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September 6, 2021

Jakarta Globe - September 6, 2021

Jakarta – The Indonesian Police arrested at least ten people accused of vandalizing an Ahmadiyya mosque in the district of Sintang, West Kalimantan Province, according to a police spokesman.

Coconuts Bali - September 6, 2021

Pockets of domestic travel appear to have improved in Indonesia, at least where traffic is concerned, as COVID-19 tests drop in prices. This is true in Bali, where the number of passengers passing through Ngurah Rai International Airport has doubled recently.

Coconuts Jakarta - September 6, 2021

Popular hangout spot Holywings Tavern in Kemang, South Jakarta has been ordered to shut for three days for breaching COVID-19 protocols.

On Saturday evening, officers from the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) and the military raided the establishment, which looked to be packed to its absolute limit even with patrons streaming out of the venue as the raid began.

Kompas.com - September 6, 2021

Tatang Guritno, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) says that the government often sees human rights defenders as enemies of the state. Yet, according to Kontras Coordinator Fatia Maulidiyanti, human rights defenders work to defend society and ensure that the country improves.

Mongabay - September 6, 2021

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Experts have panned Indonesia's vision for achieving net-zero carbon dioxide emissions, which consists of continuing to burn coal while hoping that untested carbon capture technology will stop the greenhouse gas from reaching the atmosphere.

UCA News - September 6, 2021

Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta – Catholics joined more than 200 groups and individuals in Indonesia in demanding justice for an alleged victim of sexual assault and bullying by employees of a state body.

Coconuts Jakarta - September 6, 2021

Authorities in Gowa, South Sulawesi have rescued a 6-year-old girl from the clutches of her family in a highly disturbing case that allegedly involves elements of black magic and cannibalism.

Jakarta Globe - September 6, 2021

Whisnu Bagus Prasetyo, Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The framework of the local currency settlement, or LCS, between Indonesia and China officially came into effect, thus increasing the use of rupiah or yuan in their bilateral transactions while lessening both nations' dependence on the dollar.

Suara Papua - September 6, 2021

Jayapura – West Papua National Committee (KNPB) spokesperson Ones Suhuniap is asking the Papua regional police to retract a statement that the KNPB are planning to disrupt the 20th National Gamers (PON XX) in Papua next month. According to the KNPB, this is a public lie and intended to shape public opinion.

UCA News - September 6, 2021

Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – Timor-Leste will compensate people in the rare event they may be badly affected by adverse reactions to Covid-19 vaccinations, the government says.

The move is aimed at encouraging more people to get inoculated as the number of new cases and deaths continues to rise.

September 5, 2021

Australian West Papua Association (Sydney) Statement - September 5, 2021

In the early hours of the 2nd September, The TPNPB-OPM raided the Kisor military post in the Maybrat regency, West Papua Province. Four soldiers were killed and two wounded.

The provincial military commander Maj. Gen. I Nyoman Cantiasa said."I have ordered my personnel to hunt down the group," adding that two platoons had been deployed for the task.

Agence France-Presse - September 5, 2021

Jakarta – Indonesians expressed concerns over the security of their personal medical data Saturday after the president's coronavirus vaccine certificate was leaked and a large test app also appeared compromised.Indonesia has a weak cyber security record, with poor online literacy and frequent leaks previously.

Tribune News - September 5, 2021

Igman Ibrahim, Jakarta – The Indonesian police have mapped out the main potential threats against the 20th National Games (PON XX) which will be held in Papua next October.

Channel News Asia - September 5, 2021

Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – Indonesian Hatimene Hura, 24, has yet to be vaccinated against COVID-19, seven months after Indonesia's inoculation programme kicked off.

The farmer living in Sisobahili Iranohura village on Nias island in North Sumatra knew how dangerous COVID-19 can be and he wanted to get vaccinated.

Jakarta Globe - September 5, 2021

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia recorded 392 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday, the lowest daily death toll since June 27, as the surge in newly cases also slowed down, government figures show.

The country has recorded a total of 135,861 Covid-19 deaths since the pandemic began.

Suara Papua - September 5, 2021

Reiner Brabar, Sorong – The Maybrat branch of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) has denied involvement in a September 2 attack on a sub-district military post (Posramil) in Kisor, South Aifat district, Maybrat regency, West Papua Province. They say that the two people arrested by the South Sorong district people are not KNPB members.

September 4, 2021

Antara News - September 4, 2021

Andi Firdaus, Fardah, Jakarta – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has reported that a total of 1,805 natural disasters struck Indonesia during the January-August 2021 period.

"During this period, wet hydrometeorological disasters remained dominated," BNPB spokesman Abdul Muhari noted a statement here, Saturday.

Jakarta Globe - September 4, 2021

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has deployed five ferries to be used as makeshift isolation facilities for Covid-19 patients with mild symptoms in several cities with a combined capacity of more than 3,000 beds.

Tempo - September 4, 2021

Rini Kustiani, Jakarta – Data from the National Development Planning Ministry or Bappenas showed that the amount of food lost and food waste in Indonesia reached 23-48 tons per year in period of 2000-2019.

The figures, obtained from the collaborative analysis with UK Foreign Commonwealth Office, equal to 115-184 kilogram of food per capita per year.

Kompas.com - September 4, 2021

Rahel Narda Chaterine, Jakarta – Buzzers and influencers are seen as having become the principle voice of the government in the current era.

Jakarta State University (UNJ) lecturer Robertus Robet says that buzzers and influences represent a phenomena of the new media or new media industry which began to emerge in the context of Indonesian politics around 2014.

September 3, 2021

Jakarta Globe - September 3, 2021

Bayu Marhaenjati, Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – A government digital application that tracks vaccination status of every citizen came under fire after the personal data of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo were leaked to various social media platforms.

Kompas.com - September 3, 2021

Fitria Chusna Farisa, Jakarta – Presidential Staff Deputy Chief Juri Ardiantoro says that criticism should not be allowed to ignore obedience to the law, ethics and aesthetics. If the criticism is intended as part of democracy, said Ardiantoro, these three elements must still be basic to this.

Tempo - September 3, 2021

Caesar Akbar, Jakarta – Indonesians were recently stunned by yet another news of a major data breach, reported by vpnMentor researchers, that exposed personal data of 1.3 million people registered in the country's electronic Health Alert Card (eHAC) system, a government tracing app used to tackle Covid-19.

Coconuts Bali - September 3, 2021

All of Bali's tourism workers have been vaccinated as of this week, the province's health agency chief has confirmed, as officials continue to gear up for the possibility of restarting full-scale tourism on the island.

Fulcrum - September 3, 2021

Max Lane – Early presidential bids by some Indonesian politicians have highlighted the lack of any policy debate in mainstream Indonesian politics.

CNN Indonesia - September 3, 2021

Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition Against Sexual Violence (KOMPAKS) says that as many as 85 articles have been removed in the process of changing the title of the Draft Law on the Eradication of Sexual Violence (RUU PKS) to the Draft Law on Sexual Violence Crimes (RUU TPKS).

Jakarta Globe - September 3, 2021

Jakarta – The total number of active Covid-19 cases in Indonesia has been in a steep decline since its peak in mid-July and is arriving at the levels before the outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant.

Reuters - September 3, 2021

Jakarta – A leak online of the president's COVID-19 vaccine certificate has heightened concern in Indonesia about information security, coming in the same week as a data breach affecting 1.3 million users of a government contact-tracing application

Jakarta Globe - September 3, 2021

Grace Nadia Chandra, Jakarta – TrendMicro, an international cyber security software company, reports that Indonesia has entered the CRI zone of 'elevated risk', pushing the country to the highest risk level of cyber threat that it has ever been in.

Associated Press - September 3, 2021

Jakarta, Indonesia – Attackers believed to be West Papua rebels killed four soldiers and wounded two others in an attack on a military post in Indonesia's troubled easternmost region, authorities said Thursday.

Straits Times - September 3, 2021

Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – Schools have been reopening in a number of Indonesian regions this week with health protocols in place, particularly throughout the most populous island of Java as new Covid-19 infections are declining and strict restrictions are gradually eased.

Tempo - September 3, 2021

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – A number of people stage a protest before the Jakarta City Hall and the Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) building to reject the city government's plan to host Formula E in 2022.

Tempo - September 3, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) legislator Al Muzzammil Yusuf in a hearing on Thursday called for The National Resilience Institute (Lemhannas) to organize an in depth study on the political 'buzzers'.

Jakarta Globe - September 3, 2021

Jakarta – The government is becoming more confident that the vaccination drive will gain momentum as it secures more doses and gains more experience in vaccinating the population.

Mongabay - September 3, 2021

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Three palm oil companies have sued the local government in Indonesia's West Papua province after their plantation licenses were revoked following a recent audit.

This has prompted concerns that other firms whose permits were also revoked will follow suit.

The Washington Post - September 3, 2021

Firdia Lisnawati and Niniek Karmini, Sangeh, Indonesia – Deprived of their preferred food source – the bananas, peanuts and other goodies brought in by tourists now kept away by the coronavirus – hungry monkeys on the resort island of Bali have taken to raiding villagers' homes in their search for something tasty.

September 2, 2021

Indonesia at Melbourne - September 2, 2021

Yuji Mizuno and Fachri Aidulsyah – Since its shocking takeover of Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul last month, the Taliban, now the de facto Afghan government, has repeatedly vowed to deliver "inclusive" governance.

Benar News - September 2, 2021

Ronna Nirmala, Jakarta – Suspected separatist rebels in West Papua killed four government soldiers and wounded two others during a pre-dawn raid on their post, an Indonesian military commander said, in the single deadliest attack on state security forces in the region this year.

Suara Papua - September 2, 2021

Maria Baru, Kota Sorong – Papuan students studying in Bali say that the Indonesian state must release West Papua National Committee (KNPB) international spokesperson Victor Yeimo from all charges because it is inappropriate to prosecute victims of racism.

Jakarta Post - September 2, 2021

Raka Ibrahim, Jakarta – Nobody knows precisely how it all ended, but we know what came after. On April 26, 1984, the body of Arnold Ap was found riddled with bullets and stab wounds on a beach near Jayapura.

He had been mysteriously detained for four months. His family was in hiding, his friends forced into silence or exile and his legacy lost in a blazing inferno.

Tempo - September 2, 2021

Friski Riana, Maudey K. Setyakusuma (Internship), Jakarta – The Ministry of Religion Affairs stated that attachment of negative Covid-19 antigen test result is required for marriage ceremonies during the implementation of the restriction on people's activities (PPKM).

Coconuts Jakarta - September 2, 2021

An employee at the Indonesian Broadcast Commission (KPI) has come forward with explosive claims detailing years of bullying and sexual harassment in the hands of his colleagues, prompting calls for a thorough investigation within the broadcast watchdog.

Tempo - September 2, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – Military and police personnel under the Nemangkawi task force in Papua has apprehended one of the leaders of a local armed criminal group, Senaf Soll, on Wednesday. Soll was also a former soldier for the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI).

Tempo - September 2, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – The Deputy Health Minister Dante Saksono Harbuwono in a virtual press conference on Thursday said the national vaccination rate against Covid-19 underwent a rapid increase within the past six weeks as supplies also grew.

UCA News - September 2, 2021

Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – Timor Leste's Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak has tested positive for Covid-19 amid a surge in new cases in the Catholic-majority country, a senior government official announced on Sept. 1.

Coconuts Jakarta - September 2, 2021

It was a day like any other at a COVID-19 vaccination venue in Tuban, East Java, before a crocodile, which was at least 1 meter long, terrified the health conscious folks when it paid them a visit.

Liputan 6 - September 2, 2021

Huyogo Simbolon, Bandung – Scores of people gathered at the People's Struggle Monument in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung on Thursday September 2. The majority of participants were young people who wore black clothing and held the distinct black umbrellas of a Kamisan (Thursday) action.

Tempo - September 2, 2021

M Yusuf Manurung, Jakarta – Bekasi City PSI Party chairperson Tanti Herawati called for law enforcers to severely punish the man identified as AT who allegedly committed the heinous act of raping an underaged girl. This case grabbed public attention as the suspect is the son of a Regional Legislative Council (DPRD).

September 1, 2021

Jakarta Globe - September 1, 2021

Herman, Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia's pandemic-battered tourism suffered from a 71.42 percent drop in foreign tourist arrivals from January to July 2021, according to the Central Statistics Agency, or BPS.

Indonesia only attracted 937,747 foreign tourists during January-July 2021.

Tabloid JUBI - September 1, 2021

Theo Kelen, Jayapura, Jubi – The Jayapura District Court has rejected all motions filed by Victor Yeimo, the international spokesperson for the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and leader of the Papuan People's Petition, against the Papua Police and its unlawful move to detain and accuse him of provoking riots in the antiracism protest in 2019.