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July 13, 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.

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.

July 12, 2022

Tempo - July 12, 2022

Moh. Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – Jakarta Transportation Agency planned to separate seats for women and men in public transport minivans or locally known as angkot in a bid to prevent sexual harassment.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 12, 2022

While most apps these days are designed to make our lives more efficient, the Indonesian government has proved to be ironically inefficient with its software spending, as it sets out to delete thousands of obsolete apps.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 12, 2022

The Jakarta Provincial Government is preparing new regulations segregating women and men in angkot minivans, in light of a recent incident in which a female passenger was allegedly sexually harassed.

Tabloid JUBI - July 12, 2022

Jayapura – Member of the Commission for Government, Politics, Law, Human Rights, and Security at the Papuan Legislative Council, Laurenzus Kadepa, said an independent team was needed to investigate the recent chaos in Paniai Regency that resulted in one resident died and two others were injured.

World Socialist Website - July 12, 2022

Oscar Grenfell – Last Friday, Labor government Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus announced that he was ending the prosecution of Bernard Collaery, a lawyer who had been charged with breaching national security laws by allegedly exposing Australian spying on East Timor.

Vanuatu Daily Post - July 12, 2022

Hilaire Bule – Prime Minister Bob Loughman is among regional leaders converging in Fiji for the 51st Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders summit in Suva, Fiji, this week.

The Conversation - July 12, 2022

Spencer Zifcak – Last week Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus put an end to Canberra lawyer Bernard Collaery's criminal prosecution.

Collaery was prosecuted in 2018 and was facing five charges, including allegedly conspiring with his client, "Witness K", to disclose confidential information about the Australian government's spying operation in Timor-Leste.

Jakarta Post - July 12, 2022

Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – The sudden resignation of Lili Pintauli Siregar as the deputy chairperson of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has allowed her to escape allegations of ethics violations.

Jakarta Globe - July 12, 2022

Jakarta – Lili Pintauli Siregar, a commissioner with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), has abruptly resigned amid allegation that she received special treatment from state-owned oil company Pertamina to watch MotoGP race at Mandalika Circuit in March.

The latest development prompted KPK's Oversight Council to halt investigation into her conducts on Monday.

Human Rights Watch News Release - July 12, 2022

Andreas Harsono – One would hope that an educational institution that learned of sexual assaults on campus would focus on holding perpetrators accountable and preventing further incidents rather than targeting the messenger.

Tabloid JUBI - July 12, 2022

Jayapura – The Manado Military Court III-17 in North Sulawesi on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, has sentenced to prison two Indonesian Military (TNI) soldiers who killed two residents of Timika, Mimika Regency, Papua. The defendants, Second Lt. Inf. Gabriel Bowie Wijaya and Chief Pvt.

Jakarta Post - July 12, 2022

Jakarta – The National Police have said that a police officer with the rank of second agent (Bharada) was acting in self-defense in a shootout last week that left a fellow officer dead at the residence of the internal affairs chief.

Antara News - July 12, 2022

Dewa W, Kenzu T, Jakarta – The Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) has overturned Gubernatorial Decree No. 1517 of 2021 on the 2022 Provincial Minimum Wage (UMP) for which a lawsuit was filed by several entrepreneurs.

Tempo - July 12, 2022

Dicky Kurniawan, Jakarta – Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said the Indonesian government planned to require electric cars as vehicles for government officials, the Military (TNI), and the Police (Polri). This is aimed at expediting electrification in the country.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 12, 2022

An Indonesian policeman has gunned down his colleague who molested their boss' wife, the National Police said, in a case that has sent shockwaves throughout the country.

According to National Police spokesman Ahmad Ramadhan, the shootout took place in the official residence of Internal Affairs Division Chief Inspector General Ferdy Sambo in South Jakarta on July 8 at 5pm.

July 11, 2022

Kompas.com - July 11, 2022

Irfan Kamil, Jakarta – The results of a Kompas research and development (Litbang) survey show that the majority of respondents or as many as 89.3 percent admit to not to knowing that there is a plan to enact a new Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP).

The poll, which was organised in later June, found that only 10.7 percent of respondents know about the plan.

Kompas.com - July 11, 2022

Vitorio Mantalean, Jakarta – Year by year, space for digital freedom in Indonesia is narrowing. Entering 2022, the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) noted that digital freedom in Indonesia has become worse compared with 2021 when it was already categorised as "Alert Level 2".

The Diplomat - July 11, 2022

I Dewa Made Raditya Margenta and Filda C. Yusgiantoro – The unprecedented spike in fuel prices prompted by the Russia-Ukraine war has forced Indonesia to increase vastly its energy subsidies. This decision has sparked much domestic debate about how best to maintain the balance between economic improvement and Indonesia's commitment to a green energy transition.

Tabloid JUBI - July 11, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – In the trial of the alleged treason against the seven Morning Star bearers – all of whom Papuan – on Thursday, July 7, 2022, the Public Prosecutor presented one of the police officers who arrested the seven defendants on December 1, 2021, Endriko Ary Setiawan.

CNN Indonesia - July 11, 2022

Jakarta – The results of an Indonesian Political Indicator survey show that the majority of respondents agree that people are finding it more difficult to hold demonstrations and the police are increasingly likely to arbitrarily arrest those who have different views to those in power.

Tempo - July 11, 2022

Eka Yudha Saputra, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has implemented new sets of rules for international travelers including Indonesians and foreign nationals that will take effect on July 17.

Tempo - July 11, 2022

M Faiz Zaki, Jakarta – The final draft of the Criminal Code Bill (RKUHP) has been written to cover crimes against the environment under Article 1 through to Article 3. Those who commit acts that cause pollution or cause destruction to the environment that exceeds the environmental quality standards and ecological damage as regulated under existing laws.

Jakarta Post - July 11, 2022

Jakarta – As much as the world wants to quit fossil fuels, it will not happen anytime soon.

With the war in Ukraine still raging, there has been a global movement, led by the West, to ban coal and other energy supplies from Russia as sanctions against its military offensive on its neighbor.

Green Left - July 11, 2022

Susan Price – Indonesian security forces massacred scores of people in Biak, West Papua, 24 years ago on July 6, 1998. The victims included women and children who had gathered for a peaceful rally. They were killed at the base of a water tower flying the West Papuan Morning Star flag.

Suara Papua - July 11, 2022

Reiner Brabar, Sorong – The Papuan public's reaction to the central government's decision to form new autonomous regions (DOB) in Papua has been divided with some groups opposing it and other supporting it. This division has the potential to trigger social conflicts.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 11, 2022

Get ready to cover up your beautiful faces indoors and outdoors again, folks, as President Joko Widodo has called for the return of strict mask mandates at all public places.

Speaking in Jakarta yesterday, the head of state stressed that COVID-19 is still around, so the nation can't let their guards – and masks – down just yet.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 11, 2022

Lili Pintauli Siregar has resigned from her post as the deputy chief of the Corruption Eradication Agency (KPK) amid an official inquiry into allegations that she received perks during this year's MotoGP race despite being one of the top graft busters in Indonesia.

President Joko Widodo signed off on Lili's resignation today.

Tempo - July 11, 2022

M. Faiz Zaki, Jakarta – The final draft of the criminal code bill (RKUHP) covers provisions concerning activities seeking to replace or abolish the country's ideology of Pancasila, in Article 190 (1-2).

UCA News - July 11, 2022

Siktus Harson – The creation of new autonomous regions in Papua continues to be opposed by indigenous communities that see it as Jakarta's ploy to gain tighter control over a region tarnished by violence.

Jakarta Globe - July 11, 2022

Stefani Wijaya, Jakarta – The National Police said Monday they will hold an internal inquiry to decide whether to launch a criminal investigation into alleged misappropriations of US aircraft maker Boeing's funds managed by Islamic charity organization Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT).

July 10, 2022

Scoop - July 10, 2022

Binoy Kampmark – The Anglo-Australian legal system has much to answer for. While robed lawyers and solemn justices proclaim an adherence to the rule of law, the rule remains a creature in state, more fetish than reality.

Tempo - July 10, 2022

Reuters, Jakarta – Indonesia plans to increase the content of palm oil-based fuel in its biodiesel to 35%, known as B35, from 30%, starting on July 20, senior energy ministry official Dadan Kusdiana said late on Friday, July 8.

July 9, 2022

Jakarta Globe - July 9, 2022

Bali – Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said all her counterparts from G20 countries were present in person during the two-day meeting in Bali, although Russia's Sergei Lavrov reportedly walk out of the room before the conclusion on Friday.

Reuters - July 9, 2022

Jakarta – For teachers Sutrisno and Sri Wahyuningsih, embarking on the once in a lifetime haj pilgrimage stirs bittersweet emotions.

After waiting more than a decade, Sri's parents were supposed to make the trip to Mecca, Islam's holiest site located in Saudi Arabia, in 2020 but that was cancelled because the coronavirus pandemic halted most international travel.

Jakarta Post Editorial - July 9, 2022

Jakarta – This weekend Muslims in Indonesia, and around the world, celebrate their first Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) of the post-COVID19 pandemic era, thankfully facing much fewer social mobility restrictions, which had limited their movements in 2021 and 2020.

Jakarta Post - July 9, 2022

Nur Janti, Jakarta – The House of Representatives went into a month-long recess on Friday, with no conclusion to the deliberation on the highly anticipated data protection bill.

Vanuatu Daily Post - July 9, 2022

Kizzy Kalsakau and Anita Roberts – Leader of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), Benny Wenda, is reminding Pacific leaders to recall the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) resolution for Indonesia to allow a visit by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to West Papua.

Sydney Morning Herald Letters - July 9, 2022

Australians in general are not hobbled by the convention of neither confirming nor denying what is as plain as day ("Bernard Collaery's leaking charges over East Timor operation dropped on Mark Dreyfus' orders", July 8).

July 8, 2022

Tempo - July 8, 2022

Mutia Yuantisya, Jakarta – The Lintas Student Press Institute (LPM) Defenders Coalition is asking the Ambon State Administrative Court or the PTUN to be wise and just in its ruling on a lawsuit against the shutdown of the Ambon State Institute of Islamic Studies (IAIN) student magazine Lintas.

The Guardian - July 8, 2022

Kieran Pender – It was easy to feel hopeless, watching from the sidelines as a brave whistleblower went through hell.

Australian Financial Review - July 8, 2022

Michael Pelly – The unprecedented decision by Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus to discontinue the prosecution of former ACT attorney-general Bernard Collaery over national security leaks could lead to a substantial bill for the Commonwealth.

Tempo - July 8, 2022
Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – A document has emerged containing records that suggest Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto owns a property in the form of a luxury apartment in Paris, France.

Tempo and French media L'obs obtained the document stating the politician had bought the asset back in 2005 for the price of 1.79 million euro, or roughly Rp27.37 billion in today's currency.

Jakarta Post - July 8, 2022

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is calling on Indonesians to work hard and work together with the government to lower the stunting prevalence rate to 14 percent from 24.4 percent in the next two years.

Jokowi said that stunted children meant that Indonesia's future generation would have difficulties competing with their peers from other countries.

Tabloid JUBI - July 8, 2022

Merauke, Jubi – Hundreds of Merauke student members of the Indonesian Student Alliance protested against a number of articles in the revision to the Criminal Code (RKUHP) in front of the Merauke Regional Legislation Council (DPRD) Office on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.

CNN Indonesia - July 8, 2022

Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) has criticised a plan by the Environment and Forestry Ministry (KLHK) to pardon hundreds of companies operating illegally in forest areas based on Law Number 11/2020 on Job Creation.

Fulcrum - July 8, 2022

Ian Storey – Indonesia President Joko Widodo's visit to Ukraine and Russia was quite remarkable. But the trip achieved little in finding a way out of the current impasse between Kyiv and Moscow.

Crikey.com - July 8, 2022

Bernard Keane – Bernard Collaery's immediate ordeal is over. For four years he has been pursued by a vindictive government hellbent on punishing him not merely for helping, with Witness K, to expose the malignant crimes of the Howard government in Timor-Leste, but for trashing basic concepts of the rule of law to do so.

Jakarta Globe - July 8, 2022

Mikael Niman, Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The Counter-Terrorism National Agency (BNPT) on Friday called for stricter regulations on charity organizations amid concern that they are being used by radical groups to collect funding under the disguise of religious charities.