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July 4, 2022

Tempo - July 4, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian province of East Kalimantan has been warned of potential wildfires as the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has detected 33 hotspots since Saturday.

Tempo - July 4, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Monday has decided to include third-dose vaccinations or booster shots as a requirement to conduct mass-public activities and public transportation rides.

Jakarta Globe - July 4, 2022

Jakarta – BA.4 and BA.5 have become the dominant Covid-19 variants in Indonesia where the number of new cases picks up growth again, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said on Monday.

UCA News - July 4, 2022

Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta – Indonesian police have named four people, including a member of a regional legislative body, as suspects in a blasphemy case over their alleged involvement in a marriage between a Muslim man and a female goat in East Java province.

Tabloid JUBI - July 4, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Former Papuan political prisoner Filep Karma assessed the regulation of Papua's Special Autonomy (Otsus) through Law No. 2/2021 on the Second Amendment to Law Number 21/2001 had removed the essence of "special autonomy". Instead of retaining Papua's authority as a region with special autonomy, the Indonesian government has in fact recentralized its authority.

Coconuts Jakarta - July 4, 2022

We don't have to don our masks outdoors, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said today, setting the record straight amid a lack of clarity about the policy.

July 3, 2022

Tempo - July 3, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Floods inundated 4,550 houses in Bengkulu city and three districts in Bengkulu province due to incessant and heavy rainfall over the past few days, according to the province's Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD).

Tempo - July 3, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has declared a certain emergency status for foot and mouth disease (FMD) in livestock through the Decree of the BNPB Head Number 47 of 2022.

"The decree stipulates that the BNPB will determine a certain emergency status in certain areas for FMD," according to a written statement received on Saturday.

July 2, 2022

Channel News Asia - July 2, 2022

Nivell Rayda, Jakarta – After years of putting up with occasionally poor water quality and supply disruptions of piped water provided by the city authorities, Sigit Hariyanto decided to take matters into his own hands. He began pumping water from the aquifer beneath his home.

Straits Times - July 2, 2022

Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesia proposed raising palm oil export quotas on Friday (July 1) and is considering increasing mandatory levels of biodiesel in fuel mixes to prop up prices for farmers at a time when domestic palm oil inventories are high, a senior minister said on Saturday (July 2).

Tempo - July 2, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesia recorded an increase in Covid-19 cases reaching 620 percent in the past month, which is the highest compared to other countries. "The most significant increase is 620 percent in 28 days," said expert team coordinator and national Covid task force spokesperson, Wiku Adisasmito, in an online press conference on Friday, July 1.

Tempo - July 2, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria said that the bed occupancy rate (BOR) at Covid-19 referral hospitals reached 14 percent in the past few days.

"Based on the data received, the BOR increased to 14 percent; 504 of 3,732 beds are occupied," Riza said at the City Hall, Friday, July 1.

July 1, 2022

Tempo - July 1, 2022

Jordan Kefas Jefferson Paat, Jakarta – The Indonesian Labor Party strongly condemned the news of hundreds of migrant workers who died in immigration detention centers in Sabah, Malaysia, over a period of 18 months between 2021 and 2022.

Tempo - July 1, 2022

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Human rights watchdog the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) on Friday condemned the democratic setback showcased by the government in the form of passing three draft bills to expand Papua's autonomous regions.

UCA News - July 1, 2022

Katharina Reny Lestari – An alarming rise in deadly attacks by separatist rebels has triggered a climate of fear, impacting free movement and activities of civilians in Indonesia's Christian-majority Papua region, Church leaders say.

Kompas.com - July 1, 2022

Rahel Narda Chaterine, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) says that the police often discriminate in the way they handle particular cases.

Tabloid JUBI - July 1, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of the Papuan People's Assembly (MRP) Timotius Murib said that ratifying the three bills for the expansion of Papua into law was the wish of the central government in Jakarta, not the wish of the Papuan people.

Tempo - July 1, 2022

Bisnis.Com, Jakarta – Statistics Indonesia or BPS reported that the country's annual inflation rate reached 4.35 percent in June, while the monthly inflation rate was 0.61 percent.

"The 4.35 percent annual inflation rate is the highest in five years since 2017, which was at 4.37 percent," said BPS Head Margo Yuwono on Friday, July 1, 2022.

New Mandala - July 1, 2022

Greg Fealy, Sally White and Burhanuddin Muhtadi – In March 2022, Muhammad Qodari, the high profile executive director of Indo Barometer survey institute grabbed headlines by proposing that President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and his former presidential rival and now Minister of Defence Prabowo Subianto run on a joint ticket for the 2024 presidential election.

Reuters - July 1, 2022

Moscow – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo ended a trip to Ukraine and Russia saying he hoped for progress reintegrating global food and fertilizer supply lines disrupted by the conflict, and offered to be a diplomatic bridge between the two nations.

Tempo - July 1, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri, Bisnis, Jakarta – The Center of Economics and Law Studies (Celios)'s director, Bhima Yudhistira, on Friday said the government's decision to increase the electricity tariff for homes with over 3,500VA will have a bigger psychological impact on the population as many will fear the rising cost of living."The effect will be unnoticeable towards consumption as there

Tempo - July 1, 2022

Dicky Kurniawan, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is set to issue a revised regulation regarding the use of subsidized fuels mentioned under Presidential Regulation No. 191/2014 on sales, supply, and distribution of fuel. This will directly affect Pertalite and Solar (diesel fuel) fuels sold at state-owned energy firm Pertamina gas stations.

Kompas.com - July 1, 2022

Vitorio Mantalean, Jakarta – The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) enacted three draft laws on the creation of three new provinces in Papua at a plenary meeting on Thursday June 30, namely, South Papua, Central Papua and the Papua Highlands.

Jakarta Globe - July 1, 2022

Jakarta – State Administrative Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo died on Friday while undergoing intensive treatment for a lung infection at a Jakarta hospital. He is 64 years old.

Tempo - July 1, 2022

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – Statistics Indonesia (BPS) recorded that the number of foreign visits to the country in May 2022 sharply increased by 1,382.45 percent year on year.

"Compared to the previous month, the number of foreign tourist visits in May 2022 also increased by 91.19 percent," said BPS Head Margo Yuwono on Friday, July 1, 2022.

MRP Papua - July 1, 2022

Jakarta – The Papua People's Council (MRP) says that a Coordinating Ministry for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs (Kemenko Polhukam) deputy told them that the creation of new autonomous regions (DOB) in Papua is to narrow the space for the West Papua National Liberation Army-Free Papua Movement (TNPB-OPM) to move.

Tabloid JUBI - July 1, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Head of Student Unit for Democracy, Human Rights and the Environment (Dehaling) Jhon Fredi Tebai said that the formation of new autonomous regions or new provinces in Papua would threaten the forests, a place for indigenous peoples to forage and live.

United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Statement - July 1, 2022

Today we celebrate the 51st anniversary of the independence declaration of the Free Papua Movement (OPM) at Markas Victoria on July 1, 1971. The declaration, signed by Seth Rumkoren and Jacob Prai – who sadly passed away last month – was a direct rejection of Indonesian colonialism.

June 30, 2022

Straits Times - June 30, 2022

Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesia's parliament passed on Thursday (June 30) legislation to create three new provinces in its underdeveloped region of Papua, a move critics fear could undermine the standing of the area's indigenous population and threaten special autonomy powers.

Tabloid JUBI - June 30, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Indo-Pacific Study Center of the Cenderawasih University launched a book titled "Repatriates in Papua" in Jayapura City on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

ABC News - June 30, 2022

Stephanie Sinclair, Daniel Fitzgerald and Belinda Varischetti – Indonesia has begun a national vaccine rollout for FMD but the disease continues to spread, with more than 200,000 cases now recorded across 19 provinces, according to Australia's Department of Agriculture.

Straits Times - June 30, 2022

Singapore – Singapore will soon be able to receive chicken from Indonesia.

In a Facebook post on Thursday (June 30), the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said Indonesia has been approved as a new source of frozen, chilled and processed chicken meat for the Republic.

Benarnews - June 30, 2022

Victor Mambor and Dandy Koswaraputra Jayapura, Indonesia and Jakarta – The Indonesian parliament on Thursday approved the creation of three new provinces in the restive Papua region, despite opposition from many indigenous Papuans who fear an influx of outsiders, and criticism from rights groups that the move is a "divide-and-rule" strategy.

Reuters - June 30, 2022

Kyiv, Ukraine – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo offered on Wednesday to deliver a message from Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky to Russian leader Vladimir Putin to try to boost peace hopes.

It was not immediately clear how Zelensky responded to the offer made by Jokowi during talks in Kyiv or whether the Ukrainian leader had any message he wished to send to Putin.

Tempo - June 30, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly in a written statement on Thursday said the country's Second Home Visa provides the opportunity for foreign nationals, which include the elderly, to reside in Indonesia.

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 30, 2022

Jakarta – We support state-owned oil company Pertamina's initiative to control the use of subsidized Pertalite gasoline and diesel oil through the introduction of the MyPertamina app to prevent the wasteful fuel subsidy spending from exploding into an unmanageable fiscal deficit.

Tempo - June 30, 2022

Pribadi Wicaksono, Jakarta – The return of tourism and campus activities to Yogyakarta have recently been followed by heightened surveillance of drug trafficking. As a tourist destination and city of students, Yogyakarta remains as one of Java's most vulnerable areas for drug circulation.

UCA News - June 30, 2022

Ryan Dagur – The Indonesian government is to expedite the repatriation of illegal migrant workers held in Malaysian detention centers in response to a report by an advocacy group that said the detainees were being held in "hellish" conditions.

Tabloid JUBI - June 30, 2022

Wamena, Jubi – Regarding the planned ratification of three New Autonomous Regions (DOB) bills into law on Thursday, June 30, 2022, the Jayawijaya Police has prepared hundreds of joint security personnel to secure the agenda.

Jakarta Globe - June 30, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Wednesday had a tete-a-tete with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the Mariinsky Palace in Kyiv, in an attempt to end the war that has sparked a global food crisis.

Antara News - June 30, 2022

Laily Rahmawaty, Suharto, Jakarta – The Indonesian Police (Polri) is planning to raise three new provincial police forces following the ratification of bills on the establishment of three new provinces in Papua into law on Thursday.

Oekusi Post - June 30, 2022

Journalist and editor-in-chief Raimundos Oki of Timor-Leste's online media Oekusipost.com was today accused of "violating legal secrets" related to his reporting about the case of illegal detention and forced virginity testing of about 30 underage girls in Oe-Kusi Ambeno during 2020.

June 29, 2022

Tempo - June 29, 2022

Mutia Yuantisya, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission or Komnas HAM called on the Indonesian government to immediately take action on the fate of citizens at the Immigration Detention Centers in Sabah, Malaysia. The government should respond to the report issued by the Sovereign Migrant Workers Coalition (KBMB).

Jakarta Post - June 29, 2022

Nur Janti, Jakarta – Lawmakers have pressed ahead with a plan to create new provinces in resource-rich Papua after securing support from local elites, as politicians aim to pass a set of bills that will lay legal groundwork for the major redistricting before they go into recess early next month.

Jakarta Post - June 29, 2022

Sylviana Hamdani, Jakarta – For the soft opening of Taman Ismail Marzuki, the Jakarta Arts Council showcases some of its most notable archives and art collection.

AsiaOne - June 29, 2022

Resty Woro Yuniar – Health experts have urged Indonesia to reimplement stricter coronavirus curbs as a top official warns the country could see the latest wave, driven by Omicron subvariants, peak in the second or third week of July.

Jakarta Globe - June 29, 2022

Jakarta – The government has revealed a plan to review the marijuana ban in Indonesia, marking a shift in tone that many hope would pave the way for the use of the addictive substance for medical purposes in the country.

CNN Indonesia - June 29, 2022

Jakarta – Around 150 Papuans students held a demonstration in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) building in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday June 29, to reject the creation of three new provinces in Papua.

Scores of police could be seen on guard near the demonstration and razor wire had been installed in front of the parliamentary complex's main gate.

Tabloid JUBI - June 29, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Civil Organizations Solidarity for Papua Land said the Papua expansion plan of forming three new provinces was prone to causing new social conflicts. In a press statement received by Jubi on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, the group urged President Joko Widodo to cancel the plan.

Tempo - June 29, 2022

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Deputy Minister of Law and Human Rights Edward Omar Sharif Hiariej said the government would not drop down the article regarding insults to the president in the draft bill of the penal code law (RKUHP) albeit sparking criticism.