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Agung Laksono hopes Prabowo will concede defeat A senior minister has urged Prabowo Subianto to accept the decision of the General Elections Commission (KPU) to name the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla pair as the winner of the presidential election held on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 23 July 2014 19:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo rejects presidential election process Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto here Tuesday rejected the presidential election process saying that there have been massive electoral frauds during the election day.

Posted in Elections @ 22 July 2014 15:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US congratulates Indonesia on its successful elections The US government has congratulated the people of Indonesia on its successful presidential elections on Wednesday, the US here said on its official website.

Posted in Elections @ 10 July 2014 18:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU asks two candidates to respect official results The General Elections Commission (KPU) Chairman Husni Kamil Manik has called on both the presidential candidate pairs to respect the official results of the presidential election by the KPU.

Posted in Elections @ 10 July 2014 17:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jusuf Kalla urges police to arrest man behind Vice presidential candidate Jusuf Kalla has urged the police to immediately arrest the publisher of "Obor Rakyat" tabloid that has so far spread slanders about presidential candidate Joko Widodo.

Posted in Politics @ 13 June 2014 22:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo-Hatta, Jokowi-JK gaining balanced support The Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa and the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla (Jokowi-JK) presidential candidate pairs are still gaining balanced public support, noted a survey institute director.

Posted in Elections @ 12 June 2014 20:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo-Hatta pair ready for honest, peaceful election The Prabowo-Hatta presidential and vice presidential candidate pair have expressed their readiness to ensure an honest and peaceful election by avoiding acts that can be detrimental to the people of Indonesia.

Posted in Politics @ 04 June 2014 18:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi wants all parties to be merry during campaigns Presidential candidate Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has expressed hope that all parties will be merry during the presidential election campaigns between June 4 and July 5, 2014.

Posted in Politics @ 04 June 2014 18:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: Next govt must focus on fighting corruption' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono stated that fighting corruption should become one of the main tasks of the next government. "We are aware that there are still several homework (left to be done), among others, corruption cases," President Yudhoyono clarified during the opening of a national development planning meeting here on Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 April 2014 16:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer raises suspicion over Jokowi-Blake meeting A political observer accused US Ambassador Robert O Blake of seeking to implant US influence on Indonesian presidential hopeful Joko Widodo when they met here on Monday.

Posted in Politics @ 15 April 2014 19:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislative elections peaceful: Chief security minister Chief Security Minister Djoko Suyanto stated here on Thursday that the legislative elections on April 9 had gone off peacefully and smoothly.

Posted in Elections @ 10 April 2014 19:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia kicks off parliamentary elections Indonesians cast their votes in parliamentary elections held simultaneously across the nation, which is the biggest democracy after India and the United States, on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2014 07:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President declares poll day public holiday President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has signed a decree declaring April 9, 2014 a public holiday to allow voters to cast their votes in the legislative election.

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 2014 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Police chief: 'Political rivalry behind Aceh deadly shooting' Indonesian Police Chief General Sutarman said political rivalry among parties was related to the Monday evening shooting that killed three people in Aceh Province; none of the election violence perpetrators had been arrested.

Posted in Violence @ 02 April 2014 21:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pros and cons of Jokowi`s presidential candidacy Many Indonesians have hailed the presidential candidacy of Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, who has been idolized for his down-to-earth style of governance.

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2014 17:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP able to face smear campaign on Jokowi The Indonesian Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) has stated that it believed it could face smear campaign that has so far been launched on its presidential candidate, Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2014 18:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati calls on students to monitor 2014 elections Opposition party leader Megawati Soekarnoputri called on students here on Saturday not to become absentee voters, but to help monitor the upcoming general elections. "Do not become absentee voters, because if we do we might get a leader that we do not want. We, instead, must monitor the election to avoid fraud," she said before students of Surabaya University.

Posted in Elections @ 01 March 2014 23:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Supreme Court judge reports Trans7 for alleged defamation Gayus Lumbuun, a Supreme Court judge, reported to police Trans7 television station, for presenting a story alleging him of receiving a bribe in legal case involving two popular singers, Julia Perez and Dewi Persik.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 26 February 2014 23:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nasdem chief raises concern over increasing corruption The general chairman of National Democrat Party (NasDem), Surya Paloh, expressed concern over corruption in the country that still continued despite reform and has even spread to almost all sectors.

Posted in Politics @ 23 February 2014 23:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boediono refuses to attend hearing on Bank Century scandal Vice President Boediono has refused to attend a hearing with the House of Representatives (DPR) team supervising the revelation of Bank Century bailout scandal on Wednesday, the Vice Presidents spokesman Yopie Hidayat stated.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 February 2014 17:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House summons Boediono over Bank Century scandal Former Bank Indonesia governor Boediono will be summoned by the House of Representatives (DPR) monitoring team in relation to the Bank Century bailout scandal on Wednesday, a legislator stated here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2014 23:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former chief justice calls to end political oligarchy Former constitutional court chief justice Mahfud MD has called on the people to put an end to political oligarchy, which has so far dominated governance and is not good for a democracy.

Posted in Politics @ 18 February 2014 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Corby's parole will not undermine justice system' Justice and human rights minister Amir Syamsuddin said the governments decision to grant parole to Australian drug dealer Schapelle Leigh Corby would not undermine the countrys justice system.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 February 2014 21:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Do not let radicalism grow' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said radicalism and extreme ideas must not be allowed to grow in Indonesia because they would only disrupt current peaceful and harmonious relations between different religious followers.

Posted in Religion @ 27 December 2013 23:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Democracy must include peace, economic growth' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said democracy could not operate alone, but must proceed side-by-side with peace, stability and economic growth so that democracy benefits the people.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2013 23:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Expect low number of absentee voters if Jokowi runs A researcher from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Prof Ikrar Nusa Bhakti, said voter turnout would be higher if Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) runs for president in 2014.

Posted in Politics @ 27 September 2013 20:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PAN, Gerindra reject bill on mass organizations The factions of the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) have rejected the endorsement of the Bill on Mass Organizations (RUU Ormas).

Posted in Politics @ 02 July 2013 23:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono leads Taufiq`s funeral ceremony President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led the funeral ceremony of Chairman of the People`s Consultative Assembly Taufiq Kiemas at the Kalibata Heroes` Cemetery in South Jakarta on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2013 21:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Indonesia breaks democracy myths' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said Indonesia had broken a number of myths and stereotypes about democracy during his democratization processes.

Posted in Politics @ 23 April 2013 15:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of workers hold rally in Jakarta Thousands of workers from the Indonesian Metal Workers Federation (FSPMI) of the greater Jakarta area (Jabodetabek) held a rally here on Wednesday, demanding social security benefits and refusing low wages. "The rally also marks the organization`s 14th anniversary celebration," said the organization`s President Said Iqbal.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2013 15:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No indication of toppling of President Yudhoyono A survey institute director has stated that there are no indications that suggest the toppling of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, despite the current legal and political climate in the country.

Posted in Politics @ 13 December 2012 21:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert: 'Indonesia`s Democracy Index declines' The value of Indonesia`s democracy has declined over the past few years blamed on the attitude of both the people and the government officials, an expert says.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2012 14:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Leading environmentalist attacked on Bali The Bali police have established a special task force to investigate a brutal physical attack suffered by Gendo Suardana, a leading environmental activist in Bali that occurred on Monday, November 5, 2012.

Posted in Crime @ 17 November 2012 05:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to receive several leaders in Bali President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Friday was scheduled to hold separate bilateral talks with several leaders attending the Bali Democracy Forum.

Posted in Politics @ 09 November 2012 11:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono starts three-day visit in Britain Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in the company of First Lady Ani Yudhoyono and entourage, arrived at the Heathrow international airport, London at about 6.0 p.m. local time or 40 minutes earlier than the schedule.

Posted in Politics @ 31 October 2012 12:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Yogyakarta`s privileges reflect respect of state' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stated that Law No.13/2012 on Yogyakarta`s Special Status reflects the state`s respect for the unique powers of the Yogyakarta local government.

Posted in Politics @ 10 October 2012 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer: 'Bounty for arrest of president baseless' The bounty offered by separatist group Free West Papua Movement for the arrest of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his October visit to Britain has no legal basis, according to an observer.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2012 22:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to visit Mongolia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to make an official visit to Mongolia from September 5 to 7, an official said on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 04 September 2012 22:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hillary Clinton to visit Indonesia on September 3 US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit Indonesia on September 3, to discuss with senior Indonesian officials about the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership and respective engagements on regional global issues.

Posted in Politics @ 29 August 2012 14:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakartans urged not to be provoked by video clips Chief security minister Djoko Suyanto has urged the public in Jakarta not to be provoked by a video clip showing provocations and threats in an attempt to prevent people from participating in the next Jakarta gubernatorial election run-off.

Posted in Politics @ 23 August 2012 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia resolves to be leading nation by 2045 President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that Indonesia is determined to become a world leader by 2045.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2012 18:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nation unity should be maintained House of Representatives (DPR) chairman Marzuki Alie said on Thursday that the unitary principles of nationalism and unity amongst Indonesians, which are the hallmark of the country`s independence, should be maintained.

Posted in Politics @ 16 August 2012 17:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda signs agreement to purchase 11 Airbus planes Garuda Indonesia signed an agreement with Airbus on Wednesday to purchase 11 A330-300 planes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 13 April 2012 12:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President asks government officials to remain calm President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked all administration officials to remain calm, think clearly and rationally following the House of Representatives` (DPR) decision to postpone the fuel price hike initially planned as of April 1.

Posted in Politics @ 01 April 2012 00:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President urges demonstrators to remain lawful President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on all elements who wish to conduct demonstrations against the government`s fuel policy to remain lawful and avoid hurting others.

Posted in Politics @ 22 March 2012 14:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Certain group seeking to topple government' The chief patron of the ruling Democrat Party, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, said there were movements seeking to topple the government through an undemocratic way.

Posted in Politics @ 18 March 2012 19:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono calls for strongest action against anarchists President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on the police and law enforcers to take the strongest possible action against anarchists.

Posted in Politics @ 09 March 2012 01:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono concerned about anarchist actions President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed concern about anarchism and violence in many regions due to ignorance amongst people concerning their personal rights.

Posted in Politics @ 25 February 2012 02:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia issues grant for health and water needs Indonesia The government of Australia has issued a 5 trillion Rupiah (U.S.$555 million) grant to Indonesia to assist regions in need of health facilities and clean water, officials said on Saturday.

Posted in Health @ 28 January 2012 14:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US to grant F-16 aircraft to Indonesia The US government will provide a grant of 24 units of F-16 fighter aircraft to Indonesia, US ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel said here Thursday. "The United States will provide the combat aircraft as an aid in an effort to improve the military equipment of the Indonesian government," he said.

Posted in Military @ 10 December 2011 04:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Concern over disrespect to state symbols Indonesian House Speaker Marzuki Alie is concerned over growing disrespect to state symbols in the country. He said here on Monday that "in our democracy now state symbols seemed to have been non-existence. The President as a symbol must be respected (and) may not be humiliated."

Posted in Politics @ 22 November 2011 12:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


WikiLeaks cable: U.S. believed 2007 Jakarta election 'rigged' A newly-released confidential cable from the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia shows that U.S. officials believed the historic 2007 gubernatorial election in Jakarta was rigged.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 September 2011 05:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesian court sentences mob attack victim to prison A Muslim sect member was sentenced on Monday to six months in prison for disobeying police and violent assault in a deadly mob attack perpetrated against him and other Ahmadiyah members, The Jakarta Globe reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 August 2011 02:31 CET by Blog Bot · 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


President Yudhoyono not running for third term in 2014 Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday announced that neither he nor a member of his family would run for the 2014 presidency.

Posted in Politics @ 09 June 2011 15:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


15 countries join UN Human Rights Council Fifteen new countries have been selected to join the United Nations Human Rights Council, including six countries that have never previously served on the Geneva-based body.

Posted in Politics @ 21 May 2011 02:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: 'Torture of suspects normal in Indonesia' Law enforcement officials from police to prison wardens routinely torture Indonesian suspects and convicts to extract confessions or obtain information, a new report asserted Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 02 January 2011 01:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Independent coalition demands politicians out of election commission A coalition of non-governmental organizations on Thursday demanded the Indonesian House of Representatives to cancel the membership of politicians for the General Elections Commissions (KPU), citing conflicts of interest.

Posted in Politics @ 26 November 2010 03:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


CPJ: Playboy editor's case is a test for Indonesia Erwin Arnada, editor of the now-defunct Indonesian edition of Playboy, was released for several hours on Wednesday in order to stand trial at Indonesia's Supreme Court on charges of public indecency. The former chief editor was arrested earlier this month after an arrest warrant was issued for him, allegedly because he failed to show up in court.

Posted in General @ 28 October 2010 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamist creep in Indonesia When Indonesia passed a strict anti-pornography bill in 2008, many feared radical Islamic groups would use it to impose their values on the public at large. If the case currently hitting the headlines is any indication, they were right.

Posted in Politics @ 25 June 2010 05:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Obama to arrive in Indonesia on June 14 While the exact date of U.S. President Obama's visit to Indonesia and Bali remains unclear, Detik.com reports that U.S. Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs, Maria Otero, revealed during her recent visit to Jakarta that Obama's Indonesia visit would commence on June 14, 2010.

Posted in Politics @ 30 May 2010 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI gets to keep a grave as reward for murder He was most probably completely absent-minded when he decided that the grave of some dead descendant of Muhammad in Koja, northern Jakarta, should become a national historic monument. Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo made this decision less than 24 hours after a bloody riot between civil police and members of the radical islamic FPI ('Front Pembela Islam', Islamic Defenders' Front) yesterday.

Posted in Religion @ 15 April 2010 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Democrats: 'Being gay in Indonesia is a Constitutional right' Politicians from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party have finally come into action by unlawful actions against gay and lesbians in the country. Although their actions seem too little too late, they are clear that that gays and lesbians have the constitutional right to hold a congress wherever and whenever they wish.

Posted in Religion @ 26 March 2010 08:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


25,000 Rupiah for one day of demonstrating For those unfamiliar with the way Indonesia's democracy actually works, demonstrators that get paid for just a days of demonstrating in the heart of the Indonesian capital, might sound strange. It is a fact that it happens, examples were to be found in the streets of Jakarta this afternoon as well. Today there were a number of demonstrations, at least one of them in support of president Yudhoyono.

Posted in Protests @ 28 January 2010 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur to become national hero soon? However he just died last week, Abdurrahman Wahid, or just Gus Dur, is already on the list to become a national hero if you ask his National Awakening Party (PKB). They are not alone in their question to make a national hero from one of the founders of modern-day democratic Indonesia, as many in Indonesia see him. His burial on December 31, 2009 had movie-star allure with thousands greeting his coffin.

Posted in Politics @ 04 January 2010 01:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Ahmadiyah should be respected as well' A series of attacks on followers of the Ahmadiyah religious sect in Indonesia has once again drawn criticism, with an expert in religion and democracy urging the government to exercise its authority when there are violations of human rights.

Posted in Religion @ 16 October 2009 12:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two third of legislators absent at speech president When the president holds a speech in parliament it is normally assumed that most members of parliament do show some interest in at least showing up. Whether they are awake during the speech is another question in this matter. During a speech held by president Yudhoyono earlier, 359 of the 548 members of parliament did not even bother to show up.

Posted in Politics @ 14 August 2009 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia goes to the polls today Indonesia holds legislative elections today, amid concerns about vote buying, fraud and some regional violence in the country. But the elections mark a transition for the young democracy. Indonesia's legislative elections span thousands of islands with more than 40 political parties and tens of thousands of candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2009 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians ignore religious edicts against smoking, yoga Indonesia's most powerful Islamic scholars weren't looking for a debate when they handed down their latest fatwas on how to be a good Muslim. But they still got an argument and, perhaps worse, a chorus of "Who cares?" after decreeing that it is haram, or forbidden, to smoke in public, or for children and pregnant women to have a puff of tobacco anywhere.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2009 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radical wind blows stronger than ever through Indonesia With the adoption of the 'anti-pornography' laws yesterday, Indonesia is approaching more and more the ideal image of a remote province of the Middle East. With adopting the law, which has been pushed forward by the radical-Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) and the MUI (Council of Islamic Scholars) for almost a decade now, it is now possible to act on your own when you see something that is not acceptable for you. In most countries that would be called 'taking matters into your own hands', but not anymore in Indonesia, where a young democracy is buried under a thick layer of radical-Islamic mud.

Posted in Religion @ 31 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Youth key to new political party In the lead-up to Indonesia’s 2009 elections, a new left party has been formed. The National Liberation Party of Unity (Papernas) was founded on the basis of three main demands: the cancellation of Indonesia’s foreign debt, the nationalisation of the minerals sector, including oil and gas, and national industrialisation.

Posted in Politics @ 29 July 2007 15:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Leftist Dita Sari 2009 presidential candidate Dita Sari, a leader of Indonesia's People's Democratic Party (PRD), has vowed to run as a candidate for the leftist Papernas alliance in Indonesia's next presidential polls despite threats by radical Islamists. "We will not be intimidated," said Dita in an interview with Adnkronos International (AKI). Papernas has been labelled "communist" - an ideology and party prohibited in Indonesia - and last week its supporters were attacked by members of the Front Pembela Islam (FPI). "I will do everything to take part in the presidential elections," Dita said.

Posted in Politics @ 04 April 2007 15:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dutch government to return historic documents on Aceh The Dutch government will return historic documents and books on Aceh to the provincial administration in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD). This was told by governor Irwandi Yusuf. "Dutch Ambassador to Indonesia Nikolaos van Dam is scheduled to return the copies of all documents and books on the history of Aceh on February 28," Irwandi said.

Posted in General @ 26 February 2007 04:34 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


Speaking in Islamic tongues in Indonesia For those recently heaping praise on Indonesia for its moderate Muslim and emerging democratic credentials, consider the case of Islamic preacher Yusman Roy. Last year Roy was sentenced to two years in prison on blasphemy charges for leading Muslim prayers at an East Java Islamic school in his native Bahasa Indonesia rather than Arabic as conservative religious councils require. In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, the language issue pitches modern, liberal interpretations of Islam, known broadly here as abangan, against conservative orthodox views, represented broadly as santri.

Posted in Religion @ 16 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush doesn't receive warm welcome in Indonesia Ignoring monsoon rain and thunder, hundreds of people gathered in Indonesia's former colonial capital of Bogor on Monday to demonstrate against a visit by US president George W Bush. Amid security concerns, the president only made a short stop-over in Indonesia, the last leg of an Asia tour that included Singapore and Vietnam which was hosting the APEC summit.

Posted in Politics @ 21 November 2006 02:37 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 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


Indonesian leader tells military to respect democracy Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told the once-powerful military on Thursday to press ahead with internal reforms and respect democracy. "Continue the reform process and respect democracy," Yudhoyono said in a speech at a ceremony marking the military's 61st anniversary. "Democracy must continue to blossom and strengthen along with the establishment of the rule of law and a government which is free from corruption and other ills," he said.

Posted in Military @ 07 October 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What Indonesia can learn from Thai military coup Politics in new democracies like Thailand has always sprung surprises. While Prime Minister Thaksin Sinawatra visited New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Thai army chief Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin led a bloodless coup and declared himself the temporary prime minister. It is interesting to observe that the coup did not spark social unrest, as if it were business as usual. On top of that, the tacit endorsement of revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej was a crucial factor behind the smooth process of the coup.

Posted in Politics @ 05 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Need for speed in Indonesia Two years into his five-year term, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono presents himself as a sincere, hard-working reformer, a long-distance runner pacing himself on a marathon run. But many Indonesians think the country needs a sprinter.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2006 14:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Speedy release of Suharto's son raises questions In 2002, the superrich son of former dictator Suharto was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the murder of judge, a verdict hailed as a watershed in Indonesia's battle to create a legal system capable of punishing the powerful. But this month - just four years later - Tommy Suharto is due for release on parole.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2006 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Goodbye pluralism Houses of worship are an important topic of discussion for many people, as the recent debate over them showed. The impression was that people put more importance on the buildings themselves than on practicing the good deeds taught inside them. The heated debate revolved around drawing up new rules on church or mosque construction to replace an antiquated joint ministerial decree. If any issue reflects the nation's progress, it is this one. After 61 years as a free nation we are still fighting over rudimentary matters of religion.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pancasila values must be implemented Belief in one supreme God, humanism, national unity, consultative democracy and social justice. These five principles came into the minds of Indonesia's founding fathers when they discussed the country's ideology. The five principles later became what we now know as Pancasila or the five pillars.

Posted in Politics @ 09 July 2006 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising radicalism, intolerance threaten Indonesia's diversity Fifty years ago, Clifford Geertz wrote: " ... archipelagic in geography, eclectic in civilization, and heterogeneous in culture, Indonesia flourishes when it accepts and capitalizes on its diversity and disintegrates when it denies and suppresses it". The comment, part of Geertz's assessment of the political situation in Indonesia in the late fifties, also anticipates the future of Indonesia.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Group says Pancasila way to halt assault on pluralism Pro-democracy supporters and scholars are urging the upholding of the founding Pancasila state ideology to thwart hardline religious groups attempting to impose a monotheistic belief system. The group -- including socialist Rahman Toleng, lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis, economist Faisal Basri and former education and culture minister Fuad Hassan -- noted that Pancasila was not an absolute doctrine but a compromise reached by the founding fathers who realized the pluralistic nature of the new nation.

Posted in General @ 01 June 2006 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu in Indonesia, one death every 2.5 days in May Indonesia averaged one human bird flu death every 2 1/2 days in May, putting it on pace to soon surpass Vietnam as the world's hardest-hit country. The latest death, announced Wednesday, was a 15-year-old boy whose preliminary tests were positive for the H5N1 virus. It comes as international health officials express growing frustration that they must fight Indonesia's stifling bureaucracy as well as the disease.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 June 2006 07:09 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


Ailing ex-president sees light of redemption Ailing ex-president of Indonesia Soeharto sees the possibility of being redeemed from corruption and atrocity charges, as incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Wednesday planned to confer with top lawmakers over whether to drop such charges against him because of his deteriorating health.

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


Police issue shoot-on-sight for for East Java rioters East Java Police chief Brig. Gen. Herman Suryadi has issued a shoot-on-sight order for rioters following the massive wave of vandalism by disgruntled supporters of a candidate in the Tuban regental elections. Tuban Police intensified their hunt for the masterminds of the violence, Herman said, with a curfew imposed for an indefinite period of time in the area.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2006 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gusdur leaves for Tuban after mass riot Chief patron of the National Awakening Party (PKB), Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid was scheduled to leave for Tuban district, East Java, on Sunday following the mass riots broke out in the district after the direct election of the district head on Thursday. "Yes, he will leave for Surabaya today and proceed to Sidoarjo district for having dialogue with labors in the Sidoarjo`s sport-hall, after that he will visit Jombang district and will end his trip in Tuban district," chairman of East Java chapter of PKB, Imam Nahrawi said here on Sunday.

Posted in Protests @ 30 April 2006 12:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Renowned author Pramoedya Ananta Toer dies aged 81 Renowned Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer, who overcame imprisonment and censorship to publish dozens of stories and novels about his country, died at home among family Sunday, his daughter said. He was 81. Pramoedya was hospitalized Thursday in the intensive care unit of Jakarta's Catholic St. Carolus Hospital with heart trouble and complications from diabetes, but was taken home Saturday at his family's request.

Posted in General @ 30 April 2006 09:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Burmese migrants blown off course to Indonesia A boatload of 77 Burmese men has landed on a small island off the coast of Indonesia's northwestern Aceh province after bad weather blew them off course. Their original destination was Malaysia, where they were hoping to find work. The men, all ethnic Rohingyas, told Indonesian officials they fled Burma on April 15 and were sailing to Malaysia. Storms sent them off course and washed them up Monday on Rondo Island, which lies just off the northern tip of Sumatra island.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 26 April 2006 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Yudhoyono meets Balkenende President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Saturday met with visiting Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who seeks closer ties between the two countries. The two leaders met for 30 minutes, which was followed with bilateral talks between officials of the two countries. But, there was no immediate report about the result of the talks.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2006 11:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Implications of pornography bill and Islamic law In the past few months much has been in the local Press about Sharia regulations in regions of Indonesia as well as the frequently cited Pornography Law being deliberated on in the House. These clippings in the press have been anything but flattering of Sharia which to a practicing Muslim is the crux of his daily interactions. Sharia has been labeled oppressive to women and minorities of other faiths, a step backwards for Indonesia, and an inhibitor to the economy.

Posted in Culture @ 25 March 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


Muslims rally demanding US pull out of Iraq, Afghanistan Thousands of Muslims rallied in front of the tightly guarded U.S. Embassy in Indonesia yesterday, demanding American troops leave Iraq and Afghanistan and calling U.S. President George W. Bush a terrorist. The protesters, many of whom were from the hardline group Hizbut Tharir, were kept well away from the mission, which is ringed by two concrete walls and barbed wire. Some 2,000 police stood watch and two water cannons stood by, but the rally ended peacefully.

Posted in Protests @ 06 March 2006 09:42 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


VP Kalla holds historic meeting with GAM chiefs As snow floated down from the dark skies over Finland's capital Helsinki, Vice President Jusuf Kalla and exiled leaders of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) held a historic meeting aimed at building a long-lasting peace in Aceh. Kalla met for the first time with GAM leaders Malik Mahmud and Zaini Abdullah here Friday evening (early Saturday in Indonesia), following the signing of a peace accord Aug. 15, 2005, to end nearly three decades of separatist fighting.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 January 2006 15:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction
    
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