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Prabowo's electability unaffected by human rights issue Political observer from Pelita Harapan University (UPH) Emrus Sihombing has opined that human rights issue will not affect the electability of Prabowo Subianto, the presidential hopeful from Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) party.

Posted in Politics @ 03 April 2014 16:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timorese kidnapper of French boy in court The trial of the Timor Leste woman charged in the attempted kidnapping of a 2-year-old French boy in June has commenced at the Denpasar District Court.

Posted in Crime @ 26 August 2013 03:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flooding submerges 80 houses in Benenain Heavy rain had triggered widespread flooding in the regency of Malaka of East Nusatenggara. At least 80 houses in the village of Umatoos in the the sub-district of Malaka Barat were inundated forcing the people to move to safer areas.

Posted in Flooding @ 25 June 2013 20:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Teachers asked to propose for extra allowance The district administration of Belu, East Nusa Tenggara, told school teachers in frontier areas sharing border with East Timor in Belu to submit their proposal for special allowance in 2013.

Posted in Economy @ 05 January 2013 13:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


People crossing border in Timor increase in number The number of people crossing the border between the Indonesian part of the Timor island of Atambua and Timor Leste rose sharply ahead and after Christmas on Dec 25.

Posted in Tourism @ 31 December 2012 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia needs to increase its military strength Former Indonesian military chief retired Gen. Endriartono Sutarto said the country needs to modernize its military equipment to protect its sovereignty. The country needs to have a strong military to command respect from other countries, Sutarto said here on Sunday.

Posted in Military @ 18 November 2012 17:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


SAR team rescues Australians, British in Makassar waters A local search and rescue (SAR) team has rescued two Australians and two British persons sailing from the Philippines to East Timor in Makassar waters.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 May 2012 14:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six Indonesian fishermen repatriated from Timor Leste The Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has negotiated the repatriation of six fishermen from Sinjai, South Sulawesi and Alor Island, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), who had earlier been captured by the Timor Leste`s Navy.

Posted in Crime @ 25 February 2012 01:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Amnesty Intl. wants new investigation in Munir case Those who gave the orders for the murder of Indonesian human rights activist Munir in 2004 have to be prosecuted. Amnesty International writes an open letter to the Indonesian prosecutor to ask for a new investigation in the murder case.

Posted in Crime @ 06 September 2011 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia to send asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea Australian and Papua New Guinean officials said on Friday that the Manus Island detention center may be reopened, the Daily Telegraph reported.


Posted in General @ 06 May 2011 04:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pakistani plane forced to land in Indonesia A Pakistani plane on Monday was forced to land in Indonesia for flying without proper permission, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 07 March 2011 21:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New destinations Batavia Air, Lion Air, AirAsia and Citilink Er wordt hard aan de (lucht)wegen getimmerd in Indonesie. Met regelmaat openen maatschappijen nieuwe routes om de snel groeiende vraag naar voornamelijk binnenlandse vluchten aan te kunnen. Met een snel groeiende middenklasse en ook een toenemend aantal buitenlandse toeristen komen er zo steeds meer toeristische bestemmingen bij die eenvoudig te bereiken zijn.

Posted in Travel @ 27 February 2011 01:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia backs East Timor's ASEAN membership Indonesia on Sunday expressed its support of East Timor's bid to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), local media reported.

Posted in Politics @ 17 January 2011 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wikileaks: Ban on training Kopassus lifted over Obama visit Indonesia threatened to derail a visit to Jakarta by President Barack Obama this year unless he overturned the US ban on training the controversial Kopassus army special forces, Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2010 12:19 CET by Jeroen · 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


Regular flights Denpasar - Dili soon available The Indonesian government has appointed Merpati Nusantara Airlines and Batavia Air to serves the international air segment between Bali and Dili, East Timor. A total of 14 flights per week will ply the route with Merpati flying a daily service using a Boeing 737-300 carrying 138 passengers.

Posted in Travel @ 28 November 2010 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court upholds ban on 'Balibo' Calling the film "violent" and "sensitive", the Jakarta State Administrative Court upheld a ban on the Australian feature film Balibo. A panel of judges ruled that the Film Censorship Board (LSF) had fulfilled the administrative procedures required to ban the controversial film. The court agreed with the LSF’s argument that the film "can open old wounds".

Posted in Politics @ 07 August 2010 03:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


More flights to Dili from Bali Merpati Nusantara Airlines will soon increase the frequency of their flights between Bali and Dili, Timor Leste in anticipation of heightened competition on that route from another domestic carrier - Batavia Airline.

Posted in Travel @ 31 March 2010 09:10 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


Earthquake rocks Indonesia - East Timor region An earthquake with magnitude of 6.4 on the Richter scale rocked East Timor and eastern parts of Indonesia on Saturday, no immediate reports of damages or casualty, Indonesian meteorology agency and health ministry said here. The quake struck at 18:21 time (10:21 GMT) with epicenter at 81 km northeast Dili the capital of the country and at 10 km under sea bed, an official of the agency Diana Rahayu told.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 April 2008 13:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tallest Jesus statue in Asia unveiled in Indonesia A 30-meter high statue of Jesus has been unveiled in the North Sulawesi Province of Indonesia, making it the tallest in Asia. While Indonesia is the world's highest populated Muslim country, the North Sulawesi Province is largely occupied by the Minahasans, 95% of whom are Christian.

Posted in General @ 14 December 2007 04:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to vote for first elected governor Up to six million voters are expected to take part in the first direct democratic elections for governor of the Indonesian capital Jakarta today. Fauzi Bowo, who represents 19 political parties, is favoured to win over Adang Daradjatun, his only opponent in this election.

Posted in Elections @ 08 August 2007 04:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia reopens border with East Timor Indonesia today reopened the border with East Timor because the fugitive rebel who caused the closure is no longer seen as a threat, according an official. "As of today our border is reopened," said Ahmet Bey Sofwan, Indonesia's ambassador to East Timor earlier today. The closure lasted just over one month. Dili earlier asked for the closure to stop renegade Majr Alfredo Reinado and his supporters from escaping to Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 29 March 2007 13:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bishop: Indonesian military razed church in Dili Testifying at the Truth Commission Indonesia-Timor, former Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili said that Indonesian forces and their militia allies had systematically burned the diocese's compound as well as other churches. Several clergy and an unknown number of others were killed in these fires. Bishop Belo, who headed the Archdiocese of Dili during the 1999 riots, was the main witness before the commission when they resumed public hearings in Jakarta.

Posted in Violence @ 27 March 2007 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Border with East Timor stays closed The border between Indonesia and East Timor will stay shut despite Dili's request to open the crucial supply link. The consul of East Timor in Kupang said his country submitted an official request to open the border again as soon as possible. Governor Piet Alexander Tallo said in response that Indonesia had denied the request.

Posted in General @ 25 March 2007 05:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1,000 troops deployed at East Timor border The military has deployed around 1,000 troops along the border with East Timor. This followed a security crisis in the new Asian country. MetroTV reported that the deployment was to anticipate the possibility of rebels crossing the border into Indonesia. The former military police chief Maj. Alfredo Reinado, escaped from prison in September after leading dozens of mutinous soldiers into the mountains. Indonesia has closed the checkpoints on the border since last Sunday to prevent an exodus of East Timorese.

Posted in Military @ 01 March 2007 04:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Border between Indonesia and East Timor closed Indonesia has closed it's border with East Timor temporarily to prevent fugitives from sneaking into Indonesia. This move comes ahead of a tense lead-up to presidential elections, as was said by the military on Monday. Australia, with 800 troops in East Timor, has warned that violence may increase ahead of the April poll. This was said after clashes with it's peace keepers and East Timorese refugees left two civilians dead.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2007 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


How fearful Australia deserted East Timor JUST three months after Indonesia invaded East Timor 30 years ago, the Australian government of the prime minister, Malcolm Fraser, was covertly supporting the tiny colony's complete integration into its giant neighbour, according to cabinet documents from 1976, released today.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2007 02:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Indonesia tightening grip of media reins American magazine Playboy, three films about East Timor's struggle for independence and a television wrestling show called Smackdown don't appear to have much in common. But in recent weeks, they've all come under fire in Indonesia for being too raunchy, too politically sensitive or too violent.

Posted in Media @ 16 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia-Russia: Arms, atoms and oil The United States, China and now a resurgent Russia are all competing for regional influence in Southeast Asia, and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is shrewdly playing his diplomatic cards among all three suitors.

Posted in Military @ 13 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military ordered Australian journalist deaths According to official omitted government reports, 5 young Australian journalists were executed on the orders of Indonesian military chiefs. George Brownbill, a top lawyer contests the official story that all 5 journalists were caught in a crossfire in Balibo while covering the 1975 invasion of East Timor by Indonesian forces.

Posted in General @ 09 December 2006 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Censors ban Aceh film from festival Indonesia has banned a documentary on the once volatile Aceh province from being screened at an international film festival on the grounds that it could disturb security, the festival's organizers said. "The Black Road", a documentary by American freelance journalist William Nessen who was banned from entering Aceh in April, tells the story of the nearly 30-year separatist conflict in Aceh that killed some 15,000 people.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2006 14:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timorese people begin to regret secesion from Indonesia Many people in East Timor which gained independence from Indonesia through a United Nations-sponsored referendum in August 1999 have begun to regret the secession, Mrs. Domingos, an East Timorese woman visiting her relatives here said on Friday. "Independence from Indonesia is being enjoyed by only a certain group of people while the majority in remote areas have been living in deepening misery since the secession," Domingos said.

Posted in General @ 24 November 2006 16:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


The hidden tragedy of West Papua "Of course the police are just as good at torturing as the army. Some of the cruder forms [include] putting a table leg onto the foot of somebody and then somebody heavily dancing on the table, which can be extremely painful. So, I mean torture is routine."

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian foreign minister to sign security pact in Indonesia next week The Australian foreign minister will visit Indonesia next week to sign a security pact the government says signals an end to diplomatic rows over East Timor and Papuan asylum seekers, a statement said Friday. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer will visit the island of Lombok on Monday to sign the Australia-Indonesia Agreement on the Framework for Security Cooperation with his Indonesian counterpart, Hassan Wirajuda, according to a statement released by Downer's office.

Posted in Politics @ 10 November 2006 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Rights advocates deplore murder acquittal in Indonesia The acquittal of an Indonesian pilot convicted in the murder of one of the country's most respected human-rights advocates has unleashed a storm of protest from critics of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his government. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that there was insufficient evidence to support a lower court's verdict that the pilot, Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto, had murdered Munir Said Thalib, a human-rights lawyer who investigated abuses by the Indonesian military.

Posted in Crime @ 09 October 2006 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Border with East Timor monitored after prison break Indonesia has tightened security along its border with East Timor, as the search continues for more than 50 prison escapees. Indonesia's Koran Tempo newspaper has quoted Colonel Ediwan Prabowo as saying that the Indonesian security border force, under his command, has been asked to be on alert and to monitor East Timor's border, to prevent a rebel East Timor military leader and other prison escapees from entering the country.

Posted in General @ 04 September 2006 12:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia steps up security at Timor border Indonesian authorities have stepped up security at the border with East Timor to prevent a rebel East Timor military leader who escaped from jail from entering the country, a report said Sunday. Major Alfredo Reinado escaped with 56 other inmates from his Dili jail last week, triggering an ongoing manhunt by UN police and international peacekeepers.

Posted in General @ 03 September 2006 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy tests tolerance in Indonesia When Erwin Arnada, editor in chief of Playboy magazine in Indonesia, answered a summons at the police headquarters in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, he turned up smiling, behaved like a good citizen and, in turn, was treated politely during nearly six hours of questioning. The parrying, he recalled, went something like this:

Posted in Culture @ 26 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia allows aid into East Timor Indonesia is to open its border with East Timor to allow humanitarian aid to reach some 130,000 people affected by recent violence. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced the move at a meeting with his East Timorese counterpart in the Indonesian island of Bali. Meanwhile, the leader of East Timor's rebels has said his group has disarmed.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2006 09:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's silence on Timor Leste crisis For two months Timor Leste has gone through its worst crisis since its independence. Much of the country's trade and economy depend on us. Much of the geo-political space in which it has to pursue its foreign policy, and to achieve stability and justice, depends on us. They use our language, even smoke the same kretek cigarettes as we do. And, in the most fundamental sense, they had suffered under "our" harsh occupation. Yet, with a few exceptions, many prefer to remain silent, ignoring their sorry plight. Why?

Posted in History @ 16 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI envoy returns to Canberra, ties 'back on right track' Signs of a thaw in frosty Indonesia-Australia relations are apparent after Jakarta sent its ambassador back to Canberra ahead of a meeting between the countries' leaders later this month. Foreign Ministry spokesman Desra Percaya said Friday that T.M. Hamzah Thayeb, who was recalled on March 24 during a rancorous dispute over Papuan asylum seekers, would arrive back in the Australian capital this weekend.

Posted in Politics @ 10 June 2006 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to US: learn some patience The US needs to let other countries decide for themselves how to fight terrorism in order to counter perceptions that Washington is overbearing, Indonesia's defense minister told visiting US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In turn, Rumsfeld talked to Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono and Indonesia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday about a need for their nation to continue efforts to ensure that human rights abuses are no longer a problem with its military.

Posted in Politics @ 08 June 2006 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Indonesia to get its own Playboy A toned-down edition of Playboy will go on sale Friday in mostly Muslim Indonesia, defying protests from Islamic leaders who have called on the government to ban the magazine, publishers said. The magazine does not feature nude women, and its photos of female models are no more risque than those in other magazines already for sale in the country, according to an Associated Press photographer who saw an advance copy.

Posted in General @ 06 April 2006 19:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 21 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Review cooperation with Canberra' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for a review of Indonesia's cooperation with Australia, as a row over Canberra's decision to accept asylum seekers from Papua deepens. 'Relations between Indonesia and Australia are entering a difficult time, full of challenges,' he said yesterday.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to buy 8 jet fighters from Russia Indonesia plans to annually purchase two Sukhoi jet fighters from Russia during the 2006-2009 period, thus putting its total number of jet fighters at 12, Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono said here Wednesday. The minister said the purchase aims at anticipating possible ban by western countries of buying spare parts of military equipment.

Posted in Military @ 30 March 2006 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rice praises 'success story' Indonesia US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice praised Indonesia's record on religious tolerance and democracy as hundreds of Islamic protesters yelling "Condeleeza go to hell!" denounced America's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rice, on her first visit to the world's most populous Muslim nation, lunched with her counterpart Hassan Wirayuda, and afterwards praised Indonesia as "an inspiration to the entire world" for its religious tolerance and democratic progress.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2006 08:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono's plan for Indonesia's resurrection Indonesia is trying to bring back the glory days when it was prominent in Asia. It is doing so by playing a larger role as a negotiator throughout the region, acting as a mediator between the Koreas, and pushing for democracy in Myanmar. At the same time, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is trying to unify the Indonesians by promoting a nationalism that hinges on this role as a leader in Asia.

Posted in Economy @ 18 February 2006 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Belo supports Yudhoyono's nomination for Nobel Peace Prize The 1996 winner of Nobel Peace Prize Bishop Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo has expressed his sincere support to the nomination of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for the 2006 prize. In his statement by phone from Portugal to ANTARA News here on Wednesday, Belo said he sincerely supports President Yudhoyono`s nomination for this year`s Nobel Peace Prize.

Posted in Politics @ 01 February 2006 18:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Quake rocks 2000km stretch of Indonesia A magnitude 7.7 earthquake has jolted a 2,000-kilometre swathe of Indonesia for two minutes, sending panicked residents fleeing to higher ground, fearful of a tsunami. There were no immediate reports of a tsunami, injuries or serious damage. The quake struck early on Saturday morning deep beneath the Banda Sea about 195 kilometres south of Ambon city in the Maluku Islands, the US Geological Survey said on its website.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 January 2006 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong 7.7 magnitude earthquake rattles Banda Sea A strong earthquake measuring about 7.7 on the Richter scale, rocked the sea floor of the Banda Sea. The earthquake took place at 01:58 Saturday local time or 16:58 (UTC) on Friday, January 27, 2006. The magnitude 7.7 quake took place at great depth, over 300 kilometers. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no destructive tsunami threat existed. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 January 2006 18:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods strike dozens of villages in Nusa Tenggara A flash flood inundated a village with 2 meters (6 feet) of water, killing three villagers and forcing hundreds to flee their homes on the Indonesian island of Lombok, a local official and media report said on Sunday. The flood in the Sambalia subdistrict also left six people missing, Kompas online reported on Sunday.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 January 2006 10:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timor withholds UN abuse report The East Timorese Government has withheld publication of a report claiming as many as 180,000 civilians may have died as a result of Indonesia's quarter-century occupation of the former Portugese colony. Leaked copies of the report by the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation (CRTR) point to alleged widespread abuses by the Indonesian military including rape, the use of napalm and the poisoning of food supplies.

Posted in Politics @ 19 January 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four more sought over shooting of Americans Indonesian authorities are hunting for four more people over the 2002 killing of two Americans in Papua province, police said on Monday after declaring eight men suspects in the case last week. The eight were arrested on Wednesday over an ambush that killed two Americans and an Indonesian, all teachers from a school run by PT Freeport Indonesia, a unit of U.S.-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., which operates mines in Papua's mountains.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 January 2006 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timor films banned by Indonesia Indonesia has banned three films about its long and bloody occupation of East Timor, saying that if local audiences were to see them it could "reopen old wounds" as the two countries try to move forward. The films had been scheduled for screenings at a film festival last month in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, but were pulled at the last minute.

Posted in General @ 11 January 2006 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia protests killing of three men by East Timor police Indonesia accused East Timor police Monday of using excessive force after three men were killed for illegally crossing the border. East Timor responded by saying the victims were suspected Indonesian militiamen, shot dead after trying to seize weapons from the border patrol.

Posted in Crime @ 11 January 2006 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia expects death penalty backlash Indonesia is braced for a public backlash in Australia against any death sentences meted out to the Bali Nine. Prosecutors in Denpasar will in the next fortnight start making sentence demands for the nine Australians, who were arrested last April over a failed bid to smuggle 8kg of heroin worth $4 million from Bali to Sydney.

Posted in Drugs @ 06 January 2006 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia to resume training with elite Kopassus commandos Australian forces will resume training exercises with Indonesia's Kopassus elite commando force next year, Defense Minister Robert Hill said Sunday. The maneuvers will be the first since Canberra suspended joint training with the commando force known as Kopassus following widespread allegations the troops were involved in human rights abuses in East Timor ahead of the former Indonesian province's 1999 independence vote.

Posted in Military @ 11 December 2005 12:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Defense Ministry to revise budget for arms procurement, maintenance Indonesia`s Defense Ministry will in the near future revise its budget for purchase and maintenance of military weapons and equipment of the Indonesian Armed Forces following the lifting of the US arms embargo on Indonesia last week. "The Defense Ministry and the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) will soon evaluate the condition of military weapons and equipment, and we will also consider a revision of the budget for their supply and maintenance," Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono told ANTARA during a break in a hearing with the House`s Commission I here Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 03 December 2005 09:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Britain covered up murders of 5 journalists in 1975 invasion of East Timor The British government tacitly backed Indonesia's 1975 occupation of East Timor and sought to cover up the subsequent murder of two British journalists by the invaders, according to newly declassified documents and media reports. "Certainly ... it is in Britain's interest that Indonesia should absorb (East Timor) as soon and as unobtrusively as possible; and that if it comes to the crunch and there is a row in the United Nations we should keep our heads down and avoid siding against the Indonesian Government," said a dispatch from British Ambassador John A. Ford in Jakarta on the eve of Indonesia's invasion of East Timor on Dec. 5, 1975.

Posted in General @ 01 December 2005 07:15 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


US restores military ties with Indonesia The United States has lifted an arms embargo against Indonesia, ending a six-year ban on military aid to the world's most populous Muslim nation imposed due to human rights concerns. The Bush administration has long argued that isolating Indonesia, which has been hit by several bombings by al-Qaida linked terrorists in recent years, was not in Washington's strategic interests.

Posted in Politics @ 23 November 2005 06:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


A year later, Munir’s killers evade justice One year after a leading Indonesian human rights activist was murdered after boarding a flight from Jakarta to Europe, the Indonesian government has failed to properly investigate and prosecute those behind Munir Said Thalib’s death, Human Rights Watch said today.

Posted in Politics @ 08 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Polio vaccination campaign hampered by rumours, ignorance Holding her two-year-old son, Sari listens intently in a ramshackle health clinic as the medical staff assures her and other villagers about the safety of the vaccine being used to fight Indonesia's first polio outbreak in a decade. But the impoverished mother of two remains unconvinced. She hints she will not participate in Tuesday's countrywide immunization campaign because of unfounded rumours that a neighbour's child contracted polio after being given the oral vaccine earlier this year.

Posted in Polio @ 28 August 2005 11:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia arrests new suspect over murder of rights activist Indonesian police have reportedly arrested a new suspect in the poisoning death of a leading human rights activist. Munir died on a Garuda flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam last September. An autopsy found a lethal dose of arsenic in his body. The Koran Tempo daily newspaper says Ery Bunyamin, a business class passenger on the same flight has been arrested.

Posted in Politics @ 12 August 2005 20:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda pilot faces poison trial A pilot for national airline Garuda Indonesia went on trial Tuesday over the alleged murder of a prominent human rights activist who was poisoned last year on a flight to Amsterdam. The high-profile case is seen as a crucial test of the government's willingness to crack down on rogue elements within Indonesia's powerful security forces, who for years have operated with impunity.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 09 August 2005 14:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia opposes U.N.-backed tribunal on E.Timor Indonesia has brushed off a call in a United Nations report for an international tribunal to try Indonesian and militia leaders blamed for a bloody 1999 rampage in East Timor. "We continue to oppose an international tribunal, which we find totally unnecessary," Foreign Ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa said on Thursday, a day after a report issued by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommended one.

Posted in Politics @ 29 July 2005 07:10 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


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 scraps foreign troop pull-out deadline Foreign forces including the US Navy can continue tsunami relief operations in Indonesia beyond a March 26 deadline, the government said as the disaster's overall death toll topped 168,000. In Thailand the leaders of Canada, Sweden, Norway and Finland, which all lost citizens in the tragedy, were discussing reconstruction and efforts to identify the dead, while non-governmental organisations said 2,500 Myanmese migrant workers may have died in one province alone.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Reaction to U.S. aid in Indonesia mixed In the world's most populous Muslim nation, not everyone is entirely happy to see Americans in helicopters handing out food and water to the hungry victims of last week's tsunami. Though Secretary of State Colin Powell on Tuesday expressed hope that the sight of U.S. soldiers passing out aid would help ease anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world, many Muslims say they cannot ignore that the same U.S. military that invaded Iraq and Afghanistan is now engaged in its largest operation in South Asia since the Vietnam War.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia kicks off arms expo A major defence industry showcase opened in Indonesia Wednesday, moving the country closer to the high-tech weapons it wants to fight militants and crush rebels but doing little to ease concerns of those who want it held to account for past military abuses. The four-day expo comes as Jakarta is struggling to overhaul its military under a US embargo imposed in response to abuses by Indonesia's armed forces in insurgency-hit Papua and Aceh and during East Timor's 1999 independence vote.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two more die as aftershocks continue in eastern Indonesia Two people died on the eastern Indonesian island of Alor on Sunday as aftershocks continued two days after a powerful earthquake, a relief official said. The latest deaths bring to 21 the number who have died since Friday when the pre-dawn quake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale hit the island near East Timor. In the hardest-hit district of Northeast Alor, an eight-month-old baby died Sunday during an aftershock, said Alberth Ouwboly, of the government relief center.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rocked; 17 dead, over 100 injured A succession of powerful earthquakes rocked eastern Indonesia on Friday, killing at least 17 people, injuring more than 100 others and destroying hundreds of homes, police said. The quake, which was felt in the nearby country of East Timor, struck Alor Island, 1,000 kilometres east of the resort isle of Bali, and left hospitals struggling to cope with the wounded.

Posted in Earthquake @ 13 November 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quake claims 6 lives in Nusa Tenggara Timur A major earthquake early Friday shook eastern Indonesia's Alor Island, killing at least six people and injuring 21 others, a spokesman with Indonesia's Meteorological and Geophysical Agency said. According to the spokesman, the quake damaged the Kalabahi city airport and numerous buildings in the community. Kalabahi is the main population center on the island. The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of the earthquake at 7.3.

Posted in Earthquake @ 12 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian ex-general sworn in as president Former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been sworn in as Indonesia's sixth president after sweeping to power by vowing faster job growth, a war on corruption and tough punishment for terrorists. A solemn-looking Yudhoyono took the oath of office on Wednesday inside a cavernous hall at parliament in front of the very legislators many expect will challenge the big popular mandate he won in Indonesia's first direct presidential election last month.

Posted in Elections @ 20 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign leaders follow Howard's lead to Jakarta Foreign dignitaries yesterday rushed to Indonesia for this morning's inauguration of the new president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, after Prime Minister John Howard announced he would go. Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister, Suwat Lippapanlop, and Vietnam's Foreign Minister, Nguyen Dy Nien, joined foreign leaders and dignitaries from six other countries who have announced they will attend the ceremony. In the past, only ambassadors and local dignitaries have attended.

Posted in Elections @ 19 October 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia seeks new security pact with Indonesia Australia is considering signing a new defence and security agreement with Indonesia to replace a treaty that was scrapped after Canberra led United Nations peacekeepers into East Timor in 1999. Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said yesterday the government was aware that Indonesian President-elect Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had called for the security pact - negotiated by former prime minister Paul Keating in the mid-1990s - to be renewed last year during a trip to Australia.

Posted in General @ 18 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian embassy prepared for the worst Location of the Australian embassy in JakartaDespite Thursday's powerful explosion in front of the Australian Embassy, the building did not suffer heavy damage unlike its glass-clad high-rise neighbors. An embassy official said the building had been readied for bombing, fire and shooting incidents. "That's why the damage was minimal when compared to (that of) nearby buildings," he said requesting anonymity.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 September 2004 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australians rate Indonesia as their greatest military threat The Australian public ranks Indonesia as the country’s greatest military threat, a study by a defence think-tank said on Wednesday. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute surveyed opinion polls on defence issues dating back to the 1960s and found Australians now saw less chance of an foreign security threat than at any time in the past 30 years. “However, to the extent that the public identifies a security threat to Australia, there is a greater consensus than ever before that the threat comes from one country: Indonesia,” it said.

Posted in Military @ 26 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia court throws out Wiranto's election appeal An Indonesian court on Monday dismissed an appeal from presidential hopeful Wiranto against the July 5 election results, ending the ex-general's bid for the country's top job. Former military chief Wiranto appealed to the constitutional court last week, arguing that he lost more than 5.4 million votes due to irregularities in the first round of Indonesia's first direct presidential election.

Posted in Elections @ 10 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Polls close in Indonesia Retired general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appeared in the lead as polls closed in Indonesia's presidential election Monday, but a runoff is still expected. Public opinion surveys show incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri trailing behind Yudhoyono, a retired general and former security minister who resigned from Megawati's Cabinet months ago to seek her job.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia voting in first direct presidential poll Indonesians today began voting in their first direct presidential election, six years after the fall of dictator Suharto. Polls opened first in Papua province in eastern Indonesia, two hours ahead of the capital of Jakarta. Public opinion surveys have shown incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri – daughter of the country’s founding father, Sukarno – trailing behind to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a retired general and former security minister who resigned from her Cabinet months ago to seek her job.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singing general poised to win Hafi, a 35-year-old businessman, is nostalgic for the old days of military dictatorship in Indonesia. Six years after the democratic overthrow of military ruler Suharto, he is fed up with the turmoil that he blames on civilian leadership. And so on Monday he will vote for one of Suharto's former generals, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a charismatic populist who has soared dramatically to the top of the polls in Indonesia's presidential contest.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Campaigning by the five candidates contesting the politically powerful post of president of the Indonesian Republic officially ended on Wednesday. Voting in the country’s first-ever direct presidential election is due to take place on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 03 July 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, E Timor sign border demarcation accord Indonesia and its former province of East Timor have signed an accord to mark their border, just two years after independence. The foreign ministers from East Timor and Indonesia signed the border demarcation agreement Wednesday in Jakarta, where The Association of Southeast Asian Nations was meeting.

Posted in Politics @ 01 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia polls favor former general The strains of a hearty tenor filtered out from behind the closed door of hotel room 103. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the front-runner in Indonesia's presidential race, was rehearsing a tune he would sing that morning to voters in this highland town in western Indonesia. "I know you love me, so you will choose me," the thickset former general could be heard crooning in the local Batak dialect, practicing the lyrics he learned minutes earlier, just as he has been practicing for the country's top job for the last several years.

Posted in Elections @ 28 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto fights on as party divides FORMER Indonesian armed forces chief Wiranto is campaigning hard for the imminent presidential election, but some observers believe his efforts have been spoilt by the lack of support from his own Golkar party. One analyst told The Australian that he had even seen members of the party's youth wing campaigning for Mr Wiranto's main rival, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Posted in Elections @ 18 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Al-Qaeda names Australians as top targets Australians have been named in an Al-Qaeda terror manual as the main targets for terrorist attack in Indonesia, a newspaper report said. The Australian said the 11-page manual, "Targeting the Cities", specifies which foreign nationals to target in Muslim nations, such as Americans in Saudi Arabia, French in Algiers and Australians in Indonesia. It did not say where or how it had obtained the document.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 May 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto says political opponents behind arrest warrant Indonesian's ex-military chief Wiranto has formally announced his presidential candidacy whilst dismissing an arrest warrant issued against him by an East Timor judge as "character assassination." "There are several pieces of information that are behind these charges, there clearly is an involvement of political activities in this country," Wiranto told reporters.

Posted in Elections @ 12 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timor judge issues arrest warrant for Wiranto A judge in East Timor on Monday issued an arrest warrant for Indonesian presidential candidate Wiranto for crimes against humanity in the territory in 1999. "On 10 May, 2004, an international judge at the Special Panel for Serious Crimes in East Timor issued an arrest warrant for retired General Wiranto," prosecutors from the Serious Crimes Unit (SCU) said in a statement. Wiranto was military chief when army-backed militiamen waged a bloody campaign against independence supporters in the then-Indonesian territory.

Posted in Crime @ 10 May 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asep, a Jakarta parking-lot attendant, rejoiced in 1998 when Indonesian strongman Suharto was overthrown after three decades of authoritarian rule. But democracy hasn't proved to be quite the boon he and so many other Indonesians expected. In some ways, says Asep, his life is worse now than ever before. Under Suharto, he says, at least he only had to bribe one person—a stadium security officer—for the right to manage the lot at Senayan Stadium. But now, Asep complains, he is routinely approached by people claiming to be policemen, soldiers, sports department officials and political-party officers, all demanding baksheesh of a few thousand rupiah or a pack of cigarettes. These kickbacks often eat away almost half of his meager earnings of $2 a day, but "it's hard not to give," says Asep, "because you don't know anymore who is really in charge."

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia prepares for day of the generals DESPITE enduring 32 years of brutal military rule, Indonesia has not lost its respect for gold braid and epaulettes. Two of the three front-runners in the presidential race are former generals, and both served the monolithic New Order regime that finally crumbled in 1998. General Wiranto, chosen this week as the Golkar party's presidential candidate, was Indonesia's armed forces commander until 2000 and responsible for the military brutality in East Timor.

Posted in Elections @ 24 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former general Wiranto runs for president The Golkar party of ex-dictator Suharto on Wednesday chose a former general indicted for rights abuses in East Timor as its presidential candidate in Indonesian elections in July. Gen. Wiranto, who rose through the army ranks to become military chief under Suharto, is seen as a force for change in the party and has tapped into the desire among some voters for a return to the former strongman's era, when the economy was prosperous and the country secure.

Posted in Elections @ 21 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Free election marks crossroads for Indonesia Six years into the uncertainties of multiparty democracy, Indonesians are electing a new legislature Monday after a campaign shadowed by nostalgia for two former authoritarian rulers -- one dead, the other disgraced. President Megawati Sukarnoputri's government is struggling with economic weakness, secessionist rebellions and the emergence of Muslim terrorists. But there is little debate on economic policy or Muslim extremism, critical though these issues are to this sprawling country of 210 million people scattered across 17,000 islands.

Posted in Elections @ 04 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to hold vote despite delays The justice minister has threatened to arrest election officials, thousands of polling stations still don't have ballots and parts of Aceh province are too dangerous to hold a vote. Nonetheless Indonesia will hold parliamentary elections Monday for the second time since the fall of the longtime dictator Suharto in 1998 - though election officials acknowledge voting will be delayed for up to five days in the remote regions of Papua and West Irian Jaya.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to deploy troops for poll Indonesia will deploy more than 21,000 soldiers in war-torn Aceh for national elections on Monday, amid warnings a free and fair vote in the separatist-minded province cannot take place under martial law. North Aceh military commander Lieutenant-Colonel Entang Sulaiman said areas of the province had been divided into zones classified as either safe, danger level one or danger level two.

Posted in Elections @ 01 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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