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September 1, 2021

Tempo - September 1, 2021

Friski Riana, Jakarta – Education, Cultural, Research, and Technology Minister Nadiem Makarim on Tuesday has officially disbanded the National Education Standards Agency (BSNP), which was officially announced by one of the agency's members Abdul Mu'ti.

Tempo - September 1, 2021

Annisa Febiola, Jakarta – The Indonesian Health Ministry has launched a new feature in its website that allows the general public to independently monitor available Covid-19 vaccine supplies in real time that are spread across the country's healthcare facilities which will allow for better transparency.

Mongabay - September 1, 2021

Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – Indonesia is scaling up its fight against fisheries-related crimes, going beyond boat crews to target the ultimate beneficiaries of these illegal practices.

The country's fisheries ministry announced the move in the wake of a Constitutional Court decision in June that allows civil servants to investigate certain criminal acts.

UCA News - September 1, 2021

Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – A diocese in Catholic-majority Timor-Leste has officially suspended from priestly duties a cleric who intends to run for president next year.

Bishop Dom Basilio do Nascimento of Baucau announced in a letter released on Aug. 30 that he had terminated all sacramental services of diocesan priest Father Martinho Germano da Silva Gusmao.

Jakarta Globe - September 1, 2021

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Think-tank Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia, or FPCI, urges Indonesia to take a more proactive approach in combating climate change, following a recent alarming report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Tempo - September 1, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – Griffith University epidemiologist Dicky Budiman on Tuesday urged Indonesians to not let their guard down despite government statistics seemingly show that the curve of Covid-19 cases has started to flatten.

According to him, the crisis period of the coronavirus delta variant on average can last up to 12 weeks, Antaranews reported.

Tempo - September 1, 2021

Hendartyo Hanggi, Jakarta – Statistics Indonesia (BPS) recorded that from the total of 138,970 foreign tourist visits in July 2021, the arrival of international tourists in the country using air travel reached 7,180 people. The figure increased by 76.33 percent year on year.

Nikkei Asia - September 1, 2021

Erwida Maulia, Jakarta – It's a tale of two countries when it comes to Indonesia's COVID-19 situation.

Jakarta Globe - September 1, 2021

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia has administered more than 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine since the campaign began in mid-January, according to Health Ministry data released on Wednesday.

Tempo - September 1, 2021

Bisnis, Jakarta – To date, there are only three Indonesians that made it to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index (BBI) in 2021, which ranks the wealth of the world's 500 richest people. The three Indonesian men are Djarum brothers Robert Budi Hartono and Michael Bambang Hartono, and Prajogo Pangestu.

Jakarta Globe - September 1, 2021

Jakarta – Indonesia's manufacturing sector has contracted for the second consecutive month in August, albeit at a slower rate, as disruptions brought by the Covid-19 pandemic continue to erode demands, report from research company IHS Markit on Wednesday.

UCA News - September 1, 2021

Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta – Watchdoc Media Mandiri, an independent media project founded by two activist journalists in Indonesia, is one of five winners of this year's Ramon Magsaysay Award.

CNN Indonesia - September 1, 2021

Jakarta – Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) Chairperson Asfinawati has warned that conflicts of interest involving public officials are subject to criminal prosecution.

August 31, 2021

Benar News - August 31, 2021

Ronna Nirmala, Jakarta – The start of a Papuan independence activist's trial on treason charges was postponed Tuesday for a third time after he fell ill and had to be hospitalized for pulmonary and gastric problems, lawyers said.

Tempo - August 31, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – Vice President Ma'ruf Amin on Monday summoned Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian to discuss draft government regulations for Papua's special autonomy law.

Jakarta Globe - August 31, 2021

Grace Nadia Chandra, Jakarta – The Ministry of Health said in a press conference that there are indications that their Covid-19 eHAC application has been breached, following reports that 1.3 million users' data had been compromised.

Fulcrum - August 31, 2021

Syafiq Hasyim – Speculation of the possibility of Indonesian President Jokowi seeking a third term in office remains rife. However, there currently appears to be near-unanimous opposition to the idea.

Jakarta Globe - August 31, 2021

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The corruption scandal in government's social assistance program that led to the recent conviction of former Social Affairs Minister Juliari Barubara is a bombshell to the people still facing the devastating economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

But for anti-corruption activists, such news is anticipated.

CNN Indonesia - August 31, 2021

Jakarta – Audio-visual production house Watchdoc, which is active in monitoring environmental and corruption issues, has won the Ramon Magsaysay award for the category of emergent leadership.

Tempo - August 31, 2021

Adam Prireza, Jakarta – The Jakarta Health Agency Head of Disease Prevention and Control, Dwi Oktavia, on Monday announced that the city logged 341 new Covid-19 cases from 7,657 specimens tested, which she asserts is 498 cases less than the previous cases recorded.

UCA News - August 31, 2021

Konradus Epa, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo has met the leaders of Indonesia's six main religions to iron out ways to improve Covid-19 vaccination efforts that critics say are progressing at a snail's pace

Tempo - August 31, 2021

Andita Rahma, Maudey K. Setyakusuma, Papua – As many as 6,000 National Police and Army (Polri-TNI) personnel were deployed to help secure the implementation of the XX National Sports Week or PON in Papua which will be held in October 2021.

CNN Indonesia - August 31, 2021

Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition held a theatrical action criticising public officials who violate the code of ethics. The action was held symbolically by dumping an official into a garbage bin.

The action was held in front of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) red-and-white building in Jakarta on Tuesday August 31.

August 30, 2021

Coconuts Jakarta - August 30, 2021

Police clashed with supporters of Rizieq Shihab outside of the Jakarta High Court in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta today, as the firebrand cleric saw his four-year sentence appeal turned down.

Central Jakarta Police Deputy Chief Setyo Koes Heriyanto said Rizieq's supporters pelted stones at officers as tensions grew following the unfavorable outcome for Rizieq.

Straits Times - August 30, 2021

Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – More areas of Indonesia, including the cities of Solo in Central Java and Malang in East Java, will see Covid-19 restrictions eased for a week, starting from Tuesday (Aug 31) as the number of cases continues to decline in the country.

Tempo - August 30, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) in Cianjur, West Java, recorded a 100 percent rise in hotel occupancy rate during the weekend as travelers coming from the Greater Jakarta area flocked the region's hotels.

The Guardian - August 30, 2021

Gemma Holliani Cahya – After almost 18 months, children in Jakarta will begin to re-enter classrooms on Monday, as Indonesia, which faces on of the worst Covid outbreaks globally, eases restrictions in some areas.

Tabloid JUBI - August 30, 2021

Hengky Yeimo, Jayapura – Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Papua chief public prosecutor's office on Monday August 30 to demand that the Papuan chief public prosecutor immediately release West Papua National Committee (KNPB) spokesperson Victor Yeimo from detention so he can be treated in hospital.

Tabloid JUBI - August 30, 2021

Asrida Elisabeth, Project Multatuli – In Wamena, the city at the economic center of Papua's central highlands, a mother of two stays home to avoid contracting Covid-19. The woman who asked to be identified as AB reminds everyone – family or visitor alike – to wash their hands before entering. The number of coronavirus cases in Wamena has been increasing.

Tempo - August 30, 2021

Bisnis, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Pandjaitan on Monday reminded people to always spread factual information regarding Covid-19 to help reduce the mortality rate caused by the pandemic.

He specifically warned people against using the pandemic as a means to spread other agendas, Bisnis.com reported.

Jakarta Globe - August 30, 2021

Triyan Pangastuti, Jakarta – Indonesia is set to join a group of only a few countries who have administered more than 100 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine in coming days, a government official said on Monday.

Sky News - August 30, 2021

Siobhan Robbins – A little round face stares out from a phone screen. Eyes alert, baby Beverly Alezha Marlein looks up at her cooing mother.

Just three weeks old, she is the cherished first daughter of Erik Alexander, 34, and Tirza Manitik, 32.

But unbeknown to her parents, in the video Beverly is already very sick. Her new born body is fighting COVID-19.

Coconuts Jakarta - August 30, 2021

A regent in Indonesia is facing massive scrutiny – and possibly legal repercussions – for essentially awarding himself and his subordinates taxpayers' money for every death from COVID-19 in his region.

Jakarta Globe - August 30, 2021

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The surge in new Covid-19 cases continues to slow in Indonesia who reported the lowest daily tally in nearly three months on Monday, but famous resort island Bali and Yogyakarta province in southern Java are still considered as high-risk areas.

Radio New Zealand - August 30, 2021

Indonesian authorities have been accused of defying a court order to urgently hospitalise the West Papuan political prisoner Victor Yeimo.

Last week the District Court of Jayapura issued an order to hospitalise Yeimo, a leader of the pro-independence West Papua National Committee (KNPB), as a matter of utmost urgency.

UCA News - August 30, 2021

Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – A defrocked American priest on trial in Timor-Leste for allegedly sexually abusing minors is also facing legal proceedings in his home country.

Tempo - August 30, 2021

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – The Indonesian Legal Aid Institute Foundation (YLBHI) chairperson Asfinawati laments the legal steps taken by the Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Pandjaitan in filing a subpoena against human rights activist Haris Azhar. YLBHI believes this endangers the freedom of expression.

Tempo - August 30, 2021

Aditya Budiman, Tempo.Co, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) supervisory board has handed a guilty verdict for KPK deputy Lili Pintauli Siregar in an ethics trial and handed her a 40 percent wage cut for 12 consecutive years.

Channel News Asia - August 30, 2021

Jakarta – Indonesia's capital Jakarta reopened 600 of its schools on Monday (Aug 30) as coronavirus restrictions eased, though a teacher federation urged caution and warned of clusters in classrooms caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant.

August 29, 2021

Channel News Asia - August 29, 2021

Nivell Rayda, Bekasi, Indonesia – Resting on a mound of dirt on one side of an 11ha landfill in the outskirts of Jakarta, sitting side by side with discarded food packaging, broken toys and other domestic waste, were plastic bags filled white and blue medical face masks.

Suara Papua - August 29, 2021

Press Release by Veronica Koman, Sydney – The District Court of Jayapura issued an order to hospitalize imprisoned West Papuan pro-independence leader, Victor Yeimo, as a matter of utmost urgency, two days ago. Prosecutors have been deliberately defying this court order and Yeimo is still isolated in detention.

Jakarta Globe - August 29, 2021

Jakarta – The daily count of new Covid-19 cases in Indonesia continues to decline as the country recorded the lowest number in more than two months on Sunday.

There have been 7,427 new cases in the past 24 hours – the lowest daily total since June 9 – to bring the total number of cases to 4,073,831, according to Health Ministry data.

Australian Financial Review - August 29, 2021

Emma Connors, Singapore/Jakarta – The Indonesian extremist who is believed to have led the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people – including 88 Australians – will finally face a court this week.

Riduan Isamuddin, also known as Hambali, will come before a US military commission in Guantanamo Bay on Monday, along with two associates.

Suara Papua - August 29, 2021

Jayapura – Former Papuan political prisoner (tapol) Filep Karma has also joined with activists and Victor Yeimo's family when along with Yeimo's lawyer they went to the private residence of the Papua chief public prosecutor in the Doc 5 area of Jayapura city on the evening of Saturday August 28.

Tabloid JUBI - August 29, 2021

Jayapura, Jubi – The Coalition for Legal and Human Rights of Papua, who are Victor Yeimo's legal advisors, escorted Yeimo's family to the Chief Public Prosecutor's residence in Jayapura, on Saturday, 28th August, 2021.

August 28, 2021

Suara.com - August 28, 2021

Dwi Bowo Raharjo and Ria Rizki Nirmala Sari – West Papua National Committee (KNPB) diplomacy commissariat head Kobabe Wanimbo is appealing to the Papuan people to gather at the private residence of the Papua chief public prosecutor in the Doc 2 area of Jayapura city.

Jakarta Globe - August 28, 2021

Heru Andriyanto, Markus Junianto Sihaloho, Jakarta – Indonesia recorded a relatively low number of new Covid-19 cases on Saturday as the Delta variant outbreak seems to ease compared to the situation last month.

CNN Indonesia - August 28, 2021

Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has issued a subpoena against lawyer and human rights activist Haris Azhar over accusations that Pandjaitan is involved in the mining business in the Wabu Block in Intan Jaya, Papua.

August 27, 2021

Tabloid JUBI - August 27, 2021

Victor Mambor, Jayapura – Internet blackout occurred in Jayapura's Waena and lasted for around three hours on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, Netblocks confirmed. Netblocks is a watchdog organization tracking disruptions and shutdowns to safeguard internet freedom.

Channel News Asia - August 27, 2021

Jakarta – Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 7,200-year-old skeleton from a female hunter-gatherer in Indonesia that has a "distinct human lineage" never found anywhere in the world, according to research published this week.