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May 3, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Jakarta Post - May 3, 2018

Jakarta – Human rights group Amnesty International Indonesia has criticized the hate speech conviction of a spiritual book author who offended some Muslims after writing a Facebook post saying that those who have not seen God are "fake" Muslims.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - May 3, 2018

Anwar Siswandi, Jakarta – During the 2018 National Education Day on Wednesday, Gelora Community Action Group of Padjadjaran University (Unpad) held a protest against the work performance and policy making of Unpad Rector Tri Hanggoro Achmad within the past three years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - May 3, 2018

Devina Heriyanto, Jakarta – Jakarta's air pollution is worse than Bangkok, but not the worst in Southeast Asia, data from the World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed.

Jakarta and Bangkok are notorious for their traffic jams. Fuel emissions from slow-moving motorized vehicles contribute to air pollution.

May 2, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - May 2, 2018

Jakarta – Women's rights advocacy group Institut KAPAL Perempuan has called on members of the public to join the effort to implement the country's 12-year compulsory education policy, which is part of the government's plan to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - May 2, 2018

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – The National Commission of Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara assessed the government under the reign of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has not succeeded yet in creating a better education atmosphere, as designed in the Nawacita program.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Coconuts Jakarta - May 2, 2018

Gerindra chairman Prabowo Subianto, the man most likely (but still far from certain) to challenge President Joko Widodo in the 2019 election, officially received the support of the Indonesian Trade Union Confederation (KSPI) during International Workers' Day yesterday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
New Mandala - May 2, 2018

Abdil Mughis Mudhoffir – The appearance of the Indonesia Solidarity Party (Partai Solidaritas Indonesia, or PSI) – bearing the slogan of "the millenials' political party" – as a new participant in the 2019 elections has prompted public discussion. For some, the party is seen as providing the opportunity for a vehicle for alternative politics.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - May 2, 2018

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan, North Sumatra – Hundreds of students from various universities in Medan, North Sumatra, staged a rally on Wednesday to call on the government to stop what they call the commercialization of education.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - May 2, 2018

Alfan Hilmi, Jakarta – In the National Education Day, the National Commission for Child Protection (KPAI) Commissioner for Education Retno Listyarti expressed her concern that in 2018 thus far, 84 percent of students across the country experienced a violence in schools.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Vanuatu Daily Post - May 2, 2018

Once again West Papuan independence activists have been arrested and brutalized to prevent them meeting international delegates to Indonesia's Melanesian colony; this time a delegation from the Solomon Islands visiting Jayapura and Manokwari on 24-25 April 2018, the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) reports.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Tirto.id - May 2, 2018

Mohammad Bernie – The song "Hello Hello Bandung" was played and sung along to by thousands of workers who packed into the Senayan Sports Arena (Istora) in Central Jakarta as prospective presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto took to the stage alongside Indonesian Trade Union Confederation (KSPI) president Said Iqbal.

News ›› East Timor ›› Health & Education
Dili Weekly - May 2, 2018

Paulina Quintao – The Director of health from Dili municipality, Agustinha Seguerado is concerned with the growing waste problem within Dili that could harm communities' public health especially the health of children.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - May 2, 2018

Jakarta – The consumer confidence index (CCI) declined from 100.8 to 98.5 in April after increasing 3.6 percent in the previous month, according to a survey conducted by Danareksa Research Institute (DRI).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - May 2, 2018

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – In a commemoration of National Education Day, the director of KAPAL Perempuan Institute Misiyah stated the institution urged President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to immediately issue a revision of the law on marriage age from 16 to 18 thus the children can have the right of the 12-year compulsory education.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Solomon Star News - May 2, 2018

The SI delegation that traveled to West Papua arriving into Sentani Airport in Indonesia's Papua province on 24 April 2018.

Development Service Exchange (DSE) has rejected claims that it is "officially represented" in a government delegation that visited West Papua last week.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
BBC Indonesia - May 2, 2018

Abraham Utama – Prabowo Subianto has preempted President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in embracing labour groups in the lead up to the 2019 presidential elections.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - May 2, 2018

Rachmadea Aisyah, Jakarta – In the past few years, Indonesia has seen more and more investments from Asian powerhouse China.

In 2017, China was ranked as the country with the third-largest foreign investment in Indonesia at US$3.36 billion, a significant increase from $2.66 billion in 2016. It seems that the trend is here to stay.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - May 2, 2018

Jakarta – The Environment and Forestry Ministry has imposed administrative sanctions on state oil and gas company Pertamina over an oil spill incident that caused pollution and damage to the ecosystem of Balikpapan Bay in East Kalimantan.

The ministry's law enforcement director general, Rasio Ridho Sani, said three steps needed to be fulfilled by Pertamina.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
The Conversation - May 2, 2018

Puji Rianto – An old video of a local preacher Abdul Somad has gone viral. In the video, Somad says that people who buy coffee from US coffee chain Starbucks will go to the hell due to the company's support for LGBT movements.

May 1, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Jakarta Post - May 1, 2018

Jakarta – About 350 domestic workers across the city gathered on Jl. Merdeka Selatan in Central Jakarta on Tuesday to commemorate International Workers' Day, also known as May Day.

The rally's coordinator, Lita Anggraeni, said the participants had several demands that included legal protection for domestic workers and to be protected from sexual harassment.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Jakarta Post - May 1, 2018

Suherdjoko, Semarang, Central Java – Many media workers in Semarang, Central Java, get a monthly salary well below the city's minimum wage of Rp 2.3 million (US$165.26) per month.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Sindo News - May 1, 2018

Ari Sandita Murti, Jakarta – The Indonesian People's Labour Confederation (KPRI) is asking for honorary civil servants at all government agencies to be promoted to permanent state civil servants (PSN).

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Tribune Solo - May 1, 2018

Imam Saputro, Solo – Workers in the Central Java city of Solo (Surakarta) chose to commemorate International Labour Day on Tuesday morning with a health walk instead of a demonstration.

Around 300 workers participated in the walk which was attended by Solo Mayor FX Hadi Rudyatmo and Solo municipal police chief Senior Commissioner Ribut Hari Wibowo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Tirto.id - May 1, 2018

Agung DH – Commemorations of May Day or International Labour Day on Tuesday May 1 in the North Sumatran city of Medan were enlivened by entertainment centred at the Youth Arena on Jl. Sutomo Ujung Medan.

All of the workers who attended the activities received a packet of sembako (basic goods) made up of rice, sugar, cooking oil and instant noodles.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Post - May 1, 2018

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – Publicly listed cement manufacturer PT Semen Indonesia (SI) said the company had fulfilled all of its operational requirements at its controversial cement factory in Rembang, Central Java, since last March despite a series of protests by locals over environmental issues.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Tribune Jateng - May 1, 2018

Yasmine Aulia, Semarang – Thousands of workers packed Jl. Pahlawan Semarang in the Central Java provincial capital of Semarang on Tuesday May 1 where they had gathered to protest in front of the governor's office.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Kompas.com - May 1, 2018

Ihsanuddin, Jakarta – The Indonesian Trade Union Confederation (KSPI) has held an event declaring Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) chairperson Prabowo Subianto as their candidate for the 2019 presidential election.

The declaration was made at the Senayan Sports Arena (Istora) in Central Jakarta to coincide with Labour Day on Tuesday May 1.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Kompas.com - May 1, 2018

Wijaya Kusuma, Yogyakarta – A demonstration by hundreds of protesters calling themselves the May 1 Movement (Gerakan 1 Mei) at the Sunan Kalijaga Islamic State University (UIN) intersection in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta has ended in chaos.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Jakarta Post - May 1, 2018

Theresia Sufa, Bogor, West Java – Around 4,000 workers in Bogor regency, West Java, attended an istighotsah (mass prayer) at Pakansari Stadium to celebrate International Workers' Day, or May Day, on Tuesday.

They prayed for West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan to immediately issue a decree on sectoral minimum wages for regencies and cities.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Tempo - May 1, 2018

Caesar Akbar, Jakarta – Ansary Siregar, member of the House of Representatives (DPR) labor commission from the PKS faction, was among protesters during the International Labor Day a.k.a. May Day in front of the State Palace on Tuesday, May 1.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Jakarta Post - May 1, 2018

Jakarta – Workers joining with the Confederation of Indonesian Workers Unions (KSPI) delivered three demands for the improved welfare of workers nationwide during a rally to commemorate International Workers' Day, also known as May Day, on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Kumparan News - May 1, 2018

Langkan, Padang – Workers from the All Indonesia Trade Union Confederation (KSPSI) in Padang, West Sumatra (Sumbar), donated blood and held a relaxation walk during the commemoration of International Labour Day or May Day 2018.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Tribune Lampung - May 1, 2018

Hanif Mustafa, Bandar Lampung – The Adipura Monument in the South Sumatra city of Lampung was suddenly packed with hundreds of protesting works all wearing red.

The workers, who came from the Lampung People's Struggle Centre (PPRL) were holding a peaceful action to commemorate International Labour Day (May Day) on May 1.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Agence France Presse - May 1, 2018

An Indonesian was jailed for five years Monday for a Facebook post deemed offensive to Islam, his lawyer said, the latest conviction under the country's controversial electronic information law.

Alnoldy Bahari, 39, was found guilty of spreading hate speech for a post in which he claimed to have experienced God's presence and questioned the faith of other Muslims.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Viva - May 1, 2018

Thousands of workers held a protest action on International Labour Day or May Day near the Gedung Sate building on Jl. Diponegoro in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung on Tuesday May 1.

The protesting workers, who came from a number of different trade unions, began arriving at the location at around 10am bringing a huge flag and banners with their demands.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Kompas.com - May 1, 2018

Achmad Faizal, Surabaya – Thousands of workers from the East Java Ring I industrial zone entered the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya to commemorate Labour Day (May Day) on Tuesday May 1.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - May 1, 2018

Anton Hermansyah, Jakarta – As oil prices continue to rise, the government is set to push for more subsidies for those in need in an attempt to stabilize the economy.

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› Left-Wing & Alternative Politics
KOMITMEN May Day Statement - May 1, 2018

20 years of reformasi: A reminder of the need to win what has yet to be achieved by reformasi – freedom, equality and prosperity.

Long live the workers! Long live the people!

May 1 is symbolic of our struggle against the tyranny of capital and employers who oppress the working class.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Kompas.com - May 1, 2018

Ihsanuddin, Jakarta – An alliance of workers that are part of the Indonesian Prosperity Trade Union Confederation (KSBSI) are continuing their action at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta on Tuesday May 1.During the action to commemorate International Labour Day (May Day), they called for Government Regulation Number 78/2015 on Wages (PP 78/2015) to be revoked.

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
SEDAR - May 1, 2018

[The following is a translation of a leaflet distributed by the Populist Democratic Trade Union (SEDAR) on May Day 2018.]

Today, we will again take to the streets and join the momentum of International Labour Day or May Day 2018.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Detik News - May 1, 2018

Usman Hadi, Yogyakarta – Hundreds of home workers from the Yogyakarta Employees People's Alliance (ARPY) in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta held a commemoration of Labour Day or May Day at which they demanded welfare improvements for home workers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Jakarta Post - May 1, 2018

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan, North Sumatra – Thousands of workers from various organizations joined in the celebration of International Workers' Day, also known as May Day, in several areas across Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Jakarta Post - May 1, 2018

Jakarta – Around 50,000 workers have joined with the Indonesian Working People Confederation (KRPI) to take to the streets across Jakarta to celebrate International Workers' Day, known also as May Day, on Tuesday. The workers are also ready to perform a cultural carnival for the celebration.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Jakarta Post - May 1, 2018

Jakarta – Workers are set to stage rallies on Tuesday across Greater Jakarta, including at the Bogor Palace, to celebrate International Workers' Day, also known as May Day.

While thousands of workers will center their May Day protest rally at the State Palace, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is scheduled to carry out his activities at Bogor Palace.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Post - May 1, 2018

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan, North Sumatra – The 2018 national Easter celebration at Lake Toba in North Sumatra got a warm welcome from the public as it was led by a female Muslim.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Republika - May 1, 2018

Zahrotul Oktaviani, Bogor – Thousands of workers in Bogor, West Java, gathered at the Pakansari Sports Centre (GOR) for mass prayers (istighatsah) in the context of celebrating International Labour Day 2018.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Liputan 6 - May 1, 2018

Jakarta – Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) chairperson Prabowo Subianto has gained the support of the Indonesian Trade Union Confederation (KSPI) as a candidate for the 2019 presidential elections.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Democracy & Civil Rights
Foreign Service Journal - May 1, 2018

Edmund McWilliams – With a population of more than 260 million and an economy that ranks tenth in the world, Indonesia appears destined to be one of the major international players of the 21st century. Since the 1998 overthrow of H. Muhammad Suharto's dictatorship, the country has cut its poverty rate in half, and its per capita gross domestic product now exceeds $3,500.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Okezone - May 1, 2018

Avirista Midaada, Malang City – Hundreds of workers in the East Java city of Malang commemorated International Labour Day on May 1.

The workers, who had been gathering at the Malang Kota Baru train station and Malang City Square since 8am, then held a long-march on foot to the Malang Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) in front of the Traffic Circle Monument.

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Kumparan News - May 1, 2018

Protesters from the Aceh Labour Alliance (ABA) took part in an action commemorating International Labour Day or May Day during which they demanding that workers be paid the minimum wage and raised concerns about companies employing foreign workers (TKA).