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Indonesian minister to crack down upon illegal fishing Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has vowed to step up efforts to curb illegal fishing in Indonesian waters, which has caused losses worth trillions of rupiah to the state and disadvantaged traditional fishermen.

Posted in Economy @ 03 November 2014 16:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Surabaya administration cracks down on beggars The Surabaya city government in East Java is cracking down on street beggars and homeless drifters whose number continues to increase during the holy month of Ramadhan this year.

Posted in General @ 05 July 2014 16:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Papuan leader: 'Netherlands created OPM to oppose Indonesia' A Papuan community leader, Nicolaas Jouwe, said the Netherlands officers created the Free Papua Movement (OPM) in 1965, to oppose Indonesia and disturb the security of eastern Indonesias territory.

Posted in History @ 12 May 2014 23:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Task force seizes 450 tons of wood from biosphere reserve The Riau haze mitigation task force has seized more than 450 tons of illegal wood during a crackdown on encroachers at the Giam Siak Kecil-Bukit Batu biosphere reserve in Riau province.

Posted in Forest fires @ 26 March 2014 13:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australiang motorcycle gangs set up links on Bali The Sydney Morning Herald has run an investigative article by Michael Bachelard examining how Australian motorcycle gangs are establishing business links in Bali.

Posted in Crime @ 31 December 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


OPM: Indonesian police kill fourteen Papuan separatists The separatist Free Papua Organization (OPM) on Thursday claimed fourteen of its members have allegedly been killed during a recent police raid in the district of Paniai in Indonesia's restive Papua region, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Violence @ 15 December 2011 22:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-terrorist is now comic book hero The real life adventures of former al-Qaida-linked terrorist Nasir Abas have become a new comic book in Indonesia, chronicling his transformation from militant to invaluable ally in the fight against terrorism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 September 2011 09:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crackdown on illegal taxi's on Bali continues An informal promise by the Bali Transportation, Information and Communications Agency (Dishub), the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) and the provincial enforcement agency (SATPOL-PP) to temporarily halt the crackdown on illegal transport operators is apparently not being honored.

Posted in General @ 11 June 2011 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta Pentecostal church firebombed Amid the massive police crackdown on terrorism, a Pentecostal church in Sleman, Yogyakarta, was targetted in a firebomb attack early on Friday morning. Two molotov cocktails were hurled at the church on the island of Java by assailants riding a motorcycle, eyewitnesses said Friday, as reported by tribunnews.com.

Posted in Violence @ 30 April 2011 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Foreign' cars target in efforts to reduce traffic on Bali The provincial government of Bali is trying to reduce traffic congestion in Bali by enforcing stricter controls on vehicles operating in Bali with police registration plates from locations outside the island. Stricter controls limiting the use of non-Bali registered vehicles would bring the double benefit of not only reducing the traffic on Bali's roads but increasing provincial tax revenues.

Posted in General @ 15 March 2011 06:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


123 Indonesians still waiting for evacuation from Libya At least 123 Indonesians are still in Libya, more than the previous number announced by the government earlier this week, the Jakarta Globe reported Thursday.



Posted in General @ 10 March 2011 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


253 Indonesians evacuated from Libya arrive in Tunisia About 253 Indonesians were evacuated from Libya early Sunday after waiting more than 40 hours for an aircraft the Indonesian embassy had chartered, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in General @ 06 March 2011 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More suspected terrorists raided before Ramadan As in previous year the police has been busy netting suspected terrorists. This just days before the official start of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. The police has already apprehended two suspected terrorists in Jakarta earlier this week. The government wants to make clear that they are in control and that terrorism is not tolerated in this country.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 August 2010 06:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Overcrowding fuels TB in prisons Serious overcrowding, a shortage of medical staff and a lack of funding are thwarting Indonesia's efforts to tackle tuberculosis (TB) in prisons, experts say. Indonesia's 422 prisons hold more than 140,000 inmates, even though they were designed for 80,000, according to the Justice Ministry.

Posted in Health @ 27 January 2010 05:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exotic dancers to be prosecuted in Bandung Authorities in the city of Bandung will prosecute four exotic dancers arrested at clubs on New Year's Eve for allegedly violating a new anti-pornography law, a police spokesman said Wednesday. The female dancers and two male club managers were detained in Bandung, in West Java province, a few days ago.

Posted in Crime @ 07 January 2010 01:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crackdown on illegal hotels and clubs Community enforcement officers have finally begun to take decisive action against Badung regency accommodation and night entertainment venues who have failed to secure required licenses and permits in support of their operations.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 October 2009 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1.74 tons of marijuana seized by Sukabumi police The regional police of Sukabumi has seized some 1.74 tons of dried marijuana when it raided a house in the city of Sukabumi last Friday. The raid was a joint operation between the National Narcotics Brigade and the police in the region. The total value of the drugs is estimated at 6 billion Rupiah (410.000 euro). The drugs were already prepared for distribution. Four suspects were arrested during the raid.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 September 2009 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


3.6 million drug addicts in Indonesia The Badan Narkotika Nasional (BNN, National Narcotics Brigade) in Indonesia has said that the country currently has 3.6 million registered addicts of various kinds of narcotics. It is estimated that only some ten percent of the cases around drug abuse surfaces, which makes people believe that the problem is in fact far larger.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 August 2009 03:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The long history of Jemaah Islamiyah and Indonesia, 2 The JI was established as a loose confederation of several Islamic groups. Sometime around 1969, two men, Abu Bakar Bashir,and Abdullah Sungkar, began an operation to propagate the Darul Islam movement, a conservative strain of Islam. Darul Islam was almost eliminated in the 1950s after members belonging to that sect instigated a rebellion in an effort to create an Islamic state in parts of Indonesia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 July 2009 13:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Purse snatcher shot by police near Ubud Ubud area police are continuing their crackdown on muggers and purse snatchers who have been targeting tourist visitors. On Wednesday, June 24, 2009, police capture two young men were apprehended in the process of snatching a purse near Ubud. One of the men, 20-year-old Lukman Hakim of Jembrana, Java, was shot by police in the thigh after he reportedly tried to evade capture.

Posted in Crime @ 29 June 2009 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreigners dead after drinking poisonous rice wine Holidaymakers in Bali have been given a grim warning: avoid traditional rice and palm wine on the Indonesian resort island or face an agonising death. At least 25 people have been killed in the past week, including four foreign tourists, after a batch of the liquor, known as arak, was heavily cut with methanol.

Posted in Health @ 03 June 2009 06:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia is running out of imported alcohol quickly The Indonesian government has put new import regulations in place as well as a massive tax hike creating a Customs clampdown on Indonesia’s alcohol supplies leading up to the Christmas holiday season, according to a report in Bali Update this week. Much to the frustration of hotel and restaurant operators, alcohol supplies have been reduced to a trickle, leaving many guests disappointed by not being able to enjoy their favourite beverage.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2008 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gloomy future for Adam Air as investor retreats Following the latest safety incident involving an Adam Air flight that slid off the runway at Batam's Hang Nadim Airport on March 10, 2008, the Indonesian Department of Civil Aviation has threatened to "freeze" the airlines Air Operating Certificate if the carrier's management is unable to quickly correct its safety management shortcomings.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2008 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


70% of villa's on Bali illegal Tempo Interaktif reports that an estimated 70% of villas in Bali operated commercially do not have the required permits and licenses. In the Regency of Badung, where most villa development is centered, only 253, or approximately 35%, of the 711 villas recently surveyed can be considered legal operations.

Posted in General @ 07 July 2007 11:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights group: 'Police killing, raping civilians in Papua' Security forces killed and beat unarmed civilians, raped women during operations against separatists in the province of Papua according to Human Rights Watch. Police chief General Sutanto denied any abuses were taking place in the remote region where mistrust between indigenous people and security forces runs high after years of military crackdowns.

Posted in Crime @ 05 July 2007 17:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge stash of weapons found in Yogyakarta An anti-terrorist unit of the Indonesian police has found a huge stash of weapons and explosives in a house in Yogyakarta following tips from suspects arrested earlier this week. A spokesman of the police said this yesterday. On Tuesday night, a suspected militant was shot dead and another wounded while several others were arrested. They are believed to be linked to Abu Dujana, the leader of Jemaah Islamyah, the Southeast Asian militant network.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 March 2007 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Central Sulawesi situation may be exploding soon Australian and Indonesian intelligence reports signal that murderous sectarian violence is to return to the area of Poso, Central Sulawesi. Last week, information was released concerning islamic militants that have been blamed for a series of deadly bombings in Jakarta and Bali could be in the last stages of planning fresh attacks in Poso. Australia warned nationals to avoild travelling to Central Sulawesi. The United States and New Zealand have issued similar warnings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 February 2007 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso violence could help Indonesia militants regroup Renewed trouble in Indonesia's central Sulawesi island, long the site of deadly Christian-Muslim rivalry, underscores how communal tensions may help reinvigorate the country's militant Islamic movement.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 January 2007 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two years of SBY: Bouquet for Aceh, brickbat for economy As he heads into his third year as Indonesia's president on Friday, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono enjoys respectable popularity, but is struggling to ignite Southeast Asia's largest economy, analysts say. The 57-year-old former general, who was nominated for a Nobel peace prize for overseeing a peace pact with separatist rebels in Aceh, has crafted a respected image abroad, but at home the battles he faces are more complex.

Posted in Politics @ 29 October 2006 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia deports 5 Saudis in marriage scandal The Indonesian Immigration Office has deported five of seven Saudi Arabian nationals arrested on Monday for misusing their visas by entering into short-term marriages with local women, local media reported Thursday. The officials said the five held temporary visit visas but had married women in the Puncak resort in the Jakarta suburb of Bogor in a short-term arrangement.

Posted in General @ 03 August 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ICG: Women, the poor singled out by Aceh sharia enforcers Women and the poor are experiencing unfair treatment due to overzealous enforcement of sharia bylaws in Nanggroe Aceh Darusssalam, an influential think tank said. The Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report made available to The Jakarta Post on Monday that haphazardly recruited, poorly disciplined and inadequately supervised sharia police were practicing a form of moral vigilantism that singled out women and the poor.

Posted in Religion @ 02 August 2006 10:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


107 Sri Lankan illegal immigrants arrested in Bogor Indonesian officials Saturday said they have arrested more than 100 illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka in the latest crackdown on human trafficking. A total of 107 Sri Lankan men were detained when immigration officials raided two houses Thursday in the resort town of Cisarua, said Muhammad Indra, a director with Indonesia's immigration department.

Posted in General @ 11 June 2006 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aussie faces 10 years jail in Indonesia An Australian woman arrested with a small amount of marijuana on the Indonesian island of Lombok faces court on Monday, with the possibility of a 10-year jail sentence. Local resident Barbara Kathleen Higgs, 43, was arrested in February, allegedly with 50 grams of cannabis and two small bags of seeds, at the resort beach of Sengiggi, where she part-owns a hotel named the Bulan Baru, or New Moon.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 May 2006 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutor: Bali bombings were to avenge Muslim deaths Four suspected Islamic militants went on trial today for their alleged roles in last year’s suicide bombings on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, attacks a prosecutor said were aimed at avenging Muslims’ deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. If found guilty, they could face the death penalty under anti-terror laws. Security was tight at the Denpasar trials, the first to be held over the triple bombings that killed 20 people and were blamed on Jemaah Islamiyah, an al-Qaida-linked south-east Asian terror group.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 May 2006 09:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Sharia-based bylaws violate Constitution' Tangerang is firmly in the spotlight after the issuance of a controversial bylaw to eradicate prostitution in the municipality. It also issued another bylaw that bans liquor. Syafi'i Anwar, executive director of the International Centre for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP), shared his views with Ridwan Max Sijabat >on what is happening in the region.

Posted in Religion @ 04 May 2006 00:00 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


Taliban-style Islamic police terrorizing Aceh Dewi Haryanti was in a hurry. The 25-year-old was exchanging her hotel waitress uniform for street clothes for the trip to her second job at a boutique she owns with her sisters in the capital of Indonesia's tsunami-torn Aceh province.

Posted in Religion @ 12 March 2006 14:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Adam Air offers 'surprise' bonus destinations Indonesia's budget carrier Adam Air is receiving some unwanted scrutiny from law enforcement agencies and Indonesian Air Transportation officials following a series of technical and safety incidents that have received front-page publicity across the nation.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 February 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali sentences stoke tensions with Indonesia Australia was last night bracing itself for more tension with Indonesia following the death sentences handed down to two Bali Nine ringleaders and the life sentences that will possibly see the other ring members die in Indonesian jails. Andrew Chan, 22, and Myuran Sukumaran, 24, were convicted of drug smuggling at Denpasar District Court and face death by firing squad unless they launch a successful appeal or are granted a presidential pardon.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 February 2006 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


CPJ condemns government ban of critical radio station The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the local Southeast Maluku government's order to shut down Radio Gelora Tavlul, a popular station in eastern Indonesia known for its criticism of the local government. Authorities accompanied by police entered the radio station in the remote city of Tual, capital of the Southeast Maluku regency, about 1,600 miles (2,575 kilometers) east of Jakarta, on Thursday and ordered it to stop broadcasting because its business license had expired.

Posted in General @ 20 December 2005 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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 escalates hunt for terror leader Police said they were narrowing in on a Southeast Asia terror ringleader Friday, with thousands of troops going door-to-door, checking cars, and combing railway and bus stations in central Indonesia. The discovery of more than 30 bombs inside Azahari‘s hideout, many of them small devices easily contained in backpacks, set off speculation that Jemaah Islamiyah was planning more terror strikes and added urgency to the hunt.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 November 2005 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bounty turns up heat on JI mystery man Southeast Asia's most wanted man is very similar to the terrorist groups he represents low profile, well travelled, little known and explosive. Dulmatin, now 35 and at the top of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) organisation, won notoriety last week when the US State Department's Rewards for Justice programme put a $10-million bounty on information leading to his capture or death.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia calls on religious leaders to help fight terrorism Religious leaders must condemn terrorism in the world's most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia's vice president said Friday, after police warned that a new generation of Islamic militants were behind the latest suicide bombings on Bali island.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 October 2005 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security tightened after Bali suicide bombings Security was tightened across Indonesia Sunday after suicide bombers detonated a string of explosions at tourist hot-spots on the island of Bali, killing 19 and injuring at least 132. The attacks -- two at cafes near Jimbaran and one at a restaurant in Kuta's main square -- came less than two weeks ahead of the third anniversary of 2002's deadly nightclub bombings in Bali.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Australian model detained with 2,000 Ecstasy tablets in Medan A 21-year old Australian has been arrested in Medan, the capital of Indonesia's North Sumatra province, for allegedly distributing the party drug Ecstasy, police said Monday, after authorities allegedly found more than 2,000 tablets in his possession. The man, described as an English teacher, was seized at a house he rented in Medan on Saturday, police said in a statement. If convicted, he could be sentenced to death.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 August 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Microsoft amnesty for Indonesia Microsoft is to grant Indonesia an amnesty on pirated versions of Windows used on government computers in exchange for a token payment, a report says. Under the deal, up to 50,000 computers running illegal software would be legalised at a dollar each, Information Minister Sofyan Djalil was quoted as saying in the Jakarta Post daily today.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2005 10:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 reactions


Indonesia plans new measures to quell fuel price protests Indonesia's government will offer incentives for public transport operators to keep their fares down in an effort to quell widespread protests following major fuel price hikes, a report said. Transport Minister Hatta Rajasa said the package of measures would include an exemption from import duties on commercial passenger vehicles while a crackdown would be launched on corruption and crime plaguing the industry.

Posted in Politics @ 07 March 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hilton Hotels raise security in Indonesia Hilton Hotels Corp. tightened security Thursday at its three Indonesian properties after authorities ordered a nationwide security crackdown following warnings from foreign governments that terrorists were preparing to launch attacks against Western targets. Australia's warning was unusually specific, saying it had ``credible information'' that terrorists could be targeting the Hilton Hotel chain in the country. The United States, Britain, New Zealand and Japan also issued warnings but did not mention specific targets.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt expels US think tank expert A leading American expert on Indonesia's terrorist groups has been ordered out of the country after authorities accused her of violating visa regulations. Sidney Jones, however, had earlier said the national intelligence agency chief had complained that her International Crisis Group published false reports that had damaged the country's image. Jones said she was issued with a deportation order late Tuesday. It cited immigration violations, and was effective immediately, she said.

Posted in Politics @ 02 June 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[update] Jakarta enforces 12 year old seat belt law, 235 fined Twelve years after a law was passed forcing drivers to wear seat belts, police in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Wednesday began enforcing it. "We are, starting today, enforcing the law that requires drivers and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts," said a national police spokesman, Zainuri Lubis. Lubis said Jakarta drivers who refuse to belt up could face a fine of up to one million rupiah (115 dollars) or up to a month in jail.

Posted in Politics @ 05 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia cuts access to Aceh ahead of vote Indonesia has increased restrictions on foreign journalists trying to visit war-torn Aceh province ahead of April parliamentary elections, the foreign ministry said Thursday. As part of a lengthy bureaucratic process, reporters will now have to submit six different documents, including a recommendation letter from the general electoral commission, before the military will issue a permit. "We have to know that the reporters have a clear purpose there. This is so the military can protect them," said Marti Natalegawa, a foreign ministry spokesman.

Posted in Elections @ 26 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta sends crack troops to Aceh The Indonesian military (TNI) has escalated its security crackdown on rebels of the Free Aceh Movement with the dispatch on Christmas of three battalions of the newly-formed elite Raiders Unit to the troubled province. The crack troops - each Raider is touted to be equivalent to three normal soldiers because of the improved training and weaponry - will be tasked with hunting down leaders of the separatist movement who have waged an insurrection against Jakarta rule for the last three decades.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta tightens grip on Aceh and Papua Indonesia's military (TNI) showed signs this week of tightening its hold on Aceh and Papua, two resource-rich regions at either ends of the sprawling archipelago that have voiced separatist sentiments and seen much violence in recent years. On Thursday, military chief General Endriartono Sutarto said he would immediately dispatch four fresh battalions, or 2,000 troops, to Papua. The move followed violent anti-government protests in Papua that have killed five in the past two weeks.

Posted in Violence @ 06 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia in all-out bid to crush Aceh rebels Indonesian troops are pressing ahead with a military offensive against separatists in the province of Aceh. After three months of fighting following the collapse of a peace deal, army commanders said more than 800 Muslim fighters had been killed and around 1,000 captured out of an estimated rebel force of 5,000 or fewer.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 31 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia asks Malaysia to arrest Aceh rebel leader Indonesian police have asked Malaysia to arrest a senior Aceh rebel leader who reportedly escaped to the neighboring nation after a massive military offensive in the province, a top officer said on Tuesday. The whereabouts of Sofyan Daud, a key rebel leader and spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), are still unclear. However, Indonesian police are checking media reports that he was in Malaysia after Daud spoke to several local newspapers by satellite phone.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 29 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebels may bolt Indonesia peace talks A chief rebel negotiator threatened Friday to withdraw from talks with the Indonesian government over the disputed province of Aceh, but he later traveled to Tokyo, where the two sides were to meet this weekend. Zaini Abdullah said he would not negotiate until the government releases five rebel delegates who police arrested Friday as they prepared to leave the provincial capital, Banda Aceh. Authorities said the men violated a requirement to register before leaving the region.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh security beefed up Hundreds of Indonesian troops patrolled the restive province of Aceh on Wednesday, a day before the government was expected to announce a major crackdown on separatist rebels. The Free Aceh Movement ignored a government deadline to disarm by Monday, drop its long-held claims of independence for the province and accept a regional autonomy package.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Monitors pull out of Aceh More than 50 monitors - most of them from Thailand and the Philippines - have left for the nearby North Sumatran capital of Medan, according to the Geneva-based Henry Dunant Centre (HDC), which brokered a peace deal in the province last year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 12 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First Bali bombings trial begins The trial of the first suspect in the October 12 Bali bombings has begun with around 3,000 security personnel deployed in and around the courthouse on the Indonesian resort island.

Posted in Protests @ 12 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bracing for violence Indonesia's entire 250,000-strong police force has been put on full alert as the world's largest Muslim nation braces for a backlash on the eve of a US-led war on Iraq. Intelligence sources say serious threats of violence, including bombings, may be carried out by Muslim radicals belonging to the same network as that responsible for the October Bali bombings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to release Bali suspect sketches today In a signal of progress in the case of the Bali bomb blasts that killed at least 184 people, Indonesian police plan to release sketches on Wednesday of possible suspects. "We are going to issue the sketches today both in Bali and Jakarta," Edward Aritonang, deputy national police chief, said. He told Reuters by telephone from Bali that the simultaneous release was scheduled for 2 p.m. (0600 GMT) Bali time.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian cleric taken from hospital amid clash Indonesian police removed a militant Muslim cleric suspected of regional terror links from his hospital bed in central Java on Monday as his supporters and security forces clashed outside. A police spokesman said Abu Bakar Bashir would be flown straight to Jakarta, where he faces questioning over several extremist acts in Indonesia, although not the October 12 bomb blasts on the resort island of Bali.

Posted in Violence @ 28 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia split over terror response Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri's hand in fighting growing militancy in the country was strengthened yesterday after the two largest Muslim groups here backed her government's tough new anti-terrorism regulations. But the support from the Nadhlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah organisations was tempered with a warning to security forces: The law should not be used carte blanche against all Muslim radicals in Indonesia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests Islamic leader Indonesia issued a tough anti-terror decree Saturday that would punish the Bali bombers with the death penalty, while the spiritual leader of an Islamic group suspected in the attack was arrested in connection with a spate of church bombings two years ago. Nearly a week after bombs exploded in a nightclub district on the resort island, killing at least 183 people and injuring more than 300, the world's most populous Muslim country appeared to be heeding months of calls to crack down on terrorism.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 October 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clues yet to emerge linking cleric to Bali bombs Picking through the charred ruins of the Sari nightclub, Indonesian investigators and FBI agents must wonder if they will stumble across a clue to the Bali bomb that will lead them to the door of a bespectacled Islamic cleric. Four days ago the names of Abu Bakar Bashir and the Jemaah Islamiah (Islamic Community) -- of which some foreign intelligence agencies say he is the spiritual leader -- were little known outside Southeast Asia.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 October 2002 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia police, students clash Police used tear gas and water cannon Wednesday to quell a student demonstration that sought the disbanding of the former ruling party whose chairman was convicted of corruption. About 300 protesters, some with Molotov cocktails, fought with security forces outside a Golkar Party office in the capital, Jakarta. The fighting spread to a nearby university campus.

Posted in Violence @ 10 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Many Indonesian workers have died in camp Nearly 50 illegal Indonesian workers stuck in a refugee centre after fleeing Malaysia have died in the past month from a range of illnesses, and relief workers fear the toll could rise, local media said on Saturday. They said at least 25,000 workers stranded in the Indonesian town of Nunukan, near the border with Malaysia's Sabah state, were getting inadequate food and medical care, while more workers were streaming in each day to avoid tough new Malaysian laws.

Posted in General @ 31 August 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


News blackout in restive Maluku extended Fearful that a pro-independence celebration on Friday could lead to clashes between Muslims and Christians, authorities in Indonesia's Maluku province have imposed a news blackout for the rest of the month. The news blackout - first put in place on April 10 - is part of a widespread crackdown aimed at keeping the peace in the war-torn province 2,600 kilometers (1,600 miles) east of Jakarta.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 23 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In August last year, U.S. intelligence agents learned that Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist network had obtained a highly detailed, hand-drawn map of the U.S. diplomatic compound here.

Posted in Religion @ 11 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Aceh rebels agree to extend cease-fire The Indonesian government and rebel Aceh negotiators agreed to extend a cease-fire by one month, replacing an existing cessation of violence that is due to expire Monday. The continuation of the truce is expected to buy time to calm the unsettled province, where rebels have stepped up their drive for separation from Jakarta in the months since East Timor decided on independence in a United Nations sponsored vote. A joint statement issued in Geneva said the "moratorium on violence" would allow the Free Aceh movement and Jakarta to "substantially revise the security arrangements" to make them more effective, to cut down on violence and to improve human rights.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 10 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's return to tough measures to squash separatist movements in outlying provinces will only strengthen the rebels' cause and bring more bloodshed to the violence-plagued nation. Analysts warn that the shift from a reconciliatory stance to the use of force also marks the rising influence of hardliners and staunch nationalists in the political elite over President Abdurrahman Wahid's beleaguered government.

Posted in Politics @ 12 December 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian show of force Indonesian police have stepped up their hunt for separatists in Irian Jaya, after a big show of strength in the capital, Jayapura, ahead of an independence rally on Friday. Jakarta has warned the separatists they will face a tough crackdown if they declare independence, and has sent an extra 1,300 elite reserve troops to the province in anticipation of unrest. Separatist tensions have long been brewing in this restive, most easterly province in the archipelago, which Jakarta took over from Dutch colonial rule in the early 1960s.

Posted in Politics @ 30 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Glodok erupts after raids on pirated VCDs Rioting broke out in the capital's predominantly ethnic- Chinese business district of Glodok on Saturday morning after police raided street vendors selling pirated video compact discs (VCDs). At least four shops in the Harco Glodok electronic goods shopping center and several others along with two automobile showrooms on nearby Jl. Gajah Mada and Jl. Hayam Wuruk were set alight and vandalized. Looting was also reported from some of the shops affected.

Posted in Violence @ 14 May 2000 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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