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July 20, 2022

International Affairs - July 20, 2022

Damien Kingsbury – Tensions have erupted as the Indonesian government attempts to further divide West Papuan territory. But with few international allies, the Papuan resistance may be destined to fail.

Tribune Medan - July 20, 2022

Maurits Pardosi, Parapat – The Women 20 (W20) Summit held at Toba Lake in North Sumatra on July 20 has been greeted by demonstrations and sharp criticisms from rural women activists.

During the action, a number of women activists unfurled a huge banner in the middle of Lake Toba with the message, "North Sumatra Women Against Deforestation".

Mongabay - July 20, 2022

Basten Gokkon, Yogi Eka Sahputra, Natuna/Jakarta, Indonesia – A year after it was introduced as a replacement for a type of fishing net long seen as unsustainable, the square-mesh seine net has prompted concerns from fisheries experts in Indonesia.

Jakarta Globe - July 20, 2022

Muhammad Aulia, Jakarta – Controversial Muslim figure Rizieq Syihab was released on parole on Wednesday, five months before the completion of his two-year prison sentence handed to him for lying about the result of his Covid-19 diagnostic tests.

Al Jazeera - July 20, 2022

Aisyah Llewellyn, Medan, Indonesia – Indigenous and women's rights groups in Indonesia are protesting against the G20's headline event for gender equality over the alleged exclusion of local voices and failure to address key women's issues in North Sumatra.

TAPOL Statement - July 20, 2022

TAPOL expresses its concern and deep sorrow at the numerous events that have occurred recently in West Papua, which have led to the deaths of several people.

The Guardian - July 20, 2022

Isabella Kaminski – Residents of an Indonesian island threatened by rising sea levels have begun legal action against the cement producer Holcim.

The claim for compensation, filed in Switzerland by three men and one woman, is understood to be the first major climate damages lawsuit against a cement company.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 20, 2022

It's not the end of the road by any means, but efforts to make marijuana permissible for therapeutic use in Indonesia have taken a huge setback after the Constitutional Court (MK) today rejected a legal challenge to the country's narcotics law.

Jakarta Globe - July 20, 2022

Jakarta – Foreign direct investment into Indonesia has accelerated to a new record high from April to June this year, highlighting the country's robust economic recovery amid a prolonged Covid-19 pandemic and new global inflation and recession threats.

July 19, 2022

Coconuts Jakarta - July 19, 2022

Authorities in Aceh are pursuing a foreign tourist after she was filmed committing one of the biggest cultural and religious faux pas in the conservative province.

Tempo - July 19, 2022

Eiben Heizar, Jakarta – The Indonesian Food and Drug Administration Agency (BPOM) has officially authorized the emergency use of the drug Paxlovid, a film-coated tablet for the treatment of Covid-19 patients in Indonesia. The agency issued the permit to use Paxlovid on Sunday, 17 July.

Tempo - July 19, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has said that the provincial government is working to push up the COVID-19 booster dose coverage by organizing vaccination programs at schools in the province.

Reporters Without Boarders - July 19, 2022

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Timor-Leste's authorities to put the public interest first by dropping charges against a journalist accused of violating judicial confidentiality for reporting that 30 girls were illegally detained and forced to undergo virginity tests as part of the investigation into an American Catholic priest accused of raping minors.

Agence France-Presse - July 19, 2022

Jakarta – Scores of people were rescued after a ferry sank due to bad weather off the coast of Ternate island but 13 others remain missing, a search and rescue official said Tuesday.

The KM Cahaya Arafah, which carried 77 passengers and crew on board, capsized in waters off the island on Monday evening, as it was sailing to nearby Halmahera island.

Tabloid JUBI - July 19, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papuan Peace Network (JDP) expresses its condolences for the shooting that killed 10 civilians and injured two civilians by the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) in Nogolaid, Nduga Regency, on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

The civil organization regrets any acts of violence against civilians by anyone, including the TPNPB.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 19, 2022

Ten people were killed and five more were injured after a Pertamina fuel truck crashed into multiple cars and motorcycles at a red light in Bekasi, West Java yesterday afternoon.

Tempo - July 19, 2022

Antara, Free Malaysia Today, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is still waiting for a proposed solution from Malaysia regarding the recruitment system of Indonesian migrant workers. "[We're] still waiting for their proposal," said the Indonesian Ambassador in Kuala Lumpur, Hermono, to Tempo on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

Jakarta Globe - July 19, 2022

Stefani Wijaya, Jakarta – A high-ranking police officer has been suspended from his post as the head of the Internal Profession and Security Division after two low-ranking policemen assigned as his personal guards involved in a fatal shootout that killed one of them.

Jakarta Globe - July 19, 2022

Beritasatu, Jakarta – A military jet trainer crashed during a training session in the Central Java town of Blora on Monday evening and instantly killed its pilot, the Air Force said on Tuesday.

The Diplomat - July 19, 2022

Sebastian Strangio – This last weekend brought the news of another deadly attack in the Papua region of eastern Indonesia, amid rising tensions ahead of the Indonesian government's planned subdivision of the region.

Kompas.com - July 19, 2022

Dian Erika Nugraheny, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman Hamid is calling for an end to the cycle of violence in Papua following the killing of 11 civilians in Nduga regency on Saturday July 16.

"It's time for the state to end the cycle of violence in Papua", said Hamid in a press release on Monday July 18.

Reuters - July 19, 2022

Jakarta – Timor Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta said on Tuesday during a visit to Indonesia that he hoped to boost trade ties between the countries and seal a decades-long bid by his nation to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) next year.Ramos-Horta met his counterpart Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on his first state visit to neighbouring Indonesia since he was elected

Jakarta Globe - July 19, 2022

Jakarta – Shares of Indonesian-listed palm oil producers rallied Monday after the government dropped export levies on all palm oil products and their derivatives until August 31, 2022.

Jakarta Globe - July 19, 2022

Jakarta – Regional governments, state-owned insurance company Jasa Raharja, and the National Police have missed at least $6.67 billion in vehicle taxes and fees revenue due to non-compliance, denying them a key funding source to provide transportation services and protection to road users around Indonesia.

The Diplomat - July 19, 2022

Michael Caster – Late last month, Indonesia's Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (KOMINFO) announced a sudden July 20 deadline for online actors to register with the ministry or face consequences. This includes social media companies, search engines, messaging services, mobile applications, and nearly any other online service or application.

Asia Pacific Report - July 19, 2022

The Australia West Papua Association (AWPA) has condemned the absence of West Papua in last week's Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) official communique, saying it was "greatly disappointed" that the human rights situation in the Indonesian-ruled Melanesian region had not been mentioned.

Jakarta Globe - July 19, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The famous quote of Indonesia's founding father Soekarno on youth's power was repeatedly heard on the first day of the Y20 Summit, which saw participation from many youth delegates from across the globe.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 19, 2022

Indonesians can be rest assured of their ability to post a story and chill after Instagram, Netflix, and Facebook have officially registered with the Information and Communications Ministry ahead of tomorrow's deadline.

UCA News - July 19, 2022

Ryan Dagur – Residents on Indonesia's Catholic majority island of Flores are up against a government move that allegedly aims to commercialize and establish a monopoly in the growing tourism business in the protected area of Komodo National Park.

Radio New Zealand - July 19, 2022

An Australian-based human rights lobby group wants Pacific Island leaders to be united and take action on the human rights abuses taking place in West Papua.

The Sydney-based Australia West Papua Association's spokesperson Joe Collins said the people of Indonesia-occupied West Papua see themselves as part of the Pacific community.

CNN Indonesia - July 19, 2022

Jakarta – The Bogor Institute of Agriculture (IPB) student community Student Executive Council (BEM KM) has dismissed a BEM official for uploading a photograph with a rainbow flag background coinciding with Pride Month.

Tabloid JUBI - July 19, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The West Papua National Liberation Army says they have shot dead ten people and injured two people they considered enemies in Nogolait Village, Kenyam District, Nduga Regency, on Saturday, July 16, 2022.

July 18, 2022

Tabloid JUBI - July 18, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – A collaboration of German and Indonesian artists held an exhibition based on the studies on gold mining in Papua's Mimika Regency, and coal mines in Leipzig, Germany. The exhibition titled "Gold & Coal" was held at the Cenderawasih University Cultural Workshop Museum on July 15-16, 2022.

Antara News - July 18, 2022

Katriana, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has signed the Presidential Regulation of the Republic of Indonesia Number 101 of 2022 concerning the national strategy for the elimination of violence against children.

Jakarta Globe - July 18, 2022

Beritasatu, Jakarta – The Jakarta Police have named at least 30 criminal suspects in recent operations targeting suspected land scammers in the capital city, a senior officer said on Monday.

Of the many suspects, 13 are employees of the National Land Agency, or BPN, in Jakarta and neighboring Bekasi.

Fulcrum - July 18, 2022

Yanuar Nugroho and Dimas Wisnu Adrianto – The relocation of the Indonesian capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan is perhaps the most ambitious government project in history. But detailed planning on how the project should be implemented should be undertaken urgently to ensure its sustainability and success.


Straits Times - July 18, 2022

Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesia urged tech companies on Monday (July 18) to register under new licensing rules, or run the risk of having their platforms blocked, with data showing many big tech firms such as Google and Meta have yet to comply, days out from a July 20 deadline.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 18, 2022

If this actually goes ahead, say goodbye to practically all forms of online-based productivity and leisure, as Indonesia is threatening to ban some of the world's biggest internet companies.

Tempo - July 18, 2022

M Faiz Zaki, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid in a written statement on Sunday argues that the Indonesian government's approach towards issues in Papua must undergo a major overhaul as he believes the cycle of violence taking place in the most Eastern region of Indonesia should be ended by now.

AsiaOne - July 18, 2022

Resty Woro Yuniar – Tourists to Indonesia's iconic Komodo National Park will have to shell out nearly US$250 (S$349) from next month, instead of US$10, to see the deadly wild and endangered Komodo 'dragons' up close, as Jakarta grapples with promoting the tourism sector post-pandemic while trying to safeguard the environment.

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Statement - July 18, 2022

The Australia West Papua Association is greatly disappointed that the human rights situation in West Papua was not mentioned in the official PIF Communique.

Tempo - July 18, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Swiss air quality technology company IQ Air on Monday, July 18, ranked the capital city of Jakarta first in the list of cities in Indonesia with the worst pollution by scoring 180 on its air quality index on Monday, 07:45 Western Indonesia Time (WIB).

CNN Indonesia - July 18, 2022

Jakarta – Internet users or netizens are protesting a Communication and Information Technology Ministry (Kemenkominfo) policy of blocking technology companies such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram if they fail to register as private Electronic System Providers (PSE).

Agence France-Presse - July 18, 2022

Jakarta – Separatists in Papua province claimed responsibility on Monday for the killing of 10 people over the weekend, accusing the victims of being spies for the government in Jakarta.

Tempo - July 18, 2022

M Faiz Zaki, Jakarta – The lawyer representing brigadier Nopryansyah Yosua Hutabarat – who was killed in an alleged shootout with a fellow police officer last week – has filed a report to the Criminal Investigation Agency (Bareskrim) over what the family believes to be an act of premeditated murder.

Jakarta Post Editorial - July 18, 2022

Jakarta – Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno's plan to woo more foreign tourists to Indonesia, especially Bali, through a digital nomad visa deserves the full support and cooperation from other ministries and government agencies as the country copes with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tempo - July 18, 2022

Bisnis, Jakarta – Ethical Hacker Indonesia founder Teguh Aprianto shared his personal opinion regarding the various major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and WhatsApp which have not registered their companies as electronic system operators (PSE) to Indonesia's Communication and Informatics Ministry (Kominfo).

July 17, 2022

Reuters - July 17, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia has scrapped its export levy for all palm oil products until Aug. 31 in a fresh attempt to boost exports and ease high inventories, finance ministry officials said on Saturday, adding the move would not disrupt government revenues.

Tempo - July 17, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Jakarta Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported that 92 neighborhood units (RT) in South, East, and West Jakarta were flooded on account of extreme weather since Friday.

Jakarta Post - July 17, 2022

Agencies, Jayapura – Ten people were shot dead on Saturday in the restive region of Papua in an ambush that local police attributed to rebels, AFP reported. Two other people were seriously injured in the shooting, which police said took place in the remote highland regency of Nduga.