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November 12, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Tempo - November 12, 2019

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Legal and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly denied that the government had demanded the Saudi Arabian government issue a letter banning the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab to return to Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Tempo - November 12, 2019

Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto said he would examine the claim voiced by the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab about the ban to return to Indonesia.

"I'll study it first," said the minister at Presidential Palace Complex, Jakarta, Tuesday, November 12.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Tempo - November 12, 2019

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – The communication and informatics ministry (Kominfo) initiated a partnership with 10 state-ministries and agencies to launch the aduanasn.id, a website that enables suspected radicalized state apparatus (ASN) to be reported.

The website is claimed to ensure that Pancasila (five state ideologies) is being upheld by state-apparatuses.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - November 12, 2019

Asni Ovier, Jakarta – The recent debacle over hoe imports in Indonesia offers valuable lessons for the local industry to create greater efficiency and better cross-sector coordination.

The fact that Indonesia still needs to import low-complexity items like the hoe from China and Japan has made President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo furious.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Nationalism & State Ideology
Jakarta Post - November 12, 2019

Jakarta – Twelve ministries and state institutions have teamed up to launch an online portal called aduanasn.id for complaints against "radical" or intolerant civil servants.

Communication and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate said the portal was part of the government's efforts to ensure that civil servants used the state ideology and the constitution as a touchstone.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Jakarta Post - November 12, 2019

Jakarta – The immigration office denied on Monday that the government had issued an order prohibiting Muslim cleric Habib Rizieq Shihab from returning to Indonesia, rejecting Rizieq's claim that he could not come home because of such an order.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - November 12, 2019

Jakarta – Jakarta City Council Speaker Prasetio Edi Marsudi has asked the city administration to stop cutting down trees on several sidewalks in the capital following complaints from residents over what happened to the trees on the sidewalks of Jl. Cikini Raya, Central Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Post - November 12, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The Journalist Safety Committee has said that the murders of Maratua Siregar and Maraden Sianipar in Labuhan Batu, North Sumatra, suspected to be related to palm oil, did not constitute violence against journalists because neither of the victims were journalists at that time.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
Jakarta Post Editorial - November 12, 2019

Jakarta – The government looks set to realize its plan to form two new provinces in Papua, or at least one of them, after hearing what it claims as "grassroots aspirations".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Tempo - November 12, 2019

Adam Prireza, Jakarta – The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) chairman of Sobri Lubis claimed that his side had obtained a recommendation letter from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, and so he did no longer need to renew the organization permit at Home Affairs Ministry.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
CNN Indonesia - November 12, 2019

Jakarta – The Papua Advocacy Team has protested the continued restrictions on access to six Papua activists who are being detained at the Mobile Brigade Command Headquarters (Mako Brimob) detention centre in Depok.

News ›› West Papua ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Tempo - November 12, 2019

Jayapura (Antara) – Papuan Customary figures demanded the government manage Lake Sentani like the management of Lake Toba in Medan, North Sumatra.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 12, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Laode M. Syarif said that his side had handled two corruption cases concerned by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

The cases were the corruption in the purchase of Agusta Westland AW101 helicopters and in Pertamina Energy Trading Limited or Petral.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - November 12, 2019

Ganug Nugroho, Surakarta – Wonogiri Regent Joko "Jekek" Sutopo has demanded a proper criminal investigation after six alleged rapists reportedly resolved their offense through compensating their victim with Rp 7.5 million (US$533.80) each.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - November 12, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo reported cases to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) that were left hanging, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD has claimed.

"The President has shown, delivered reports to the KPK on [...] cases that have never been solved," Mahfud said as quoted by kompas.com.

News ›› West Papua ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Post - November 12, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) lawmaker Jazuli Juwaini has asked Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto to pay closer attention to people entering Papua claiming to be missionaries.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Jakarta Post - November 12, 2019

Jakarta – A resident of Garut, West Java, was detained by the police on Saturday in relation to a mobile game application that contained insults to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - November 12, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo warned during a speech at the NasDem Party's anniversary celebration on Monday that he would "bite" anyone who stood in his way of addressing the country's problems.

"Don't try to stop me from resolving the problems I mentioned earlier. I will definitely bite [you] in my own way," Jokowi said as reported by tempo.co.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Bloomberg - November 12, 2019

In the Central Java province of Indonesia, amid a patchwork of rice fields and farms where sugar and indigo crops once dominated, garment factories are now bustling.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 12, 2019

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – The Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD said that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo ordered him to further strengthen the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Mahfud added that the President expected the anti-graft body to reveal major corruption cases as well.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Kompas.com - November 12, 2019

Kristian Erdianto, Jakarta – During a working meeting with the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission I, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto explained the concept of defense and security which he will pursue over the next five years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 12, 2019

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – PDIP politician Dewi Tanjung challenged the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) to show proofs that she spread hoaxes regarding the acid attack on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - November 12, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Vape continues to become a dilemma even though it is widely deemed by its users as a safer alternative compared to traditional smoking.

However, a new chapter in suppressing vape users continues as the Health Ministry's Disease Control and Prevention Director, Anung Sugihantoni, advising people against vaping.

November 11, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – There were at least 2,400 recorded cases of religious freedom violations in Indonesia in the past 12 years, a new study from the Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace has revealed.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
Antara News - November 11, 2019

Laily R and Genta Tenri Mawangi, Jakarta – The first pretrial hearing of the suspects accused of treason, including the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-West Papua) spokesperson Surya Anta, was delayed by two weeks by the South Jakarta city court, Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2019

Beritasatu, Jakarta – The General Elections Commission, or KPU, says there has been an increase in the number of women representatives in the national legislatures after the April 2019 election.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
CNN Indonesia - November 11, 2019

Jakarta – Scores of students from the United Student Front (FMB) held an action at the South Jakarta District Court on Monday November 11.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Tempo - November 11, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The National Awakening Party (PKB) deputy secretary-general Dita Indahsari considered President Joko Widodo or Jokowi's plan to add more seats for deputy ministers a political accommodation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Tempo - November 11, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Following a visit to the headquarters of state-owned weapons manufacturer PT Pindad, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto said the country's defense industry still lacked in many aspects.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2019

Heru Andriyanto, Robertus Wardi, Jakarta – Golkar Party Chairman Airlangga Hartarto said on Sunday that during nearly two years of his leadership he had brought the party to a commanding position at the national legislatures with the second-highest number of seats in the House of Representatives.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Jakarta Post - November 11, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has instructed his ministers to slash regulations for every new rule issuance, inspired by a story shared with him by US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross about President Donald Trump's deregulation agenda.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Reuters - November 11, 2019

Stanley Widianto and Jessica Damiana, Jakarta – The murder of two Indonesian activists, allegedly ordered by a palm oil businessman, highlights the threats faced by environmentalists, campaigners say.

Martua Parasian Siregar, 55, and Maraden Sianipar, 42, were found dead 10 days ago with multiple stab wounds near a palm plantation in the island of North Sumatra.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2019

Beritasatu, Jakarta – As many have expected, media magnate Surya Paloh was reelected chairman of the National Democratic Party by acclamation during the last day of its national congress at the Kemayoran Expo building in Central Jakarta on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
KBR - November 11, 2019

Muthia Kusuma, Jakarta – National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) Commissioner Choirul Anam has noted a number of reports related to alleged human rights violations involving the desecration of religion which have still not be resolved.

News ›› West Papua ›› Militarism & Security Approach
CNN Indonesia - November 11, 2019

Jakarta – A representative of the Islamic-based Justice and Prosperity Party (PKS), Jazuli Juwaini, has asked Defense Minister (Menhan) Prabowo Subianto to pay more attention to missionaries or religious leaders in Papua. He is claims to be concerned that these religious figures are actually carrying out a mission other than spreading religion.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 11, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) would examine the son of Legal and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly, Yamitema Tirtajaya Laoly, in the corruption case incriminating Medan Deputy Mayor Tengku Dzulmi Edin.

He would be examined as a witness for the suspect, Isya Ansyari who was the non-active head of Medan Public Works and Housing Office.

News ›› West Papua ›› Peace Talks & Dialogue with Jakarta
Tempo - November 11, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The National Police (Polri) announced they would put forth dialogue with Papua's religious and public figures ahead of the Free Papua Movement (OPM) anniversary on December 1.

"There will be no special security measure," said National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Mohammad Iqbal at the Polri criminal investigation agency's headquarters on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2019

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – Indonesia will start using a single set of data, instead of several compiled from many sources, for its food production and distribution next year to remove the main source of confusions and disagreements that often plagued policies of ministries and institutions in the past.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Jakarta Post - November 11, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) supports its East Java branch's advice for Muslims to avoid using greetings from other religions, saying the call was in line with guidelines in the Quran.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2019

Jakarta – North Sumatra Police say they are on a manhunt for three fugitives who are part of a conspiracy linked to a palm oil company to murder two journalists in Labuhan Batu, a district in North Sumatra.

News ›› West Papua ›› Militarism & Security Approach
Tempo - November 11, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Members of the House of Representatives' (DPR) Commission I asked for Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto to seriously handle the issues on Papua and West Papua.

House members from the Gerindra faction, Sugiono, maintained that the problems besetting the two regions not only involved security issues, but also those regarding people's welfare.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - November 11, 2019

Beritasatu.com, Jakarta – The Religious Affairs Ministry says it will revise the current religious studies curriculum and ban textbooks that propagate intolerant views at state-run schools in a move to curb creeping religious extremism in Indonesian society.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
Kompas.com - November 11, 2019

Walda Marison, Jakarta – The first pre-trial suit hearing involving Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) spokesperson Surya Anta Ginting and five other Papua activists charged with raising the Morning Star flag in front of the State Palace in late August has been postponed.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Tempo - November 11, 2019

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – The Palace balked at commenting the statement conveyed by the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab who said that Indonesian government demanded Saudi Arabia to ban him from returning to Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Tempo - November 11, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo officially urged state ministers to emulate the United States' policymaking, which he said involved retracting the previous set of ministerial decrees before introducing new ones.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - November 11, 2019

Jakarta – Amid ongoing efforts to secure electricity transmission lines around the country, state electricity giant PLN has employed a rather unorthodox strategy in Aceh.

The company is using tamed elephants to keep fellow members of their species, as well as other wild animals, from damaging transmission towers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
The Conversation - November 11, 2019

Jonathan D Smith – Young environmental activist Greta Thunberg's famous quote "listen to the scientists", during her meeting with the US Congress is a clarion call for policy-makers to take steps to save the planet.

The scientific consensus on the climate crisis and the need to take immediate action is clear. New reports are being released regularly.

November 10, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Jakarta Post - November 10, 2019

Jakarta – The East Java branch of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has issued a letter advising Muslims against using greetings from other religions, calling the practice a form of bid'ah (heresy).

In a letter dated Nov. 8, East Java MUI chairman Abdusshomad Buchori recommended that Muslims, especially policymakers, only use greetings of their own religion.

News ›› East Timor ›› UN Peacekeeping & Support Mission
Sydney Morning Herald - November 10, 2019

Michael Koziol – A legacy project of former prime minister Tony Abbott – an exhaustive official history of Australia's military operations in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq – is in danger of collapse amid claims that bureaucrats are trying to censor its first volume.

News ›› Indonesia ›› People & Places
Jakarta Post - November 10, 2019

Jakarta – Ever wondered how President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo got his now-ubiquitous nickname? The unlikely answer: from a French businessman.