirwan, a farmer and village head in Meunasah Rayeuk village, North Aceh regency, has been arrested for producing and selling a rice seed variety called IF8 that has not been officially released to the public by the government.

July 26, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - July 26, 2019

Jakarta – Most institutional investors in the financial market want President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to appoint professionals to the economic team in his next Cabinet to ensure that the economy is professionally managed.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Sydney Morning Herald - July 26, 2019

James Massola, Jakarta – A sexual harassment victim who was jailed under Indonesia's strict defamation laws is set to be pardoned by Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
ULMWP - July 26, 2019

On 17th July 2019, ULMWP Chairman Benny Wenda was granted Freedom of the City of Oxford as a messenger of the West Papuan people, an award reflective of his lifetime of campaigning to amplify the calls of the West Papuan people for self-determination.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Age & Disability Rights
Jakarta Globe - July 26, 2019

Beritasatu Team & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – South Solok district in West Sumatra has come under fire for disqualifying a dentist based on her disability, despite being in good health and having passed the civil service exam with the highest score.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Tempo - July 26, 2019

Eko Widianto, Malang – The ride-hailing app company Gojek has established a task force that will help to handle issues on sexual violence and harassment occurred during a trip for its partners and customers as they potentially become a victim in public spaces.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - July 26, 2019

Jakarta – The National Police are tracking a source of funding for Islamic State-linked homegrown militant group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), after authorities uncovered a flows of funds from people in five different countries to an alleged mastermind behind the group's terror attacks.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - July 26, 2019

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – The revision of its 2018 financial report has revealed that national flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia suffered significant losses after the airline initially reported a profit in its balance sheet that was disputed by two of its commissioners recently.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Detik News - July 26, 2019

Danu Damarjati, Jakarta – A survey has found that victims of sexual harassment range from women wearing revealing clothing to those that are modestly dressed, including 17 percent who were wearing the hijab (Islamic headscarf or veil).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - July 26, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Amnesty International highlighted the acid attack against senior investigator of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Novel Baswedan, during the United States Congress on Thursday, July 25.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - July 26, 2019

Aichi Halik, Jakarta – The National Democratic Party and Golkar Party have assuaged concerns over a potential split in Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's coalition by denying plans to end their support for the president.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - July 26, 2019

Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan said that the results of the police-formed fact-finding team investigation into the acid attack that severely injured his left eye seemed to focus more on "mocking" him rather than finding his attacker.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Jakarta Post - July 26, 2019

Jakarta – The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) is investigating the possibility that money from drug trafficking has ended up in the hands of regional officials and jail wardens.

"The funds might be flowing to regional officials or jail wardens. We are tracking [the funds]," BNN director of money laundering Brig. Gen. Bahagia Dachi said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Straits Times - July 26, 2019

Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – Indonesia needs to buy more bench vixes and lathe machines while providing better training for its vocational trainers, as the country seeks to gear up the skills of its young army of workers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Associated Press - July 26, 2019

Stephen Wright and Karin Laub, Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesian President Joko Widodo said in an interview Friday that he will push ahead with sweeping and potentially unpopular economic reforms, including a more business-friendly labor law, in his final term because he is no longer constrained by politics.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - July 26, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Deputy head of the PKS Party faction at the House of Representatives (DPR), Aboebakar Alhabsyi, asserted his party would remain as opposition for the government of Joko Widodo or Jokowi-Ma'ruf Amin.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - July 26, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan, North Sumatra – The Medan Corruption Court in North Sumatra has sentenced nonactive Pakpak Bharat regent Remigo Yolanda Berutu to seven years in prison for having accepted Rp 1.2 billion (US$85,644) in bribes from a private contractor involved in a state infrastructure project.

July 25, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Global Risk Insights - July 25, 2019

Patrick Dupont – West Papuan separatist groups have recently united under a single banner. However, internal conflict and a determined Indonesian government will likely lead to a deterioration in the security environment in Indonesia's Papua Province. This will increase the risk of disruption to mining operations in the resource-rich province.