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July 21, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Tempo - July 21, 2018

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian suggested creating regulation on law enforcer protection. It was conveyed during a collaborative meeting with the Law Commission of the House of Representative (DPR).

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand International - July 21, 2018

Papua new Guinea's Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato says he has reaffirmed his country's support for Indonesian control of West Papua.

It was one of the points of discussion in Mr Pato's meeting with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi on Thursday night in Jakarta.

July 20, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - July 20, 2018

Jakarta (Antara) – A group of approximately 3,000 people from students of Islamic boarding schools, mass organizations, including Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Banjar City chapter in West Java, took the long march to Jakarta as a form of support to PKB Chairman Muhaimin Iskandar or Cak Imin as the vice presidential candidate for Joko Widodo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Agence France Presse - July 20, 2018

Indonesian dictator Suharto's youngest son – who was convicted of ordering the assassination of a supreme court judge – will run for a seat in parliament, his political party said Friday.

Tommy Suharto, 56, wants to represent the eastern province of Papua, a region annexed by his father in the late Sixties following a UN-backed referendum widely criticised as a sham.

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

Jon Afrizal, Jambi – A 15-year-old girl in Batanghari, Jambi, was sentenced to six months in prison for aborting her pregnancy after being raped by her own brother.

The Muara Bulian District Court handed down the sentence on Thursday after finding the girl guilty of committing abortion, which is illegal in Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - July 20, 2018

Adinda Normala, Jakarta – With the period to register as presidential candidate getting close, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's main potential competitor, Prabowo Subianto, has been meeting with prominent religious leaders and politicians.

Statements ›› West Papua ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal - July 20, 2018

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-042-2018

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News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Conversation - July 20, 2018

Burhanuddin Muhtadi – The practice of handing out cash or items in an effort to influence votes – known as vote buying – is pervasive in Indonesia.

News ›› East Timor ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Strategist - July 20, 2018

James Scambary – East Timor held its fourth parliamentary election in May 2018. Kay Rala 'Xanana' Gusmao's newly minted coalition, the Change for Progress Alliance (AMP), comfortably defeated the Revolutionary Front of Independent East Timor (FRETILIN), ending months of political crisis.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sport & Recreation
Jakarta Post - July 20, 2018

Jakarta – The Jakarta administration has covered a river so polluted it got the nickname kali item (black river) with a giant black nylon net amid concerns it would be an eyesore and too smelly for foreign athletes during the Asian Games.

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

Marguerite Afra Sapiie and Panca Nugraha, Jakarta – West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Governor Muhammad Zainul Majdi, affectionately known as Tuan Guru Bajang (TGB), may or may not be chosen as President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's running mate for the upcoming presidential race.

July 19, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - July 19, 2018

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – The government has allowed state-owned energy company Pertamina to sell some of its assets to improve its financial position, which has come under pressure largely as a result of fuel subsidies aimed at keeping gasoline and diesel cheap for consumers.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Human Rights Watch Dispatches - July 19, 2018

Michelle Winowatan – Dozens of Indonesian military and police personnel raided a student dormitory in Surabaya on July 6 to stop the screening of a documentary about security force atrocities in Papua. It's the latest example of the government's determination not to deal with past abuses in the country's easternmost province.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - July 19, 2018

Jakarta (Antara) – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has demanded foreign companies operating in Indonesia to stop bribing government officials.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Reuters - July 19, 2018

Fergus Jensen and Bernadette Christina Munthe, Jakarta – Palm oil sourced from illegally cleared rainforest areas in Indonesia has flowed through traders to major consumer goods brands despite widespread commitments to cease purchases of non-sustainable oil, a new report says.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Jakarta Post - July 19, 2018

Fachrul Sidiq, Jakarta – The Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) encouraged the relatives of criminal suspects that had been shot by police to challenge the latter's shoot-on-sight policy, which had resulted in the deaths of 11 suspects and severely injured 41 others.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Marriage & The Family
Coconuts Jakarta - July 19, 2018

Child marriage have long been practiced in Indonesia but it is only recently that stories about young teens tying the knot have regularly been making the national news amid warnings by some officials that child marriages have risen to "emergency" levels. This has led the government to begin cracking down on the practice and even intervening in some particular cases.

July 18, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Housing & Property
Reuters - July 18, 2018

Maikel Jefriando and Gayatri Suroyo, Jakarta – As Indonesia's central bank drives up interest rates to defend a fragile currency, governor Perry Warjiyo is banking on a revival of the sluggish property sector to help maintain growth momentum in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
9 News - July 18, 2018

Richard Wood – Human rights activists are calling on the Indonesian government to investigate a deadly police crime crackdown ahead of next month's Asian Games.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Coconuts Jakarta - July 18, 2018

If you're a Jakartan who has upgraded to a 4G phone in the last few years and are wondering why your connection is still so sluggish, you're not alone.

Statements ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release - July 18, 2018

AWPA has written to the Australian Foreign Minister concerning recent worrying events in West Papua (letter below).

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Radio New Zealand International - July 18, 2018

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua supports the idea of dialogue with Indonesia as long as it is mediated internationally, the movement's secretary says.

Statements ›› Indonesia ›› Abductions & Extra-Judicial Killings
Human Rights Watch News Release - July 18, 2018

Jakarta – Indonesia's government should promptly and impartially investigate a surge of killings of criminal suspects by the Jakarta police, Human Rights Watch said today.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - July 18, 2018

Jakarta – The secretary general of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Hasto Kristiyanto, said Tuesday that Rizieq Shihab's lawyer, Kapitra Ampera, was among the hopefuls in the 2019 legislative election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - July 18, 2018

Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said the realization of this year's energy subsidy is estimated to be 173 percent higher than the projection stated in the 2018 state budget.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Coconuts Jakarta - July 18, 2018

One of the main factors contributing to Indonesia having some of the highest smoking rates in the world is the relatively low cost of cigarettes, which keep them within the reach of even the country's poorest citizens.

News ›› West Papua ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Asia Pacific Report - July 18, 2018

Thousands of West Papuan villagers have reportedly fled from their homes in a remote regency due to conflict between Indonesian military forces and pro-independence fighters.

This follows a string of deaths in Nduga regency where Indonesian security forces and the West Papua National Liberation Army have exchanged gunfire in recent weeks.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - July 18, 2018

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Berkarya Party Chairman and late-Soeharto's youngest son, Hutomo Mandala Putra or Tommy Soeharto declared that he has listed himself as a Papua legislative candidate (caleg) for the 2019 general elections.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - July 18, 2018

Devina Heriyanto, Jakarta – Considered one of the richest countries in the world in terms of its biodiversity, Indonesia boasts a wide variety of flora and fauna.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Radio New Zealand International - July 18, 2018

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua will soon have seven new offices in West Papua, its chairman says.

Benny Wenda said three offices had already opened in the region and four more would follow shortly.

July 17, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Coconuts Jakarta - July 17, 2018

Flocks of sports fans are expected to be coming to the Asian Games' host cities of Jakarta and Palembang for the enormous regional athletic competition beginning on August 18.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Retail & Service Industry
Coconuts Jakarta - July 17, 2018

Toll road rest stops (or "rest areas" as they are locally known) usually consist of a good mix of foreign food and beverage chains and local snack chains and eateries.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - July 17, 2018

Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – The names of well-known singers, actors and ministers are among thousands who registered with the General Elections Commission (KPU) on Tuesday, the last day of registration for those eyeing a seat in the House of Representatives after next year's legislative election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Detik News - July 17, 2018

Audrey Santoso, Jakarta – There seems to be no end of surprises when it comes to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

Now, Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab's lawyer, Kapitra Ampera, has become a legislative candidate for the party of the white-snouted bull as the PDI-P is known.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - July 17, 2018

Jakarta – Four former Jakarta mayors claim that they did not receive proper notice of their dismissals by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan during his major reshuffle of the city's top officials on July 5.

Former West Jakarta mayor Anas Effendi said he did not know what he had done wrong to warrant his dismissal.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Asia Pacific Report - July 17, 2018

Warief Djajanto Basorie – Three hundred schoolchildren from the greater Jakarta area sat on a red carpet covering the cavernous Soedjarwo auditorium – named to honour the country's first forestry minister – at the Ministry of the Environment and Forestry in January this year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - July 17, 2018

Nurul Fitri Ramadhani and Margareth S. Aritonang, Jakarta – Opposition leader Prabowo Subianto held a meeting with top Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) official Puan Maharani at an undisclosed location on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› National Security & Intelligence
Tempo - July 17, 2018

Ahmad Fikri, Bandung – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi asked the Indonesian Military's (TNI) village supervisory non-commissioned officers (Babinsa) to improve territorial capability.

"Your territorial capability must be improved," said Jokowi when giving direct instruction to thousands of Babinsa in Dirgantara Indonesia complex, Bandung, Tuesday, July 17.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - July 17, 2018

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – The National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian called on scholars or ulemas to help maintain the conducive situations during this political year.

"As figures whom I consider close to the public, ulema has a role in maintaining the security," said Tito during a national gathering on public security and order at South Jakarta, Tuesday, July 17.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Coconuts Jakarta - July 17, 2018

Here's some legal advice we never thought we'd have to give: all corruption, whether the money comes from the public or private sector, is illegal.

On Friday, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested Eni Saragih, deputy head of the Energy Committee in the House of Parliament (DPR).

News ›› Aceh ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - July 17, 2018

Jakarta – Prospective legislative candidates in Lhokseumawe, Aceh, participated in a Quran recitation test on Monday to meet the requirements to run in the 2019 general election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Post - July 17, 2018

Fachrul Sidiq, Jakarta – Residents of Kebun Sayur in Ciracas, East Jakarta, gathered on Monday to protest a move by state-run bus company Perum PPD to develop a transit-oriented development (TOD) project in the area they have lived in for over 30 years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - July 17, 2018

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – Reports of a 16-year-old girl who reportedly died of "depression" in Bogor, West Java, after allegedly being raped by eight men have highlighted the fact that in Indonesia, rape victims often have to bear the consequences alone despite the existing regulations aimed at helping them.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Kumparan News - July 17, 2018

The founder of the Islamic-based Justice and Prosperity Party (PKS), Yusuf Supendi, has nominated himself as a legislative candidate for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

Supendi is a former PKS leader who served as a member of the House of Representatives (DPR) in 2004-2009.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Tempo - July 17, 2018

Jakarta (Antara) – Indonesia's exports fell 19.8 percent to around US$13 billion in June 2018 from $16.2 billion a month earlier, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).

News ›› West Papua ›› Freeport & MIFEE Food Estate
Asia times - July 17, 2018

John McBeth, Jakarta – The prolonged talks between the Indonesian government and Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold have passed another milestone with Freeport, partner Rio Tinto and state-owned holding company PT Inalum signing an agreement under which Rio Tinto will sell its stake in Papua's fabulously rich Grasberg mine.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Coconuts Jakarta - July 17, 2018

Since the horrific suicide bomb attacks that took place in Surabaya in May, Indonesia's anti-terrorist police have been tracking down anybody with connections to the extremist network believed to be behind the attacks, already using recently passed anti-terrorism laws to arrest not only those directly involved in the attacks but even those who have shown sympathy for their cause.

July 16, 2018

News ›› East Timor ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Gay Star News - July 16, 2018

Shannon Power – As Pride celebrations continue around the world, the upcoming parade in the tiny nation of East Timor is a welcome reminder of why Pride exists at all.

East Timor (Timor Leste) is one of the world's youngest nations. It has been on a path of self-discovery after gaining independence from Indonesia in 1999.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Poverty & Social Inequity
Jakarta Post - July 16, 2018

Jakarta – The poverty rate in Indonesia has fallen to the lowest level ever recorded, according to the latest data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).

News ›› East Timor ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Dili Weekly - July 16, 2018

Paulina Quintao – The Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Timor-Leste (CCI-TL) Kathleen Goncalves said entrepreneurs have discussed among themselves about looking for alternatives to reduce the use of single-use plastics towards resolving the growing plastic waste problem throughout the country.