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December 13, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
CNN Indonesia - December 13, 2019

Jakarta – A civil society coalition calling themselves the People's Front for Human Rights Bandung (Bara Hamba) is urging the Minister for Human Rights and Justice (Kemenkumham) to revoke the Human Rights Friendly City award which was recently given to the West Java provincial capital of Bandung.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Globe - December 13, 2019

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The government plans to drop a complicated licensing process and an expensive capital requirement for small businesses, making it easier for them to open up shops.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Language & Culture
Jakarta Post - December 13, 2019

Jakarta – Pencak silat, a traditional Indonesian martial art married with dance that has found a wider audience in film in the past few years, was recognized on Thursday as a piece of intangible world heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

December 12, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Reuters - December 12, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko Widodo warned on Thursday that there would be no going back on his policy to curb exports of nickel ore and other minerals, and Indonesia would defend itself against a complaint lodged with the World Trade Organisation by the European Union.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
New Mandala - December 12, 2019

Kate Grealy – The targeting of 'Islamic extremism' for national security purposes has long been an area of safe bipartisan consensus in Indonesia – as it is in most countries. Labelling a group or individual as 'radical' is touted as a simple and objective act, undertaken in the unimpeachable name of terrorism prevention.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - December 12, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has simplified the form of the teacher's lesson plan or RPP to only one page.

"The previous RPP has 13 components. It is too dense and heavy. So we change to a simpler form, to just one page," said Nadiem during a meeting with heads of agencies in Jakarta, Wednesday, December 11.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - December 12, 2019

The issue of sexual harassment in state-owned enterprises (SOEs) has been thrust to the spotlight in Indonesia this week following explosive allegations of Garuda Indonesia air hostesses being used for sex and harassed by airline executives, prompting possible stern action against culprits by the government.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Tempo - December 12, 2019

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – A crowd consisting of Islamic mass-organizations has forcefully closed-off the access road that leads to the location of the upcoming annual music festival Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP), which is set to be held at the JIExpo in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - December 12, 2019

Diana Mariska, Jakarta – A European Union representative has said the economic bloc is prepared to receive any lawsuit directed against its recently announced tariffs on biodiesel import.

Earlier this week, the EU confirmed it would impose import tariffs on biodiesel from Indonesia, set at between eight percent and 18 percent in the next five years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - December 12, 2019

Jakarta – Construction of the new Soekarno-Hatta International Airport II in Karawang, West Java, is expected to commence in 2028, according to the local administration.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - December 12, 2019

Jakarta – Vice President Ma'ruf Amin has said the death penalty, a highly contentious issue in Indonesia, is permitted by religion and could deter corruption.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - December 12, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Democratic Party chairman and former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asserted the political stance of the party, which is not part of the ruling coalition, toward the President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo administration.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
South China Morning Post - December 12, 2019

Aloysius Unditu – Indonesian state energy firm Pertamina's most senior leader, former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, earlier this week called on officials at Indonesia's state-owned enterprises to be role models in fighting graft.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Coconuts Bali - December 12, 2019

Police in the Blahbatuh sub-district of Gianyar regency have been receiving flower boards from animal lovers and activists these past few weeks, who are thanking officers for enforcing animal welfare laws in a recent case of animal abuse in the area.

News ›› West Papua ›› Mining & Energy
Tempo - December 12, 2019

Eko Wahyudi, Jakarta – People of Asmat, Papua voiced complaints about the power outage which has occurred since a month ago in the region. The blackout was reportedly caused by a damaged power plant belonged to state-owned electricity firm PLN.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Tempo - December 12, 2019

Imam Hamdi and Adam Prireza, Jakarta – Three Islamic mass organizations planned to hold yet another demonstration before the City Hall in Central Jakarta today, December 12. They rejected the implementation of the Djakarta Warehouse Project or DWP.

The electronic dance music festival is slated to take place at JIExpo Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, December 13-15.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - December 12, 2019

President Joko Widodo's eldest, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, is taking a huge step today in entering the race for mayor of Solo, Central Java amid concerns that the president is attempting to build a political dynasty in Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Globe - December 12, 2019

Aichi Halik, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Thursday launched the new Jakarta-Cikampek elevated toll road, a key infrastructure expected to unravel traffic gridlock in industrial areas near Jakarta.

"Construction on the elevated Jakarta-Cikampek II Toll Road has been completed. Soon we can start using it," Jokowi said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - December 12, 2019

Jakarta – The government plans to scrap the nationwide exam dreaded by students across the country and replace it with a very different kind of educational assessment.

"In 2021, the national exam will be replaced with a minimum competency assessment and a character survey," Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim said in Jakarta on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - December 12, 2019

Suherdjoko and Ghina Ghaliya, Semarang and Jakarta – As his eldest son and son-in-law push ahead with their plans to run in mayoral races, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has asserted that the decision of his family members to enter politics has nothing to do with establishing a political dynasty under his name.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - December 12, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has laid out strategies that could bring about a competitive edge for Indonesia when the country faces pressures from other countries over its trade policies, from palm oil to nickel.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Village & Rural Life
The Conversation - December 12, 2019

Silvia Irawan – In 2015, Southeast Asia's largest economy, Indonesia, committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 29% by 2030 (equivalent to 832.01 million tonnes of CO2 by 2030, compared to what it was then on course for.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Mongabay - December 12, 2019

Justin Catanoso, Madrid, Spain – COP25 isn't only attended by delegates, NGOs, and activists; it also attracts national and transnational companies, all seeking something from the UN climate policy process.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Nikkei Asian Review - December 12, 2019

Aldi Adrian Hartanto – Indonesian startups have been at the center of attention in Southeast Asia for the last few years. But as a growing number of them have graduated to unicorn status, investors have steered away from early-stage deals in favor of technology companies with some track record of success.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Tempo - December 12, 2019

Jakarta (Bisnis) – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said he wanted Indonesia to open as wide as possible investment for iron, steel, and petrochemical sectors, which are believed to be able to lower the current account deficit.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - December 12, 2019

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) commissioner Retno Listyarti expressed her appreciation towards Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim for dismissing the national examination or UN.

According to her, the policy is in line with the zone-based admission system in the student enrollment process (PPDB).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Coconuts Jakarta - December 12, 2019

If you've been following the region's EDM news, you'd know that the biggest festival of the genre in Asia, the Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP), is returning to Jakarta this weekend after it was held in Bali last year.

But, just like two years ago, not everyone is happy about that.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Globe - December 12, 2019

Beritasatu, Jakarta – Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, commonly known as SBY, said on Wednesday his party and all Indonesian people wanted to know how much money the government would spend to relocate the capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Globe - December 12, 2019

Diana Mariska, Jakarta – Indonesia is moving to the next stage of nickel processing with the end goal of producing its own lithium batteries by 2023, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Jakarta Post - December 12, 2019

Jakarta – Cobras have caused a scare among people living in the Royal Citayem housing complex in Bojong Gede district, Bogor regency, West Java.

More than 30 cobras measuring an average of 30 centimeters had been caught in the area in the past week, according to locals.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - December 12, 2019

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – Jakarta-based oil and gas company Medco E&P sent its first gas from the onshore Temelat Field in South Sumatra on Monday, providing a boost to national gas production.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - December 12, 2019

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – As part of the government's efforts to cut down on waste, eight ministries declared on Thursday that Indonesia produces between 0.27 and 0.59 million tons of marine debris each year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - December 12, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has inaugurated the Jakarta-Cikampek II toll road, expressing hope that the country's longest elevated toll road will reduce congestion on one of the busiest routes in the archipelago.

December 11, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Nikkei Asian Review - December 11, 2019

Jakarta – The total damage and economic loss from forest fires in Indonesia this year amounted to at least $5.2 billion, equal to 0.5% of gross domestic product, the World Bank said in a report on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Prostitution & Human Trafficking
Coconuts Jakarta - December 11, 2019

Following the huge Garuda Indonesia luxury goods smuggling scandal, which led to the dismissal of disgraced president director Ari Askhara, more scandalous allegations have been leveled at the flag carrier, most notably that of its air hostesses allegedly being forced to serve airline executives sexually.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - December 11, 2019

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) expressed its disagreement with the plan to punish corruptors with strict death penalty. The organization argued that there are other alternatives that provide deterrent effects for corruption suspects.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Children's Rights & Underage Workers
Jakarta Globe - December 11, 2019

Diana Mariska, Jakarta – The Indonesian Child Protection Commission, or KPAI, says children continue to have their rights violated while the country is under President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's much-praised leadership.

KPAI commissioner Retno Listyarti said in Jakarta on Wednesday that children's rights abuses can be divided into three categories.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - December 11, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) suggested the President and the House of Representatives (DPR) draft regulations restricting ex-graft convicts from running for the regional head election. The law is necessary as long as the government is serious about enforcing the ban.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Post - December 11, 2019

Arya Dipa, Bandung – Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD has acknowledged that human rights violations are still prevalent in Indonesia but has said there is almost no systematic state violence in the current administration.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Tempo - December 11, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Two personnel of the Indonesian Military (TNI) were nabbed in an apartment in Jakarta for allegedly involved in drug abuse. The arrest was carried out by Military Police Jaya (Pomdam) in collaboration with Jakarta Police Narcotics Directorate.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Jakarta Post - December 11, 2019

Rizal Harahap, Pekanbaru – Personnel of the Riau Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) have discovered hundreds of traps allegedly set up by poachers around several conservation areas in the province.

As of Wednesday, teams from the agency had managed to dismantle 170 traps since the operation started on Nov. 25.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Globe - December 11, 2019

Diana Mariska, Jakarta – Representatives of the victims of human rights violations in Indonesia have called on the National Human Rights Commission, or Komnas HAM, to continue its investigation into the cases and bring the perpetrators to justice.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - December 11, 2019

Bogor, West Java – While several foreign automakers have decided to leave Indonesia, Germany's Mercedes-Benz plans to continue operating its Indonesian assembly and sales subsidiaries, its local distribution arm has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Treason & Subversion
CNN Indonesia - December 11, 2019

Jakarta – Lawyers representing six Papuan activists charged with treason will report the sole judge who presided over a pretrial hearing challenging their arrest to the Supreme Court's (MK) supervisory board for alleged bias and fabricating the arguments for rejecting the suit.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - December 11, 2019

Arya Dipa, Bandung – A geological and geophysical survey has discovered that the planned location of Indonesia's new capital in East Kalimantan has a risk of flooding, with an official pointing to the local topography as contributing to the potential hazard.

News ›› Indonesia ›› History & Anthropology
The Guardian - December 11, 2019

Hannah Devlin – Cave art depicting human-animal hybrid figures hunting warty pigs and dwarf buffaloes has been dated to nearly 44,000 years old, making it the earliest known cave art by our species.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Bloomberg - December 11, 2019

Karlis Salna – Indonesia's cabinet is discussing amending a legally imposed cap on the budget deficit, which would allow the government to spend and borrow more to stimulate growth in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Coconuts Jakarta - December 11, 2019

Yet another study has ranked Jakarta among the worst provinces in Indonesia when it comes to religious tolerance or harmony – the verdict, this time, coming from the country's Religious Affairs Ministry.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
Jakarta Globe - December 11, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto and his Laotian counterpart Gen. Chansamone Chanyalath signed a memorandum of understanding on a new defense cooperation in Jakarta on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - December 11, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – A number of anti-corruption activists have criticized President Joko Widodo or Jokowi for not attending the global anti-corruption commemoration held at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters on Monday, December 9, 2019.