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July 25, 2019

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

Pekanbaru (Antara) – A thick cloud of smog caused by land and forest fire covered Pekanbaru City, Riau Province on Thursday morning, July 25. The mist produced a strong smell.

"Since the early morning when I open the door, the smell is choking. It smells like the smoke of a fire," said Riana Handayani, 36, a citizen of Pekanbaru.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - July 25, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has revived a special military force to strengthen Indonesia's fight against terrorism.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - July 25, 2019

Jakarta – Thousands of villagers in Tangerang regency, Banten, like many people across Indonesia, are suffering a shortage of clean water as the country faces an intense dry season this year.

The Tangerang administration says residents from 11 villages in the regency have requested clean water supply as they could no longer source water from their wells.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freeport & MIFEE Food Estate
Jakarta Post - July 25, 2019

Jakarta – Gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) sold less copper and gold in the first half of 2019, decreasing to almost half the amount sold during the same period last year due to the transition from open pit to underground site.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
New Mandala - July 25, 2019

Dyah Ayu Kartika – When the votes were counted in Indonesia's 2019 elections, women activists had one thing to welcome: the number of women in national parliament had increased to 20.4%, up from 17.3% in 2014. Many feminists welcomed this progress, hoping that the greater presence of women would contribute to more gender-sensitive policy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Reuters - July 25, 2019

Indonesia's Parliament has approved an amnesty for a woman who was jailed after recording lewd phone calls from her boss.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo granted amnesty to Baiq Nuril Maknun after she had exhausted all other legal avenues in the controversial case.

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

Jakarta (Antara) – Many experts projected Indonesian coastal areas (Jakarta, Semarang, and Demak) would face a serious threat on sea level hike and land subsidence due to global climate change.

They projected the water level would increase 25 to 50 centimeters in 2050, and in 2100, sea waters would inundate most areas of the coastal cities.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - July 25, 2019

Yulia Savitri, Palembang, South Sumatra – Haze from forest and bush fires has long been a major problem, not only for locals, but also for people in neighboring countries. However, there is good news from South Sumatra that a burning-free agriculture pilot project launched in 2017 has started to bear fruit.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Democracy & Civil Rights
Jakarta Post - July 25, 2019

Jakarta – The Communications and Information Ministry has completed the personal data protection bill, pushing closer to a more stringent electronic data law in the country.

News ›› West Papua ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Radio New Zealand - July 25, 2019

Major palm oil producer Korindo has been found guilty of rainforest destruction and human rights abuses in the Indonesian province of Papua by the Forest Stewardship Council.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Reuters - July 25, 2019

Tabita Diela, Jakarta – Indonesia's parliament approved on Thursday an amnesty for a woman who was jailed after recording lewd phone calls from her boss in a case that has caused outrage and warnings that it could discourage victims of sexual abuse from speaking out.

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Post - July 25, 2019

Jakarta – An outbreak of Leptosphaeria leaf spot (Pestalotiopsis spp) that has hit many rubber plantations in Indonesia is expected to significantly reduce the country's natural rubber production.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Jakarta Post - July 25, 2019

Andi Hajramurni, Makassar – Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Yohana Susana Yembise has raised a call for parents across the country to limit their children's screen time and encourage them to focus more on their education.

News ›› West Papua ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Radio New Zealand - July 25, 2019

Indonesian logger and palm oil producer, the Korindo Group, is challenging some of the claims by environmental NGO, Mighty Earth.

The NGO has been tackling Korindo over its activities in Papua and Maluku for several years, forcing an investigation by the Forestry Stewardship Council.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Globe - July 25, 2019

Antara & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Sri Mulyani Indrawati is widely expected to continue in her role as finance minister in the second-term administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, a recent survey showed.

July 24, 2019

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

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) held a bilateral discussion on Wednesday in an event expected to bolster ties between the two countries.

News ›› Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
The Diplomat - July 24, 2019

Ana Salva – Fajran Zain still remembers the days when young lovers from the province of Aceh, in Indonesia, could sit to enjoy the sunset together without having to worry about the religious police.

News ›› East Timor ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Dili Weekly - July 24, 2019

Paulina Quintao – Rede ba Rai is urging the government to temporarily stop the land registration process being conducted throughout the territory and to establish an independent team to evaluate the quality of the work undertaken so far before the work is complete.

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
Radio New Zealand - July 24, 2019

Eight members of Britain's House of Lords want to see their government take a strong stand on press freedom in West Papua.

In an open letter, the members claimed Indonesia was trying to restrict information from West Papua amid allegations of widespread human rights abuses.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - July 24, 2019

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – In a surprise move that could throw a wrench in President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's recent effort at coalition-building, the National Democratic Party declared on Wednesday it would throw its support behind Anies Baswedan should the Jakarta governor decide to run for president in 2024.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Regional Autonomy & Separatism
Jakarta Post - July 24, 2019

Jakarta – The Bogor regency administration in West Java is urging the central government to establish a new regency comprising the eastern part of Bogor as the socioeconomic gap in the regency has widened.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - July 24, 2019

Jakarta – The Taxation Directorate General is now preparing a mechanism to collect taxes from all activities in the digital economy, not only trading in marketplaces, but also all activities in social media and other platforms, including financial technology (fintech).

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Dispute
The Diplomat - July 24, 2019

Oki Raimundos – The parliament of Timor-Leste voted in favor Tuesday of ratifying a maritime boundary treaty with Australia that governs how the two countries will share billions of dollars of oil and gas riches lying beneath the Timor Sea.

News ›› East Timor ›› Health & Education
Dili Weekly - July 24, 2019

Celestina Soares – The Timorese government through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MEJD) indicated it will include Tetum sign language in public schools as part of learning activities, given most Timorese speak Tetum.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
The Guardian - July 24, 2019

Kate Lamb, Jakarta – A man from a village in East Java has embarked on an unconventional mission to raise awareness about preserving forests: he is walking 800km to Indonesia's capital, backwards.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - July 24, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo must streamline the bureaucracy and overhaul the relationship between the central and regional governments to improve the investment climate in Indonesia, according to three partners at a prominent Jakarta-based multinational law firm.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - July 24, 2019

Lenny Tristia Tambun & Fana Suparman, Jakarta – Saraswati Djojohadikusumo, a niece of the Great Indonesia Movement Party chairman Prabowo Subianto, has said she is ready to take over the seat of Jakarta deputy governor, which has been left empty for nearly a year after Sandiaga Uno joined Prabowo's failed presidential bid.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - July 24, 2019

Jakarta – The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) has called on the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry to create a more transparent mechanism in the decision-making process for investment in the oil and gas sector to ensure the law is upheld.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
Straits Times - July 24, 2019

Lim Min Zhang, Singapore – The navies of Singapore and Indonesia worked together to tackle a simulated terrorist threat involving commercial ships in the Singapore Strait on Tuesday (July 23).

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
Australian Associated Press - July 24, 2019

Australia's attorney-general has shot down suggestions of dropping spy charges in a Commonwealth case involving East Timor.

The former president of East Timor, Xanana Gusmao, has urged the government to abandon its prosecution against a former spy known as Witness K and Canberra lawyer Bernard Collaery.

News ›› East Timor ›› Health & Education
Dili Weekly - July 24, 2019

Paulina Quintao – The National Director for Veterinary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAP), Joanita Bendita da Costa said she does not guarantee the quality and security of pork being sold in the markets, because a pig slaughterhouse does not exist where the pig's meat can be inspected prior to entering the market.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - July 24, 2019

Jakarta – Prabowo Subianto met Megawati Soekarnoputri on Wednesday, a move that many interpret as a further sign that the former general might be joining the country's ruling coalition, but will also complicate political consolidation in Indonesia after April's elections.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - July 24, 2019

Recently, a coalition of Indonesian feminist groups released the results of a very important survey about sexual harassment in the country. One of the main takeaways that has been much discussed in public is the conclusion that women get sexually harassed regardless of how modestly they dress.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Jakarta Post - July 24, 2019

Suherdjoko, Semarang – Civil servants who have been exposed to radicalism should resign, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo stated after learning that a civil servant was a supporter of a disbanded organization.

"Remember the civil servant oath. We work to serve the people," Ganjar said while opening a coordination meeting in Semarang on Tuesday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
UCA News - July 24, 2019

Benny Mawel, Jayapura – A church group in Papua has called on the Indonesian government to actively seek an end to clashes between the military and rebel groups in Papua that have displaced thousands and left at least a hundred people dead in the last eight months.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - July 24, 2019

Panca Nugraha, Mataram – The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) administration has released a book on disaster mitigation in the hope of making religion one way to approach natural disaster mitigation.

July 23, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Tempo - July 23, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Police's anti-terror squad Densus 88 arrested a member of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah or JAD in Padang, South Sumatera on July 18. Further investigations revealed that the member had accepted money from Afghanistan.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Globe - July 23, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil Law has done much to push the industry towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically on human rights.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - July 23, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The North Sumatra Prosecutor's Office has released 50 names on its wanted list (DPO). Among them are dozens of graft suspects including businessman Adelin Lis, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Supreme Court in August 2008 for corruption and illegal logging in North Sumatra.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Gay Star News - July 23, 2019

Rik Glauert – An Indonesian city of nearly two million people is planning an anti-LGBT law.

The city council of Depok, not far from the capital Jakarta, is following other regions legislating against LGBT people amid nationwide anti-LGBT hysteria.

Homosexuality is not currently illegal in most of the country. But in some areas, it is illegal under Sharia Law.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - July 23, 2019

Michael Taylor, Kuala Lumpur – Green groups have urged the Indonesian government to step up help for hundreds of thousands of people made sick by forest fires and the haze they cause each year, after the nation's top court ruled Jakarta must do more to stem the problem.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Sydney Morning Herald - July 23, 2019

Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – Indonesian police say its anti-terror squad has arrested a suspect and foiled a plan for terror attacks on August 17, Independence Day.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Tempo - July 23, 2019

Irsyan Hasyim, Jakarta – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) expressed rejection against the plan of Depok administration to pass a regional regulation concerning anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - July 23, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The deputy chairman of National Mandate Party (PAN), Bara Hasibuan, claimed his party is willing to join the government coalition of Joko Widodo or Jokowi – Ma'ruf Amin without any demand.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Globe - July 23, 2019

Aichi Halik & Dion Bisara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ombudsman asked the central bank and the country's financial regulator on Monday to launch an in-depth investigation into abnormal changes in customer-account balances at state-controlled lender Bank Mandiri.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - July 23, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – A team tasked with selecting new Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leaders has announced that 104 applicants passed the second phase of tests.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Al Jezeera - July 23, 2019

Febriana Firdaus, Wamena, West Papua, Indonesia – Evidence is emerging that children are joining the long-running conflict in the restive Indonesian province of West Papua, six months after the military stepped up its crackdown on separatist rebels after the murder of 17 road construction workers in December.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Reuters - July 23, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian police said on Tuesday a suspected militant arrested last week was plotting Independence Day bomb attacks and they suspect he was part of a network behind violence in the Philippines that also has ties to Islamic State in Afghanistan.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PKI & Anti-Communism
Suara.com - July 23, 2019

Achmad Ali – A thanksgiving celebrating the 23rd anniversary (HUT) of the People's Democratic Party (PRD) at the secretariat offices in the Bratang Gede area of the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya was closed down by Islamic and nationalist ormas (social or mass organisations) who oppose any and all activities by the PRD.