By Max Lane
By Max Lane
Jakarta (Antara) – Papua is an inseparable part of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI), Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu emphasized on Wednesday. "Papua is an important part that is inseparable from the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia," Ryacudu said while making his remarks in Babrongko Umandrow Village, Jayapura District, Papua.
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The Indonesian National Police (Polri) announced that it has named PT Bumi Hijau Lestari and one of its board of directors as suspects of the land and forest fires that have plagued South Sumatra in the passing weeks.
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – Humanitarian Senior Advocacy Manager of Save the Children Indonesia, Rinsan Lumban Tobing, said the future of the children who are exposed to haze from the forest fire has been neglected by the government.
Jakarta – Indonesia will prioritizes imports of buffalo meat, rice and raw sugar from India after the South Asian country adjusted crude palm oil (CPO) tariffs for its top two importers, Malaysia and Indonesia, earlier this month.
Nicola Smith – Indonesia is poised to update its penal code to impose jail terms or steep fines on anyone having consensual sex outside of marriage.
Hotman Siregar & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, has asked for a month-long transition period to review and implement changes to the institution, following a surprisingly swift approval of revisions to the 2002 law about the institution – rushed by the House of Representatives, or DPR, early this week.
Indonesia's government says it's working with the office of the UN Human Rights Commissioner to arrange access to West Papua.
The Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, last week indicated her office had been unable to secure permission from Jakarta to visit Papua region.
Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The United Nations Security Council passed through a resolution to extend its mission in Afghanistan, which was drafted by Indonesia, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
Pipit Maizier, Melbourne – Dozens of people stands in solidarity with West Papuans in front of the State Library Victoria on Saturday (14/09/2019) for calling the Australian Government to against human rights violations occurred in West Papua.
Caesar Akbar, Jakarta – The Finance Ministry said that PT Lapindo Brantas Inc. and PT Minarak Lapindo Jaya have not paid off their debts to the state. The two companies owe a total of Rp1,763 trillion, including interest and penalties.
Sydney – The 2 billion AUD (1.4 billion USD) Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP) is negotiating with Timor Leste on the financing of a gas pipeline worth 500 million AUD (350 million USD) that will connect with a gas plant to be built on the coast of the south Southeast Asian country.
Halida Bunga, Jakarta – The anti-corruption civil society coalition announced that it plans to meet the Indonesian representatives to the United Nations upon discussing crimes that involve corruption eradication in the country.
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo received Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi's resignation on Thursday, a day after the national antigraft agency declared him a bribery suspect.
Jakarta – A toddler and teenager were among three people killed in a gunfight between security forces and independence-seeking rebels in Indonesia's restive Papua region, the military said on Thursday (Sep 19).
Imam Muzakir, Jakarta – The government will remove the requirement to secure construction permit for new buildings in an attempt to improve investment climate and enhance economic growth.
The government will instead increase efforts to audit existing buildings and enforce the country's zoning and building codes.
Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Indonesia is set to pass a new criminal code that could outlaw living together outside marriage, extramarital sex and insulting the president, among a raft of changes that rights groups have decried as disastrous.
Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Indonesia has been elected to serve as vice president of the 74th United Nations General Assembly for the period 2019-2020.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement on Thursday that Dian Triansyah Djani, Indonesia's permanent representative to the United Nations, had taken up the position on behalf of the country on Tuesday.
Jakarta – The Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP) will further increase discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people.
Gayatri Suroyo and Bernadette Christina, Jakarta – Indonesia is facing a backlash over an online campaign backing palm oil at a time when forest fires, often linked to slash-and-burn land clearance, have spread choking smoke across the region, raising growing concern about damage to health.
Over 2000 West Papuan university students have returned home from Indonesian cities since last month over safety fears.
Racist harassment of Papuan students in university dormitories in Javanese cities last month sparked weeks of widespread protests and unrest in Papua.
James Massola and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – Indonesia has announced it will send 100 containers of contaminated plastic waste back to Australia to make it clear the country does not wish to become a "dumping ground".
Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi a suspect in a bribery case involving the National Sports Committee (KONI).
KPK commissioner Alexander Marwata announced the decision at a press conference at the KPK headquarters in South Jakarta on Wednesday.
Among the many, many concerns activists have about a draft revision to Indonesia's Criminal Code (RKUHP), which is set to be passed by the House of Representatives (DPR) later this month, are a number of articles that codify Indonesia's increasingly conservative moral norms into law.
Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – WWF Indonesia said that the land and forest fires in Kalimantan and Sumatra were caused by among others, landowners deliberately setting their property on fire to clear up land. This pattern is similar to what is happening in Amazon, where people burn trees to open up farmlands.
Jakarta – The Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP) includes jail sentences for anyone who spreads communist, Marxist and Leninist teachings in public.
Article 188 of the RKHUP states that anyone who spreads or develops communist, Marxist and Leninist teachings or develops them though any kind of media will be subject to a maximum jail sentence of four years.
Indonesia has selected the controversial coming-of-age drama Memories of My Body as its submission for the international feature film category at the 2020 Oscars.
Pacific Media Centre – Thousands of forest fires have been burning across Indonesian Borneo and Sumatra, disrupting air travel, closing schools and sickening thousands of people, reports the New York Times.
Officials have said that about 80 per cent of the fires were intentionally set to make room for lucrative cash crops like oil palm.
Vanuatu and Solomon Islands have raised the issue of human rights abuses against West Papuans at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
The two governments made a statement which also noted that Indonesia had not yet given access to Papua for the UN Human Rights Commissioner.
H. E. Joko Widodo
President of the Republic of Indonesia
Jakarta Pusat 10110
18 September 2019
Re: Condemn acts of racism against Papuans, order investigation into disproportionate use of force by police
Dear President Widodo,
The government and the House of Representatives (DPR) have agreed on a draft revision to a law governing corrections that would make it much easier for corruption convicts to gain early freedom from imprisonment.
Journalists covering the demonstration in front of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta, on Friday, September 13, were harassed, blocked and had their equipment damaged.
President Joko Widodo – who has long faced accusations that he and his government are puppets serving the interests of foreign countries and corporations – today spoke about the virtues of opening up jobs to foreign workers.
During a talk in Jakarta today, Jokowi said that Indonesia, as a pluralist country, should be more accepting towards tourists and foreign workers.
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy head Laode Muhammad Syarif is irked by Legal and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly's claim that the government has talked about the draft revisions of KPK Law with him and KPK chair Agus Rahardjo before the bill passed into the law.
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – Director of West Kalimantan's Environmental Forum (Walhi) Anton Wijaya asserted that land and forest fires are the responsibility of concession landowners. Anton said that they must take accountability for anything happens in their areas.
Jakarta – The Papua Students Advocacy Team from the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) has reported alleged ethical violations committed by the East Java regional police (Polda) and the Metro Jaya Polda against Surya Anta, Veronica Koman and several other Papuan students who have been declared suspects.
Wilpret Siagian, Jayapura – West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Chairperson Agus Kossay was arrested by a joint team from the Papua regional police on Tuesday September 17. Kossay has been declared a suspect for allegedly being the mastermind behind the riots in Jayapura on August 29.
Helen Regan – Dozens of people have been arrested over suspected involvement in massive forest fires in Indonesia, where thousands of hectares of ecologically rich land have been burned, engulfing the region in a thick toxic haze.
For at least a decade, national legislators have threatened to weaken the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). On 17 September, they finally made good on this threat, enacting an amendment to the 2002 KPK Law that will likely neuter the Commission.
Tasha Wibawa – Indonesian police are threatening to ask Interpol to issue a red notice for pro-Papuan activist Veronica Koman, who is believed to be hiding in Australia, unless she reports to authorities by the end of today.
Jakarta – The Indonesian parliament should substantially revise the proposed new criminal code to meet international human rights standards, Human Rights Watch said today. The current bill contains articles that will violate the rights of women, religious minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, as well as freedom of speech and association.
Massive forest fires in Indonesia that have caused a toxic haze to spread as far as Singapore and peninsular Malaysia are also seriously affecting endangered orangutans and their habitat, a rescue foundation said Tuesday.
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) is still calculating the number of losses caused by forest fires in several regions of Sumatra and Kalimantan by adopting the Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA or Jitupasna) method, said Rifai as the agency's deputy of rehabilitation and reconstruction.
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Laode Muhammad Syarif argues that the new KPK Law has far gone beyond the instructions of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
Erwida Maulia, Jakarta – Indonesia's rapid passage of a revision to a law governing its anti-graft body has sparked concerns that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is going soft on fighting the country's endemic corruption.
Ahmad Faiz, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto said three planes for cloud seeding operation are ready to be deployed as an effort to put out the land and forest fires in Pekanbaru, Riau. Two of them are CN-235 aircraft, and the other is a Hercules.
Andhika Prasetia, Pekanbaru – A state of emergency has been declared in Riau province due to the haze from forest and land fires (karhutla). Hoping for rain to get rid of the haze, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has held a salat istisqa – a prayer for rain from Allah during drought.
Richard C. Paddock and Muktita Suhartono, Jakarta – Wildfires burned across Indonesian Borneo and Sumatra on Tuesday, producing thick clouds of smoke that disrupted air travel, forced schools to close and sickened many thousands of people.
Guteriano Neves – The 20th anniversary of the popular consultation that brought independence for Timor-Leste has been a time to celebrate the courage, determination, and persistence of the Timorese people. Despite enduring decades of violence, they never lost their hope for self-determination.
Walhi National Executive Board member Khalisa Khalid said this was shown when President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and other related parties submitted a judicial review (PK) with the Supreme Court (MA) after being found liable