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July 16, 2018

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Radio New Zealand International - July 16, 2018

A West Papuan from Nduga regency says young people are tired of repeated violence triggered by politics in Indonesia's Papua region.

Samuel Tabuni's comment follows a string of deaths in Nduga where Indonesian security forces and the West Papua National Liberation Army have exchanged gunfire in recent weeks.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freeport & MIFEE Food Estate
Jakarta Post - July 16, 2018

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – The agreement made on Thursday between PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) and United States mining company Freeport-McMoran Inc. (FCX) was largely welcomed by the government, which claimed that the future of PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) was now clearer.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - July 16, 2018

Jakarta – The Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced Bimanesh Sutarjo, a doctor of private hospital Medika Permata Hijau, to three years behind bars for hindering the Corruption Eradication Commission's (KPK) investigation into the role of former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto in the e-ID graft case.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Globe - July 16, 2018

Sheany, Jakarta – Police have shot dead five and arrested 20 suspected terrorists believed to be linked to the recent attacks in Surabaya, East Java, and a riot at the detention center of the National Police's Mobile Brigade, or Brimob, in Depok, West Java.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Jakarta Post - July 16, 2018

Jakarta – West Java governor-elect Ridwan Kamil has pledged to develop a province-wide village program for nurturing hafiz, or Muslims that have memorized the Quran, during his term in office.

"[..] Then the mosques in all 6,000 villages in West Java will be led by amazing huffaz," Ridwan said on Sunday, referring to the Arabic term.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Coconuts Jakarta - July 16, 2018

A recent rash of violent street crimes in the Greater Jakarta Area, coupled with security concerns ahead of the upcoming Asian Games, led the Jakarta Police to declare a month-long operation against thieves and other street criminals from early July to early August.

News ›› West Papua ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Radio New Zealand International - July 16, 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 ›› Book & Film Reviews
Asia Pacific Report - July 16, 2018

David Robie – Two damning and contrasting books about Indonesian colonialism in the Pacific, both by activist participants in Europe and New Zealand, have recently been published. Overall, they are excellent exposes of the harsh repression of the Melanesian people of West Papua and a world that has largely closed a blind eye to to human rights violations.

Statements ›› West Papua ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Asian Human Rights Commission Statement - July 16, 2018

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) condemns the unlawful arrest and detention committed by police officers of the Timika Police Office (Polres Timika) between 9 and 10 June 2018. Five indigenous Papuans were arrested without any arrest warrant: Titus Kwalik (48), Polce Sugumol (31), Julianus Dekme (31), Alosius Ogolmagai (49), and Orpa Wanjomal (40).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Reuters - July 16, 2018

Jakarta – Indonesian villagers armed with knives, hammers and clubs slaughtered 292 crocodiles in revenge for the death of a man killed by a crocodile at a breeding farm, an official said.

Photographs released by Antara news agency showed bloodied carcasses of the crocodiles in a large pile in the Sorong district of the eastern Indonesian province of West Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Asia Pacific Report - July 16, 2018

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators have arrested nine people during a raid in Jakarta, including a member of the House of Representatives, an expert staffer, a driver and a businessman, reports the Jakarta Post.

The KPK also seized Rp 500 million (US$34,692) as evidence, the newspaper said.

July 15, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - July 15, 2018

Bambang Muryanto, Yogyakarta – The National Police's counterterrorism squad Densus 88 shot dead three alleged terrorists on Jl. Kaliurang in Ngaglik district, Sleman regency, on Saturday.

"Today we arrested three and they are dead. They were fighting the police so we took a measured action," Yogyakarta Police spokesperson Adj. Sr. Comr. Yulianto told the media on Saturday.

News ›› East Timor ›› Analysis & Opinion
Canberra Times - July 15, 2018

Australia's greedy and probably illegal theft, through espionage, in 2004 of fledgling, struggling neighbour Timor-Leste's government's deliberations on a dispute between the two nations over ownership of oil and gas reserves was a disgrace.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Post - July 15, 2018

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – Human rights activists have urged the National Police and the Indonesian Military to withdraw their joint operation from Alguru in Kenyam, Nduga regency, Papua, after a shootout between security personnel and unknown armed assailants.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Prostitution & Human Trafficking
Jakarta Post - July 15, 2018

Fachrul Sidiq, Jakarta – The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has urged authorities to make a thorough investigation into alleged prostitution involving minors that is reportedly rampant in Kalibata City apartment in South Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - July 15, 2018

Jakarta – A husband and a wife on a motorcycle allegedly attacked the Indramayu Police in West Java on Sunday at around 3 a.m., forcing their way into the station.

"The two unknown people were speeding [on a motorcycle] to enter the headquarters as they were going after a uniformed officer," National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Muhammad Iqbal said, kompas.com reported.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Jacobin Magazine - July 15, 2018

Max Lane – On June 27, Indonesians flocked to polling stations across the country to vote in local elections. On the ballot were mayors, district heads, and governors in 171 of Indonesia's more than 500 electorates.

July 14, 2018

News ›› Aceh ›› Sharia & Discriminatory By-Laws
Reuters - July 14, 2018

Reuters, Banda Aceh – Indonesia's ultra-conservative Aceh province held a public caning of 15 people on Friday (13/07), including of two men who received 87 lashes each for having gay sex, despite an earlier pledge to restrict access and only hold caning inside prisons.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - July 14, 2018

Rachmadea Aisyah, Jakarta – The latest Youth Development Index (YDI) has revealed a gap between the quality of education received by youngsters and their chances of gaining employment in Indonesia.

National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) principal secretary Gellwynn Jusuf said on Friday that the 2017 YDI had improved considerably to 50.17 from 47.33 in 2016.

News ›› Aceh ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
CNN - July 14, 2018

Euan McKirdy – As many as 15 people, including five women, were punished with public caning Friday for violating Sharia law in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province.

Two men accused of being gay received 87 lashes each for gay sex, while nine others were sentenced up to 26 lashes for adultery. Four people, one of whom is female, were lashed 27 times for being drunk.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
IDN Times - July 14, 2018

Fitria Madia, Surabaya – At a glance, no one would be suspicious of Dwi Ratna Sari. The 24-year-old housewife sat alongside others at a discussion titled "Heri Budiawan Demands Justice" at the Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) offices in the East Java provincial of Surabaya on Saturday July 14.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - July 14, 2018

Jakarta – Former Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres) commander Lt. Gen. Andika Perkasa has been appointed the new Army Strategic Reserves commander (Pangkostrad), a move that may strengthen the Presidential Palace's influence on the military ahead of the 2019 elections.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freeport & MIFEE Food Estate
Reuters - July 14, 2018

Fergus Jensen, Jakarta – Freeport-McMoRan agreed on Thursday (12/07) to sell a majority stake in the world's second-biggest copper mine to the Indonesian government via a series of complex deals worth $3.85 billion, potentially ending a long-running dispute on mining rights.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - July 14, 2018

Asni Ovier and Sheany, Jakarta – Chief Security Minister Wiranto on Thursday (12/07) drew attention to the daily loss of dozens of lives to drug addiction in Indonesia, and said the country's "narcotics emergency" may be taken advantage of in case of proxy wars.

July 13, 2018

News ›› West Papua ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Associated Press - July 13, 2018

Jakarta, Indonesia – Papuan leaders have protested an Indonesian military and police operation against separatists they say endangered the lives of villagers in the remote easternmost province.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Mongabay - July 13, 2018

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Twenty-five of the world's top environmental scientists have lambasted plans to construct a hydroelectric dam in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, because it would threaten the rarest species of great ape on Earth.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Conversation - July 13, 2018

Tommy Soesmanto – The Indonesian rupiah has gone through a rough ride this year as the currency continues to weaken against the US dollar. In early May, it breached its psychological barrier of Rp14,000 per US dollar, making it the second-worst performer in Asia in the February-to-April period.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - July 13, 2018

Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators arrested nine people during a raid on Friday in Jakarta, including a member of the House of Representatives, an expert staffer, a driver and a businessman. The KPK also seized Rp 500 million (US$34,692) as evidence.

News ›› West Papua ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Jakarta Post - July 13, 2018

Nethy Dharma Somba, Jayapura – A number of prominent people in Nduga, Papua, has ask the Papua Police to withdraw the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) from Alguru in Kenyam, Nduga regency, Papua, following a shootout between the police and unknown armed assailants.On Friday, Samuel Tabuni, a prominent youth group member in Nduga, said he was waiting on Papua Police chief Insp. Gen.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - July 13, 2018

Jakarta – The chairman of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), Thomas Trikasih Lembong, has said that several investors had informed the board that they would be postponing their investment plans because of the rupiah depreciation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Asia Pacific Report - July 13, 2018

Deandra Madeena Moerdaning, Vienna – A year ago on July 7, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that pushes forward a new treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Globe - July 13, 2018

Sheany, Jakarta – Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu warned on Wednesday (11/07) that the international community must brace for the rise of "third-generation terrorism."

Speaking at the 2018 Indonesia International Defense Science Seminar in Jakarta, the minister was referring especially to the return of Islamic State fighters from the Middle East.

News ›› Aceh ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Agence France Presse - July 13, 2018

A gay couple was publicly whipped in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province Friday, despite an earlier pledge by officials to stop the punishment after it drew international criticism.

The two men were flogged more than 80 times each for having gay sex, which is outlawed under local Islamic law, as a jeering crowd hurled abuse at them.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Coconuts Jakarta - July 13, 2018

In Indonesia, thieves often receive little sympathy and beatings of suspected criminals by angry mobs are disturbingly common.

News ›› West Papua ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Radio New Zealand International - July 13, 2018

Indonesian security forces in Papua province have engaged in more gunfire exchanges with an armed wing of the Free West Papua Movement.

Hostilities in Nduga regency were sparked two weeks ago during regional elections when three people were killed in an attack on police at the local airport.

July 12, 2018

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - July 12, 2018

Jakarta – Greater Jakarta train operator PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) has received 13 reports of alleged sexual harassment inside trains since January, but none of the victims have filed reports with the police.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freeport & MIFEE Food Estate
Bloomberg - July 12, 2018

Danielle Bochove, Viriya Singgih and Yoga Rusmana – In what has become a pattern of two steps forward and one back, Freeport-McMoRan Inc. hailed a framework agreement that has been reached over its flagship copper-and-gold mine in Indonesia – while acknowledging it's far from definitive.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Jakarta Post - July 12, 2018

Jakarta – Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has said that the government plans to develop 10 new airports to support the development of tourism in the country.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
ABC News - July 12, 2018

Matthew Doran – Intelligence whistleblower turned independent MP Andrew Wilkie has called on the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to launch an investigation into the role the nation's intelligence services played in the bugging of East Timor's cabinet rooms.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - July 12, 2018

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – The Gerindra Party's list of potential running mates for chairman and presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto is down to five names.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Coconuts Jakarta - July 12, 2018

Former Jakarta Governor Basuki Ahok "Tjahaja" Purnama was sentenced to two years in prison on May 9, 2017, at the conclusion of his extremely controversial blasphemy trial.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freeport & MIFEE Food Estate
Jakarta Post - July 12, 2018

Jakarta – State-owned mining holding company Inalum now owns a 51 percent share of gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia after years of "tough" negotiations, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced on Thursday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Jakarta Post - July 12, 2018

Nethy Dharma Somba, Jayapura – A shootout between unknown armed assailants and the Police's elite Mobile Brigade (Brimob) broke out in Nduga regency in Papua on Wednesday.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
ABC News - July 12, 2018

Unprecedented legal action against two men for allegedly breaching the intelligence services act has sparked fierce debate about the balance between national security and the public's right to know.

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News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - July 12, 2018

Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says the list of potential running mates for his reelection bid next year has been narrowed down to five names.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
The Guardian - July 12, 2018

Christopher Knaus – Australian federal police (AFP) say they are assessing a request to investigate the lawfulness of Australia's controversial spy operation against Timor-Leste during sensitive oil and gas negotiations.

A group of crossbenchers on Thursday sought to raise the stakes in the controversial prosecution of former spy Witness K and his lawyer Bernard Collaery.

July 11, 2018

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
ABC News - July 11, 2018

Michael Vincent – Australian lawyer and former legal representative for East Timor, Bernard Collaery, says the charges against him for allegedly breaching the Intelligence Services Act for revealing Australia bugged East Timorese government offices mean he is facing the prospect he may never practise law again.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Tempo - July 11, 2018

Jakarta (Antara) – House Speaker Bambang Soesatyo encouraged the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) and Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) to respond to a finding that 41 out of the 100 mosques surveyed were indicated of being infiltrated by radicalism.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - July 11, 2018

Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – This year's political chess match is nowhere near the endgame, with political bigwigs holding closed-door meetings to determine who will run in next year's presidential election.