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September 19, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Radio New Zealand - September 19, 2019

Indonesia's government says it's working with the office of the UN Human Rights Commissioner to arrange access to West Papua.

The Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, last week indicated her office had been unable to secure permission from Jakarta to visit Papua region.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - September 19, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The United Nations Security Council passed through a resolution to extend its mission in Afghanistan, which was drafted by Indonesia, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
Tabloid JUBI - September 19, 2019

Pipit Maizier, Melbourne – Dozens of people stands in solidarity with West Papuans in front of the State Library Victoria on Saturday (14/09/2019) for calling the Australian Government to against human rights violations occurred in West Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - September 19, 2019

Caesar Akbar, Jakarta – The Finance Ministry said that PT Lapindo Brantas Inc. and PT Minarak Lapindo Jaya have not paid off their debts to the state. The two companies owe a total of Rp1,763 trillion, including interest and penalties.

News ›› East Timor ›› Mining & Energy
Viet Nam News - September 19, 2019

Sydney – The 2 billion AUD (1.4 billion USD) Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP) is negotiating with Timor Leste on the financing of a gas pipeline worth 500 million AUD (350 million USD) that will connect with a gas plant to be built on the coast of the south Southeast Asian country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - September 19, 2019

Halida Bunga, Jakarta – The anti-corruption civil society coalition announced that it plans to meet the Indonesian representatives to the United Nations upon discussing crimes that involve corruption eradication in the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - September 19, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo received Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi's resignation on Thursday, a day after the national antigraft agency declared him a bribery suspect.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Channel News Asia - September 19, 2019

Jakarta – A toddler and teenager were among three people killed in a gunfight between security forces and independence-seeking rebels in Indonesia's restive Papua region, the military said on Thursday (Sep 19).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Housing & Property
Jakarta Globe - September 19, 2019

Imam Muzakir, Jakarta – The government will remove the requirement to secure construction permit for new buildings in an attempt to improve investment climate and enhance economic growth.

The government will instead increase efforts to audit existing buildings and enforce the country's zoning and building codes.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
The Guardian - September 19, 2019

Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Indonesia is set to pass a new criminal code that could outlaw living together outside marriage, extramarital sex and insulting the president, among a raft of changes that rights groups have decried as disastrous.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - September 19, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Indonesia has been elected to serve as vice president of the 74th United Nations General Assembly for the period 2019-2020.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement on Thursday that Dian Triansyah Djani, Indonesia's permanent representative to the United Nations, had taken up the position on behalf of the country on Tuesday.

September 18, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Nikkei Asian Review - September 18, 2019

Erwida Maulia, Jakarta – Indonesia's rapid passage of a revision to a law governing its anti-graft body has sparked concerns that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is going soft on fighting the country's endemic corruption.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - September 18, 2019

Gayatri Suroyo and Bernadette Christina, Jakarta – Indonesia is facing a backlash over an online campaign backing palm oil at a time when forest fires, often linked to slash-and-burn land clearance, have spread choking smoke across the region, raising growing concern about damage to health.

News ›› West Papua ›› Ethnic and Racial Discrimination
Radio New Zealand - September 18, 2019

Over 2000 West Papuan university students have returned home from Indonesian cities since last month over safety fears.

Racist harassment of Papuan students in university dormitories in Javanese cities last month sparked weeks of widespread protests and unrest in Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Sydney Morning Herald - September 18, 2019

James Massola and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – Indonesia has announced it will send 100 containers of contaminated plastic waste back to Australia to make it clear the country does not wish to become a "dumping ground".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - September 18, 2019

Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi a suspect in a bribery case involving the National Sports Committee (KONI).

KPK commissioner Alexander Marwata announced the decision at a press conference at the KPK headquarters in South Jakarta on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Coconuts Jakarta - September 18, 2019

Among the many, many concerns activists have about a draft revision to Indonesia's Criminal Code (RKUHP), which is set to be passed by the House of Representatives (DPR) later this month, are a number of articles that codify Indonesia's increasingly conservative moral norms into law.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - September 18, 2019

Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – WWF Indonesia said that the land and forest fires in Kalimantan and Sumatra were caused by among others, landowners deliberately setting their property on fire to clear up land. This pattern is similar to what is happening in Amazon, where people burn trees to open up farmlands.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PKI & Anti-Communism
CNN Indonesia - September 18, 2019

Jakarta – The Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP) includes jail sentences for anyone who spreads communist, Marxist and Leninist teachings in public.

Article 188 of the RKHUP states that anyone who spreads or develops communist, Marxist and Leninist teachings or develops them though any kind of media will be subject to a maximum jail sentence of four years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Film & Television
Hollywood Reporter - September 18, 2019

Indonesia has selected the controversial coming-of-age drama Memories of My Body as its submission for the international feature film category at the 2020 Oscars.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Asia Pacific Report - September 18, 2019

Pacific Media Centre – Thousands of forest fires have been burning across Indonesian Borneo and Sumatra, disrupting air travel, closing schools and sickening thousands of people, reports the New York Times.

Officials have said that about 80 per cent of the fires were intentionally set to make room for lucrative cash crops like oil palm.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Radio New Zealand - September 18, 2019

Vanuatu and Solomon Islands have raised the issue of human rights abuses against West Papuans at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The two governments made a statement which also noted that Indonesia had not yet given access to Papua for the UN Human Rights Commissioner.

Statements ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) - September 18, 2019

H. E. Joko Widodo
President of the Republic of Indonesia
Istana Merdeka
Jakarta Pusat 10110
Indonesia

18 September 2019

Re: Condemn acts of racism against Papuans, order investigation into disproportionate use of force by police

Dear President Widodo,

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Coconuts Jakarta - September 18, 2019

The government and the House of Representatives (DPR) have agreed on a draft revision to a law governing corrections that would make it much easier for corruption convicts to gain early freedom from imprisonment.

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
International Federation of Journalists Statement - September 18, 2019

Journalists covering the demonstration in front of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta, on Friday, September 13, were harassed, blocked and had their equipment damaged.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Coconuts Jakarta - September 18, 2019

President Joko Widodo – who has long faced accusations that he and his government are puppets serving the interests of foreign countries and corporations – today spoke about the virtues of opening up jobs to foreign workers.

During a talk in Jakarta today, Jokowi said that Indonesia, as a pluralist country, should be more accepting towards tourists and foreign workers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - September 18, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy head Laode Muhammad Syarif is irked by Legal and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly's claim that the government has talked about the draft revisions of KPK Law with him and KPK chair Agus Rahardjo before the bill passed into the law.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - September 18, 2019

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – Director of West Kalimantan's Environmental Forum (Walhi) Anton Wijaya asserted that land and forest fires are the responsibility of concession landowners. Anton said that they must take accountability for anything happens in their areas.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
CNN Indonesia - September 18, 2019

Jakarta – The Papua Students Advocacy Team from the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) has reported alleged ethical violations committed by the East Java regional police (Polda) and the Metro Jaya Polda against Surya Anta, Veronica Koman and several other Papuan students who have been declared suspects.

News ›› West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Detik News - September 18, 2019

Wilpret Siagian, Jayapura – West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Chairperson Agus Kossay was arrested by a joint team from the Papua regional police on Tuesday September 17. Kossay has been declared a suspect for allegedly being the mastermind behind the riots in Jayapura on August 29.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
CNN - September 18, 2019

Helen Regan – Dozens of people have been arrested over suspected involvement in massive forest fires in Indonesia, where thousands of hectares of ecologically rich land have been burned, engulfing the region in a thick toxic haze.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Indonesia at Melbourne - September 18, 2019

For at least a decade, national legislators have threatened to weaken the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). On 17 September, they finally made good on this threat, enacting an amendment to the 2002 KPK Law that will likely neuter the Commission.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
ABC News - September 18, 2019

Tasha Wibawa – Indonesian police are threatening to ask Interpol to issue a red notice for pro-Papuan activist Veronica Koman, who is believed to be hiding in Australia, unless she reports to authorities by the end of today.

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Human Rights Watch News Release - September 18, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian parliament should substantially revise the proposed new criminal code to meet international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch said today. The current bill contains articles that will violate the rights of women, religious minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, as well as freedom of speech and association.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Agence France Presse - September 18, 2019

Massive forest fires in Indonesia that have caused a toxic haze to spread as far as Singapore and peninsular Malaysia are also seriously affecting endangered orangutans and their habitat, a rescue foundation said Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - September 18, 2019

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) is still calculating the number of losses caused by forest fires in several regions of Sumatra and Kalimantan by adopting the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA or Jitupasna) method, said Rifai as the agency's deputy of rehabilitation and reconstruction.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - September 18, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Laode Muhammad Syarif argues that the new KPK Law has far gone beyond the instructions of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

September 17, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Detik News - September 17, 2019

Ibnu Hariyanto, Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition and employees of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) held a funeral procession at the KPK building in Jakarta on Tuesday. The action was held to symbolise the death of the KPK following the ratification of revisions to Law Number 30/2002 on the KPK.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Sydney Morning Herald - September 17, 2019

James Massola and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – A coalition of environmental and human rights groups has accused the Indonesian government of being in denial about the severity of the fires raging across at least six provinces, and demanded a decisive response to the growing environmental disaster.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Coconuts Jakarta - September 17, 2019

The House of Representatives (DPR) today ratified revisions to the law governing the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) that have been met with widespread public resistance over fears that they would cripple the independent agency's graft-fighting abilities.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - September 17, 2019

Ahmad Faiz, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto said three planes for cloud seeding operation are ready to be deployed as an effort to put out the land and forest fires in Pekanbaru, Riau. Two of them are CN-235 aircraft, and the other is a Hercules.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Detik News - September 17, 2019

Andhika Prasetia, Pekanbaru – A state of emergency has been declared in Riau province due to the haze from forest and land fires (karhutla). Hoping for rain to get rid of the haze, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has held a salat istisqa – a prayer for rain from Allah during drought.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
New York Times - September 17, 2019

Richard C. Paddock and Muktita Suhartono, Jakarta – Wildfires burned across Indonesian Borneo and Sumatra on Tuesday, producing thick clouds of smoke that disrupted air travel, forced schools to close and sickened many thousands of people.

News ›› East Timor ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Interpreter - September 17, 2019

Guteriano Neves – The 20th anniversary of the popular consultation that brought independence for Timor-Leste has been a time to celebrate the courage, determination, and persistence of the Timorese people. Despite enduring decades of violence, they never lost their hope for self-determination.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
CNN Indonesia - September 17, 2019
Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) says that the state has set a bad example which has encouraged companies to set fire to forests and land.

Walhi National Executive Board member Khalisa Khalid said this was shown when President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and other related parties submitted a judicial review (PK) with the Supreme Court (MA) after being found liable

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
The Guardian - September 17, 2019

Marni Cordell and Ben Doherty – The Australian government has refused to rule out handing over a Sydney-based lawyer who advocates for West Papuans to Indonesian authorities.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Tempo - September 17, 2019

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) urged the House of Representatives (DPR) immediately postpone discussions on the draft of cybersecurity law.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Reuters - September 17, 2019

Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – Indonesia's parliament on Tuesday approved changes to a law governing the country's anti-corruption agency, sparking alarm among activists who say revisions that include curbing its freedom to wiretap suspects will hurt the fight against graft.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Food & Beverage Industry
Jakarta Post - September 17, 2019

Jakarta – The Trade Ministry will revise its newly implemented Ministerial Regulation No. 29/2019 regarding export and import of livestock and meat products to emphasize halal certification requirements for exporters.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Radio New Zealand - September 17, 2019

United Nations experts have urged Indonesia to protect the rights of lawyer Veronica Koman who advocates for West Papuan rights.

They also urged Indonesia to protect people's rights to peaceful protest and those reporting on protests in West Papua, and to ensure access to the internet