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June 20, 2022

Tempo - June 20, 2022

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto said Indonesia planned to impose a cap and trade tax and offset or carbon tax on coal-fired power plants starting July 2022. Coal-fired power plants operating inefficiently and producing emissions higher than the upper cap will be subject to additional costs.

Tempo - June 20, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The President of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), Ahmad Syaikhu, said Indonesia had been sliding toward authoritarianism in the past ten years. He made the statement during the party's national leadership meeting at Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel, Central Jakarta today, June 20, 2022.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 20, 2022

Say goodbye to the pandemic lull and hello to the fine particulates we get to inhale in Jakarta as life all but returns to full swing in the capital.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 20, 2022

Police in South Jakarta arrested five people in connection with an alleged prostitution party with a crude theme at an adult spa and massage parlor.

Tabloid JUBI - June 20, 2022

Manokwari, Jubi – The National West Papua Liberation Army (TPNPB) claims to have stabbed a Papuan member of the Yon D Wamena Mobile Brigade, Second Brig. Diego Rumaropen, on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Tempo - June 20, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, has officially ratified Law No. 13/2022 overseeing the changes on Law No. 12/2021 on legislation formation (UU PPP) on Thursday, June 16, which regulates the omnibus law legislation method.

Bloomberg News - June 20, 2022

Claire Jiao and Grace Sihombing – Most of Indonesia's pandemic-era fiscal incentives are set to expire at the end of the month, adding a new layer of challenge to the economy already facing risks from quickening inflation and a looming increase in borrowing costs.

CNBC - June 20, 2022

Ravi Buddhavarapu – President Joko Widodo denied that Indonesia has turned protectionist during his tenure, saying the gates remain open to all players – including Tesla – that want to use the country's plentiful natural resources, if they set up plants that can add to the local economy.

UCA News - June 20, 2022

UCA News reporter, Jakarta – A senior police officer in Indonesia's Christian-dominated North Sumatra province has issued a public apology to a priest he stopped and berated for trying to pass through a roadblock.

The incident in the town of Tomok on June 16 was captured on video and uploaded on social media, sparking outrage.

Tempo - June 20, 2022

Zacharias Wuragil, Jakarta – Indonesia recorded over 1,000 daily cases of Covid-19 over the weekend. According to the Health Ministry, there were 1,264 new cases and five deaths on Saturday, and 1,167 new cases and three deaths on Sunday.

June 19, 2022

VOA Indonesia - June 19, 2022

Indra Yoga – Astronaut and protector of outer space "Buzz Lightyear" cooperates with many characters, including his commander Alisha, who is in love with another woman. A kiss between Alisha and her partner in the science fiction-adventure computer animation film produced by Pixaar and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures only lasts a few seconds.

June 18, 2022

East Asia Forum - June 18, 2022

Hipolitus Wangge, ANU – Prime Minister James Marape visited Jakarta at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo in March 2022 – a few months ahead of PNG's national elections.

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 18, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia has moved a step closer to its goal of becoming a vaccine production hub, as a series of locally developed COVID-19 vaccine candidates enter the advanced stages of clinical trials.

This is a crucial move, considering the prolonged pandemic and the potential for future outbreaks.

Jakarta Globe - June 18, 2022

Jakarta (Beritasatu) – The National Democratic Party, or Nasdem, has a shortlist of no more than three for their potential candidates for the 2024 presidential election.

CNN Indonesia - June 18, 2022

Jakarta – A number of civil society organisations have urged the government to publish the latest version of the Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP).

Up until now the latest draft of the RKUHP still cannot be accessed by the public even though it will reportedly be enacted into law in July.

June 17, 2022

Antara News - June 17, 2022

M Zulfikar, Fadhli Ruhman, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) has communicated the fundamental developments related to the advancement and enforcement of human rights in Indonesia to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Tabloid JUBI - June 17, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Legal Aid Institute (LBH Papua) has asked the Jayapura City Police to punish their members who fired rubber bullets to disperse the rally commemorating the death of West Papua National Committee (KNPB) leader Mako Tabuni on Tuesday, June 14, 2022.

The Interpreter - June 17, 2022

Parker Novak – China and Australia's duelling Pacific tours make final stops. East Timor deals cap Chinese foreign minister's 10-day Pacific blitz. Anthony Albanese talks with Timor-Leste leadership as he flies to Indonesia.

Tabloid JUBI - June 17, 2022

Manokwari, Jubi – A team of investigators from the Fakfak District Attorney (DA), West Papua, searched a number of documents in the Fakfak General Election Commission (KPU) Treasurer's room on Thursday, June 16, 2022.

The DA managed to confiscate 50 documents related to the accountability report of the Regional Grant Fund to the KPU in the 2020 Regional Head Election.

CNN Indonesia - June 17, 2022

Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) has discussed the plan to hold a peaceful dialogue to resolve the problems in Papua during its visit to the United Nation's headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 17, 2022

A story about an alleged marriage con has become a hot topic in Indonesia as it involves a woman who said she only discovered her husband is actually a woman 10 months after their wedding.

Al Jazeera - June 17, 2022

Aisyah Llewellyn, Medan, Indonesia – Indonesia is once again facing a potential legal crisis as the passage of its controversial draft criminal code – a complete overhaul of the current criminal code – looks imminent.

UCA News - June 17, 2022

Thousands of Timor-Leste Catholics lined the streets of capital Dili to observe the feast of Corpus Christi in a solemn procession of the Blessed Sacrament.

The annual celebration was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid pandemic restrictions.

Agence France-Presse - June 17, 2022

Probolinggo, East Java – Thousands of Hindu worshippers climbed Mount Bromo volcano in East Java on Thursday to throw offerings from crops to livestock down its smouldering crater in a centuries-old religious ceremony.

Tempo - June 17, 2022

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Chairperson of the University of Indonesia Law Faculty (UI) Student Executive Board (BEM) Adam Putra Firdaus criticized the latest draft of the penal code law (RKUHP) which criminalizes the act of contempt against the government. Adam believed that criminalizing someone for criticizing the government is a dangerous maneuver by lawmakers.

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 17, 2022

Jakarta – Police will have to do a better job in explaining why they have arrested 23 people these last two weeks in connection with the Khilafatul Muslimin, a hitherto a little-known group that the authorities say aspires to turn Indonesia into an Islamic state.

Tempo - June 17, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is planning to formulate fiscal and non-fiscal incentive schemes that are hoped to attract funding for the infrastructure developments of the new capital city project set to be located at East Kalimantan.

Coconuts Bali - June 17, 2022

Don't do the crime if you can't do the time. Or in this case, don't have sex on a public beach in Bali – opening yourself up (no pun intended) to being recorded by creeps and seeing your XXX clip posted online – if you don't want the authorities to catch more than just a glimpse of your butt.

June 16, 2022

Kompas.com - June 16, 2022

Vitorio Mantalean, Jakarta – The State Intelligence Agency (BIN) has finally spoken out over allegations that mortars it imported from Serbia were dropped on villages in Papua in 2021.

The allegations were reported by the London based arms monitoring group Conflict Armament Research (CAR) which was quoted in a report by Reuters.

Antara News - June 16, 2022

Evarianus S, Mecca Yumna, Manokwari – Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia has urged regional governments in West Papua Province to implement a healthy bureaucracy and offer security guarantees to attract entrepreneurs to invest in the region.

Indonesia at Melbourne - June 16, 2022

Radityo Dharmaputra – Almost 120 days have passed since Russia invaded Ukraine, and the war continues to have ripple effects across the world. While western countries have been united in their support for Ukraine (to different degrees), many others have appeared reluctant to punish Russia for its actions. Some have even seemed supportive.

Antara News - June 16, 2022

Agatha Olivia, Raka Adji, Jakarta – The number of recipients of the Pre-Employment Card Program has, until now, reached 12.8 million since being launched in April 2020, an official from the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs stated.

Jakarta Globe - June 16, 2022

Stefani Wijaya, Jakarta – The police and the anti-money laundering agency have frozen at least 21 bank accounts belonging to suspected leaders of Muslim group Khilafatul Muslimin, which authorities said seeks to establish an Islamic state in Indonesia.

Tabloid JUBI - June 16, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe invites 29 regents and mayors in Papua Province to be of one mind in maintaining the unity of the Earth of Cenderawasih (Papua).

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 16, 2022

Jakarta – The media, social media and the public at large have made a big fuss over the Cabinet reshuffle, especially after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo summoned numerous political bigwigs Tuesday evening, only to see just two substitutions in the lineup. We cannot therefore expect the small reshuffle to generate a big impact on the country that is poised to recover stronger.

Merdeka.com - June 16, 2022

Supriatin – Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud MD has refuted news that the United Nations Human Rights Council recently highlighted human rights violations in Indonesia, including the current situation in Papua.

CNN Indonesia - June 16, 2022

Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) believes that the Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP) could be an obstacle to the resolution of gross human rights violations.

Mongabay - June 16, 2022

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Authorities in Indonesia's Papua province have recommended the revocation of licenses for 35 out of the 54 oil palm concessions operating there.

The move follows an evaluation of the licenses carried out by the provincial government since 2019, and mirrors a similar spate of revocations in neighboring West Papua province.

UCA News - June 16, 2022

Katharina Reny Lestari – A court in Indonesia's Lampung province has sentenced a religious teacher to 10 years in prison for raping a 15-year-old student at a state-run school.

Hafidz Mulky, 28, was convicted on June 15 at Tanjung Karang District Court, which also ordered him to pay a fine of 100 million rupiah (US$6,780) or risk another six months in prison.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 16, 2022

It appears that it takes a viral video for road laws to apply equally to all Indonesians, after sanctions are finally being handed out for a clear traffic violation involving a ministry vehicle.

Tempo - June 16, 2022

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The University of Indonesia Students Executive Board (BEM UI) criticized the latest penal code law draft bill (RKUHP), which oversees public demonstrations, and argued that it would restrict freedom of expression and freedom of speech.

June 15, 2022

Coconuts Jakarta - June 15, 2022

Police in Indonesia have issued an advisory urging motorcyclists not to wear flip-flops when driving their two-wheelers, citing safety concerns.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 15, 2022

Indonesia's House of Parliament (DPR) is pushing for the passage of a bill that would raise mandatory maternity leave from three months to six, speaker Puan Maharani said, who stressed the importance of expanding the rights of female workers.

Indonesia at Melbourne - June 15, 2022

Jemma Purdey – When President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo invited new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to join him on a leisurely bicycle ride through the grounds of the Bogor Presidential Palace on 6 June, the Australian media contingent couldn't reach for their social media accounts fast enough.

Fulcrum - June 15, 2022

A'an Suryana – Khilafatul Muslimin, an Islamist organisation in Indonesia, has tried but failed to influence public opinion. But the government should keep it on a tight leash.

Tabloid JUBI - June 15, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Four protesters who took part in the commemoration of Mako Tabuni's death, which took place at Waena 3 Housing in Jayapura City on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, were injured when the police dispersed the protest. The four people were allegedly hit by rubber bullets.

Jakarta Globe - June 15, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia's trade surplus widened to $2.90 billion last month from $2.70 billion in the same month a year ago, despite the country's palm oil export embargo, keeping the balance in the black for the 25th consecutive month.

Tabloid JUBI - June 15, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Four activists of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), who were arrested during the protest commemorating the death of Mako Tabuni in Jayapura City on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, were released by the police at 9 p.m. local time. They were released after being questioned at the Jayapura Police Headquarters for several hours.

Jakarta Globe - June 15, 2022

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – National Mandate Party (PAN) Chairman Zulkifli Hasan was appointed as the new trade minister in a surprise cabinet shakeup on Wednesday that also saw the return of former military chief Hadi Tjahjanto to public office.

Zulkifli, once considered an opposing figure to the current government, takes over the job from Muhammad Lutfi.

Tempo - June 15, 2022

Nadiyah Dzakirah, Td, Jakarta – Environmental activists on Wednesday, June 15, rallied in front of the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE), calling for a halt to the production of plastic sachet packaging.