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October 24, 2020

International Christian Concern - October 24, 2020

Washington D.C. – A pastor named Yeremia Zanambani was killed on September 19, 2020, in Hitadipa, Papua.

Jakarta Post - October 24, 2020

Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – Foreign direct investment (FDI) picked up in the July to September period from the pandemic-induced declines recorded in the preceding two quarters.

Jakarta Post - October 24, 2020

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The Medan District Court in North Sumatra has acquitted Ebit Natalnael Simbolon, the director of the Simpang Tiga orphanage in Medan Petisah district, who was indicted of molesting a 14-year-old child under his care over the course of seven years.

October 23, 2020

Tempo - October 23, 2020

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) announced that it had sent a letter to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Friday, October 23, asking the President to discharge Attorney General Sanitiar Burhanuddin.

Tempo - October 23, 2020

Friski Riana, Jakarta – Fadli Zon, the House of Representatives (DPR) member from the Gerindra Party faction, opined that public criticism against the Omnibus Law on Job Creation should be directed at President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

Jakarta Post - October 23, 2020

Jakarta – The Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) has said that the radiation level in part of the Batan Indah housing complex in South Tangerang has returned to normal after radioactive material was discovered in an empty plot of land in the complex in February.

Jakarta Post - October 23, 2020

Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – A coalition of human rights groups have called on the government to reveal detailed information on the suspected killers of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Intan Jaya regency, Papua, after a state-formed fact-finding (TGPF) reportedly found indications of security forces' involvement.

Jakarta Post - October 23, 2020

Jakarta – The management of Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park in West Java has planned to report two male hikers to the police for allegedly taking nude photos of themselves within the park.

The Conversation - October 23, 2020

Jatna Supriatna – Intensified illegal logging and expansions of palm oil plantations and farms have destroyed rain forests on Indonesia's fourth-largest island, Sulawesi, threatening the biodiversity of a world-renowned laboratory of evolutionary biology.

Jakarta Globe - October 23, 2020

Heru Andriyanto & Maria Fatima Bona, Jakarta – The Indonesian government must not be in hurry to authorize the use of a vaccine against coronavirus until there is one with proven efficacy and safety, an epidemiologist has said.

Mongabay - October 23, 2020

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Activists have slammed one of the world's biggest pulp and paper companies for clearing peatland in Indonesia despite its zero-deforestation pledge. They say Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings Limited (APRIL) should have restored the previously burned area instead of cultivating it.

Tempo - October 23, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi asked his cabinet ministers to accelerate the development of the coal derivative industry in order to increase the added value of coal commodities, curb imports of industrial raw materials, and create job opportunities.

Jakarta Post - October 23, 2020

Jakarta – Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has claimed that he was the initiator of the Job Creation Law, saying that he believed the law was necessary to disentangle overlapping bureaucratic regulations.

Jakarta Post - October 23, 2020

Nina Loasana, Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto and his French counterpart Florence Parly are aiming to sign a defense cooperation agreement (DCA) before the end of this year to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Jakarta Post - October 23, 2020

Jakarta – The police have named three surviving miners suspects in the collapse of an unauthorized coal mine in Muara Enim regency, South Sumatra.

An unauthorized coal mine in Tanjung Lalang village in Muara Enim collapsed during heavy downpour on Wednesday. Eleven miners, who were working in a 20-meter deep tunnel in the mine, were killed during the incident.

Vice - October 23, 2020

Rosa Folia – Under a scorching sun, thousands of students and workers gathered in the Indonesian capital Jakarta this week to demand President Joko Widodo withdraw a controversial Jobs Creation Law that has sparked mass protests.

Jakarta Post - October 23, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is looking to recruit 100 investigation personnel to improve the antigraft body's law-enforcement resources.

Jakarta Post - October 23, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – The Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) has expressed its readiness to follow up on a request for witness protection following the shooting of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani in Intan Jaya, Papua, in September.

Jakarta Post - October 23, 2020

Novan Iman Santosa, Jakarta – Indonesia is the world's largest archipelagic country with some 17,000 islands and a vast maritime territory.

Jakarta Post - October 23, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia has seen a significant decrease in active COVID-19 cases, the National COVID-19 task force stated on Thursday.

Active cases are the number of confirmed cases minus the number of recovered cases and deaths. The statistic represents the number of cases still considered to be infectious.

Jakarta Post - October 23, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo called on ministers and regional leaders on Thursday to keep inflation in check and expedite stimulus spending in an effort to boost purchasing power amid the COVID-19-induced economic downturn.

Radio New Zealand - October 23, 2020

A British parliamentarian has told lawmakers in the UK parliament about racism faced by West Papuans in Indonesia.

Alex Sobel, who is the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on West Papua, was speaking during a discussion on Black History.

Sobel said the plight of West Papuans under Indonesian rule was rarely taught in British academic institutions or schools.

October 22, 2020

Tempo - October 22, 2020

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) has urged the government to take the shooting of Papuan pastor Yeremias Zanambani to civilian court trial if members of the National Armed Forces (TNI) are proven guilty in the pastor's death.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Yulia Savitri, Palembang – South Sumatra has extended the alert status for forest fires until the end of November despite the high intensity rainfall that the region has experienced since the start of the rainy season.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia needs broad-based tax reform to boost its revenue in the long run so that the country can minimize the impact of spending adjustments and fund its development projects, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Yet another draft version of the Job Creation Law has emerged, even after the House of Representatives handed over the supposed final 812-page draft to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Oct. 14.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – Coordinating Political, Legal and Human Rights Minister Mahfud MD has suggested that the solution to the ongoing violence in Papua is to send more security forces to the region and that Papuans in fact do not want the Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police withdrawn from the province.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Yulia Savitri, Palembang – An illegal coal mine in Tanjung Lalang village, Tanjung Agung district, Muaraenim regency, South Sumatra collapsed on Wednesday afternoon, killing 11 miners in the landslide.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Jakarta – As criticism mounts against the first year of President "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin's administration, Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko has come to the administration's defense, claiming that despite obstacles stemming from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the government has recorded several achievements.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Jakarta – The Banten administration has extended large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the province until Nov. 19, according to a recently issued gubernatorial decree.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The government has allocated Rp 2.6 trillion (US$177 million) to support pesantren (Islamic boarding schools) as part of the government's broader efforts to revive an economy battered by the coronavirus pandemic.

Coconuts Bali - October 22, 2020

A peaceful call to action in Bali protesting Indonesia's controversial new jobs creation law appears to have been hijacked by unknown parties calling for widespread violence, with police now getting involved to investigate further.

Tempo - October 22, 2020

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Muhammadiyah Secretary-General, Abdul Mu'ti, said that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo would not issue a government regulation in lieu of law that would revoke the newly-enacted Job Creation Law.

Tempo - October 22, 2020

Friski Riana, Jakarta – The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) maintains that the issue of gender equality remains to be a problem in the first year of the Jokowi-Ma'ruf Amin administration.

Kompas.com - October 22, 2020

Achmad Nasrudin Yahya, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia investigator Ari Pramuditya has criticised a recommendation by Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud MD to deploy more troops in Papua.

Mahfud's recommendation was to add more troops to areas in Papua which do not yet have pockets of military troops.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised concern over environmental protection – or the lack thereof – in the Job Creation Law, calling on the government to ensure sustainable growth.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Jakarta – Ahead of the upcoming long weekend, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has reminded travelers to ensure they have negative COVID-19 test results, especially for those who plan to use trains or airplanes.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – Jakarta has become the second region in the country to issue a COVID-19-related bylaw after the City Council and the administration agreed to endorse a set of provisions on Monday to penalize stigma-related noncompliance with COVID-19 policies.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Jakarta – The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) has said that gender inequality remains a major issue in the policies of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin in the first year of their administration.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Fadli, Batam – The Batam District Court in Riau Islands has sentenced PT Prima Makmur director Zazli bin Kamel to five years and six months' imprisonment, in addition to a Rp 1 billion (US$68,000) fine, for clearing 6 hectares of mangrove forest for the construction of residential areas.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has conveyed his disappointment over the bad press surrounding the Job Creation Law, blaming his Cabinet members for poor public relations regarding the controversial legislation product.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Jakarta – The Indonesian Indigenous Entrepreneurs Association (HIPPI) has predicted that the provincial minimum wage (UMP) for Jakarta will see no increase in 2021 following economic slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Jakarta – A lecturer at IPB University, the state-run agricultural university based in Bogor, West Java, has suggested an idea for building regional food security amid the coronavirus restrictions, which could disrupt supply and distribution.

Coconuts Jakarta - October 22, 2020

The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) is pretty much all of us right now, as it has urged the government to observe all due process for any COVID-19 vaccine candidate so it doesn't appear to be recklessly rushing to vaccinate the country.

Reuters - October 22, 2020

Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – Indonesian activists called on Thursday for deeper investigation into the killing of a Papuan pastor, a day after a top security official said a government fact-finding mission had found signs of possible involvement by state forces.

Tempo - October 22, 2020

Friski Riana, Jakarta – The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) opined that the Job Creation Law potentially lowers the rights of women workers both in the country and abroad.

Tempo - October 22, 2020

M Yusuf Manurung, Jakarta – The spokesperson of the Congress Alliance of Indonesian Labor Unions (KASBI), Nining Elitos, said members of the labor unions refuse to meet representatives from the Presidential Palace if the government does not change its views towards the omnibus law on job creation.

Jakarta Globe - October 22, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The total number of cured or discharged Covid-19 patients in Indonesia passed the 300,000 mark on Thursday, but the peak of new infections remains nowhere to be seen.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – The Indonesian Communion of Churches (PGI) and the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) have called on the government to further investigate the killing of Papuan pastor Yeremia Zanambani following the publication of a government-sanctioned joint fact-finding team report.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2020

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The pandemic and its economic consequences have prompted many countries to scale up their social assistance programs through a strong, digitized government-to-person payment system, a World Bank official has said.