Fachrul Sidiq, Jakarta – The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Jakarta chapter has strongly condemned alleged violence and intimidation against two journalists covering a mob attack on a police station in Ciracas, East Jakarta on Tuesday.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
December 14, 2018
Nurul Fitri Ramadhani and Suherdjoko, Jakarta/Semarang – Presidential candidates incumbent Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and contender Prabowo Subianto are stepping up their efforts to claim support in their opponent's heartlands, believing that winning on their rival's home turf would guarantee victory.
Wamena (Antara) – Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) planned to take over the development project of Trans Papua in Yal and Yigi District, Nduga, following the shooting incident by armed groups against workers of PT Istaka Karya.
Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesian groups pushing for an increase in the minimum age for girls to marry, from 16, said it was encouraged by a Constitutional Court order on Thursday (Dec 13) that legislators should work on a change.
Jakarta – Setara Institute for Democracy chairperson Hendardi believes that the statement by the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Deputy Secretary General Ahmad Basarah, who referred to former president Suharto as the "teacher of corruption in Indonesia", should be used as momentum for the government to expose the corruption and humanitarian crimes which took p
December 13, 2018
As Indonesia's current Minister of Finance and a former managing director at the World Bank, Sri Mulyani is no doubt one of the most powerful women in Indonesia (she was even ranked the 37th most powerful women in the world by Forbes in 2016).
Denpasar – Mifta'im An'am Maulana Habiburrohman is not your typical Muslim preacher. Instead of a skull cap, he wears a Javanese headdress over his 1980s-style mullet. His sermons are delivered in nightclubs instead of mosques.
Jakarta – The practice of open defecation in rivers and other open spaces is still rampant in West Jakarta, an official has said.
While many Indonesians supported Grace Natalie, the chairperson and founder of the young and progressive Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI), when she said in a speech last month that her party would "never support regulations based on the Gospel or sharia," the politician also faced fierce backlash from conservative Muslims, some of whom accused her of Islamophobia and even reported
Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) suspected Cianjur Regent Irvan Rivano Muchtar and several parties cut off some Special Allocation Funds (DAK) for the education sector in the region for personal interest.
The politician from Nasdem party supported the incumbent candidate Jokowi-Ma'ruf Amin in the 2019 election.
Damien Kingsbury – Timor-Leste started the year in political chaos and ended it with a return to the confrontational politics of the past.
Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta – Obed Gobay, a 50-year-old Papuan from the Mee ethnic group, couldn't stop tears falling as he spoke – in his native language – of his son who was killed four years ago.
The stranger showed up at the girl's door one night with a tantalising job offer: Give up your world, and I will give you a future.
Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – In a decision that may pave the way for the elimination of rampant child marriage in Indonesia, the Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that the 16 years old minimum age requirement for women to marry, as stipulated in the 1974 Marriage Law, was unconstitutional.
Jakarta – Environmental activist Eva Bande and a local group from Central Java, Sedulur Sikep, have won the prestigious human rights Yap Thiam Hien award for their roles in agrarian conflicts.
Imdadun Rahmat, board supervisor of the Yap Thiam Hien foundation, noted the growing trend of conflicts that involved big corporations and local communities.
Jakarta – One upset fan said the fashion choice was not vulgar and that anyone could see women dressed in mini-skirts at any shopping mall in Indonesia.
The backlash erupted after 11 TV stations were ordered late on Tuesday (Dec 11) to yank out a TV advertisement featuring members of K-pop group Blackpink in mini-skirts.
Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo from the Golkar Party is asking the government to urge the United Nations to designate the Free Papua Movement (OPM) as a terrorist organisation.
James Massola, Amilia Rosa & Karuni Rompies – Born on September 9, a month after a magnitude 7 earthquake smashed the resort island of Lombok, she has only ever known tents and temporary housing.
December 12, 2018
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The anti-terrorism squad Densus 88 on Tuesday, December 11, arrested a suspected terrorist in a rental house in Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta.
"One suspected terrorist is arrested by Densus 88," said Head of Police's Public Information Bureau Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo in National Police Headquarter in South Jakarta, Wednesday, December 12.
Patrick Brzeski – Mouly Surya's revenge saga, which is Indonesia's submission for the foreign-language Oscar, won a record 10 trophies at the country's national Citra Awards.
Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – Education will become another focus of the government's development plans in Indonesia's easternmost provinces of Papua and West Papua after it managed to open up part of the isolated areas with its Trans-Papua flagship infrastructure project.
Stefan Armbruster – Indonesia has rejected renewed West Papuan separatists' demands for independence and the deployment of United Nations peacekeepers as the death toll mounts after almost two weeks of fighting in the Papuan province.
Bambang Muryanto, Yogyakarta – Agni, a pseudonym used by a female Gadjah Mada University (UGM) student who was allegedly raped by a fellow student last year, has reportedly refused to report her alleged rapist to the police. She is worried that the law might not protect her.
Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission has clamped down on a television advertisement featuring a Korean female pop group "singing and dancing while wearing little clothing".
Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – Head of Papua Police's community guidance task force, Grand Commissioner Eko Sutardo, shared his heart-wrenching experience while blending in with children that live within areas prone to conflict.
He recalled to the moment children expressing eagerness upon growing up to be a soldier for the Free Papua Organization (OPM).
Jakarta (Bloomberg) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo will double cash handouts to the poor next year ahead of general elections in April.
Jakarta – A crowd of angry people, allegedly military personnel, ravaged and set fire to the Ciracas Police Station in East Jakarta, on Tuesday night. The riot began on Tuesday at around 11 p.m. and lasted into the early morning of Wednesday.
Friski Riana, Jakarta – Vice President Jusuf Kalla firmly stated that the option upon engaging in a dialogue with Papuan separatist groups is off the table since the Indonesian government had always granted Papua with economic eminence.
Friski Riana, Jakarta – Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko announced that people within the Cabinet have been delegated to handle unresolved cases of severe Human Rights violations.
December 11, 2018
Jakarta – Vice President Jusuf Kalla says it is not just the general public which has fallen victim to human rights abuses but the government has also been a victim of rights violations.
Indonesia's military (TNI) has given an ultimatum to the West Papua Liberation Army to surrender.
The Liberation Army claimed responsibility for killing up to 31 Indonesians, mainly road construction workers, this month in the Highlands of Papua province.
Jakarta – Vice President Jusuf Kalla says that the government has done all kind of things to reconcile with Papua including providing facilities as well as special policies for Indonesia's Eastern-most region.
He made the statement following the recent fatal shooting of Trans Papua road project construction workers and TNI (Indonesian military) personnel in Nduga, Papua.
John McBeth, Jakarta – He has fallen a long way since evolving from an independence fighter into Aceh's first democratically elected two-term governor, but Irwandi Yusuf's shock indictment on corruption charges throws light on the ugly political underbelly of a province that once earned sympathy around the world.
Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo decided to skip an event commemorating International Human Rights Day on Tuesday amid criticism the incumbent is not doing enough to resolve past human rights abuse cases.
Jakarta – When Vice President Jusuf Kalla (JK) arrived at the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) to commemorate International Human Rights Day on Tuesday December 11, he was greeted with a demonstration by families and relatives of victims of human violations.
Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo launched the One Map Policy Geoportal (KSP Geoportal) on Tuesday as a national information portal to serve as a point of reference for land use planning by all government institutions and the general public.
Jakarta – Hundreds of people from the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) and other regional based groups held a protest action next to the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Tuesday December 11.
Jakarta – Bank Indonesia's survey on the retail sector has shown that sales growth in October declined to less than half the figure in September.
The BI survey records a 2.9 percent year-on-year (yoy) retail sales index (RSI) for October, lower than the 4.8 percent yoy RSI for September.
Human Rights Watch is calling on Papuan militants to stop unlawful killings, after a massacre of Indonesians took place in the Highlands region.
The West Papua Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for the murders of at least 16 construction workers and a soldier this month. The Liberation Army said the workers were Indonesian military in disguise.
Jakarta – Separatist rebels in Indonesia's Papua province who killed a group of workers building a bridge this month have rejected government calls to surrender and instead demanded a referendum to decide the future of the area.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – National Resilience Institute (Lemhannas) Governor Agus Widjojo said Indonesia was not ready yet to reconcile with severe human rights violation in the past. He added that Indonesians had not achieved the required moral foundation to achieve that level yet.
Reza Deni, Jakarta – Protesters from an alliance of rights groups held a rally in front of the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) offices during a commemoration of the 70th International Human Rights Day on Tuesday December 11.
Reports from Indonesia indicated as many as 90 Papuans were taken in by police in Timika after holding a public event to support human rights. A lawyer representing Papuans, Veronica Koman, said another 41 were arrested in Merauke.
Jakarta – West Papua National Committee (KNPB) spokesperson Ones Suhuniap says that security forces arrested 132 people during the commemoration of International Human Rights Day in West Papua on Tuesday December 10. Ninety people were arrested in Timika and another 42 in Merauke.
East Aceh, Indonesia – A group of men caught gambling were publicly whipped in Indonesia's conservative Muslim province of Aceh on Tuesday as a crowd of onlookers cheered.
The half dozen men were arrested this year at an internet cafe for online gambling – an offence under Islamic law – earning them between seven and 11 strokes each from a rattan cane.
December 10, 2018
Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) says that the issue of past human rights violations are turned into a political commodity every time there is a presidential election. Yet, after one of the candidates is elected as president, human rights issues are simply ignored.
Those who keep abreast of happenings around the region may be aware that Malaysia had their own "212" moment over the weekend, specifically the huge "Malay-First" rally protesting against the ratification of an anti-discriminatory convention that has been dubbed "812" in some quarters to denote the date of the rally (December 8).
The bodies of 16 people were retrieved from the Highlands region last week, after a group of Indonesian construction workers were massacred. The West Papua Liberation Army, which has claimed responsibility for the killings, has claimed the workers were Indonesian military in disguise.
Every year, the Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace – an Indonesia-based NGO that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom and human rights issues – releases their Tolerant Cities Index ranking 94 of Indonesia's major cities based on a number of factors measuring their tolerance towards protected groups.
Jakarta – Human rights activist and former coordinator of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras), Haris Azhar, says that the protection and fulfillment of human rights will not receive any attention from either candidate in the 2019 presidential election.