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December 24, 2018

News ›› West Papua ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Radio New Zealand International - December 24, 2018

New Zealand's government says it's seeking information on reports the Indonesian military dropped chemical weapons in Highlands villages.

Australia's Saturday Paper reported over the weekend on the suspected use of white phosphorus weapons, which are banned under international law, in Nduga regency.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freeport & MIFEE Food Estate
Jakarta Post - December 24, 2018

Jakarta – Following the divestment deal and the 20-year contract extension, gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) plans to focus on develop a smelter and the underground mine at its Grasberg facility in Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Agence France Presse - December 24, 2018

Harry Pearl, Carita, Banten – Asep Sunaria heard a loud "whoosh" just seconds before a wall of water threw him off his motorbike, swallowing his house and the village he called home until Saturday night.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Antara News - December 24, 2018

Azizah Fitriyanti, Jakarta – The Indonesian Foreign Ministry said it will take steps against "irresponsible and misleading" report by Australia's The Saturday Paper about recent Papua's Nduga incident in which tens of Indonesian construction workers had been killed by "armed criminals" believed to be separatists.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Agence France Presse - December 24, 2018

Jakarta – The deadly earthquake and tsunami that struck Central Sulawesi at the end of September this year should have been ample reason for the government to take immediate action to improve the country's early warning system, but the devastating Sunda Strait tsunami over the weekend shows Indonesia still has a long way to go in this regard.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Sydney Morning Herald - December 24, 2018

James Massola, Tanjung Lesung – Tanjung Lesung is a famous Indonesian beach resort that bills itself as the "gateway to Krakatoa", the volcano that triggered Saturday's tsunami.

It's a place that President Joko Widodo has designated as one of his much-hyped "ten new Balis", part of a big tourism push to get people to travel to other parts of the archipelago.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Post - December 24, 2018

Jon Afrizal, Jambi – The eyes of the children in the Assemblies of God Church (GSJA) in Kenali Barat sub-district of Jambi sparked with merriment as they sang "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" during a service to welcome the holy day in the church's front yard on Saturday.

December 23, 2018

News ›› West Papua ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Jakarta Post - December 23, 2018

Dian Septiari, Jakarta – The government has denied a report in The Saturday Paper, an Australian weekly, about the alleged use of chemical weapons in a military operation in Nduga, Papua, calling it "totally baseless, nonfactual and gravely misleading".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Sydney Morning Herald - December 23, 2018

James Massola & Matt Wade – Indonesia is reeling from its second deadly tsunami in three months after a "high-wave event" inundated beaches and towns on the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra on Saturday night.

News ›› West Papua ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
ABC News - December 23, 2018

David Lipson – Indonesia's Military has dismissed "ridiculous" claims it used a banned chemical weapon to subdue separatist forces in West Papua.

Photos published by The Saturday Paper yesterday show a man with a gaping wound to his leg and severe burns.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Asia Times - December 23, 2018

John McBeth, Jakarta – It's done. After two years of often fraught negotiations – and a last-minute environmental hiccup – the government and US mineral giant Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold (FCX) have finally concluded an agreement effectively nationalizing Indonesia's most prized mining asset in the mountains of easternmost Papua.

December 22, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Jakarta Post - December 22, 2018

Apriadi Gunawan, Jakarta/Medan – Hundreds of people from several Islamic organizations held a #SaveMuslimUighur rally in front of the Chinese Consulate in Medan, North Sumatra, on Friday, condemning the alleged mistreatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
CNN Indonesia - December 22, 2018

Jakarta – Commemorating 90 years since the first Women's Congress in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta on December 22, 1928, activists have highlighted the problems facing women workers.

These problems are related to the lack of legal protection and a work environment which is still patriarchal and makes things difficult for women workers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Sydney Morning Herald - December 22, 2018

James Massola & Amilia Rosa, Jakarta – Imagine your boss had an affair with a colleague, regaled you with the salacious details and then, when you recorded him harassing you and shared it with a trusted colleague, you were the one who went to jail.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Post - December 22, 2018

Bambang Muryanto, Yogyakarta – An alliance of civil society groups has recorded that there were at least 10 unresolved cases of intolerance in the province, six of which occurred this year.

The Bhinneka Tunggal Ika National Alliance said the six cases this year included the recent wooden cross incident in Purbayan village in Yogyakarta City.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
Tempo - December 22, 2018

Ahmad Fikri (Contributor), Bandung – West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil led a ceremony to commemorate Mother's Day at Gedung Sate in Bandung on Saturday, December 22, 2018. During his speech, Ridwan said that women development index in West Java is gradually increasing.

Statements ›› West Papua ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
West Papua Action Auckland Media Release - December 22, 2018

The latest reports from West Papua reveal a shocking escalation of violence in West Papua. Incendiary weapons – possibly white phosphorous – are being used to bomb villages in the Nduga area of the Highlands.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - December 22, 2018

Jakarta – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has urged the National Police to take over the case of the attack against Novel Baswedan, a senior investigator at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), from the Jakarta Police.

Komnas HAM said the latter was incompetent in handling the case as it had remained unsolved for more than a year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Akurat.co - December 22, 2018

Indonesia is becoming less and less safe for journalists despite the fact that they are protected under Law Number 40/1999 on the Press.

News ›› West Papua ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
The Sunday Paper - December 22, 2018

John Martinkus and Mark Davis – There are burns around the wounds. The flesh appears to have been torn open or burrowed into, the victims' clothing melted or cut away. At least seven are dead. Thousands more have fled into the hills.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - December 22, 2018

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto denied the allegation related to bad relationship between the Prabowo-Sandiaga National Campaign Agency (BPN) and the Democrat Party.

December 21, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - December 21, 2018

Jakarta – Tangerang Mayor Arief R. Wismansyah has urged people to bring their own tumblers to school or work instead of buying plastic water bottles, in an attempt to reduce plastic waste.

Arief said he wanted all classrooms to have water dispensers so that students could fill up their own tumblers with drinking water.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Tempo - December 21, 2018

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – A joint-team consisting of members of the Indonesian Military and the Indonesian National Police continued to chase the armed group that attacked PT Istaka Karya workers in Nduga, Papua. During the operation, the team found three bodies of the armed group members in the mountains.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freeport & MIFEE Food Estate
Jakarta Post - December 21, 2018

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced on Friday that Indonesia became the majority owner of PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) after increasing its share ownership from 9.36 percent to 51.23 percent through a US$3.85 billion deal.

News ›› West Papua ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
CNN Indonesia - December 21, 2018

Jakarta – Kodam XVII/Cenderawasih Regional Military Command (Kodam) public relations head Infantry Colonel Muhammad Aidi says that Papuan Governor Lukas Enembe (LE) and the Papuan Regional House of Representatives (DPRP) should not be calling for the withdrawal of TNI-Polri (Indonesian military-national police) troops from Nduga regency in Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - December 21, 2018

Jakarta – Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution said on Friday that the current account deficit would reach 3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by the end of 2018, but stressed that there was nothing to worry about.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - December 21, 2018

Gayatri Suroyo, Cindy Silviana, Jakarta – As Indonesia struggles with mountains of plastic waste going into landfill and polluting its rivers and oceans, business groups are pushing to overturn restrictions on importing plastic scrap into Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

News ›› West Papua ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Reuters - December 21, 2018

Jakarta – The governor of Indonesia's Papua province has called for an end to a hunt for separatist rebels who killed at least 16 workers this month, saying villagers were being traumatized and should be allowed celebrate Christmas in peace.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Marriage & The Family
The Conversation - December 21, 2018

Yanuar Farida Wismayanti, Patrick O'Leary, Yenny Tjoe – It's hoped a ruling last week by the country's Constitutional Court (MK) will lead to an end to child marriage in Indonesia where one in four girls marry before the age of 18.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - December 21, 2018

Jakarta – The Jakarta administration and the Jakarta Police have signed an agreement on Thursday at City Hall to form a partnership to curb violence against women and children in the city.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - December 21, 2018

Jakarta – Indonesia's trade deficit this year, which reached US$7.5 billion in November, has forced the government to find a way to boost exports.

News ›› West Papua ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Associated Press - December 21, 2018

Jayapura – Leaders of Indonesia's easternmost Papua region are calling on President Joko Widodo to order the withdrawal of troops and national police from an area where separatists earlier this month carried out one of their deadliest attacks.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Conversation - December 21, 2018

Muhammad Tanziel Aziezi – In February 2008, Bambang, a surgeon at the Dinas Kesehatan Tentara (DKT) Hospital, an Indonesian military hospital in Madiun, East Java, was reported to police by his patient, Johanes Tri Handoko, regarding his practice permit.

December 20, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Coconuts Jakarta - December 20, 2018

One Indonesian man's apparent disgust of PDA has landed him in hot water with the law, with him potentially facing imprisonment for filming a couple making out.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - December 20, 2018

Jakarta – The Tangerang Police have arrested a religion teacher who allegedly impregnated a 17-year-old Quran recitation student in Solear district, Tangerang, Banten.

The head of Tangerang Police crime division, Adj. Comr. Gogo Galesung, said the arrest was made after the police received reports from residents.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - December 20, 2018

Jakarta – The swelling trade and current account deficits are a serious matter for the country's economy as it will negatively affect the rupiah's performance and the country's resistance to the external pressure triggered by global economic uncertainty, economists say.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Reuters - December 20, 2018

Jakarta – Indonesian police have detained about 20 suspected militants as security is stepped up ahead of the Christmas and New Year's holiday season, a commander said on Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Tempo - December 20, 2018

Vindry Florentin, Muh. Syaifullah (Yogyakarta), Jakarta – Setara Institute research director Halili argues that the damaged cross symbol on top of a grave of a Christian man that happened in Yogyakarta indicates a weakened social basis in the region upon establishing tolerance.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - December 20, 2018

Jakarta – Golkar Party chairman Airlangga Hartarto was optimistic that more party members would support President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's reelection bid next year.

"Now, the number [of party members supporting Jokowi] stands at over 75 percent and it continues to grow," Airlangga said on Tuesday as quoted bykompas.com.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Jakarta Post - December 20, 2018

Medan – A panel of judges at the Medan District Court sentenced Faisal Abdi Lubis, 27, to 18 months in prison and fined him Rp 20 million (US$1,379) for insulting the Batak tribe on social media.

He was found guilty of violating the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law.

News ›› West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Radio New Zealand International - December 20, 2018

There have been more arrests of West Papuans in Indonesian cities for demonstrating on an historical date.

Yesterday's demonstrations were to mark the day in 1961 when Indonesia launched a military campaign to take over the former Dutch New Guinea.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Post - December 20, 2018

Bambang Muryanto, Yogyakarta – The Yogyakarta administration has apologized to the family of the late Albertus Slamet Sugihardi after they were prohibited by their neighbors from holding prayers for their deceased relative and placing a wooden cross on his grave.

News ›› Aceh ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - December 20, 2018

Jakarta – Construction workers on a public housing project in Kajhu Village in Aceh Besar, Aceh, were shocked to find 45 body bags bodies believed to be victims of the 2004 tsunami as they were excavating to build a septic tank.

The workers said they did no know that part of the land for the housing project was actually a mass grave.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sport & Recreation
Agence France Presse - December 20, 2018

Indonesian football's long-running struggle against corruption has been reignited with authorities promising a new crackdown after a senior official was caught trying to bribe a coach, the latest scandal in a league scarred by mismanagement and deadly hooliganism.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Jakarta Post - December 20, 2018

Jakarta – The authorities are considering applying heavy security when former Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama is released from prison on Feb. 24 next year after serving time on a blasphemy conviction.

December 19, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - December 19, 2018

Wahyoe Boediwardhana, Surabaya – A giant sinkhole has appeared in the middle of a busy road in Surabaya, East Java, on Tuesday night, swallowing part of the four-lane Jl. Raya Gubeng and measuring roughly 30 meters wide and 15 meters deep. The police have cordoned off the area and arranged a traffic detour.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - December 19, 2018

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – In a speech made at the Gerindra Party National Conference in Bogor, West Java, on Monday, Gerindra chairman and presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto told thousands of his party members that Indonesia could go "extinct" if he did not prevail over President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in the upcoming election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Jakarta Post - December 19, 2018

Veronica Koman, Jakarta – While we mourn for the more than a dozen lives lost in the Papuan regency of Nduga recently, we should spare a thought for the thousands of other lives lost in the natural resources-rich territory since this conflict began. We should ask why it is one of the world's longest-running struggles and what can bring it to a close.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Akurat.co - December 19, 2018

Muslimin – A survey by the Denny JA Indonesia Survey Circle (LSI) has concluded that Islamic ormas (mass organisations) are beginning to abandon the Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno presidential ticket following the 212 Reunion rally in Jakarta on December 2.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - December 19, 2018

Firebrand cleric Habib Bahar bin Smith, who has recently been the subject of huge controversy after he made sexist, racist and transphobic remarks about President Joko Widodo, was arrested yesterday by the West Java Police for physically assaulting two minors, aged 17 and 18.