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January 11, 2022

Tempo - January 11, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – An epidemiologist from the University of Indonesia, Pandu Riono, predicted that the possible COVID-19 third wave in Jakarta triggered by the Omicron variant would not be as severe as the second wave caused by the Delta variant.

Jakarta Post Editorial - January 11, 2022

Jakarta – By the end of his administration's first year in 2015, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had ordered the revocation of nearly 4,000 mining licenses, mostly for coal, which were found to be legally ill-defined or environmentally problematic.

New Zealand Herald - January 11, 2022

Maire Leadbeater – In December, Indonesia came in for unusually direct criticism from the UN over its treatment of human rights defenders, especially its treatment of exiled Veronica Koman, outspoken advocate for West Papua.

Indonesia reacted angrily to being put under the spotlight, but the evidence is compelling.

Reuters - January 11, 2022

Bernadette Christina, Jakarta – Chinese thermal coal futures fell on Tuesday after Indonesia, the world's biggest thermal coal exporter, eased a ban on overseas shipments that surprised buyers at the start of the year, alleviating concerns about supply disruptions.

Bloomberg News - January 11, 2022

Rieka Rahadiana and Arys Aditya – Indonesia's parliament will resume deliberation of a bill against sexual harassment on Tuesday, as President Joko Widodo pushes to conclude a legislative process that's languished for six years amid strong opposition from religious groups.

Tabloid JUBI - January 11, 2022

Hans Kapisa, Manokwari, Jubi – Gold mining activities in Wasirawi Village, Masni District, Manokwari Regency, West Papua are reportedly illegal, or outside the control of the government and related institutions. This activity is suspected to be a massive and systematic practice of plundering natural resources.

Australian West Papua Association (Sydney) Statement - January 11, 2022

In an article in the Sydney Morning Herald (10 Jan 2022), It was reported that Defence Minister Peter Dutton said that his focus was on "prevailing peace" in the region, and that he also thought it was important to be honest and speak frankly with the Australian public.

CNN Indonesia - January 11, 2022

Jakarta – A member of the Islamic based Justice and Prosperity Party (PKS) faction in the House of Representatives (DPR), Sukamta, touched on a speech by Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Chairperson Megawati Sukarnoputri during an interruption at a DPR plenary meeting opening the third sitting period for 2021-2022.

Antara News - January 11, 2022

Khaerul Izan, Fardah, Cirebon, West Java – Floods inundated 698 houses in two villages in Cirebon District, West Java Province, according to the Regional Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD) of Cirebon on Tuesday.

"Temporary data shows that the number of houses that were flooded reaches 698," Cirebon BPBD Chief Executive Alex Suheriyawan stated here on Tuesday.

UCA News - January 11, 2022

Katharina R. Lestari, Jakarta – A Protestant politician in Indonesia is facing a prison term after being charged with hate speech for allegedly making offensive social media comments on religious, ethnic and racial issues.

Asia Pacific Report - January 11, 2022

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) plans to open a government branch office in the neighbouring Papua New Guinean capital of Port Moresby along with diplomacy offices to be based in Europe and the United Kingdom.

In a New Year message from interim president Benny Wenda, he has confirmed a strategic office reshuffle around the world.

Jakarta Globe - January 11, 2022

Antara, Bandung – An Islamic boarding school teacher in West Java was recommended a death sentence on Tuesday for charges of raping at least 13 students and impregnating some of them.

January 10, 2022

Jakarta Globe - January 10, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia has recorded an additional 75 cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant, bringing the total number of cases to 414, according to the Health Ministry on Sunday.

"Most of the Omicron cases are related to international travelers so we call on people to refrain from traveling overseas," Health Ministry spokeswoman Siti Nadia Tarmizi said.

Coconuts Jakarta - January 10, 2022

Authorities in East Java are searching for a man who was caught on film tossing and kicking offerings baskets that were placed on Mount Semeru in Lumajang.

Asia News - January 10, 2022

Mathias Hariyadi, Jakarta – At least eight people have died in the heavy floods that have hit Jayapura, capital of the province of Papua, in the far east of the Indonesian archipelago.

Kompas.com - January 10, 2022

Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition for Fair Healthcare Access is urging the government to reconsider the Covid-19 booster vaccine or third dosage plan for the general public. Coalition member Firdaus Ferdiansyah says that dosage one and two coverage is still not optimal among vulnerable groups, particularly elderly people.

Tempo - January 10, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – At least 440 houses in Jember Regency, East Java were inundated following flash floods that hit the area on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 9. The floods affected 1,668 residents.

Tempo - January 10, 2022

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi virtually attended the 49th anniversary celebration of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) on Monday, January 10, 2022. In his opening speech, the President lauded PDIP as the largest political party in the country.

Jakarta Post Editorial - January 10, 2022

Jakarta – While promoting Indonesia's strong commitment to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific and to ASEAN as a leading force in region, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi refrained in her annual press conference on Thursday from addressing the House of Representatives' failure to ratify the ASEAN-initiated Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) before the December 2

UCA News - January 10, 2022

Konradus Epa, Jakarta – The appointment of a new military commander for Jakarta has sparked a row in Indonesia after rights groups accused him of taking part in abuses committed during civil unrest more than 20 years ago.

Indonesia's military chief General Andika Perkasa appointed Major General Untung Budiharto as the Jakarta military commander on Jan. 6.

Tabloid JUBI - January 10, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – A thunderstorm hit Jayapura City and its surrounding areas from Wednesday to Friday, 5-7 January, 2022, causing a number of places in Jayapura to be inundated by floods and affected by landslides.

Heavy rain throughout Thursday night until Friday morning caused the water to overflow on the Soa Siu Street, or in front of the Papua Governor's Office.

Tempo - January 10, 2022

Bisnis.Com, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo asserted that the government would continue to enforce the ban on exports of raw mining goods.

"After nickel, [we will ban] bauxite export. The regulation is being finalized. We are preparing a smelter," he said as quoted from Bisnis.com, Monday, January 10.

Tempo - January 10, 2022

Caesar Akbar, Jakarta – Indonesian Farmers Union (SPI) chairperson Henry Saragih on Monday responded to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's decision to revoke mining and forest-use permits in the form of right to cultivate (HGU) and land-use permits (HPH). He urged the government to treat the situation as a part of agrarian reform.

Jakarta Globe - January 10, 2022

Novy Lumanauw, Jakarta – Former president Megawati Soekarnoputri recently defended her chairmanship of the steering committee of the National Research and Innovation Agency, or BRIN, after receiving backlash for taking the role.

Megawati is chairwoman of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), of which President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is a member.

New Mandala - January 10, 2022

Annie Sloman – Thursday night, hot, humid and sweaty as the sun sets over the capital of Timor-Leste. On the side of the road a large crowd gathers around a makeshift stage. Beside it are paintings thrown in a pile like junk – powerful art works depicting Timorese veterans, years of guerrilla struggle, heroes of this young nation.

Tempo - January 10, 2022

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – A spokesperson for COVID-19 vaccination at the Health Ministry, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said the government is determined to give vaccine boosters on a paid scheme.

Tempo - January 10, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Armed Forces, TNI, has sent two company-level units (SSK) from Kodim 1702 and Yonif 756/WMS to assist the Jayawijaya Police, to reduce clashes between residents in the Papuan regency.

January 9, 2022

Straits Times - January 9, 2022

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant across Indonesia have tripled in a week, with about 90 per cent imported, prompting the government to appeal for the suspension of overseas leisure trips.

The number of cases reached 414 as at last Saturday (Jan 8), the health ministry said on Sunday. This compares with 136 at the end of December.

Straits Times - January 9, 2022

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Indonesia's Constitutional Court is again being asked to rule on legislation that sets a minimum standard for any political party or coalition wanting to field candidates for vice-president and president.

CNN Indonesia - January 9, 2022

Jakarta – A range of inter-religious leaders, activists and domestic workers (PRT) banged pots and pans as a way to push the government and the House of Representatives (DPR) to immediately ratify the Draft Law on the Protection of Domestic Workers (RUU PPRT).

Kompas.com - January 9, 2022

Jakarta – Corruption eradication during the administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has worsened. This was the finding of a survey by Indonesian Political Indicator (IPI) which was released on Sunday January 9.

Kabar24 - January 9, 2022

Aprianus Doni Tolok, Jakarta (Bisnis.com) – The Narrative Institute along with academics who are part of the Children of the Nation Concern Alliance for Research and National Progress have launched a petition addressed to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on the merger of the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology (LBM) into the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN).

Antara News - January 9, 2022

Adimas R F P, Resinta S, Solo – The Transportation Ministry has officially started the construction of the Solo-Semarang phase 1 double-track elevated railway for the Solo Balapan-Kalioso segment along 10 kilometers spoor (Km'sp), or 1.8 kilometers.

PNG Attitude - January 9, 2022

Yamin Kogoya, Canberra – The colonial notion of 'civilising primitive Papuans' has distorted Papuan perceptions of the world and themselves.

This distortion began with how New Guinea and its people were described in early colonial literature: unintelligent pygmies, cannibals and pagan savages – people devoid of value.

January 8, 2022

Kompas.com - January 8, 2022

Jakarta – The Advocacy Coalition for the Protection of Private Data (KA-PDP) is calling on the House of Representatives (DPR) to immediately enact the Draft Law on the Protection of Private Data (RUU PDP). The call was made following the leak of data on 6 million Covid-19 patients held by the Ministry of Health.

Tempo - January 8, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Jakarta deputy governor, Ahmad Riza Patria, suspected that the rise in Covid-19 active cases was the effect of Christmas and New Year holidays. As per January 7, the total case reached 1,394.

Straits Times - January 8, 2022

Bali (Reuters) – Authorities on the Indonesian tropical island Bali released 33 endangered green sea turtles into the ocean on Saturday (Jan 8) in an effort to boost a population threatened by poachers and illegal traders.

Jakarta Post - January 8, 2022

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The Medan administration is on high alert after it detected a probable case of the highly transmissible COVID-19 Omicron variant, linked to a man from the United Kingdom who was part of an international airline cargo crew that transited in the North Sumatran city.

Tempo - January 8, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Lani Diana, Jakarta – Patients of Covid-19 Omicron variant in Jakarta per January 7, increased to 271 people from 252 on the previous day.

"Of the 271 infected people, 87.1 percent was international travelers," said Jakarta Health Department of disease prevention and control, Dwi Oktavia, in a written statement Friday, January 7.

Jakarta Post Editorial - January 8, 2022

Jakarta – The Jakarta-owned bus service Transjakarta has taken several tough measures after three of its buses crashed within a single day on Dec. 6, 2021.

Antara News - January 8, 2022

Muhammad Zulfikar, Raka Adji, Jakarta – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has urged the government to ratify the sexual violence bill (RUU TPKS) into law without delay.

"If the RUU TPKS is passed into law, it will become a benchmark for state officials to take actions," deputy chairman of Komnas HAM Amiruddin said here on Friday.

January 7, 2022

Channel News Asia - January 7, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia, the world's biggest thermal coal exporter, sent shockwaves through global energy markets this week by suspending exports of the fuel in January due to critically low coal supplies at domestic power plants.

Why did Indonesian authorities decide to act?

CNN Indonesia - January 7, 2022

Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) supports the move by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to revoke some 2,078 mining business permits which are inactive or "lying idle". This move however, is not enough.

Reuters - January 7, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesian officials aim to wrap up discussions at the weekend about whether to lift a ban on coal exports, after a minister declared an end to a domestic supply crisis that sent international prices higher this week.

Jakarta Globe - January 7, 2022

Whisnu Bagus Prasetyo, Jakarta – Sculptor Nyoman Nuarta's majestic design for the state palace in Indonesia's future capital city in East Kalimantan has gotten President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's approval.

Mongabay - January 7, 2022

Luh De Suriyani, M Ambari, Denpasar/Jakarta – The Indonesian government plans to have a network of dozens of villages with aquaculture farms by the end of the year, in a bid to spur the post-pandemic economic recovery by catering to global demand for farmed seafood.

Tempo - January 7, 2022

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Fayan Siahaan, the father of a victim in the 1997/1998 kidnappings and disappearances of activists, said the appointment of Major General Untung Budiharto as Jakarta Military Commander was a painful present in the new year of 2022. He claimed to have no idea about the decision made by Indonesian Military Commander General Andika Perkasa.

Antara News - January 7, 2022

Putu Indah, Raka Adji, Jakarta – There has been an increase in reports of sexual violence on campus, the National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) has revealed.

UCA News - January 7, 2022

Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – Floods and landslides in Jayapura, capital of Papua province, have killed seven people and displaced hundreds.

The National Disaster Management Agency said the floods and landslides were triggered by heavy rain accompanied by strong winds since Jan. 6 afternoon.

Asia Pacific Report - January 7, 2022

The Papuan People's Petition – "Petisi Rakyat Papua" – has called on the Indonesian government to release detained human rights advocate Victor Yeimo and to revoke the special autonomy law (version 2).