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July 21, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
CNN Indonesia - July 21, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta provincial government plans to plant and establish mother-in-law tongue (lidah mertua) gardens at the mayor's office and local administrative offices to reduce pollution in Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - July 21, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – A civil society coalition of 49 environmental groups, including the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) and Greenpeace, launched a public awareness campaign highlighting the menace of single-use plastic bags by showcasing a plastic monster.

News ›› Indonesia ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Jakarta Globe - July 21, 2019

Robert Isidorus, Jakarta – An Indonesian soldier was killed in a separatist attack on the Yuguru River Bridge construction project in Nduga district, Papua, on Saturday.

The Indonesian Military (TNI) believes the gunmen acted under orders of Egianus Kogoya, leader of the military wing of the Free Papua Movement (OPM).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Straits Times - July 21, 2019

Jakarta (Bloomberg) – When Harijanto needed more workers to make Nike and Adidas sneakers at one of its factories outside the Indonesian capital Jakarta, he couldn't make the numbers work.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Jakarta Globe - July 21, 2019

Dina Fitri Anisa & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – James Riady, founder and chairman of Pelita Harapan University, expressed concern over asylum seekers' access to education and health care after speaking with several of them during a visit to a temporary shelter in Kalideres, West Jakarta, on Saturday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - July 21, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has urged all companies that produce plastic products to help clean up seas and oceans from plastic debris.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Post - July 21, 2019

Jakarta – The construction of a new observation tower near the offices of the South Tangerang administration has apparently irked local residents living nearby.

Residents of neighborhood unit (RT) 03 and 05 in community unit (RW) 04 Serua, Ciputat district have been affected by the construction following the closure of an access road to Jl. Adi Sengkong

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - July 21, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – As many as 1,048 people have registered to join a parade rejecting single-use plastic bags in Jakarta Sunday. The parade will start at 06:00 a.m. and end at 10:00 a.m., with the participants marching from Hotel Indonesia (HI) roundabout to the National Monument (Monas) Square.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Tempo - July 21, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – As the search for Mega Tug Boat's four missing crew members is still under way, the Search and Rescue (SAR) Office in Pontianak, West Kalimantan Province, was reported that MV Arta Jaya carrying 25 passengers aboard has sunk around the waters of Tanjung Sambar, Ketapang District in the province.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Suara.com - July 21, 2019

Supriyadi – The Depok municipal Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) has tabled a draft regional regulation (Raperda) against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT). Loosing Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto's Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) is at the forefront of the anti-LGBT fight in Depok.

July 20, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Conversation - July 20, 2019

Juhri Selamet – Indonesia's Ministry of Environment and Forestry has failed to communicate the risk of air pollution in the capital, Jakarta, and surrounding areas.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - July 20, 2019

Jakarta – West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has made plans to allocate Rp 240 billion (US$17.24 million) to disentangle Depok city's infamous traffic congestion.

Ridwan said the budget would be used to build an overpass and underpass across the Citayam railway crossing and Jl. Dewi Sartika, which is notorious for severe congestion.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fishing & Maritime Affairs
Jakarta Post - July 20, 2019

Jakarta – Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has said Indonesia's waters will have more plastics than fish by 2030 if the country does not take action to tackle the marine debris problem.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Tribune News - July 20, 2019

Rizal Bomantama, Jakarta – Indonesian Child Protection Agency (KPAI) Commissioner for Education Affairs, Retno Listyarti, has revealed that the cases of sexual violence in schools in 2019 were dominated by teachers and school principles.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Language & Culture
The Diplomat - July 20, 2019

Nick Rodway and Grace Dungey – In a time of near universal dependence on the English language, it is all too easy to dismiss the importance of linguistic diversity across the globe. This diversity, however, is under threat.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Tempo - July 20, 2019

Irsyan Hasyim, Depok – The Depok Love Society has questioned the urgency of planned deliberations on an Anti-Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Draft Regional Regulation or Raperda Anti-LGBT by the Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) which was proposed by the Depok municipal government (pemkot).

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
Tabloid JUBI - July 20, 2019

Benny Mawel, Jayapura – West Papua National Committee (KNPB) congratulate Mr Benny Wenda for receiving the Freedom of Oxford City Council. The organisation that always support his agenda in the UK by organising series of peaceful demonstrations throughout West Papua declared that this award is a recognition of West Papuans' struggle for self-determination.

July 19, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Globe - July 19, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia must pass the new land bill into law to give investors legal certainty and avoid conflict with indigenous communities, experts say.

Deliberations on the land bill may be delayed indefinitely after the special committee in the House of Representatives tasked with drafting it signaled that there are various complex issues that must be accommodated.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Tempo - July 19, 2019

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – PKB and Golkar are not the only parties eyeing the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker position. Gerindra also has the ambition to have that position given to its politician.

Gerindra DPD chairman Sodik Mudjahid claims that giving the position to his party is part of the 'reconciliation spirit' after the presidential election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - July 19, 2019

Jakarta – A lawmaker's revival of an idea to build a nuclear power plant in Indonesia has triggered public debate over the pros and cons of the technology, particularly about its safety and efficiency.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - July 19, 2019

Jakarta – The removal of a bamboo art installation titled Getah Getih from near the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle on Wednesday has left an empty spot in the area.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
YNet News - July 19, 2019

Despite the dangers and despite the fact that is not easy being Jewish in Indonesia – the largest Muslim country in the world – two members of the Torat Chaim community in the north of the country dared to visit Israel to study Judaism at the Machanayim Yeshiva operated by the Ohr Torah Stone Modern Orthodox movement.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Jakarta Post - July 19, 2019

Jakarta – Businessman Tomy Winata is apologizing for one of his lawyers who allegedly assaulted two judges during a court session in Central Jakarta on Thursday.

Tomy's spokesperson Hanna Lilies said the tycoon was surprised and regrets the attack took place.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
SBS News - July 19, 2019

Nick Baker – A series of marital rape cases have made headlines in Indonesia this month, with activists demanding the country better address this "hidden" crisis.

This week, a woman in West Java attacked her husband with an axe after he constantly demanded sex, despite her only giving birth two months ago.

News ›› West Papua ›› Infrastructure & Development
KBR - July 19, 2019

Siti Sadida Hafsyah, Jakarta – Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) researcher Cahyo Pamungkas says that the Trans Papua Highway has yet to bring any benefits to the Papuan people.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Globe - July 19, 2019

Thresa Sandra Desfika, Jakarta – Garuda Indonesia has dropped its defamation charge against a local vlogger who posted a photo on social media of a handwritten menu he was handed in business class.

The photo, accompanied by the caption "The menu is still being printed, sir," quickly went viral and caused a major public relations disaster for the flag carrier.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Jakarta Post - July 19, 2019

Jakarta – The government is considering whether or not to extend the mass organization permit for the Islam Defenders Front (FPI), a hard-line group with a controversial track record. Its permit expired last month.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
Jakarta Globe - July 19, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Indonesian Navy Chief Admiral Siwi Sukma Adji met his Australian counterpart Vice Admiral Michael Joseph Noonan in the Australian capital Canberra on Friday.

During their meeting, the two Navy chiefs agreed people-to-people contact will be paramount in boosting understanding and cooperation between the two neighboring countries.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Literature & The Arts
Jakarta Post - July 19, 2019

Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo promised to allocate eternal funds to support the development of the country's arts and creative industry in next year's state budget, Indonesian musicians and celebrities said after a meeting with the country's leader, recently.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - July 19, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has given the National Police a deadline of three months to discover who attacked the Corruption Eradication Commission's (KPK) senior investigator, Novel Baswedan, with acid two years ago, which still remains a mystery despite a six-month probe by a special fact-finding team.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Post - July 19, 2019

Jakarta – The Mesuji Police have confiscated a range of weapons, including firearms and sharp objects, from the Register 45 plantation area in Mekar Jaya Abadi, Mesuji, Lampung, following a deadly clash that claimed at least four lives on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Channel News Asia - July 19, 2019

Nivell Rayda, Jakarta – The moment Leona set foot in Jakarta – a bustling metropolis of 10 million residents – she knew that she had a lot of adjusting to do.

The Bali native could deal with the heat and Jakarta's notorious traffic congestion. However, the smog and dust in the environment was something else.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Radio New Zealand - July 19, 2019

An aid group says at least 139 people have died in displacement camps in the highlands of West Papua.

But the Indonesian military has disputed the figures in the region plagued by conflict between separatist rebels and the state.

By all accounts, the conflict in Papua's Nduga regency has killed dozens since December, forcing many more to flee for their lives.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Globe - July 19, 2019

Bayu Marhaenjati & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Jakarta Police handed over more than 300 people suspected of being involved in isolated riots in Jakarta in May to state prosecutors on Friday, after the Jakarta Prosecutors' Office decided to accept 106 cases against them."A total of 106 case dossiers that we submitted to the Jakarta Prosecutors' Office have been accepted.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - July 19, 2019

Jakarta – Non-biodegradable waste has been found clogging sewer pipes in Mega Kuningan, one of the Jakarta's most high-end business districts.

The Mega Kuningan business district in South Jakarta is home to many foreign embassies, offices and hotels.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Tempo - July 19, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The Law and Human Rights Ministry's director-general of immigration Ronny Franky Sompie said that there are no rules that prevent Rizieq Shihab from returning to his home country. They added that the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) leader can return to Indonesia any time he wants.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - July 19, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA) welcomes the government's plan to revise Energy and Mineral Resources Ministerial Decree No. 27/2006 to allow investors to access Indonesia's oil and gas data for free.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Jakarta Post - July 19, 2019

Jakarta – The Garuda Indonesia Workers Union [Sekarga] has revoked a police report it filed against YouTube content creators Rius Vernandes and Elwiyana Monica for posting a photo of a flight menu written on a piece of paper in an Instagram Story.

They were reported to the police for allegedly defaming the national flag carrier.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Reuters - July 19, 2019

Jakarta – Thousands of people in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua have been displaced by fighting between soldiers and separatists, and at least 139 of them have died from malnutrition and disease, an aid group said on Thursday.

But the Indonesian military disputed the figures for deaths and displaced issued by the Solidarity Team for Nduga aid group.

News ›› East Timor ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Star Observer - July 19, 2019

Andrew M Potts – East Timor, also known as Timor Leste, has celebrated LGBTQI pride for a third year in a row, with a Pride March taking place in the capital, Dili, on July 12.

An estimated 3,000 people took part in the "Marsa Diversidade" (Diversity March), six times the number of people who took part in the first East Timor Pride Parade in 2017.

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
Radio New Zealand - July 19, 2019

Indonesia has condemned the Oxford City Council for its recognition of West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda.

Mr Wenda was given the Honorary Freedom of the City during a ceremony at the Oxford Town Hall on Wednesday.

The chairman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua was granted political asylum in the UK in 2002.

July 18, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - July 18, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – Hendardi, a member of the fact-finding team (TGPF) assigned to uncover Novel Baswedan's attacker said the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) senior investigator had demanded unfulfillable requirements as he was asked for leads to the case.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Globe - July 18, 2019

Jakarta – Bank Indonesia cut its benchmark interest rate by 25 basis points to 5.75 percent on Thursday in anticipation of expected policy easing by the United States and other developed countries.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - July 18, 2019

Bambang Nurbianto, Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati says the slow growth of tax revenues in the first half of 2019 was caused by the implementation of a tax refund acceleration policy that required the government to spend much more money.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - July 18, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency's acting head, Subejo, has said the capital needs more fire stations, considering the significant number of fires in the capital.

The agency recorded that last month alone, there were 159 fires in the capital. The number is relatively high compared to May, which recorded 137 cases, while April saw 122 cases and 133 in March.

News ›› West Papua ›› International Solidarity
Kumparan - July 18, 2019

The Oxford City Council in Britain has awarded United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) chairperson Benny Wenda the Honorary Freedom of the City accolade for his fight for West Papuan self-determination. The Indonesian government has slammed the award.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
CNN Indonesia - July 18, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has officially signed Presidential Regulation Number 42/2019 on Two Revisions to Presidential Regulation Number 10/2010 on the Organisational Structure of the Indonesian Military (TNI). The presidential regulation (perpres) was signed and came into force on July 3.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Human Rights Watch Dispatches - July 18, 2019

Andreas Harsono – Indonesian police last week senselessly detained and charged a woman with a mental health condition with blasphemy after she entered a mosque in Bogor, a Jakarta suburb, wearing shoes and accompanied by her dog.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Tempo - July 18, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – A West Sumatra University fisheries and mainland fisheries academic announced that a number of fish species endemic to Indonesia are swimming to the verge of extinction due to environmental pollution.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Post - July 18, 2019

Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – Four people died while seven others were injured in a bloody clash in Mesuji, Lampung, the local police said on Thursday.

Mesuji Police chief Sr. Comm. Edi Purnomo said the clash happened at 2 p.m. in the Register 45 plantation area, which belongs to the Mekar Jaya Abadi Group.