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June 16, 2020

Tempo - June 16, 2020
Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan in Tempo's online discussion yesterday said that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo should feel bothered by a legal system that is seemingly inept, especially in his case.

"I am aware that the President is interested in building everything in our country, which includes building a legal system, im

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2020

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The sluggish handling of past human rights violations has raised questions about the government's commitment to resolve them, as the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) declared 2019 a "gloomy" year for the human rights agenda.

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2020

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – Train passengers in Greater Jakarta have been struggling with their daily commutes during the so-called "new normal", as long lines and crowded stations highlight the ongoing issues relating to the lack of public infrastructure and transportation facilities in the densely populated capital.

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – Civil society groups have filed an amicus brief – offered by someone who is not party to a case – in favor of the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, to support Reyndhart Siahaan, who was arrested for allegedly using marijuana as alternative medication.

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2020

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil and Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – The government seeks to double down on peatland fire prevention and law enforcement following the massive fires that ravaged much of Indonesia's forests last year.

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2020

Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – The Communications and Information Ministry (Kominfo) launched on Monday its annual Digital Talent Scholarship (DTS) program for this year, as it aims to address the country's digital talent gap.

Open Democracy - June 16, 2020

Michele Ford – For the last thirty or so years, Indonesia's small and divided union movement has relied primarily on its mobilisational capacity in key industrial centres to wrest concessions from employers and government.

Channel News Asia - June 16, 2020

Nivell Rayda, Jakarta – As soon as Indonesia announced its first two COVID-19 cases on Mar 2, hundreds of thousands of people began flocking to online healthcare platform Halodoc with COVID-19-related questions.

Its CEO Jonathan Sudharta recalled a severe bottleneck on its system, as doctors on the platform struggled to respond to the surge of queries.

Jakarta Globe - June 16, 2020

Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – The Health Ministry is planning to extend the operational hours of polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, laboratories for Covid-19 around the country to meet President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's target of 20,000 tests per day.

Reuters - June 16, 2020
Agustinus Beo Da Costa – Rights groups in Indonesia have complained of escalating intimidation and security threats in the run-up to the verdict in a high-profile treason trial against seven West Papuans that is expected on Wednesday.

Papuan demands for independence or greater autonomy is among the most sensitive topics in Indonesia, but campaigners said the latest intimidation refle

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2020

Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – The lawyers of two police officers on trial for their alleged roles in an acid attack against Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan in 2017 have demanded that their clients be cleared of the charges.

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The government has rejected a plan to deliberate a bill initiated by the House of Representatives on Pancasila Ideology Guidelines (HIP) amid outcry from members of the public questioning the urgency and some of its contentious articles.

Tempo - June 16, 2020

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – Speaker of Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) Prasetio Edi Marsudi on Monday warned parents to not take their children along with them to visit malls and shopping centers, as the capital city has permitted malls to open after the transitional PSBB was set in place.

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2020

Galih Gumelar, Jakarta – When President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo tapped Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) chairman Ma'ruf Amin as his running mate in the 2019 presidential election, the motivation was clear from the beginning: He picked a politician who had strong Islamist credentials and could appeal directly to a majority of the Muslim population.

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2020

Nina Loasana, Jakarta – The Education and Culture Ministry has announced that the country will allow phased reopening of schools located in COVID-19 low-risk areas, or "green zones", starting in July.

Agence France-Presse - June 16, 2020

Agnes Anya, Trunyan, Indonesia – For centuries Bali's Trunyanese people have left their dead to decompose in the open, the bodies placed in bamboo cages until only the skeletons remain.

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2020

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – The Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry expects Indonesia to meet a geothermal energy milestone in 2030 instead of 2025 because of the country's unfavorable investment climate for renewable energy.

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2020

Jakarta – The Banten administration has extended the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Tangerang municipality, Tangerang regency and South Tangerang – three regions near Jakarta – until June 28.

The 14-day extension took effect on Monday, according to a gubernatorial decree signed on Sunday, as reported by kompas.com.

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2020

Jakarta – The National Police have named three people as suspects in a case of alleged human trafficking on Chinese-flagged fishing vessel Lu Qing Yuan Yu 901.

The case came to light after two Indonesian crewmen jumped off the vessel into the Malacca strait earlier this month because they could no longer stand the mistreatment on board.

Towards Freedom - June 16, 2020

Yuni Sri Rahayu, 38, was working at two different homes in Indonesia's capital Jakarta when COVID-19 hit. Commuting through the city's smoggy and overflowing streets by motorbike, Yuni usually cleans apartments, washes clothes, and cooks meals for up to ten hours a day.

ABC Pacific Beat - June 16, 2020

Catherine Graue – June in Timor-Leste would usually mean the end of the wet season and a drop in cases of dengue fever.

But changing weather patterns have seen the rains continue across the country and cases of the mosquito-borne disease are double last year's total.

Jakarta Globe - June 16, 2020

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – This year's national census shows that Indonesians are becoming more intolerant of corruption.

The anti-corruption score in this year's National Population Census was 3.84 out of 5, close to the 2020 National Medium-Term Development Plan target of 4. Last year's score was 3.70.

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2020

Meitilda Yaung, Darwin, Australia – The long history of systematic racism against African-Americans in the United States seems to have reached its breaking point over the last few weeks after people around world watched the horrific scene of George Floyd's life being robbed from him before their eyes. The world has finally said, "Enough."

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2020

Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – Indonesia is expecting investment from American, Japanese and South Korean firms seeking to relocate their factories out of China and set up manufacturing, furniture and electronics businesses in the country as it begins reopening.

Detik News - June 16, 2020

Deny Prastyo Utomo, Surabaya – Dozens of Papuan students held a demonstration at the Apsari Park in front of the governor's office in the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya on Tuesday June 16. They were demanding the release of seven of their colleagues who are being tried on treason charges at the Balikpapan District Court in East Kalimantan.

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2020

Apriza Pinandita, Jakarta – More than half of schools across the country say they are not ready to resume face-to-face learning in the so-called "new normal" period due to a lack of infrastructure and funds to do so, a recent survey by the Federation of Indonesian Teachers Associations (FSGI) has revealed.

Tempo - June 16, 2020

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) head of networking and campaign, Arip Yogiawan, on Monday addressed the recent hacking attempts against activists' social media accounts which he said shows how many people are anti-criticism.

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – House of Representatives Commission III, which oversees legal affairs, is set to question Attorney General ST Burhanuddin regarding the one-year prison sentence demanded by prosecutors for two police officers accused of attacking Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan.

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2020

Jakarta – The Jakarta administration has deployed 50 free bus services for Commuter Line passengers who live in the satellite cities of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi, in a bid to reduce crowding on trains and stations as offices, shops and public facilities reopened in the capital on Monday.

Jakarta Post - June 16, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The economy is projected to shrink 3.1 percent in the second quarter, the worst quarterly growth since the 1998 Asian financial crisis, due to the impact of social restrictions to contain the coronavirus, according to the finance minister.

June 15, 2020

Jakarta Post - June 15, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia booked a trade surplus of US$2.09 billion in May as imports fell steeper than the export slump against the backdrop of social restrictions worldwide and supply chain disruption, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced Monday.

Jakarta Post - June 15, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – Retailers and shopping centers should run an extensive public relation (PR) campaign regarding their property's health and safety standards to lure consumers that are still reluctant to visit retail stores amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a survey shows.

Indonesia at Melbourne - June 15, 2020

Jenny Munro – Just as it has in many countries around the world, the death of George Floyd in the United States has prompted a broader discussion about racism in Indonesia. Indonesians have adapted the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter to #PapuanLivesMatter and are drawing attention to the long history of racism toward Papuans in the country.

Jakarta Globe - June 15, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia reported a record 64 deaths from coronavirus-related disease on Monday, taking the total death toll to 2,198. The previous highest spike of Covid-19 deaths was 60 on April 14.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 15, 2020

Thousands of police and military personnel are going to ensure precautions against COVID-19 are being observed, police said, as hundreds of malls in the Greater Jakarta Area are reopening today.

In a press conference today, Jakarta Metro Police spokesman Yusri Yunus said a joint force of 2,702 police and military personnel have been deployed to 243 shopping centers.

Suara.com - June 15, 2020

RR Ukirsari Manggalani and Stephanus Aranditio – The Papua-Aceh Student Association (HIMAPA) in the Achenese provincial capital of Banda Aceh is urging President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to unconditionally release all Papuan political prisoners.

Jakarta Post - June 15, 2020

Jakarta – A same-sex couple who recently held a wedding ceremony in Soppeng regency, South Sulawesi have been arrested and accused of falsifying their sexual identities prior to their marriage.

Suara Jogya - June 15, 2020

M Nurhadi and Muhammad Ilham Baktora – An action calling for the release of Papuan political prisoners (tapol) which was held at the zero kilometer point in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta on Monday June 15 has become heated. A small disturbance flared up because a police post loudspeaker was too noisy and disturbed the protesters.

Antara News - June 15, 2020

Ernes Kakisina, Fardah, Sorong, W Papua – Michael Manufandu, a senior official of Papua, opined that the special autonomy status granted to Papua and West Papua has heralded significant progress for the development of infrastructure and human resources in Indonesia's easternmost island.

Tempo - June 15, 2020

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leader, Bambang Widjojanto along with public figures, on Sunday, paid a visit to one of the anti-graft watchdog's senior investigators, Novel Baswedan in North Jakarta.

Jakarta Globe - June 15, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia reported a record number of cured or discharged Covid-19 patients on Sunday, with 755 being declared free from coronavirus in the 24-hour period.

Jakarta Post - June 15, 2020

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – For millions of Indonesians, pasar (traditional market) has always been the first stop to buy daily supplies, thanks to affordable prices, a chance for haggling and a wide range of goods.

Jakarta Post - June 15, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – Holidaymakers have begun planning trips, a positive sign for the hard-hit tourism industry, but the financial concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic-induced economic downturn might affect the recovery, a study from travel website Tripadvisor shows.

Jakarta Post - June 15, 2020

Ramadani Saputra, Jakarta – For the past five years, Abi – not his real name – has had three distinct recurring dreams that have almost cost him his sleep.

All three are related to his sexual orientation, which he has been hiding from his family for many years.

"I have had some dreams in which I came out to them," he said in a recent interview with The Jakarta Post.

Jakarta Globe - June 15, 2020

Dina Fitri Anisa, Thresa Sandra Desfika, Jakarta – The Indonesian Medical Association, or IDI, has warned that during the transition period to a new normal, public transportation and traditional markets will become potential hotspots for Covid-19 transmission where the health protocol is often overlooked.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 15, 2020

Police in Tangerang regency, Banten are investigating the death of a teenage girl who is believed to have died after she was drugged and gang raped by seven men, one of whom was her boyfriend.

Jakarta Post - June 15, 2020

Jakarta – A 16-year-old junior high school student was killed by a 7-meter-long python, which strangled him to death, while hiking in Bombana regency, Southeast Sulawesi, on Sunday.

The student, identified as Alfian, was attacked by the snake on the way to a waterfall in Kahar mountain, Rumbia district, with four friends.

Jabar News - June 15, 2020

Iqbal Safana, Bandung – The Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) and the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) held an action in solidarity with seven Papuan political prisoners (tapol) who are being tried on charges of treason.

CNN Indonesia - June 15, 2020

Jakarta – Demonstrations demanding the release of seven Papuans being tried on treason charges at the Balikpapan District Court in East Kalimantan were not just held in Jakarta. Similar actions were also held simultaneously in several other parts of the country on Monday June 15.

Mongabay - June 15, 2020

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – As Indonesia struggles to contain one of the deadliest coronavirus outbreaks in Asia, the country's president has quietly issued a new regulation on eminent domain.