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July 16, 2022

Jakarta Post - July 16, 2022

Frechen-Konigsdorf, Germany – On June 24, the Indonesian artist-group Taring Padi, whose incriminated giant banner titled "People's Justice" was retracted, rolled up and removed, released a statement saying, among other things:

Jakarta Post - July 16, 2022

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – A total of 775 members of the Indonesian Military (TNI) and police will be deployed to secure the Women 20 Summit from July 18 to 20, held in the Lake Toba region of Parapat, Simalungun regency, in North Sumatra.

July 15, 2022

Kompas.com - July 15, 2022

Singgih Wiryono, Jakarta – Press Council Chairperson Azyumardi Azra says that a media which broadcasts communist, Marxist and Leninist ideas could be subject to imprisonment. This stipulation is found in the latest version of the Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP) which is currently being deliberated by the House of Representatives (DPR).

Tabloid Jubi - July 15, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Four Cenderawasih University students who protested against the Papua expansion were beaten by police on Thursday, July 14, 2022.

Tabloid Jubi - July 15, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Moderator of the Papuan Church Council Benny Giay said the recent speech of Indonesian Democratic Party for Struggle (PDIP) General Chair and former Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri proved the Indonesian's racist mindset towards Papuans.

Kompas.com - July 15, 2022

Irfan Kamil, Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) activists held a theatrical action in front of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Supervisory Board (Dewas) offices at the KPK Anti-Corruption Education Centre building in Jakarta on the afternoon of Friday July 15.

Tempo - July 15, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Head of the COVID-19 Task Force from the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) Zubairi Djoerban predicted that Indonesia is entering the COVID-19 fourth wave. He was certain that the country has entered the endemic phase considering the recent significant surge in the daily case number.

Reuters - July 15, 2022

Gayatri Suroyo and Bernadette Christina, Jakarta – Indonesia booked a larger-than-expected trade surplus of $5.09 billion in June, as palm oil exports surged after the lifting of an export ban a month earlier while coal shipments to Europe also jumped, official data showed on Friday.

UCA News - July 15, 2022

Twenty-two Asian and global civil society organizations have expressed concerns that proposed amendments to the Indonesian Criminal Code will negatively impact civic space and fundamental freedoms.

CNN Indonesia - July 15, 2022

Jakarta – Residents of Wadas Village in Central Java from the Wadas Village Nature Concern Social Movement (Gempadewa) held a silent auction around their village on Thursday July 14.

One of the residents, SW, said that the action was held as form of resistance against all activities related to planned andesite rock mining in the area where they live.

Jakarta Post Editorial - July 15, 2022

Jakarta – Allegations of the gross mismanagement of massive funds at Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) are giving a bad name to Indonesia's nascent modern philanthropy business.

Asia Pacific Report - July 15, 2022

Sirwan Kajjo, Dili – In a deeply Catholic country, accusations that an American priest abused dozens of children at an orphanage stunned many in East Timor.

Fiji Times - July 15, 2022

Meri Radinibaravi – Fiji Women's Crisis Centre coordinator Shamima Ali says instead of putting the plight of the West Papuan people on the Pacific Islands Forum agenda, Fiji is pursuing strong bilateral relations with their oppressors, Indonesia.

She made the statement during a Morning Star flag raising ceremony on Wednesday at the FWCC Office in Suva.

Reuters - July 15, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia's palm oil industry is urging authorities to ease export restrictions and taxes so it can sell produce that risks going to waste, as an upcoming harvest season is likely to keep inventories at full capacity.

Tempo - July 15, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – Statistics Indonesia or BPS recorded that the number of poor people in the country continued to decline. Based on the latest National Socio-Economic Survey (Susenas) taking place in March, BPS head Margo Yuwono said 26.16 million people or 9.54 percent of the total population are in the poor category as of March 2022.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 15, 2022

The Surabaya High Court has added a few extra years to the sentence of a cop who forced abortions on his girlfriend, which led to her suicide.

Asia Pacific Report - July 15, 2022

Rusiate Baleilevuka, Suva – A Fiji women's advocacy group has condemned their government for remaining silent over the human rights violations in West Papua amid the Pacific Islands Forum being hosted by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainmarama this week.

Jakarta Globe - July 15, 2022

Jakarta – The government has reiterated its intention to implement a carbon tax this year despite having delayed the policy two times in April and earlier this month due to inflation and global recession concerns, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Thursday.

Kompas.com - July 15, 2022

Vitorio Mantalean, Jakarta – The Jakarta Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) and the Legal Aid Institute for the Press (LBH Pers) have slammed allegations of police intimidation against CNN Indonesia and 20Detik journalists when they were covering the recent shooting of Brigadier J in the vicinity of police Internal Affairs Division Chief (Kadiv Propam) Inspector Genera

July 14, 2022

Coconuts Jakarta - July 14, 2022

The police are having to answer more and more questions regarding the suspicious circumstances surrounding a police officer's death in Jakarta, including the absolute lack of security camera footage from the scene.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 14, 2022

A plan to introduce segregated seating based on gender on angkot minivans has been shelved, after officials realized that the policy, which was designed to curb sexual harassment, would present a new hurdle.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 14, 2022

Strip yourselves of all common sense and you might end up at the level of these educators in Indonesia, who are in trouble for staging an undressing competition for their primary school students.

As children head back to school for the new academic year this week, public elementary school Uwung Jaya in Tangerang began with an orientation day on Monday.

Jakarta Globe - July 14, 2022

Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, said on Thursday it has asked the immigration office to prohibit former executives of state-run oil company Pertamina including former president director Karen Agustiawan from traveling overseas.

Suara Papua - July 14, 2022

Reiner Brabar, Jayapura – Following an earlier call by the Papua People's Petition (PRP) and despite being marred by police blockades, forced dispersals and assaults on protesters, simultaneous mass actions were held in various parts of the country on Thursday July 14,.

Tempo - July 14, 2022

Maria Fransisca Lahur, Jakarta – The weekly positivity rate of Covid-19 cases in Indonesia surpassed the standard set by WHO of 5 percent. The positivity rate is the number of confirmed positive cases among the number of tested specimens.

Arah Juang - July 14, 2022

Sharon Muller – Demonstrations against the creation of three new autonomous regions (DOB) have flared up in different parts of Papua: Sorong, Kaimana, Yahukimo, Wamena, Nabire, Jayapura and Merauke.

Tempo - July 14, 2022

Mutia Yuantisya, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) highlighted the investigation of the fatal shooting that killed policeman, Brigadier J at the residence of the National Police's Internal Affairs Division (Propam) Chief Ir. Gen. Ferdy Sambo on July 8, 2022.

Tempo - July 14, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria asked the public to report cases of sexual harassment occurring in public services, including in public transport minivans or angkot, via the city's hotline 112.

CNN Indonesia - July 14, 2022

Jakarta – The Aceh representative office of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) says that it has handed over three alleged cases of gross human rights violations which occurred in Tanah Rencong – as Aceh is known – to Attorney General ST Burhanuddin.

Viet Nam News - July 14, 2022

Jakarta (VNA) – Timor-Leste has reiterated its readiness to become a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) while working with the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) Fact-Finding Mission to the country.

Tabloid JUBI - July 14, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi TV – The Student Executive Board (BEM) of Cenderawasih University took to the streets on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, asking the university's rector to stop all forms of cooperation with the security forces, especially the Indonesian Military (TNI).

Jakarta Globe - July 14, 2022

Primus Dorimulu, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said he was optimistic Indonesia's economy could have expanded 5.1 percent in the last quarter, supported by increasing public consumption and investment amid robust investors' confidence in the country.

Tempo - July 14, 2022

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – The Institution for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) researcher Nailul Huda assessed that the fuel subsidy policy is still needed because it could save Indonesia from recession.

Suara Papua - July 14, 2022

Reiner Brabar, Jayapura – The Papua People's Petition (PRP) as the group responsible for the simultaneous actions with the principle agenda of rejecting revisions to the Special Autonomy Law (Otsus) on Papua, opposing the planned creation of new autonomous regions (DOB) in Papua and calling for a referendum in West Papua, read out the following statement today, Thursday July 14.

Tempo - July 14, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The National Narcotics Agency or BNN arrested three personnel of the Indonesian Military (TNI) and one member of the National Police who were involved in smuggling methamphetamine and marijuana.

Tempo - July 14, 2022

Moh. Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – The International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID) said that Indonesia is in a state of emergency of human rights violations in the business world.

July 13, 2022

Jakarta Globe - July 13, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Primus Dorimulu, Jakarta – Indonesia on Wednesday delivered the first shipment of chicken carcasses to Singapore which has very strict regulations on imported food and agricultural products.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 13, 2022

Not even a month into his tenure as trade minister, Zulkifli Hasan has already received some public scolding from President Joko Widodo after he gave away cooking oil to an audience at an event in return for their promise that they would vote for his daughter.

Straits Times - July 13, 2022

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Newly minted Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan has caused an uproar in Indonesia after he and his daughter were seen distributing free cooking oil to residents in Lampung province, Sumatra, and engaging in early political campaigning.

Jakarta Globe - July 13, 2022

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo remembered his own experience with the government when he explained on Wednesday why the ease of doing business became one of his top priorities since he took office in 2014.

The president said he had first-hand experience with how difficult it was to obtain a business permit from authorities.

Jakarta Globe - July 13, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is encouraging its youth to embrace entrepreneurship as the country's demographic dividend – a situation in which the productive-age citizens dominate the total population and thus result in a potential for economic growth – is forecast to reach its peak in 2030.

UCA News - July 13, 2022

Dili – The interfaith organization for religious tourism in Timor-Leste has urged the government to draw up special rules to preserve sacred places that will become religious tourism sites.

Tabloid JUBI - July 13, 2022

Jayapura – Head of the Cenderawasih University's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (KKR) Team Melkias Hetharia says the expansion of Papua through the formation of three new provinces in Papua will not hinder the formation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Tempo - July 13, 2022

Jamal Abdun Nashr, Semarang – Mangrove expert from the Faculty of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries at Diponegoro University, Rudhi Pribadi, criticized the construction project of the Semarang – Demak toll road. He argued that the national strategic project connecting Demak to the borders of Semarang would cut off the contact between mangroves and seawater.

Reuters - July 13, 2022

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Indonesia said on Wednesday it has temporarily stopped sending its citizens to work in Malaysia, including thousands recruited for the plantation sector, citing a breach in a worker recruitment deal signed between the two countries.

Tempo - July 13, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Jakarta Transportation Agency has officially canceled its plan to impose gender segregation for passengers of long-serving urban transportation known as 'angkot' which was initially aimed to prevent sexual harassment cases.

Jakarta Post - July 13, 2022

Jakarta – The National Police's Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) is continuing with its interrogation of two senior executives over alleged embezzlement at charitable organization Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT).

Fulcrum - July 13, 2022

Syafiq Hasyim – There are indications that the relationship between Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and the National Awakening Party (PKB) is tense. Whether the two entities can kiss and make up could determine how Indonesia's moderate Muslims vote in the next election.

Tempo - July 13, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Siti Zuhro, a researcher from the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), said Indonesian citizens expect political parties that truly fight for the interests and aspirations of the people.

"Indonesians don't want many parties, but rather quality ones to accommodate people's hopes," said Siti in Jakarta, Tuesday, July 12, 2022.

Jakarta Post Editorial - July 13, 2022

Jakarta – Many Indonesians will feel a sense of deja vu upon watching the current events in Sri Lanka, where economic and political crises are hitting hard and leading the country of 22 million people toward a failed state.