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December 8, 2022

The Guardian - December 8, 2022

Staff and agencies in Jakarta – One of the bomb makers in the 2002 Bali attacks that killed more than 200 people has been released on parole, despite the opposition of Australia's prime minister, who described him as "abhorrent".

Sydney Morning Herald - December 8, 2022

Chris Barrett – It's just a few weeks since world leaders converged on Bali for the G20 summit, an event Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, hoped would enhance his country's standing on the global stage.

Raidio Teilifis Eireann (RTE) News - December 8, 2022

Parts of Indonesia's revised criminal code appear "incompatible" with fundamental freedoms and human rights, the United Nations has said.

The sweeping overhaul includes a ban on sex outside marriage and the cohabitation of unmarried couples, which activists have said are a major threat to the LGBTQ community's rights in Indonesia.

Jakarta Globe - December 8, 2022

Muhammad Aulia, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, on Thursday detained a second Supreme Court justice for allegedly taking bribe in his handling of a bankruptcy lawsuit against a small lender in Central Java.

Human Rights Watch Statement - December 8, 2022

Jakarta – The Indonesian parliament passed a new criminal code on December 6, 2022, containing provisions that seriously violate international human rights law and standards, Human Rights Watch said today.

Inside Story - December 8, 2022

Hamish McDonald – When attorney-general Mark Dreyfus canned the long-running prosecution of Canberra lawyer Bernard Collaery he was praised widely by critics of Canberra's national security culture. Five months later, the praise is tempered by puzzlement: a subsequent legal move by Dreyfus may block efforts to answer lingering questions about the long-running case.

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Statement - December 8, 2022

The Indonesian government has passed a controversial new Criminal Code that seriously violates international human rights standards and will effectively curtail freedom of expression and freedom of the press.

Sydney Morning Herald Editorial - December 8, 2022

Indonesia is one of our closest neighbours but, occasionally, it does something that makes us realise how different it is to Australia. This week there have been two such events.

Indonesia's parliament has just passed a new criminal code which threatens some basic human rights, including banning sex outside of marriage.

Tempo - December 8, 2022

Tempo.Co, Jakarta – The Indonesian parliament passed a new criminal code on December 6, 2022, containing provisions that seriously violate international human rights law and standards, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today.

The Guardian - December 8, 2022

Tamara Davison, Bali – As the sun rose over Canggu, one of Bali's most popular beach fronts, the mood on Wednesday felt calm. Like any other day in paradise, the water was packed with early morning surfers and the sand littered with beach-goers. This morning, however, was different.

The Guardian - December 8, 2022

Lorcan Lovett – Indonesia's plan to auction the development rights to an entire archipelago of more than 100 tropical islands has descended into chaos, with a fisheries ministry official joining conservationists in criticising the sale.

Tabloid Jubi - December 8, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Investigators of the Mimika Police Criminal Investigation Unit handed over three suspects in a weapon and ammunition trafficking case to the Mimika District Attorney's Office in Timika, the capital of Mimika Regency, Central Papua Province. This was stated by spokesperson of Papua Police Sr. Comr.

Reuters - December 8, 2022

Ananda Teresia and Kate Lamb, Jakarta – An Indonesian court on Thursday acquitted a retired Army officer in the fatal shooting of four teenagers in Papua in 2014, crushing hopes that the military would be held accountable for alleged abuses in the restive region.

Jakarta Post - December 8, 2022

Fadli, Batam – Dozens of healthcare workers at a COVID-19 hospital in Galang Island, Riau Islands, staged a protest over unpaid meal allowance at the hospital compound on Wednesday.

The special-infection hospital was set up at the onset of the pandemic in Indonesia in 2020 and is now looking to be shut down.

Jakarta Post Editorial - December 8, 2022

Jakarta – The Indonesian government has exempted electric vehicles (EVs), battery EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs from sales and luxury sales taxes, plans to subsidize EV purchases and has successfully wooed in EV manufacturing behemoths from South Korea, China and Japan to set up manufacturing plants in the country.

December 7, 2022

Reuters - December 7, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia aims to launch initial public offerings for the upstream and geothermal units of state firm energy Pertamina next year to fund expansion, a senior government official told parliament on Wednesday.

Jakarta Post - December 7, 2022

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The National Police have arrested two Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel allegedly in possession of 40,000 ecstasy pills and 75 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine smuggled from abroad in Deli Serdang, North Sumatra.

Jakarta Globe - December 7, 2022

Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, arrested Bangkalan District Head Abdul Latif Amin and several other individuals for alleged corruption on Wednesday, a spokesman said.

All the individuals concerned have been interrogated at the East Java Police headquarters in Surabaya, KPK spokesman Ali Fikri said.

Jakarta Post - December 7, 2022

Tunggul Wirajuda, Jakarta – To keep the iconic Indonesian dagger relevant today, kris experts carried out the age-old puja rahayu ningrat ceremony at Jakarta's Bentara Budaya cultural center.

AsiaOne - December 7, 2022

Resty Woro Yuniar – Indonesia has passed into law a controversial criminal code that human rights activists and civil groups say could potentially send the world's third-largest democracy back to authoritarian rule.

Star Observer - December 7, 2022

Douglas Magaletti – On Tuesday, in a unanimous vote, the Indonesian Parliament made sex outside of marriage illegal.

The ban, which is part of a larger overhaul of the country's criminal code would make extramarital sex punishable by a year in jail. Couples who are not married but live together could be jailed for six months or fined 10 million rupiah ($956).

Jakarta Post - December 7, 2022

Agencies, Bandung, West Java – Two people were killed and eight wounded in Bandung on Wednesday when a suspected militant who may have been angered by the country's new criminal code blew himself up at a police station, authorities said.

Agence France-Presse - December 7, 2022

Sydney, Australia – Australia said Wednesday it was seeking more information on Indonesia's move to criminalise sex outside of marriage, as the ban's impact on tourists to Bali and other parts of the majority-Muslim nation remained unclear.

Jakarta Globe - December 7, 2022

BTV, Bandung – The police are investigating a written message purportedly carried by the suicide bomber who blew himself up at Astana Anyar police station in the West Java capital of Bandung on Wednesday morning.

A piece of paper taped on the front of a moped bike allegedly belonging to the bomber carries a message denouncing the country's Criminal Code.

Tempo - December 7, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – Center for Indonesia's Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI) launched criticism against the Criminal Code Bill (RKUHP), which has now been passed by House legislators into the Criminal Code Act (UU KUHP), as they believe legislators failed to consider public health perspective in formulating the latest law.

Tabloid Jubi - December 7, 2022

Sorong, Jubi – The Sorong Police has banned the use of what they called "Papuan separatist attributes", such as the Morning Star flag, in convoys celebrating the World Cup.

Sorong Police chief Adj. Sr. Come. Iwan P. Manurung emphasized to all World Cup fans in the area not to carry or fly the Morning Star flag as a form of euphoria.

Jakarta Post - December 7, 2022

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – Rice prices have been increasing lately as traders and the State Logistics Agency (Bulog) reported depleting rice stocks.

Tempo - December 7, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly announced that the ministry will form a dedicated team to disseminate the Criminal Code Law (KUHP) that was passed by House legislators on Tuesday.

Jakarta Post - December 7, 2022

Lars Bo Larsen, Jakarta – The Jakarta Post published an editorial on Nov. 30 entitled, "The cost of renewables". I fully agree with the main outline of the editorial. Indonesia has taken a major step forward in becoming the green leader of the developing world via the Group of 20 presidency.

CNN Indonesia - December 7, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia's peak Islamic body the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) has criticised the position taken by the United State which has strongly criticised one of the articles in the recently enacted Criminal Code (KUHP) that regulates cohabitation and sex outside of marriage.

CNS News - December 7, 2022

Patrick Goodenough – The United States is assessing legislation passed by Indonesian lawmakers Tuesday that outlaws sex outside of marriage – including for non-citizens – and is concerned about its impact on civil liberties and the investment climate for U.S. companies, State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.

The Wire - December 7, 2022

Arti Ekawati – Indonesian lawmakers on Tuesday pushed through a revised criminal code despite widespread opposition from the public and civil society.

Along with punishing sex and co-habitation outside marriage with jail terms, the 200-page code outlaws "defamation" of the president and state institutions and expands the definition of blasphemy.

Tempo - December 7, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – The Indonesian Farmers Union (SPI) head of national strategic studies Mujahid Widian on Tuesday lamented the irony in the rice import conducted by the government, which he said is down to the timing of the import. He said that rice farmers will soon conduct a grand harvest in early 2023.

Jakarta Globe - December 7, 2022

Fana Suparman & Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – High-profile terror convict Umar Patek was released on parole on Wednesday, 20 years after the twin bombings at Bali nightclubs that killed more than 200 people of mostly foreigners.

Jakarta Post Editorial - December 7, 2022

Jakarta – For decades, Indonesia has maintained its status as a country that is "neither religious nor secular" – a philosophical compromise, or conundrum, that reflects the longstanding ideological tensions between conservative and liberal forces in the country.

Tabloid Jubi - December 7, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The journalist community in Jayapura City took to the street calling for the postponement of the ratification of the Criminal Code Draft Law (RKUHP) on Monday, December 5, 2022. The draft law, which is planned to be passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, contains some articles that are considered to hamper the work of journalists.

Jakarta Globe - December 7, 2022

BTV, Bandung – The suicide bomber who carried out an attack at a police station in Bandung on Wednesday morning has been identified as Agus Sujatno, who has previously served a jail term for another attack.

"He has been jailed for four years for a role in the 2017 cooker bomb attack," National Police Chief Listyo Sigit Prabowo told reporters in Bandung.

Tabloid Jubi - December 7, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) allegedly attacked six motorcycle taxi drivers in Mangabib Village, Oksebang District, Bintang Mountains Regency on Monday, December 5, 2022. Three of the civilians died in the attack.

The Guardian - December 7, 2022

Helen Sullivan – Indonesia's new criminal code limits the right to protest and participate in the public sphere, threatens the freedom of women and LGBTQ people and represents a trend of vague or "rubber" laws that are open to broad interpretation and selective implementation, experts have warned.

December 6, 2022

Jakarta Globe - December 6, 2022

BTV, Tembagapura, Papua – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati visited Freeport Indonesia's underground mine in the Papua's highland area of Tembagapura on Sunday to see firsthand how "the country's valuable asset" operates.

Tempo - December 6, 2022

Ima Dini Shafira, Jakarta – The Criminal Code Draft or RKUHP has officially been passed in Tuesday's 11th plenary session at the House of Representatives (DPR) headquarters. Prior to Bill's official passing into law, a heated argument took place between Commission VII legislator from the PKS faction Iskan Qolba Lubis and Deputy Speaker Sufmi Dasco Ahmad.

The Guardian - December 6, 2022

Lorcan Lovett in Bangkok and Oliver Holmes – Indonesia's parliament has overhauled the country's criminal code to outlaw sex outside marriage and curtail free speech, in a dramatic setback to freedoms in the world's third-largest democracy.

Jakarta Globe - December 6, 2022

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's biggest supporting group Projo claimed that he remains open to any potential candidates for his successor in the 2024 election, but the supporters of Ganjar Pranowo are convinced that the president has already made up his mind.

Tabloid JUBI - December 6, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – As many as 20 residents of Kiwirok District who fled to Oksibil, the capital of Bintang Mountains Regency, Mountainous Papua Province, returned to their hometowns on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. The Cartenz Peace Task Force sent health workers to treat the displaced people.

Tempo - December 6, 2022

Nabila Nurshafira, Jakarta – The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) on Monday protested against the passing of what they deem as principally troublesome provisions in the Criminal Code Draft Bill (RKUHP). The ongoing offline and online protests are set to last until Wednesday, December 7.

Financial Review - December 6, 2022

Emma Connors, Singapore/Jakarta – Indonesia's national parliament has approved sweeping changes that include jail sentences for consensual sex between unmarried people in the Muslim-majority country and make criticising the country's President a crime.

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Statement - December 6, 2022

New York – In response to news reports that Indonesian lawmakers passed a new criminal code with provisions that restrict press freedom, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement Tuesday calling for authorities to rescind the legislation:

Tempo - December 6, 2022

Ima Dini Shafira, Jakarta – The Alliance of Criminal Code Reform held again a symbolic action rejecting the ratification of the criminal code bill or RKUHP in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) Building today, December 6, 2022. Dozens of demonstrators arrived at around 14:30 Jakarta time, bringing camping equipment, such as tents, small stoves, and mats.

Tempo - December 6, 2022

Ima Dini Shafira, Jakarta – The police started to disperse people demonstrating against the ratification of the criminal code bill (RKUHP) before the Parliament building today, December 6, 2022. The Alliance of Criminal Code Reform staged a symbolic rally, setting up camping tents in front of the House of Representatives or DPR because of emergency democracy.

CNN Indonesia - December 6, 2022

Jakarta – A number of academics have strongly criticised the decision by the House of Representatives (DPR) and the government of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to enact the Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP) into law today, Tuesday December 6.