Singgih Wiryono, Jakarta – Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) Coordinator Fatia Maulidiyanti is asking the government to open access to information on the violence happening in Papua, and that the government stop hiding up this information, especially from the international community.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
September 19, 2022
Jayapura, Jubi – The Mimika Police has released the autopsy results of four bodies of the Mimika murder, saying that two victims were shot and two others were stabbed. However, lawyer of the victims' families Gustaf R Kawer believes that all four victims were shot.
There is no way back into the police force for disgraced general Ferdy Sambo, as a National Police ethics panel upheld a decision to dishonorably discharge the murder suspect.
September 18, 2022
Divya Karyza, Jakarta – Coal power and mining firms in Indonesia are finding it tougher to raise funds due to climate-crisis concerns and are being increasingly pushed by banks to present concrete-transition plans to shift away from dirty energy.
Laurens Ikinia – Governor Lukas Enembe of Indonesia's Melanesian province of Papua has been banned from travelling abroad by the state Directorate General of Immigration, Ministry of Law and Human Rights, preventing him undergoing vital medical treatment in the Philippines.
Yogyakarta – Orchids in hand and a bamboo ladder on his shoulder, farmer Musimin scans the forest at the foot of Indonesia's most active volcano to point out clusters of the indigenous flowers he has been salvaging for years.
The 56-year-old is a self-taught conservationist with no formal background in botanics.
Yustinus Paat & Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, better known as SBY, has thrown allegations that there is an ongoing plot to keep his political party from nominating a candidate for the 2024 presidential election and vowed to turn up again at the political stage to address the issue.
Pontianak, West Kalimantan – Rescuers have recovered seven bodies after a landslide at an illegal gold mine buried an estimated 20 people, officials said on Saturday.
The victims were mining gold on a bare hillside when the landslide triggered by heavy rains struck the area in West Kalimantan province.
Michael Taylor, Demak, Central Java – In a coastal community on Central Java, villagers must constantly take soil and stones to local graveyards to secure the resting places of their dead friends and relatives – fearful that frequent flooding will sweep away the deceased.
Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – Indonesia's newly formed data protection task force is chasing down a hacker behind a series of data leaks related to 1.3 billion registered mobile phone numbers and 105 million voters, and a log of the President's correspondence, among others.
Suherdjoko, Semarang – Central Java Police confirmed on Friday that a body that was found charred alongside a motorcycle belonged to Paulus Iwan Boedi Prasetijo, a Semarang, Central Java, administration official who was a key witness in an alleged corruption at the city's financial agency.
September 17, 2022
Singgih Wiryono, Jakarta – Papua Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) Director Emanuel Gobay is urging the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) to declare the murder and mutilation of four civilians in Mimika, Papua, as a gross human rights violation.
Singgih Wiryono, Jakarta – The chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) Papua representative office, Frits Ramadey, says that the murder and mutilation of four Papuan civilians in Mimika was premeditated and planned by the perpetrators two days beforehand.
Kornelius Purba, Jakarta – As the supreme commander of the Indonesian Military (TNI), President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo should reprimand TNI chief Gen. Andika Perkasa and Army chief of staff Gen. Dudung Abdurachman for making public their personal feud.
Pontianak, Indonesia – Indonesian rescuers have recovered seven bodies after a landslide at an illegal gold mine buried an estimated 20 people, officials said on Saturday.
The victims were mining gold on a bare hillside when the landslide triggered by heavy rain struck the area on the west of Borneo island, in West Kalimantan province.
September 16, 2022
Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – The latest Saiful Munjani Research and Consulting (SMRC) survey showed that public acceptance of House Speaker and possible future presidential candidate Puan Maharani has grown weaker.
The pollster said that it will be a difficult task for the PDIP as her main endorser to grab the public interest for its candidate in the 2024 presidential election.
Yamin Kogoya – Papuan protesters from seven customary regions this week stormed the Mako Brimob police headquarters in Kota Raja, Jayapura, accusing the KPK and police of "criminalising" local Governor Lukas Enembe.
Jakarta – The epic Champions League final between Manchester United and Bayern Munich in 1999 will be forever remembered partly because of the dramatic winning goal for the English side scored by super-sub Olle Gunnar Solskjaer in injury time. The Norwegian striker came onto the pitch 10 minutes before the end of the normal time, only to emerge as the hero.
Rights activists including a Catholic priest have supported a crackdown against officials accused of corruption in Indonesia's Christian-majority Papua province while critics termed the purge politically motivated.
Febriyan, Jakarta – The hacker that recently gained notoriety in Indonesia, Bjorka, has responded to the report of his arrest by the police. The hacker however said that the arrested man was only an account holder in the Dark Tracer, a platform that monitors and traces malicious activities in Darkweb and Deepweb
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Mexico and Indonesia are more united than ever in face of global crises, and the two friendly countries are seeking to further strengthen their bilateral ties, according to a Mexican envoy.
Nur Janti, Jakarta – Critics are lamenting a "clear lack of understanding" in the state's latest cybersecurity measures, after a quick response team established to address a recent spate of data leaks played down the sensitivity of the information being circulated.
In typical Joko Widodo fashion, the president today evaded committing one way or the other on whether he would be willing to run for vice president when his term ends in 2024.
Fikri Harish, Jakarta – A new deal between Indonesia and Norway to combat deforestation does not go far enough, activists say.
The agreement comes a year after Indonesia backed out of the decade-long REDD+ US$1-billion agreement, which was part of a United Nations-backed global initiative criticized for its ineffectiveness.
Timor-Leste and Vietnam are set to strengthen relations following a high-level meeting between Vietnamese Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien and Minister of Tourism, Trade and Industry of Timor-Leste Jose Lucas Da Silva in Siem Reap, Cambodia, during the 54th ASEAN Economic Ministers' Meeting.
A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – A year after a court found President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and top-ranking officials in central and local administrations guilty of negligence for failing to tackle chronic air pollution in Jakarta, activists say there has been little in the way of actual implementation of the ruling.
Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – Chairperson of the Indonesian Transportation Workers Union (SPAI) Lily Pujiati on Thursday said there are many online motorcycle taxi drivers that complain about ride-hailing app services that take more than 15 percent of a driver's profit.
Stevani Wijaya, Jakarta – A man from the East Java town of Madiun was named a criminal suspect on Friday for allegedly assisting an internet user known as Bjorka who is being sought by Indonesian authorities for government data breaches.
Police say they have arrested a man in Madiun, East Java believed to be Bjorka, a hacker that has embarrassed the Indonesian government in the past few weeks. Yet according to the man's family, he doesn't even own a computer.
Jakarta – Sitting on the side of a Jakarta road anxiously waiting for his phone to ping, driver Muhammad Ridwan says it is now barely worth hurtling through thick smog every day to ferry passengers.
A 30 percent hike in fuel prices spurred hundreds of drivers of the most popular ride-hailing apps to hold protests across Indonesia as they struggle to make ends meet.
Jakarta – Metro Jaya regional police spokesperson Senior Commissioner Endra Zulpan says that protest actions against the recent fuel (BBM) price hike will be held by several different groups of protesters at a number of different points across Greater Jakarta (Jabodetabek) on Friday September 16.
Jayapura, Jubi – The families of the victims of the Bloody Paniai human rights violations assessed that the trial of the case at the Makassar Human Rights Court was no more than a publicity stunt by the State.
September 15, 2022
Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – House of Representatives member Effendi Simbolon has apologized to the Indonesian Military (TNI) for comparing soldiers with gang members during a recent hearing with Armed Forces Commander General Andika Perkasa.
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Indonesia has pardoned 75 companies operating illegally inside forest areas, with hundreds more to be amnestied in the future, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry announced during a parliamentary hearing in August.
Beritasatu, Jakarta – A police general who is serving a jail sentence for corruption was handed another criminal conviction on Thursday for assaulting a detainee and smearing human feces on his face.
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has issued a decree on the Acceleration of Renewable Energy Development that provides guidelines to gradually stop the use of coal in power plants.
Jakarta – Indonesia is trying to attract more so-called "digital nomads" to its tropical shores by offering a more flexible visa, the country's tourism minister said, in a move welcomed by the tourism industry in Bali.
Antara, Jakarta – Hasto Wardoyo, Head of National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN), said in a statement issued on Wednesday that a pre-conception examination before marriage is necessary to improve maternal health and realize a Golden Indonesia by 2045.
Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – The Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center (PPATK) on Wednesday announced the finding of large amounts of money flowing to students and police personnel that is believed to come from online gambling, which is said to reach Rp155 trillion.
Ryan Dagur – Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta has underlined the importance of the papal document on human fraternity in building a prosperous country amid serious challenges, including extreme poverty.
Nasori, Triyan Pangastuti, Rangga Prakoso, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has issued a new presidential regulation that stops issuing licenses for new coal-fired power plants to boost the development of new and renewable energy sources in Indonesia.
Singapore – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan told Reuters in Singapore on Thursday said he is "prepared" to run for president of the world's third-largest democracy in 2024, despite not yet securing the support of any political party.
Jakarta – Indonesia has issued a regulation to encourage renewable energy use in one of the world's biggest carbon emitters, including a plan to retire some coal plants early, a presidential decree said.
Jayapura, Jubi – Spokesperson for the Governor of Papua M Rifai Darus said that Governor Lukas Enembe is ready to undergo the legal process related to the allegation of him receiving a gratuity, the case of which is handled by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
Jakarta – Bank Indonesia or BI recorded the country's foreign debt position at US$400.4 billion, or around Rp5,964 trillion, at the end of July 2022. The volume is down from the previous month's US$403.6 billion or around Rp6.012 trillion.
On a year-on year basis, the foreign debt in July was down by 4.1 percent, a deeper contraction than June's 3.2 percent (yoy).
September 14, 2022
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – Police in Asahan regency, North Sumatra, have arrested four people for alleged stockpiling of the subsidized Solar brand of diesel fuel in Aek Ledong district and have confiscated around 3 tonnes of fuel and two tank trucks.
Jakarta – Senior lawmaker Effendi Simbolon issued an apology on Wednesday after calling the Indonesian Military (TNI) a "mob" during a hearing earlier this month of House of Representatives Commission I, which oversees foreign affairs and security, with TNI commander Gen. Andika Perkasa.
A Catholic bishop has accused a top district official in Indonesia's Maluku province of not supporting religious groups' effort to promote tolerance in the region that has witnessed deadly sectarian conflicts.
Jakarta – The Health Ministry said on Wednesday morning that the mobile COVID-19 tracking application PeduliLindungi was back online following technical difficulties that the ministry blamed on regular maintenance.