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December 13, 2022

Jakarta Post - December 13, 2022

Radhiyya Indra, Jakarta – Setelah Lewat Djam Malam recontextualizes the story of a man disillusioned by Indonesia's post-revolution society with gender sensitivity and compelling performances.

Tabloid Jubi - December 13, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Head of the Papua Office of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM Papua) Frits Ramandey said violence against children allegedly committed by Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers in Papua increased throughout 2022. He said it was a bad precedent and had the potential to disrupt efforts to fulfill and protect children's rights.

UCA News - December 13, 2022

A planned auction to award exclusive license rights for more than 100 protected islands in eastern Indonesia was postponed until the end of January following protests from environmental groups.

December 12, 2022

Jakarta Globe - December 12, 2022

BTV, Jakarta – The Cambodian Police have rescued 34 Indonesian nationals who were tricked into forced labor after they came to the country for "high-paid jobs", a Foreign Affairs Ministry official said on Sunday.

Antara News - December 12, 2022

Dewa W, Kenzu, Jakarta – The Jakarta provincial government has issued Gubernatorial Decree No. 1153 of 2022 on the 2023 Provincial Minimum Wage (UMP) at Rp4,901,798 (US$311.6) per month for workers, with employment length of less than a year.

Jakarta Globe - December 12, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The European Union said that it was currently looking into the details of the Criminal Code which had drawn mounting criticisms at home and abroad.

The bloc's envoy told reporters that there is still time for Indonesia to listen to the concerns over the newly passed criminal code.

The Conversation - December 12, 2022

Robby Irfany Maqoma – Global research coalition Climate Action Tracker (CAT) categorises Indonesia's climate goals as "Critically Insufficient", which means they are far from enough to curb global warming.

Tempo - December 12, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – The National Resilience Institute (Lemhanas) Governor Andi Widjajanto highlighted the responses of several representatives of foreign countries and certain international organizations regarding the revised criminal code that was just passed by the DPR last week.

Radio New Zealand - December 12, 2022

An Indonesian court has acquitted a retired army officer in the fatal shooting of four teenagers in Papua in 2014, crushing hopes the military would be held accountable for alleged abuses in the region.

Reuters - December 12, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia summoned a United Nations (UN) official on Monday after the organisation expressed concerns over threats to civil liberties posed by the newly-ratified revisions to its criminal code, its foreign ministry said.

Mongabay - December 12, 2022

Gafur Abdullah – At the recent G20 summit in Bali, Indonesian President Joko Widodo brought world leaders to the Ngurah Rai Grand Forest Park, a former fish-farming site being converted into a conservation area.

His intent was to showcase climate action taken by Indonesia, home to the world's largest expanse of mangroves.

AsiaOne - December 12, 2022

Resty Woro Yuniar – Environmentalists are outraged over an Indonesian firm's decision to auction off the rights to develop a group of pristine, uninhabited islands, amid concerns that private tourism would destroy the biodiversity-rich area.

Sydney Morning Herald - December 12, 2022

Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies, Singapore/Jakarta – Indonesia has moved to avoid a costly blowback from new laws criminalising sex outside marriage, insisting that visitors need not be concerned while urging other governments to refrain from "megaphone diplomacy".

Kompas - December 12, 2022

Rahmat W. Nugraha, Jakarta – The Press Council says that 60 percent of their input provided before the enactment of the Draft Criminal Court (RKUHP) was ignored by the House of Representatives (DPR).

Jakarta Post - December 12, 2022

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – When President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo told his diehard supporters to vote for a candidate with "forehead wrinkles" and "white hair" in the 2024 presidential election, almost everyone concluded that he was referring to Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo, whom all surveys put as one of three most popular public figures to succeed him.

Tempo - December 12, 2022

Jakarta (Antara) – At least 600 joint personnel from the Indonesian Military (TNI), the National Police (Polri), and Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) were deployed to secure four demonstrations in Central Jakarta today, December 12, 2022.

Tempo - December 12, 2022

Muhsin Sabilillah, Jakarta – The Labor Party has threatened massive demonstrations to protest against the Criminal Law Code Draft (RKUHP), said the party president Said Iqbal. He said that the House of Representatives (DPR) had violated the Declaration of Human Rights.

Tabloid Jubi - December 12, 2022

Manokwari, Jubi – The Attorney General's Office (AGO) will file an appeal against the verdict on the Bloody Paniai case tried at the Makassar Human Rights Court, which acquitted the sole defendant Isak Sattu.

Tempo - December 12, 2022

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – Head of the epidemiology and immunization surveillance unit at the Jakarta Health Agency, Ngabila Salama, appealed to people with comorbidities and the elderly having flu to take a COVID-19 test. This is because the agency noted that the majority of patients died due to late diagnosis.

Jakarta Post - December 12, 2022

Aloysius Efraim Leonard, Jakarta – With over 700,000 followers on TikTok, the Pandawara Group puts waste problems under the spotlight, inspiring others to care for the environment.

Jakarta Post Editorial - December 12, 2022

Jakarta – Each time the government rolls out a plan to import rice, the public reacts with resistance. Understandably, for many Indonesians, rice is considered more than just a staple food, but also a sort of political commodity.

December 11, 2022

Amnesty International Press Release - December 11, 2022

Amnesty International Indonesia and Amnesty International Australia condemn the repression used against the people in West Papua when they were commemorating Human Rights Day on December 10, which marks the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Asia Pacific Report - December 11, 2022

Amnesty International Indonesia and Amnesty International Australia have condemned the repression used against the people in West Papua when they were commemorating Human Rights Day yesterday - December 10, which marks the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Tempo - December 11, 2022

Imaji Lasahido (Intern), Jakarta – In the closing of the 16 days of activism against gender violence in Indonesia since November 25, the campaign organizer arranged an event called "UNiTE" to spread awareness of gender-based violence through music and stand-up comedy.

Tempo - December 11, 2022

Jakarta (Antara) – Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said that he will coordinate with the National Police chief regarding the enforcement of Article 424 of the Criminal Code, which lays down regulations regarding intoxicating drinks and substances.

Tempo - December 11, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) said the commemoration of Human Rights Day, on December 10, was a momentum to bolster the government's contribution to recovery of victims of gross human rights violations.

Washington Post - December 11, 2022

Kelsey Ables and Winda Charmila – Sotheby's auction of the exclusive licensed rights to the Widi Reserve, more than 100 environmentally protected islands that cover 25,000 acres in Indonesia, has been delayed from its scheduled date last week.

Agence France-Presse - December 11, 2022

Jakarta – The acquittal by an Indonesian human rights court of a retired army officer from charges over the killing of four Papuan teens in 2014 was a sign of impunity, a representative of the families said.

December 10, 2022

Channel News Asia - December 10, 2022

Darrelle Ng, Singapore – Indonesia's new laws criminalising premarital sex and cohabitation cannot be broadly enforced due to the sheer population size of the world's third largest democracy, said an analyst.

Reuters - December 10, 2022

Jakarta – The United Nations has expressed concern over threats to civil liberties posed by Indonesia's new criminal code, warning the revised laws could result in the erosion of press freedom, privacy and human rights in the world's third-largest democracy.

Tempo - December 10, 2022

Jakarta – Several business sectors have not been able to avoid the wave of layoffs, especially the digital startup industry. Nevertheless, there are some sectors expected to remain relatively impervious to job cuts, among them food and energy.

Australian West Papua Association (Sydeny) Statement - December 10, 2022

Every Year Human Rights Day is celebrated on the 10 December to create awareness and promote respect for the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948.

Agence France-Presse - December 10, 2022

Jakarta – Ten workers were killed in West Sumatra after an explosion in a coal mine caused a collapse, a rescue agency official said Friday.

The miners were at a coal mine in Sawah Lunto when the blast buried an estimated 14 people.

Antara News - December 10, 2022

Boyke W, Kenzu, Jakarta – The government has officially enacted Law No. 29 of 2022 concerning Southwest Papua, making it the 38th province of Indonesia.

"(Based on the) existence of Law No. 29 of 2022, Southwest Papua is the 38th province de jure," Minister of Home Affairs Tito Karnavian said here on Friday.

Jakarta Post Editorial - December 10, 2022

Jakarta – For several years now, alarm bells have sounded globally on the decline of democracy. But this year has proven to be an exceptionally dark year, with the war in Ukraine, the protests in Iran and the self-preserving tactics of a junta in Myanmar serving as reminders of how our increasingly interconnected world relies on good global governance.

Jakarta Globe - December 10, 2022

Heru Andriyanto, Semarang – Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo stressed that the creation of the new national capital in East Kalimantan must be completed by whoever leads the government because it has been mandated by the law.

Jakarta Globe - December 10, 2022

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The Indonesian government on Saturday clarified a controversial article of the newly-enacted Criminal Code that bans sexual intercourse outside of marriage, saying the stipulation regulates extramarital sex which can be prosecuted only on request.

Jakarta Post - December 10, 2022

Fikri Harish, Jakarta – The House of Representatives has ratified a defense cooperation agreement (DCA) with Singapore, one of three agreements the two countries signed earlier this year, with an extradition treaty between the neighbors up for a vote next.

Tempo - December 10, 2022

Septia Ryanthie, Jakarta – General Manager of state-run airport operator AP I Yani Ajat Hermawan said that at least 40 private jets landed at Adi Soemarmo Airport, Solo prior to the Ngunduh Mantu wedding procession of President Joko Widodo or Jokowi's youngest son Kaesang Pangarep and Erina Gudono.

Tempo - December 10, 2022

Aliyyu Medyati L Imaji Lasahido, Jakarta – The Traffic Director (Dirlantas) of Metro Jaya Police, Chief Commissioner Latif Usman stated that he was not aware of the problem of illegal levies collected at illegal parking spots that have been rampant in Jakarta.

UCA News - December 10, 2022

Katharina Reny Lestari – Rights activists in Indonesia's Papua region have demanded a re-investigation into the 2014 Paniai shooting that killed four Christian students after a court acquitted the only defendant in the case.

Indonesia at Melbourne - December 10, 2022

Airlangga Pribadi Kusman – Just days before International Human Rights Day on 10 December, Indonesians were given a bitter pill to swallow. On 6 December, the national legislature (DPR) passed a revised Criminal Code (KUHP).

Detik News - December 10, 2022

Adrial Akbar – Indonesian Trade Union Congress Alliance Confederation (KASBI) Chairperson Nining Elitos is calling for outstanding cases of human rights violations in Indonesia to be fully resolved.

Elitos made the demand while holding a demonstration to commemorate International Human Rights Day on December 10 at the Horse Statue in Central Jakarta.

Bloomberg News - December 10, 2022

Philip J. Heijmans – Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta said that Australia has shown no signs moving forward with a long-stalled gas pipeline project that runs through the Southeast Asian country, leaving around $100 billion in potential revenue untapped.

Suara Papua - December 10, 2022

Jayapura – The commemoration of International Human Rights Day on December 10 was marked by protest actions across Papua. In many places rallies had only just began when police disbursed the actions. Scores of people were arrested and detained at local police stations.

December 9, 2022

Tempo - December 9, 2022

Septia Ryanthie, Boyolali – Ahead of the wedding of President Joko Widodo's youngest son Kaesang Pangarep to Erina Gudono scheduled to be held at the end of this week, preparations were also being done by Adi Soemarmo Solo Airport to accommodate state guests and VVIPs.

Tempo - December 9, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has responded to the latest criticism by the United Nations in regard to the country's revised Criminal Code (KUHP), which was recently passed by the House on December 6. The UN highlighted a number of provisions that could potentially criminalize journalistic work and violate press freedom.

CNN Indonesia - December 9, 2022

Jakarta – The families of the victims of the Paniai massacre are disappointed with the panel of judges which handed down a verdict of not guilty against retired Infantry Major Isak Sattu at the Makassar District Court in South Sulawesi.

Tempo - December 9, 2022

Daniel Ahmad, Jakarta – The United Nations (UN) on Thursday issued a statement lamenting the revised Indonesian legal framework known as the Criminal Code (KUHP), which appears to be incompatible with fundamental freedoms and human rights.

Tempo - December 9, 2022

Dicky Kurniawan, Jakarta – The Minister of Industry Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita in a meeting with House legislators on Friday suggested that the country should not be open to the expansion of imported electric vehicles despite the government is currently boosting the use of EVs. Indonesia set a goal to see 80 percent use of electric vehicles by 2030.