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Chairman: 'Human rights violations by the state decreasing' Indonesian Constitutional Court (MK) Chairman Mahfud MD has stated that human rights violations by the state have drastically reduced since the reform era. "Now, such violations of human rights occur only sporadically and on a small scale, usually committed by the regional apparatus," he said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Human rights @ 26 December 2012 10:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Activists urge economic development for Papua Indonesia needs to boost economic development in Papua, human rights activists say, a day after thousands in the restive region rallied for independence.

Posted in Human rights @ 05 August 2011 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HRW: Larger awareness for human rights concerns in Indonesia Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should raise military accountability for abuses, freedom of expression, and the rights of religious minorities during her visit to Indonesia from Thursday through Sunday.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 July 2011 03:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to implement UN resolution on women The government of Indonesia on Monday announced it will soon implement the United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security, the country's Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Human rights @ 14 March 2011 16:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police thwart people smuggling effort News Agency Antara reports that the Bali police successfully thwarted an effort to smuggle more than 50 people originating from the Middle East to Australia via Bali and Madura. "The were 52 immigrants from the Middle East who we taken into custody near Kubu, Karangasem on Saturday night, February 20th," said the director of the Bali Water Police, Agus Doeta Supranggono.

Posted in Human rights @ 28 February 2011 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Indonesian soldiers face jail over torture video A prosecutor asked the Jayapura Military Court in Indonesia's Papua Province on Thursday to sentence three soldiers for torturing two Papuans, local daily The Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Human rights @ 21 January 2011 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US-backed elite Indonesian forces target churchmen and civilians A leading churchman in West Papua has called on President Obama to withdraw US cooperation with Indonesia’s elite ‘Kopassus’ forces, after finding himself on a military ‘enemies’ list. Kopassus soldiers murdered a previous ‘enemy’, Papuan leader Theys Eluay, in 2001.

Posted in Human rights @ 08 December 2010 11:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four Indonesian soldiers sentenced for abusing Papuans Four Indonesian soldiers on Thursday were sentenced from five to seven months in prison after a video showed them torturing locals from the eastern island of Papua, an Indonesian military court said.

Posted in Human rights @ 12 November 2010 10:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says Papuan torture video is authentic Indonesian authorities on Friday said the torture video against two residents of Papua is authentic and shows members of the country's military, officials said.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights group: 'video shows Indonesian military torturing Papuans' Recent video footage from Indonesia's West Papua allegedly show the torture of indigenous Papuans by the Indonesian military, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said on Monday.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 October 2010 01:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






NGOs push for stronger child protection laws Millions of Indonesian children remain vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and discrimination because the government has not prioritised children’s rights, says a coalition of NGOs. On 25 May, the National NGO Coalition for Child Rights Monitoring launched its review report on the implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) between 1997 and 2009, making a number of recommendations to better protect Indonesian children.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 June 2010 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HRW: 'Prosecute abusive soldiers in civilian courts' The Indonesian parliament should enact a pending bill that would permit civilian authorities to investigate and prosecute soldiers responsible for crimes against civilians, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to a key lawmaker released today.

Posted in Human rights @ 24 April 2010 03:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Child labor in Cirebon tea processing plant The Commission for the Protection of Children in Indonesia (KPAI) has reported the owner of PT Hutan Unggul Persada, Johanes, because of the exploitation of some 90 children still in their teens. They were put to work in the factory to produce tea of the brand Jangkar. A representative of KPAI, Masnah Sari, said that he reported the findings to the Cirebon police yesterday.

Posted in Human rights @ 16 January 2010 02:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nicolaas Jouwe: 'Papua is an integral part of Indonesia' Nicolaas Jouwe (85), the founder of the Organisation for an Independent Papua, Organisasi Papua Merdeka or OPM, has said that Papua now is a part of the unitary state of Indonesia. He also apologises for the violence he ordered against the Indonesian army and the police. Jouwe also said that he had already forgiven the violence of the Indonesian army in the region where he was born.

Posted in Human rights @ 12 January 2010 06:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua separatist Kelly Kwalik killed by police Kelly Kwalik, the leader of the separatist movement in the easternmost region of Papua in Indonesia has been shot dead by the Indonesian police in a shootout. Kwalik was shot when he tried to escape during a police raid in the town of Timika in the province. Kwalik was on the most-wanted list in Indonesia for many years.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 December 2009 02:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Over 400 illegal TKI sent home by Malaysia Just over 400 illegal TKI (Indonesian Overseas Workers) have been sent back from Malaysia because they lacked the proper documents. They were sent to Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta. All of the 407 deported Indonesians didn't have a passport. Some of the illegal overseas workers now say that they have been abused by the Malaysian police.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 December 2009 07:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau police stops 60 TKI from being sent abroad The police in the Riau Archipelago has successfully stopped 60 soon-to-be TKI (Indonesian Overseas Workers) that were about to be sent to Malaysia illegally. When the police came into action, some 60 people were safeguarded from being sent abroad. They were already in the international harbour of Batam Center, waiting for their boat to arrive.

Posted in Human rights @ 27 November 2009 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tough laws needed to curb people-smuggling Indonesia has become a key transit point for illegal migrants in the region, but efforts to curb people-smuggling are being hampered by a dearth of stringent laws to punish offenders, officials say. Eko Daniyanto, head of the people-smuggling unit for the Indonesian national police, said international people-smuggling syndicates had operated in Indonesia since 2005.

Posted in Human rights @ 19 November 2009 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trafficking fuels commercial sex work Among the alleyways of Dolly, in Indonesia's second-largest city, it is not difficult to find thousands of young women lured by the prospects of a better life working as commercial sex workers (CSWs). "I never chose to be a prostitute. It just happened," Isah, 19, told, describing her tenure in one of Southeast Asia's largest commercial sex venues.

Posted in Human rights @ 11 August 2009 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesian authorities plan uniforms for accused corruptors There is growing criticism of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's decision not to dismiss two senior ministers, implicated in a Bank Indonesia corruption scandal. The situation has been further complicated in recent weeks by allegations that the father-in-law of President Yudhoyono's eldest son was approving the bribes.

Posted in Human rights @ 13 August 2008 15:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Release peaceful demonstrators in Papua The Indonesian government should immediately release more than a dozen Papuans detained for raising the Papuan "Morning Star" flag in Fakfak, a major city in western Papua, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on the Indonesian government to launch an investigation into the excessive use of force by the Indonesian police, who beat and kicked the activists during the arrests on July 19, 2008. "Once again, the Indonesian authorities have stopped Papuans from peacefully expressing their political views," said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "The police should not resort to violence to suppress political activism."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla: 'Movie sensorship board still needed' Vice-President Jusuf Kalla has stressed that the Movie Sensor Board is still needed. According to the vice-President, the creativity and the right to make movies will still be limited by human rights regulations of other people and the regulations as they exist in the 1945 Constitution of Indonesia. "The message from the vice-President is that the Movie Sensor Board is still very much needed," said the head of the board, Titie Said after a meeting with Kalla at the presidential palace in Jakarta earlier today.

Posted in Human rights @ 21 July 2008 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia 'regrets' Timor atrocities President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has endorsed a truth commission report stating his country was to blame for gross human rights abuses against the Timorese in 1999. But he has stopped short of a formal apology and rejected prosecuting those responsible.

Posted in Human rights @ 15 July 2008 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia frees 312 inmates on Christmas day Indonesia has freed 312 inmates on Christmas for good behaviour, a government official said. About another 7,500 received reductions in their sentences ranging from 15 days to two months, Mohammad Syueib of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights told Elshinta news radio.

Posted in Human rights @ 25 December 2007 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Plonco, Ospek, Hazing The death of IPDN student Cliff Muntu is not surprising. In Indonesia, seniority is very much embedded into local education culture. I began to sense this when I enter junior high school, and as I moved up onto higher education in Indonesia, the sense of seniority is felt even more.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pressure to cancel the 'Honoris Causa Award' for Jakarta governor Open Letter to the Rector and Students Senate of the Diponegoro University in Semarang

Posted in Human rights @ 06 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Gay NGO worker and partner tortured, sexually abused in Aceh' A 32-year-old GO worker and his partner from the same sex were allegedy brutally tortured and sexually abused by the police in Banda Aceh while in custody last January. This was said by the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). AHRC has named the NGO officials as Hartayo and Bobby. The motive behind the detention, torture and sexual abuse is because they are homosexuals, says AHRC in an 'urgent action' appeal.

Posted in Human rights @ 18 March 2007 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 reactions


'No abolishment of capital punishment for drug offenses' The government strongly rejects any proposals to abolish capital punishment for drug offenses on the ground of respect for human rights as all forms of criminal actions are in fact violations of these rights, as was said by Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh. Saleh said this at the session of the Constitutional Court in Jakarta to hear several of the cases of drug offenders sentenced to death who had filed requests for a review of articles mandating the death sentence.

Posted in Human rights @ 16 March 2007 18:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: free political prisoners in Papua At least 18 Papuans are serving sentences in Indonesian jails simply for peaceful acts of freedom of expression and opinion, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Such imprisonment violates international law and Indonesia's international legal obligations. The 42-page report, "Protest and Punishment: Political Prisoners in Papua," documents how the Indonesian government continues to use the criminal law to punish individuals who peacefully advocate for independence in the eastern Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Irian Jaya (hereafter referred to as Papua). All the prisoners have been convicted for treason or spreading hatred against the government, for nonviolent activities such as flag-raising, or attendance at peaceful meetings on self-determination options for Papua.

Posted in Human rights @ 22 February 2007 04:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government should pull military out of business The Indonesian government should end military ownership of businesses without further delay, Human Rights Watch said today as it launched the 159-page Indonesian translation of a study on military self-financing in Indonesia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 February 2007 06:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Domestic workers In Indonesia subject to beatings and rape A new Amnesty International report alleges domestic workers in Indonesia face withheld wages, workdays of up to 22 hours, beatings, sexual violence and forced confinement. The report also says attempts by the government to address the problem are falling short, leaving millions of women vulnerable to abusive employers.

Posted in Human rights @ 15 February 2007 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia frees activist murder suspect The only suspect in the poisoning death of Indonesia's most prominent human rights activist was freed from prison after receiving a month's reduction in his sentence as part of Christmas celebrations, a prison official said Tuesday. Pollycarpus Priyanto, a 45-year-old pilot, was originally sentenced to 14 years on charges of putting a fatal dose of arsenic in Munir Thalib's food while the human rights campaigner was on a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam two years ago.

Posted in Human rights @ 26 December 2006 12:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Iris scanner at Jakarta airport speeds travel for some Iris scanners at Indonesia's main international airport will reduce the time travelers spend in immigration lines to just 10 seconds - but only for those willing to pay the US$200 yearly fee. The "Saphire" program, which kicked off this week and is not offered anywhere else in Asia, is for convenience not security, Angkasa Pura Schiphol, the Dutch-Indonesian joint venture which developed the system, said in a statement.

Posted in Human rights @ 26 December 2006 02:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adrianus Meliala: Pushing for reform of Indonesian police Asked about the progress of police reform in Indonesia, criminologist and police analyst Adrianus Eliasta Sembiring Meliala said that it was obvious, but the direct benefit for citizens would not be realized in one night.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush faces rising anti-U.S. sentiment in predominantly Muslim Indonesia A politically weakened U.S. President George W. Bush will face anger over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he visits mostly Muslim Indonesia on Monday for talks aimed at broadening ties with a strategic ally in the war on terror. Islamic groups have vowed to disrupt Bush's brief stop in the country, which is also seen in Washington as a key counterbalance to China's emerging economic and military might in Southeast Asia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 November 2006 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia agonises over search for clean judges Achmad Ali shifted uncomfortably, constantly adjusting his collar as he was interviewed by the Indonesian Judicial Commission about joining the nation's highest legal body, the Supreme Court. Like most Indonesians, the university law school dean is an avid user of SMS phone messaging. Commission members were complaining about being besieged by pleas to ignore reports that Mr Ali was under investigation for embezzling law school funds.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 November 2006 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Administrations identify newcomers as source of problems In spite of widespread criticism, the administrations of Jakarta, Tangerang and Depok continue to insist identity checks are the key to limiting rural-urban migration. The three neighboring administrations plan to carry out door-to-door checks for individuals without ID cards issued by their city of residence.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 November 2006 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects inquiry call over activist poisoning The defence minister today rejected calls for a UN inquiry into the death of Indonesia's leading human rights activist, amid mounting pressure on authorities following the acquittal of the only suspect in the poisoning death. Munir Said Thalib, who gained a reputation for exposing abuses by the Indonesian military in the late 1990s, was given a massive overdose of arsenic on a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam in 2004.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 November 2006 14:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto's son released from jail Former Indonesian president Suharto's youngest son was conditionally released from jail on Monday, after serving a third of his original sentence for plotting the murder of a Supreme Court judge. Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra was sentenced to 15 years for paying a hitman to kill the judge and other offences, but that was reduced to 10 years on appeal and further sliced by a series of holiday "remissions".

Posted in Human rights @ 30 October 2006 11:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


'Yudhoyono faltering on Human Rights' After two years at the helm, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has drawn praise for ending the 30-year war in Aceh. Yet, human rights activists do not share the same enthusiasm when it comes to reforming the powerful military and solving human rights cases.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2006 04:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia moves to lengthen jail terms Jemaah Islamiah terrorists and Australian drug offenders will spend more years in jail with Indonesia deciding to curtail their sentence remissions. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has approved regulations forcing all terrorists, drug offenders and prisoners convicted of several other serious crimes to serve at least two-thirds of their original sentences. They will not be eligible for regular remissions issued to other prisoners until they have served at least a third of their jail terms.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 October 2006 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilot acquitted in activist murder The Supreme Court of Indonesia has acquitted the only person convicted in the murder of leading Indonesian human rights activist in 2004, the Antara news agency reported Wednesday. A Supreme Court spokesman said he had not seen the ruling and could not immediately confirm the report. The court does not have a set system for announcing decisions to the public.

Posted in Human rights @ 05 October 2006 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Stop abusive forced evictions of urban poor in Jakarta The Jakarta regional government has been forcibly evicting tens of thousands of the capital's urban poor from their homes, often leaving them homeless and destitute, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The 115-page report, "Condemned Communities: Forced Evictions in Jakarta," describes the government's excessive use of force to clear out urban slums.

Posted in Human rights @ 07 September 2006 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New system detects 1,800 fake passports The government has detected some 1,800 cases of passport fraud since it implemented the new biometric passport system earlier this year, immigration officials said Wednesday. Justice and Human Rights Ministry spokesman Taswem Tarib said officials had found 181 attempts to duplicate passports from June 12-16.

Posted in Human rights @ 29 June 2006 19:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bashir to be freed within days An Indonesian militant cleric jailed in connection with a 2002 Bali bombing will be free in a week, said a top Indonesian official. Indonesia's Justice and Human Rights Minister Hamid Awaluddin said Tuesday that Abu Bakar Bashir, 68, would be released on June 14. Bashir has served 26 months of a 30-month sentence after being convicted of conspiracy in the nightclub bombing that killed 202 people, including two Canadians.

Posted in Human rights @ 07 June 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia remembers downfall of Suharto Protesters wearing Suharto masks demanded the ailing former dictator face trial Sunday, the eighth anniversary of the massive pro-democracy demonstrations that ousted him. Suharto, 84, remained in the hospital following colon surgery two weeks ago to stem intestinal bleeding. Doctors said Sunday that the former strongman, who has been weakened by several strokes, was recovering, but remained seriously ill.

Posted in Human rights @ 21 May 2006 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Makeup led to woman's branding as prostitute Every humiliating moment of that day is etched in Lilies Lindawati's memory. She still smarts at the indignity of being branded a prostitute as she stood before a jeering crowd in a "show trial" for Tangerang's new prostitution bylaw. "I felt like I was being raped in front of those people who laughed at me after the judge ruled I was a prostitute, simply because the law and order officers found a makeup compact and a lipstick in my bag," a tearful Lilies told The Jakarta Post in her rented home in Tangerang.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 May 2006 09:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 95 reactions


Anti-discrimination law to be introduced A new citizenship bill will eliminate the ethnic and racial discrimination that exists in Indonesia's current law, the Jakarta post daily on Thursday quoted a legislator as saying. Lawmaker Slamet Effendy Yusuf, who heads a working team to discuss the final form of the bill, said on Wednesday the House of Representatives would revise Law No. 62/1958 on citizenship, which was widely deemed "discriminatory, not respecting human rights and gender-biased".

Posted in Human rights @ 09 February 2006 17:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Govt condemns publication of prophet's caricatures Indonesia, which has the biggest Muslim population in the world, Saturday condemned the publication of caricatures of Prophet Muhammad by a Danish newspaper late last year and their reprint in several Western European countries recently. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, leader of 212 million people, said the publication of the caricatures clearly showed insensitivity towards the views and faiths of other religions.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 February 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 58 reactions


Papua refugees charge Indonesia with genocide Indonesia has denied claims by asylum-seekers in Australia that genocide was taking place in the remote Indonesian province of Papua. The claim came from a group of more than 40 Papuans who fled their homes by boat last week, and then disappeared for several days before landing in tropical northern Australia.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 January 2006 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pilot jailed for murder of activist A Jakarta court on Tuesday sentenced an off-duty Indonesian pilot to 14 years in jail for planning the murder of a top human rights activist during a flight on the national carrier Garuda last year. Human rights groups have said the trial over the killing of Munir Thalib was a litmus test of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's promise to build a more open and accountable Indonesia after decades of authoritarian rule and rights abuses.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 December 2005 08:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


KPU chairman gets 7 years General Elections Commission (KPU) chairman Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years in jail for corruption in a high profile case that could eventually implicate other prominent figures, including some close to the administration. The verdict against Nazaruddin, a former leading political scientist at the prestigious University of Indonesia, came after he successfully led the poll body through the country's first ever direct presidential election last year, which saw President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's rise to power on antigraft promises.

Posted in Human rights @ 15 December 2005 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Papua residents told not to celebrate 'independence day' Papua Governor JP Solossa on Wednesday told residents not to celebrate the self-declared independence anniversary of Papua on Dec. 1. "All residents should go about their day as usual. Do not be provoked by groups that are planning to commemorate Papua's 'independence'," Solossa said. He was speaking after the West Papua Liberation Front announced plans to mark the 43rd anniversary of Papua's self-declared independence with a prayer service.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 December 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freedom of speech showing strain in the new Indonesia When 76-year-old Professor Winarno Surachmad shuffled before 30,000 of his former teaching colleagues to pour out his poem about the woes of the education system, he drew the wrath of Indonesia's Vice-President, Jusuf Kalla. Mr Kalla scowled at lines, among them: "When rhinos and komodo are protected, teachers are just neglected."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 November 2005 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia deploys British arms against protesters British military equipment is being used by the Indonesian authorities against civilians in remote parts of the country. Despite promises by Foreign Office ministers that UK arms exported to the country are not used for internal repression, a photograph seen by The Observer shows a British-made Tactica water cannon vehicle deployed in the troubled eastern province of West Papua.

Posted in Human rights @ 27 November 2005 11:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh prisoners who didn't escape during tsunami rewarded The government of Indonesia has decided to reward the prisoners in Aceh who chose not to escape from their jails when they were destroyed during last December's tsunami, by having their sentences halved. To mark the country's independence day on August 17, Indonesia's justice and human rights minister, Hamid Awaluddin, has said 300 prisoners in the Aceh province will be rewarded in this way, according to a Radio Australia report.

Posted in Human rights @ 05 August 2005 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christians face proselytism charges in Indonesia Three evangelical women in Indonesia are facing charges which could to prison for allegedly contravening a law against “Christianisation”. They have been accused by a chapter of the Indonesian Council of Muslim Clerics of trying to get Muslim children to convert to Christianity through “the use of lies, deception or enticement.”

Posted in Human rights @ 25 July 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects proposal on E-Timor war crimes tribunal The United Nations Security Council has been handed a report that recommends an International War Crimes tribunal on atrocities in East Timor, if Indonesia fails to retry those accused of masterminding the violence in 1999. But Indonesia has rejected the proposal.

Posted in Human rights @ 30 June 2005 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia politicians visit ailing Suharto During ex-Indonesian dictator Suharto's weeklong hospital stay, the country's political elite stumbled over one another to visit the ailing strongman. Emerging from the elite Pertamina Hospital, they described him as a great leader and "father of the country.'' Neither current President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono nor anybody else mentioned Suharto's dismal human rights record or his history of corruption on a staggering scale, sending the strongest signal yet that the dictator's long-dormant graft case for allegedly stealing $600 million would not be reopened.

Posted in Human rights @ 12 May 2005 18:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto returns home Former Indonesian President Suharto has returned home less than a week after he was taken to hospital suffering from internal bleeding. Looking pale but relieved, he was wheeled out of Jakarta's Pertamina Hospital at 5pm local time (1000GMT).

Posted in Human rights @ 11 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia defends death penalty Indonesia's attorney general on Tuesday defended the country's death penalty, saying it deterred crime and that abolishing it would send the "wrong message." Jakarta recently executed by firing squad an Indian and two Thai nationals for smuggling drugs into the country. The killings, the first since 2001, triggered criticism by the European Union and human rights groups.

Posted in Human rights @ 12 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government to issue APEC business travel card The government will issue the APEC business travel card for businesspeople and government officials handling trade schemes under the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), an official said on Thursday. "The travel card holders will get special immigration treatment when entering APEC member countries that also issue the card," said spokesman of the Directorate General for Immigration at theMinistry of Justice and Human Rights, Ade Endang Dahlan.

Posted in Human rights @ 16 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US critical of human rights abuses Indonesian security forces have committed serious human rights abuses, including murder and rape, particularly in far-flung provinces where they are battling separatists, the United States says. Human rights groups have criticised the military and police of Indonesia over rights violations for decades but the end of authoritarian rule in the late 1990s had raised hopes the Government might rein in forces.

Posted in Human rights @ 27 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia safe so far, except for Aceh As police tightened security across Indonesia amid fears of attacks by Islamic extremists over the festive season, there were no reports of sectarian violence or terrorist bombings on Christmas Eve, while Christmas Day has been peaceful so far. The only reports of major violence came from rebellious Aceh province, where the military said at least 14 people were killed over recent days.

Posted in Human rights @ 25 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto era continues to cloud Indonesia's political life A.M. Fatwa, the deputy speaker of Indonesia's parliament, has cause to be angry. In 1984, after protesting against the massacre by soldiers of Islamic activists near Jakarta's port of Tanjung Priok, he was arrested, tortured and then spent nine years in prison, five years under house arrest and wrote 13 books highlighting the abuses of the 32-year rule of the former president Suharto.

Posted in Human rights @ 27 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


NU, Muhammadiyah leaders to tell Bush his policies aid terror Leaders of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah Islamic organizations, Hasyim Muzadi and Ahmad Syafii Maarif, in the meeting on Wednesday in Bali will tell U.S. President George W. Bush that U.S. policies in the Middle East, seen as favouring Israel, are one of the root causes of terror attacks in Asia. "I will tell it like it is. In Indonesia, the majority are not happy with the U.S. stance in the Middle East conflict," Hasyim Muzadi, leader of the country's largest Muslim group, the 40-million-NU, told Reuters on Tuesday.

Posted in Human rights @ 21 October 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects no-fly zone request for Bush visit Indonesia has rejected a request by the US government to make the air space over Bali a no-fly zone for eight hours next week when US President, George W Bush, makes a brief stopover on the island, reports said today. "We give the same facilities to all visiting foreign heads of state. So there will be no special treatment for the US president," Indonesian Transportation Minister Agum Gumeler told the state-run Antara news agency.

Posted in Human rights @ 18 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia a worrying blip on American radar screens TURMOIL in Indonesia is surging onto American radar screens in Washington and at the United States Pacific Command's headquarters in Hawaii, where an officer with access to comprehensive intelligence lamented what he called 'a chaotic situation'. Particularly troubling are terrorist organisations, notably Jemaah Islamiah, despite the arrest of 130 suspects since the bombings in Bali in October last year that killed 202 people.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 August 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vendors ready for enactment of Copyright Law With Law No. 19/2002 on the protection of copyrights going into effect on July 29, Jakartans will likely have a more difficult time purchasing counterfeit goods over the next month as vendors close up shop to avoid raids. Most of the vendors in the Mangga Dua shopping complex, center for pirated goods in the capital, closed their stalls early on Monday. "We heard that there will be a raid by the police soon," one vendor said.

Posted in Human rights @ 29 July 2003 00:01 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


Briton slams Indonesia court decision A British academic jailed in Indonesia for violating her visa by contacting separatist rebels in Aceh province said yesterday she was a victim of a corrupt justice system. Scottish-born Lesley McCulloch, who is based at Australia's University of Tasmania, was arrested in South Aceh on Sept. 11 along with American nurse Joy Lee Sadler.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 January 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Traffic and ground transportation have become major headaches for residents of Jakarta. The city administration has failed to deal with the chaotic traffic that clogs the capital's streets, and an integrated transportation system offering safe and fast mass rapid transit remains but a dream. The Jakarta Post's Soeryo Winoto discussed the issue with Jakarta-based urban transportation expert Djamester Simarmata.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 November 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exodus ahead of Malaysian labor deadline Under the new law, illegal workers face fines of up to 2,000 ringgit ($US530), five years imprisonment and six strokes of the cane. Officials say they will begin enforcing the law from Thursday. Many employers want the workers to stay, saying they can't afford higher wages for registered workers. The employers also complain the foreign workers are employed in jobs locals would not do. Human rights groups have voiced concerns that genuine asylum seekers may face persecution if they are forced to return home.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2 American ships arrive in Indonesia Two American ships have arrived off the coast of Indonesia's port city of Surabaya to take part in a humanitarian exercise with the Indonesian Navy. The exercise does not violate Washington's ban on military ties with Indonesia, but some groups warn that the U.S. could be preparing to overlook past human rights abuses by Indonesian forces.

Posted in Human rights @ 28 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dossiers on Trisakti and Semanggi cases returned Human rights ad hoc prosecutors have returned the dossiers on three student shootings in 1998 and 1999 to investigators from the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) because of procedural shortcomings in some of the witness testimony. Attorney General's Office spokesman Barman Zahir said on Wednesday that the dossiers were returned to the rights commission on Tuesday.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials on trial over East Timor Indonesia is scheduled Thursday to convene the first trials of senior officials accused of crimes against humanity in East Timor, two and a half years after the Indonesian military and its militia proxies laid waste to the tiny territory following its vote for independence. The trials, to be held in a specially created human rights court, will mark the first time the Indonesian government has attempted to punish any military officers for their role in the violence. UN officials and human rights advocates contend that the Indonesian military, along with the Timorese militiamen they armed and funded, participated in a months-long campaign of killings and torture to intimidate people and discourage them from voting for independence.

Posted in Human rights @ 14 March 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights activist HJC Princen dies at 76 Senior human rights activist Haji Johannes Cornelis Princen who died early on Friday after suffering a stroke, was eventually laid to rest at Pondok Kelapa cemetery in East Jakarta late Friday afternoon. He was 76.

Posted in Human rights @ 22 February 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President talks tough on separatists President Abdurrahman Wahid warned here on Thursday that anyattempt to break away from the republic would be dealt with "accordingly". "Paying close attention to developments in several regions in Indonesia, I would like to convey that (people) should not attempt to proclaim independence from the unitary state of the Republic of Indonesia as what has been planned in Irian Jaya or Aceh," Abdurrahman said in a nationally televised address.

Posted in Human rights @ 30 November 2000 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trisakti marks 35th anniversary Trisakti University marked its 35th anniversary here with anoration by Prof. K.G.P.H. Haryomataram in front of the university's senate on Wednesday. The oration, titled "Upholding Human Rights in a Comprehensive and Consistent Way in a Bid to Strengthen the Nation's Unity", stressed the importance of exercising political and civil rights that were neglected during past regimes.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 November 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


About 250,000 people were forced from their homes in East Timor last year after militias supporting Indonesia reacted violently to the vote for independence on August 30. Nine months later, about 100,000 of those who fled remain in West Timor -- living in more than 200 squalid, disease-ridden camps scattered across the countryside.

Posted in Human rights @ 08 June 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh trial opens under tight security Defendants in the joint civilian-military trial which opened here on Wednesday are facing the death penalty for alleged mass killings in West Aceh last year. The 90-minute hearing heard a team of prosecutors led by Nuraini AS charge the 25 defendants, 24 military personnel and a civilian with the premeditated murder of noted Muslim leader Tengku Bantaqiah and no less than 57 of his followers in remote Beutong Ateuh village on July 23.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 April 2000 10:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Investigation team on East Timor atrocities inaugurated The government named a 79-member team Wednesday to investigate human rights violations in East Timor during the last days of Indonesian rule in the province. The team includes 38 prosecutors and 16 police officers and has a three-month mandate to conduct an inquiry of last year's campaign of rape, murder and destruction.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 April 2000 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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