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September 21, 2019

CNN Indonesia - September 21, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) Chairperson Asfinawati has questioned why President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo did not intervene in the deliberation and enactment of other crucial laws as he did with the Draft Criminal Code (RKHUP).

Tempo - September 21, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) Deputy Speaker Fahri Hamzah insisted that the new Criminal Code Draft Bill (RKUHP) must be enacted as scheduled despite direct orders to postpone its enactment from President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo earlier this afternoon.

Tempo - September 21, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Member of the Prosperity and Justice Party (PKS) fraction Nasir Djamil, expressed his disagreement following President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's instruction to postpone the enactment of the new Criminal Code Draft Bill (RKUHP).

Human Rights Watch - September 21, 2019

Nazish Dholakia and Juliana Nnoko-Mewanu – In recent years, Indonesia's forests have been razed at an astonishing rate to make way for oil palm plantations – palm oil being a lucrative product used in everything from body lotion to cookie dough.

Tempo - September 21, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) Climate Justice Campaign Manager Yuyun Harmono, warned that the land and forest fire currently engulfing Riau and other regions pose a serious threat to Indonesia's emission reduction goal.

Jakarta Globe - September 21, 2019

Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The head of a government team tasked with drafting the new criminal code said on Friday he would complete his job to end a century-old judicial system inherited from the Dutch, despite widespread criticisms that the proposed code contains many contentious articles that overreach into the private lives of citizens and have sparked outrage among human rights

Channel News Asia - September 21, 2019

Nivell Rayda, Pekanbaru, Riau – Mdm Sri Ruayati posted a note on at the front door of her tiny home sitting at the end of a small dirt road in the village of Rimbo Panjang.

Written in black and red marker pen, the note read: "We are not blaming anyone. But please carry out the duties you are sworn to do."

Jakarta Globe - September 21, 2019

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly dismissed allegations that the government had sought to weaken the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, by amending the law on the anti-graft agency, saying instead that the new law would make the agency even stronger.

Tempo - September 21, 2019

Halida Bunga, Jakarta – Commissioner of the National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Choirul Anam, requested President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to appoint a replacement for Wiranto as the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs (Menkopolhukam) from civil elements. Wiranto, is known as a former army personnel.

Jakarta Post - September 21, 2019

Nadira Irdiana, Jakarta – In Indonesia, one out of nine girls marry before their 18th birthday. It's a statistic that puts Indonesia in the top ten countries with the highest number of child brides.

Last week, the Indonesian parliament agreed to raise the minimum age for women to marry from 16 to 19 years old in an attempt to curb child marriage.

September 20, 2019

Jakarta Post - September 20, 2019

Jakarta – Amid mounting criticisms rejecting the controversial revisions of the Criminal Code, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called for the House of Representatives to hold off on passing the bill, citing public concerns over some problematic amendments.

Sydney Morning Herald - September 20, 2019

James Massola and Amilia Rosa, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has asked Parliament to delay passing draconian new laws that would have jailed unmarried couples for having sex.

The sweeping legal changes would have delivered a considerable blow to Bali's profitable tourism industry as they would have applied to foreigners.

Antara - September 20, 2019

Jakarta – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency said eighty percent of the land destroyed by forest fires in Indonesia this year will be converted into plantations, pointing the blame for the fires to unsustainable practices in the country's agriculture industry.

Coconuts Jakarta - September 20, 2019

Indonesia's much criticized draft revisions to the Criminal Code (RKUHP) will not be passed by the House of Parliament (DPR) next week, as it was widely reported, after President Joko Widodo ordered its delay today.

Tempo - September 20, 2019

Adam Prireza, Jakarta – Students from universities around the Greater Jakarta Area and Bandung plans to hold another protest at the House of Representatives (DPR) headquarters following the rally on Thursday last week, that did not spark the expected reaction from legislators.

AsiaNews - September 20, 2019

Paolo Fossati, Jakarta – After raising the minimum age for women to marry, the next step to be taken in Indonesia is a law on gender equality and justice, said Dian Kartikasari, general secretary of the Coalition of Indonesian women for justice and democracy (Koalisi Perempuan Indonesia, KPI), speaking to AsiaNews.

Tempo - September 20, 2019

Caesar Akbar, Jakarta – Indonesia Consumers Foundation (YLKI) head Tulus Abadi opined the government is not seriously controlling the consumption of cigarettes so far. This is seen from the low tax and selling price of tobacco which reportedly will be raised recently.

Jakarta Globe - September 20, 2019

Jakarta – Bank Indonesia, the country's central bank, continues its dovish monetary stance by cutting its benchmark interest rate by a further 25 basis points to 5.25 percent on Thursday, at the same time loosening a liquidity requirement for banks and lowering the down payment requirement for mortgage and vehicle loans.

Jakarta Globe - September 20, 2019

Abdul Aziz, Jakarta – Foreign investors owned 45.83 percent of Indonesian government securities as of Tuesday, the highest in history, according to data from the Ministry of Finance.

Foreign ownership usually amounts to between 34 percent and 38 percent of rupiah-denominated bonds, but it has been increasing steadily over the past three months.

Australian Financial Review - September 20, 2019

Emma Connors – The Indonesian government has urged foreigners to read the fine print in proposed legislative changes that appear to enable prosecution of same-sex relationships and sex between unmarried couples.

Jakarta Globe - September 20, 2019

Carlos K.Y. Paath, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has appointed Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri to act as youth and sports minister, following the resignation of Imam Nahrawi, who was named a bribery suspect, the State Palace announced on Friday.

Cabinet Secretary Pratikno said the president had accepted Imam's resignation.

The Guardian - September 20, 2019

Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Indonesia's president, Joko Widodo, has ordered his government to postpone the ratification of a deeply controversial criminal code that would outlaw living together outside marriage, extramarital sex and insulting the president.

Jakarta Globe - September 20, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Indonesia has condemned a press statement issued by five independent United Nations Human Rights Council special rapporteurs in which they expressed serious concern over recent development in Papua.

Daily Mail - September 20, 2019

Alana Mazzoni and Alison Bevege – Australians have already started cancelling their holidays to Bali over fears they could be arrested ahead of Indonesia's threat to make sex outside of marriage illegal.

Tempo - September 20, 2019

Nur Hadi, Jakarta – The East Java Regional Police have named Veronica Koman as a suspect for provoking and distributing false information about the riots in the Papuan student dormitory in Surabaya. Veronica has also been put on the police most wanted list (DPO) as a fugitive.

CNN Indonesia - September 20, 2019

Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) says that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's move to postpone the enactment of the Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP) will not resolve the problem.

Jakarta Globe - September 20, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Papuan students studying in Jakarta have urged their fellow Papuans to return to their places of study across Indonesia, claiming that the government guarantees their safety.

ABC News - September 20, 2019

Tasha Wibawa – The Federal Government has updated its travel advice for Indonesia, warning tourists they could be jailed for having sex outside of marriage if proposed laws are passed.

Jakarta Globe - September 20, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – East Java Police have officially put Veronica Koman, an Indonesian human rights lawyer and outspoken supporter of Papua independence, in its wanted persons list and submitted a red notice to Interpol to help capture her overseas, a police official said on Friday.

Coconuts Jakarta - September 20, 2019

The Australian government updated its official travel advice to its citizens living or visiting Indonesia today, warning them about the expected passage of Indonesia's revised criminal code (RKUHP) and highlighting that the new law would also apply to all foreigners, including its articles criminalizing sex and cohabitation outside of marriage.

The Diplomat - September 20, 2019

Erin Cook – Never does Indonesia's House of Representatives (DPR) move as quickly as when it's covering itself. With just days left in the DPR's 2014 to 2019 term, legislators have picked up the country's most controversial law revisions and sprinted to the finish line.

Tempo - September 20, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The draft revisions of Law No. 12/1995 on correctional facilities or RUU PAS will soon be passed albeit several articles considered to ease and relax sentences of inmates serving time, including Article 9 and 10 which provide rights to have recreation and take conditional leave.

September 19, 2019

Jakarta Globe - September 19, 2019

Imam Muzakir, Jakarta – The government will remove the requirement to secure construction permit for new buildings in an attempt to improve investment climate and enhance economic growth.

The government will instead increase efforts to audit existing buildings and enforce the country's zoning and building codes.

The Guardian - September 19, 2019

Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Indonesia is set to pass a new criminal code that could outlaw living together outside marriage, extramarital sex and insulting the president, among a raft of changes that rights groups have decried as disastrous.

Jakarta Globe - September 19, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Indonesia has been elected to serve as vice president of the 74th United Nations General Assembly for the period 2019-2020.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced in a statement on Thursday that Dian Triansyah Djani, Indonesia's permanent representative to the United Nations, had taken up the position on behalf of the country on Tuesday.

CNN Indonesia - September 19, 2019

Jakarta – The Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP) will further increase discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people.

The Daily Blog - September 19, 2019

Maire Leadbeater – It is somewhat of an irony that West Papua's recent uprising coincided with the twentieth anniversary of East Timor's vote on independence.

Tempo - September 19, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta (Koran Tempo) – The government together with the House of Representatives (DPR) has completed revisions on the law overseeing the Corruption Eradication Commission or KPK Law, Criminal Code Law, and the Law on Correctional Facilities.

Tempo - September 19, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Constitutional law expert Refly Harun said the existence of an article about insulting the president/vice president in the Criminal Code Bill or RKUHP is a setback. He said the article is unsuitable in today's perspective of constitutionalism.

CNN - September 19, 2019

Helen Regan and Masrur Jamaluddin – Indonesia is set to pass a highly controversial new penal code that would criminalize consensual sex outside of marriage and effectively outlaw same-sex relations, in a move rights groups have criticized as a violation of basic rights.

Radio New Zealand - September 19, 2019

Seven civilians have been injured during a shootout with rebels in West Papua, Indonesia's military says.

But a Papuan pro-independence military group claimed the civilians were shot dead by soldiers during the incident in the Central Highlands.

According to Indonesia's military, Papuan fighters attacked security forces in Puncak regency's Ilaga district on Tuesday.

Jakarta Globe - September 19, 2019

Erwin C Sihombing, Jakarta – The Jakarta Tax Office said Thursday that 20 Ferrari owners in the city have paid their luxury vehicle taxes, but warned that more than 1,400 luxury vehicles in the capital are still shirking payment.

Al Jazeera - September 19, 2019

Febriana Firdaus, Jakarta – Indonesia's West Papua region has been mired in civil unrest since the middle of August, following police detentions and alleged racial slurs against ethnic Papuan students studying in the country's most populous island of Java.

ISEAS Perspectives - September 19, 2019

By Max Lane

Executive summary

Tempo - September 19, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Papua is an inseparable part of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI), Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu emphasized on Wednesday. "Papua is an important part that is inseparable from the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia," Ryacudu said while making his remarks in Babrongko Umandrow Village, Jayapura District, Papua.

Tempo - September 19, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The Indonesian National Police (Polri) announced that it has named PT Bumi Hijau Lestari and one of its board of directors as suspects of the land and forest fires that have plagued South Sumatra in the passing weeks.

Tempo - September 19, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – Humanitarian Senior Advocacy Manager of Save the Children Indonesia, Rinsan Lumban Tobing, said the future of the children who are exposed to haze from the forest fire has been neglected by the government.

Jakarta Post - September 19, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia will prioritizes imports of buffalo meat, rice and raw sugar from India after the South Asian country adjusted crude palm oil (CPO) tariffs for its top two importers, Malaysia and Indonesia, earlier this month.

The Telegraph - September 19, 2019

Nicola Smith – Indonesia is poised to update its penal code to impose jail terms or steep fines on anyone having consensual sex outside of marriage.

Jakarta Globe - September 19, 2019

Hotman Siregar & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, has asked for a month-long transition period to review and implement changes to the institution, following a surprisingly swift approval of revisions to the 2002 law about the institution – rushed by the House of Representatives, or DPR, early this week.