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November 17, 2022

Reuters - November 17, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia's central bank raised its key interest rate by 50 basis points for a third consecutive month on Thursday, saying it will strengthen its response to "high" inflation expectations amid a strong economic backdrop.

Tabloid JUBI - November 17, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Student president of the University of Science and Technology Jayapura (USTJ) Ronny Tigi said the student protest in Jayapura City to reject the G20 summit on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, was in accordance with the rule. However, the police still dispersed the demonstration.

Jakarta Post - November 17, 2022

Radhiyya Indra, Jakarta – As this year's Indonesian Film Festival (FFI) draws closer, the award committee has disclosed its final jury in charge of picking the winners.

Pembebasan Statement - November 17, 2022

There has never been democracy for the Papuan people. Repression accompanied by violence has again been committed by security forces and reactionary ormas (mass or social organisation) against Papuan students in Bali.

Jakarta Globe - November 17, 2022

Hendro Situmorang, Jakarta – Two pharmaceutical companies have been named suspects for allegedly using dangerous chemicals in the production of syrup medicines, the Drug and Food Supervisory Agency (BPOM) confirmed on Thursday.

Jakarta Globe - November 17, 2022

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – The House of Representatives on Thursday passed the establishment of Southwest Papua as Indonesia's 38th province.

The new province comprises Sorong Municipality as the provincial capital, the District of Sorong, the District of South Sorong, the District of Raja Ampat, the District of Tambrauw, and the District of Mamberamo.

Tabloid JUBI - November 17, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) in Bali island rallied to reject the G20 summit and demand the right to self-determination for Papua on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. However, they were blocked by a mass organization and the authorities until they were pulled back to the Papuan Student Dormitory.

Tempo - November 17, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi disclosed his reasons for conducting his signature impromptu visit, known as blusukan, to traditional markets and have dialogues with the people. He said such visits allow him to understand the real challenges and economic conditions at the grassroots.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 17, 2022

If you've been on the Indonesian internet over the past week, you might have seen a viral video depicting a supposedly dead man in an open casket coming back to life.

The incident received widespread coverage by local media, but we hesitated to report on the story as we believed there had to be a rational explanation for everything.

Oh boy, we were right.

November 16, 2022

Jakarta Post - November 16, 2022

Fikri Harish, Jakarta – MRT Jakarta announced on Tuesday that they would extend the operational hours by one hour from 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. effective immediately. Operational hours start at 5 a.m. on weekdays and at 6 a.m. on weekends.

Jakarta Post - November 16, 2022

Fadhil Haidar Sulaeman, Jakarta – Business initiatives conducted throughout the year under the Group of 20 framework have culminated in a series of investment agreements presented at the Business 20 (B20) Summit on Monday.

Jakarta Post - November 16, 2022

Vincent Fabian Thomas, Jakarta – Indonesia's trade balance experienced an unanticipated bump in October as demand from the country's largest Asian trading partners increased and imports of capital goods fell.

Jakarta Post - November 16, 2022

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – The government finally migrated on Nov. 2 analog free-to-air TV to digital broadcasts through the analog switch off (ASO) program for almost half of 514 regions in Indonesia, including the Greater Jakarta area, after seven years of delay. The government will free some TV frequencies for other purposes, including 5G fast internet services.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 16, 2022

The Kebaya Merah (red kebaya) sex tape scandal was far from over, as police arrested another woman who allegedly featured in dozens of videos produced by the adult content creators.

Coconuts Jakarta - November 16, 2022

Amid his busy G20 Summit schedule in Bali, President Joko Widodo today took the time to announce that Indonesia is considering a bid for the 2036 Olympics, which he hopes can be staged in the future capital city Nusantara.

In a video he posted today, Jokowi said he conveyed to other world leaders Indonesia's intention to host the Olympics in 14 years' time.

Jakarta Post - November 16, 2022

Agencies – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Wednesday officially handed over the G20 presidency to India at the end of a summit of the bloc's leaders in Bali.

The Group of 20 major economies adopted a joint leaders' declaration and produced other partnerships, Jokowi said.

Tempo - November 16, 2022

Abdul Latief Apriaman, Mataram – At least 26 students who are members of the Indonesian People's Assembly (IPA) of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) were arrested when staging demonstrations against this week's G20 Summit on Tuesday, November 15.

Tempo - November 16, 2022

Ima Dini Shafira, Jakarta – NasDem Party deputy chair Ahmad Ali asserted that there was no ulterior motive in Anies Baswedan's meeting with Solo Mayor Gibran Rakabuming Raka as the two are friends.

Tabloid Jubi - November 16, 2022

Makassar, Jubi – The Public Prosecutor in the alleged gross human rights violations of Bloody Paniai at the Makassar Court on Monday, November 14, 2022, demanded 10 years of imprisonment against the sole defendant in the case, Maj. Inf. (Ret.) Isak Sattu.

In the indictment, the prosecutor stated that Isak Sattu had been found guilty of committing a crime against humanity.

Tempo - November 16, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Jakarta Environment Office has established a forum that will encourage collaboration among several parties to support air quality improvement in the capital city.

Merdeka.com - November 16, 2022

Moh. Kadafi – Seven students were secured by Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officials for holding a demonstration opposing the G20 Summit in Bali on Tuesday November 15. The students are understood to be from the Udayana University (Unud) in Bali and held a peaceful action on Jalan Sudirman in the provincial capital of Denpasar.

November 15, 2022

ULMWP Press Release - November 15, 2022

Below is an open letter signed by over 140 organisations and individuals in support of the ULMWP's Green State Vision, which was unveiled last year at COP26.

Open letter

Tempo - November 15, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The West Jakarta City Government is evaluating the leaders of neighborhood and community units (RT and RW) in Kalideres, after a family of four was found dead in their home at Citra Garden housing complex, West Jakarta on Thursday night.

Jakarta Post - November 15, 2022

Vincent Fabian Thomas, Jakarta – China has signed a US$2.6 billion worth of commitment to purchase crude palm oil (CPO) and its derivative products from Indonesia, allowing the archipelagic country to secure a trade boost from its number-one trading partner amid global recession.

Tempo - November 15, 2022

Greenpeace, Jakarta – Ahead of the G20 Summit, activists from Greenpeace Indonesia projected a message that reads "Just Energy Transition NOW" on the popular Melasti Beach cliff located in South Bali. The environmental watchdog hopes that this message will urge leaders to step up on their climate change commitments.

Reuters - November 15, 2022

Nusa Dua, Bali – A coalition of countries will mobilize $20 billions of public and private finance to help Indonesia shut coal power plants and bring forward the sector's peak emissions date by seven years to 2030, the United States, Japan and partners said on Tuesday.

Jakarta Globe - November 15, 2022

Jakarta – The Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a global non-profit organization, has pledged $36 million for investment in sustainable projects or solutions to help Indonesia reduce ocean plastic pollution by 70 percent by 2025 and reach near zero leakage by 2040, it said in a statement on Monday.

Antara News - November 15, 2022

Sella Panduarsa G, Nabil Ihsan, Jakarta – Zero Indonesian provinces recorded a low Human Development Index (HDI) level, with a score of below 60, according to Statistics Indonesia's (BPS') Deputy for Distribution and Services Statistics Setianto.

New Mandala - November 15, 2022

Aulia Hadi – On Oct 1st, 2022, 33 years after the Hillsborough disaster in Sheffield a stadium tragedy reoccurred. This time, one of the world's worst stadium disasters happened in Kanjuruhan Stadium, Indonesia, with at least 125 supporters killed at a match between Arema FC and Persebaya FC. After losing the game 2-3, upset Arema supporters reportedly invaded the pitch.

New York Times - November 15, 2022

Brad Plumer, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt – Indonesia, one of the world's largest consumers of coal, pledged to sharply reduce its reliance on the fossil fuel and speed up its transition to renewable power as part of a $20 billion climate finance deal announced Tuesday with the United States, Japan and other developed countries.

Jakarta Post - November 15, 2022

Yerica Lai, Nusa Dua, Bali – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo asked Group of 20 leaders to show wisdom and not allow the world to "fall into another cold war" as he opened the G20 Leader's Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Tuesday morning

Tempo - November 15, 2022

Mutia Yuantisya, Jakarta – PAM JAYA president director Arief Nasrudin said that the cause of drinking water in Jakarta being contaminated with E. coli (Escherichia coli) bacteria, which comes from feces, is excessive groundwater exploitation.

Tabloid Jubi - November 15, 2022

Enarotali, Jubi – Chaos occurred in Moanemani area in Dogiyai Regency on Saturday, November 12, 2022, following the death of a toddler in a traffic accident in Ikebo Village, Kamuu District.

Associated Press - November 15, 2022

Niniek Karmini And Sibi Arasu, Nusa Dua, Indonesia – Indonesia signed deals with international lenders and major nations on Tuesday that will bring billions of dollars in funding to help the country increase its use of renewable energy and reduce its reliance on coal.

Jakarta Post - November 15, 2022

Deni Ghifari, Jakarta – Food insecurity has become one of the most talked about issues on the global stage as the staple food supply chain continues to be disrupted by the war in Ukraine. Experts argue that tempeh and cassava could be the answer to the problem.

Reuters - November 15, 2022

Jakarta – A boat carrying 111 Rohingya refugees, including women and children, landed on the shores of Aceh on Tuesday, authorities said, the latest among an annual exodus from northwest Myanmar.

Tempo - November 15, 2022

Ilona Esterina Piri, Arya Prasetya (Intern), Jakarta – A number of events and discussions held in Bali were forced to be dismissed ahead of the G20 Summit this week.

Tabloid Jubi - November 15, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – An advance in the process towards Papua's "Peace Dialogue" with Indonesia occurred in Geneva, Switzerland as the United Liberation Movement for Papua (ULMWP), Indonesia's National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and the Papuan People's Assembly (MRP) signed the agreement to implement the humanitarian pause on November 11, 2022.

CNN Indonesia - November 15, 2022

Makassar – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) says that the court hearings into the Paniai gross human rights violations in Papua, which are taking place at the Makassar District Court in South Sulawesi, are nothing more than a formality.

Jakarta Post - November 15, 2022

Yerica Lai, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his United States counterpart Joe Biden agreed on Monday to deepen "concrete" Indo-Pacific cooperation as they unveiled a number of new US investment pledges in Indonesia.

Tempo - November 15, 2022

Haris Setyawan, Jakarta – Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko has announced his plans to run as a presidential candidate in the 2024 Presidential Election at a religious event titled "Tabligh Akbar" in Depok on November 9, 2022.

CNN Indonesia - November 15, 2022

Badung, Bali – A woman with the initials KR was arrested by police just before US President Joe Biden's convoy was to past through Simpang Peminge, Nusa Dua, Bandung regency, Bali, on its way to the G20 Summit venue on the morning of Tuesday November 15.

Tempo - November 15, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri (Majalah Tempo), Jakarta – Indonesia's Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto highlighted food security issues in Global Food Security Forum, held on the sidelines of this week's Group of Twenty (G20) Summit, in Nusa Dua, Bali.

Mongabay - November 15, 2022

Justin Jin Soong Liew and Chun Sheng Goh – Since proclaiming independence in 1945, Indonesia's leaders have not been shy about their ambitions to transform the county into an economic powerhouse.

Jakarta Post - November 15, 2022

Zack Petersen, Jakarta – 'What I've learned' is a new column that presents candid interviews with policymakers, artists, activists and businesspeople on facing challenges and making a difference.

Tapol - November 15, 2022

On 9th November 2022, Indonesia's 4th cycle of Indonesia's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) began at the UN in Geneva. A total of 108 Member States offered oral statements and recommendations on how Indonesia may be able to improve their human rights situation.

CNN Indonesia - November 15, 2022

Jakarta – Environment organisation Greenpeace says that the G20 Summit in Bali must take responsibility for accelerating the energy transition in order to prevent the impacts of the climate crisis which are already too big.

Indonesia at Melbourne - November 15, 2022

Jacqui Baker – The last half of 2022 has seen the Indonesian National Police (Polri) beset by a series of rolling scandals that have exposed police negligence and brutality to the world.

November 14, 2022

Jakarta Globe - November 14, 2022

Heru Andriyanto, Bali – US President Joe Biden on Monday approved an initiative to support the Indonesian Maritime Security Agency, or Bakamla, in the maritime surveillance drone program.

Jakarta Post - November 14, 2022

Vincent Fabian Thomas, Jakarta – Indonesian mutual funds are down some 10 percent this year, as global rate hikes and new domestic regulations push money elsewhere.