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Soldiers search for more bodies in Aceh after 20 corpses found Soldiers and civilians worked Friday to recover more bodies from two mass graves in Indonesia's Aceh province, where the military is fighting a separatist insurgency, officials said. Twenty bodies were recovered earlier this week at two sites in the central Aceh villages of Guci and Krueng Pase, police say. Villagers have told authorities there may be as many as 300 bodies in the graves.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 28 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Japanese photographer arrested in Aceh Indonesian soldiers have detained a Japanese photographer in Aceh for allegedly working in the war-torn province without permission from authorities. Tadatomo Takagi, 25, was arrested in the north of the province late Thursday, said military spokesman Lt. Col. Ahmad Yani Basuki. It was not immediately clear who Takagi works for.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 28 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia warned of pollution peril Acid rain, hazardous dumping of industrial, fecal waste and other pollutants are having an alarming impact on Indonesia's environment and population, the World Bank reports.

Posted in Environment @ 25 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seizes terror suspects Indonesian police say they have arrested 10 members of the Islamic militant group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) suspected of a bombing campaign against churches and other crimes. Nineteen people were killed in the Christmas Eve 2000 bomb attacks in the cities of Medan and Pekanbaru on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


170 civilians reported killed in Aceh human rights group says more than 170 civilians have become casualties in the first month of Indonesia's military offensive against separatist rebels in Aceh province. The Commission on Missing Persons and Victims of Violence said 176 civilians in 12 districts in Aceh had become victims of "extrajudicial killings." It said another 150 civilians had either been arrested or assaulted while 15 others had gone missing.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Limited, but no ban on outside access Aceh The Indonesian Government has issued new rules restricting access by foreigners to Aceh, but has not imposed a feared complete ban. Under the terms of the decree by President Megawati Soekarnoputri released late on Tuesday, foreign and Indonesian aid organisations will be able to function in the province - which is under martial law - although they will be required to co-ordinate with the Ministry for People's Welfare in Jakarta.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 June 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcano erupts on Halmahera A volcano has erupted in eastern Indonesia, spewing dust as far as 60 kms, but no casualties have been reported, an official said on Wednesday. Mount Dukono erupted June 7 after releasing gases for three months, Syamsu Rizal, an official from Indonesia's Volcanology Agency said. The volcano is on the remote and sparsely populated island of Halmahera, about 2,600 kilometers northeast of Jakarta.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 June 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


F-16 jets used against separatists The Indonesian military has used two of its US-made F-16 jets as it stepped up its campaign against separatist forces in Aceh, although military officials yesterday denied reports they had bombed or fired on rebel hide-outs. Two other US-made aircraft, OV-10 Broncos, also were involved in the attacks, although air force spokesman Colonel Iskandar said he could not confirm reports they had fired 16 air-to-ground rockets in the operation.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans foreign tourists from Aceh Indonesia has banned foreign tourists from visiting war-torn Aceh while all other foreigners, including journalists, would need permission to visit the westernmost province. The ban comes after Indonesian troops shot dead a German tourist on June 4 when he did not identify himself to a night patrol. The curbs were outlined in a presidential decree, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters Tuesday. The decree took effect Monday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Train crashes into bus in Sragen, 15 die A passenger train slammed into a minibus carrying wedding guests in Indonesia on Monday, killing at least 15 people, officials said. Eight others were injured in the accident at a crossing near the central Javanese town of Sragen, said local railway official Priyadi, who goes by a single name. No train passengers were killed in the accident, the latest in a series of bloody crashes on Indonesia's underfunded rail network, he said.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






More refugees on move in Aceh, rebel toll tops 200 Indonesian security forces have killed more than 200 rebels in Aceh province since a fresh offensive to crush the separatists began four weeks ago, the military said Sunday. In a statement, the military said it had killed 202 members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) while 24 soldiers and policemen had lost their lives. Five civilians had also been killed, it said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In the early hours of 2003, the very early hours, I decided it was about time to expand my world of Indonesia on the world wide web. Since about 4 years I have maintained a Dutch links-website under Startpagina ( indonesie.pagina.nl, Startpagina.nl ). Iím doing fine with that one, collecting more and more visitors over the year. Most are still Dutch, and thatís the big reason why I made the second step in uniting the Indonesian-loving community in the Netherlands. I started a forum, which was offered by Startpagina for quite some time, but I didnít want to start because I was busy working on my websites.

Posted in General @ 15 June 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Timor troops to study in Indonesia East Timor's foreign minister said his country planned to send soldiers to study in Indonesia's military academies - the same ones that schooled the army which brutally occupied his nation. Jose Ramos-Horta's comments come as East Timor holds rights trials for abuses committed by Indonesian troops and its proxy militias before and after voters overwhelmingly approved its independence in a UN-sponsored referendum in 1999.

Posted in Military @ 14 June 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has the tools to beat radical Islam The flames of Islamic fundamentalism are not confined to the Middle East and Central Asia. Indonesia is increasingly in the news because of its large Muslim population, the rise of fundamentalist rhetoric and purported connections to international terrorism. The emergence of violent Muslim vigilante groups employing jihad rhetoric and mobilising followers for jihad is one of the most conspicuous new phenomena in Indonesian Islam.

Posted in Human rights @ 14 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cellular subscribers keep growing The number of cellular subscribers in Indonesia keeps growing and is expected to shoot up by 43 percent to 16.4 million by the end of 2003 from 11.4 million one year earlier, an industrial association forecast here. "Out of the total cellular market, operator Telekomsel holds a share of about 52 percent, Excelcomindo 16 percent and Satelindo along with Indosat 31 percent," Rudiantara, chairman of the Indonesian Cellular Phone Provider Association (ATSI), was quoted as saying by the daily Jakarta Post here Saturday.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Suspicious blast in Bali Police on Indonesia's Bali island are investigating an explosion at a trucking company contracted to US soft drink giant Coca-Cola, the district police chief said today. One truck was destroyed but nobody was hurt in the blast late Monday at the yard of the company close to the provincial capital, Denpasar, said Bali district police chief IB Astika. Astika said the truck company received a bomb threat via telephone last Friday, but declined to speculate on the cause of the explosion.

Posted in Violence @ 11 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


7 soldiers killed in fighting in Aceh Rebels shot and killed seven Indonesian soldiers in the fiercest fighting in Aceh province since the military launched an offensive there last month. Seven soldiers also were injured in the clashes late Monday and early Tuesday in Bireun district in the north of the province, said Lt. Col Firdaus Komarno, a spokesman. "This is the worst clash so far since the offensive (began)," Komarno said. He said he had yet to receive any reports on rebel casualties.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 10 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to close conflict-hit Aceh to foreigners Indonesian authorities are to close the conflict-hit province of Aceh to foreigners following the shooting of two German tourists last week, a report said Sunday. Security Minister Sudilo Bambang Yudhoyonom, speaking in northern Aceh's Lhokseumawe, said the move, to be made within two days, would protect foreigners and keep them away from military strikes on rebels, Media Indonesia reported.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 08 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia declares war on corruption A joke among MNCs says that there is little point pursuing Asian contracts without a sizeable chequebook. Greasing palms is a normal part of doing business. Indonesia regularly comes off worst in transparency and corruption surveys, but the countryís trade and industry minister, Ms Rini Soewandi, says a determined drive is underway to weed out corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN admits power reserves running thin State-owned electricity company PT PLN said that power reserves on Java and Bali had been depleted, but stopped short of saying there could be more blackouts in the future. Company president Eddie Widiono said that the current reserve margin had reached 28 percent, which is lower than the minimum reserve margin of 30 percent to avert power disruptions.

Posted in Power supply @ 05 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Army: 'Two germans shot in Aceh' Indonesia's military said on Thursday it had shot two Germans in rebellious Aceh province, killing one, after hearing reports from a villager of suspicious activity near a separatist stronghold. The shooting marks the first foreign casualties from a major Indonesian military offensive to crush rebels in Aceh that has claimed scores of lives.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 05 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's tourist arrivals down Tourist arrivals to Indonesia were down by a third in April from the previous month because of a regional slump in travel due to SARS fears, the country's statistics bureau said yesterday. The SARS virus has killed more than 771 people from more than 8300 infected worldwide. Most of the deaths have been in Asia, though Indonesia has reported only a handful of suspected cases and no fatalities.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hunt for Aceh separatises extends offshore Police in the Indonesian province of Aceh say they are hunting civilian activists suspected of supporting separatist rebels. They say activists who give support or assistance to the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) are violating the law and could face charges of subversion that carry the death penalty. The police claim many are student activists at an institute for religious sciences in Banda Aceh or members of non-governmental organisations.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 04 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Visa policy granted grace period The government is not postponing the new visa policy but is merely implementing a six-month transition period instead, spokesman Ade E. Dahlan for the Directorate General of Immigration at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights said on Monday. "Actually, the transition period has been in effect since late March, so it is not an extended delay," he told The Jakarta Post. The controversial decree on the new visa policy was signed on March 31 and will be implemented in September.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anger rises over Sweden's inaction against rebel Anger was rising in Indonesia Sunday against Sweden over the Scandanavian country's refusal to act on Jakarta's demand that it stop one of its citizens from leading an Aceh separatist group. The Indonesian government last month called on Stockholm to act against Hasan Tiro, who helped found the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) in 1976 and has since become a Swedish citizen.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 02 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Imam Samudra faces death sentence over terror charges Imam Samudra, the man who allegedly picked two nightspots packed with foreign tourists as the Bali bomb targets, went on trial on four terrorism charges on Monday and could face death by firing squad if convicted. "Allahu Akbar!" (God is Greatest) shouted Imam Samudra as he took his seat at a court in this Indonesian resort island, where 202 people from 21 countries were killed last October 12.

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Business as usual in the capital The Saturday market at Pasar Aceh Central here is bustling with shoppers buying fish, fruits, meat and vegetables. Except for two policemen directing traffic Ė consisting mostly of motorised tricycles and mini buses Ė there is no uniformed personnel at the market that is one of the liveliest spots in this capital of Aceh.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 June 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US warns Indonesia on US killings The United States said on Friday it had warned Indonesia "at the highest levels" that a failure by Jakarta to cooperate in solving the murder of two American teachers would seriously affect bilateral ties. Speaking with Indonesian Defence Minister Matori Abdul Djalil at his side, U.S. Deputy Defence Secretary Paul Wolfowitz also pressed Jakarta to ensure transparency in its military offensive in Aceh province and said independent monitoring should be allowed.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebel death toll reaches 100 Indonesia's military said today it had killed more than 100 suspected rebels in Aceh province during the first 13 days of its offensive to crush a long-running insurgency in the region. Soldiers shot three rebels in north and central Aceh yesterday, bringing to 101 the number of insurgents killed since the campaign was launched on May 19, Lieutenant Colonel Ahmad Yani Basuki said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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