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Police hunt for prisoner involved in Poso violence cases Police are conducting a hunt for Mohammad Basri who fled several days ago from a prison where he is serving 19 years of his prison term for his involvement in several violent cases in Poso in 2004-2006.

Posted in Violence @ 25 April 2013 14:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Military investigators in Yogyakarta over penitentiary killings A team of military investigators visited the Yogyakarta police command headquarters here on Wednesday in connection with the recent killings of detainees in a penitentiary in Sleman.

Posted in General @ 03 April 2013 17:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three named suspects for killing orangutans Three men had been named suspects for allegedly slaughtering Orangutans in Kutai Timur district, East Kalimantan, an official said.

Posted in Crime @ 21 December 2011 04:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Freeport mine workers killed in ambush in Papua Three mine workers were killed on Friday during an ambush near the Freeport-McMoRan Grasberg mine in the Indonesian province of Papua, police said. It remains unclear who is behind the killings.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 15 October 2011 02:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian soldiers charged with torture after killing civilian Three Indonesian soldiers were indicted for killing a civilian in the province of Papua, which made international headlines after a torture video was made available on the Internet and showed the soldiers' brutality, local media reported Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 21 July 2011 16:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two rare Sumatran elephants killed Two Sumatran elephants have been shot and killed in Indonesia's Bengkulu province, a conservation official said Tuesday. The elephants were killed last week in the Kerinci Seblat National Park, said Dudy Wuryanto, head of the nature conservation agency in the neighbouring province of Jambi. He said the motive for the killings was unclear.

Posted in General @ 31 March 2009 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two small bombs near Freeport mine in eastern Indonesia Two small bombs went off early Friday on a road leading to a massive mine operated by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. in eastern Indonesia and a third unexploded mortar round was found nearby, police said. No one was injured and there was little damage. The near-simultaneous explosions targeted a bridge and a nearby security post 15 kilometers from the Grasberg mine in Papua province, said PT Freeport Indonesia spokesman, Mindo Pangaribuan, refusing to elaborate until the police probe was complete.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 12 September 2008 05:10 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


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


Police killings of alleged militants risk more violence The killings of 15 alleged Islamic militants by police on conflict-ridden Sulawesi island this week risk inflaming Indonesia's terrorist movements and should be independently investigated, a think tank said. The police defended the raid, denying allegations in local media that three of those killed were innocent bystanders and insisting that officers opened fire after they came under attack by well-armed militants.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 25 January 2007 08:55 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


Suspected Muslim militant apologizes for beheadings of Christian girls A suspected Islamic militant told judges Wednesday he took part in the beheadings of three Christian girls on an Indonesian island wracked by sectarian violence to avenge the deaths of Muslims, but apologized to their families. "We are not cool-blooded killers," Hasanuddin told the Central Jakarta District Court. "We just wanted revenge."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 15 November 2006 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian court convicts 7 Papuans for killing Americans An Indonesian court on Tuesday convicted seven men of leading an armed ambush that killed two American school teachers in remote Papua province four years ago, and sentenced the alleged ringleader to life imprisonment. Chief Judge Andriani Nurdin of the Central Jakarta District Court said defendant Antonius Wamang had 'committed a gross violation of human rights for attacking civilians' and deserved harsher punishment than the 20-year sentence asked by prosecutors, the state-run Antara news agency reported.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 November 2006 02:14 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


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest 14 Christians over killings of Muslims Police arrested 14 Christians accused of bludgeoning two Muslim men to death amid anger at the execution of three Roman Catholic militants on Sulawesi island last month, a police officer said Monday. The fish salesmen were killed at an illegal roadblock on the island's main highway and their bodies were buried in a shallow grave nearby, said Central Sulawesi Police Chief Brig. Gen. Badrudin Haiti.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 09 October 2006 15:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four elephants found dead on Sumatra island Four wild elephants have been found dead in the jungles of Indonesia's Sumatra island, and a conservationist said Friday he suspected they were deliberately poisoned. Nurcholis Fadli from the conservation group WWF said the animals were found on Thursday in separate places near Segati, a village in Riau province 900 kilometers (600 miles) northwest of the capital Jakarta.

Posted in Environment @ 22 September 2006 15:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute Christians despite clemency request Indonesia will execute three Christians, on death row for triggering sectarian violence among a mob in 2000, despite renewed pleas for clemency earlier this week, National Police chief General Sutanto said here on Wednesday. General Sutanto said the men's fresh bid for pardon would not be valid due to it being against the country's law, which does not allow two requests to be submitted within two years of each other.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 31 August 2006 06:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia delays planned execution of Bali bombers Indonesia has delayed the scheduled executions of three Muslim militants convicted of carrying out the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed more than 200 people, after their defence attorneys announced they would file a final appeal, a government spokesman said Monday. The condemned men - Imam Samurda and brothers Amrozi Nurhasyim and Ali Gufron - were among more than 30 people convicted in the bombings, many of whom were believed to be members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a South-East Asian offshoot of al-Qaeda.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 August 2006 17:02 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


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


Violence creates island of terror in Indonesia Masked, black-clad and brandishing machetes, the attackers sprang from behind a screen of tall grass and pounced on the four Christian girls as they walked to school. Within seconds, three of the teenagers were beheaded — fresh victims of violence that has turned this Indonesian island into yet another front in the terrorist wars.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 27 December 2005 07:17 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


Azahari, hard work and stupidity If there was ever an occasion when the words "terrorism" and "good news" can ever be used in the same sentence, then Wednesday's police raid that led to the death of bombmaker Dr. Azahari was certainly one of them. It had been a long time coming. The work of the notorious Demolition Man is believed to have been behind four of the worst terrorist attacks in Indonesia -- the Bali bombings of 2002, the JW Marriott Hotel bombing in 2003, the Kuningan bombing in Jakarta in 2004, and last month's bombings in Kuta and Jimbaran.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police identify men in schoolgirl beheadings Police have identified suspects behind the recent beheadings of three schoolgirls in a sectarian violence-plagued area of central Indonesia, local media reports said Friday. Authorities refused to release the suspects' names but said the investigation into the beheadings of the teenagers in Poso district, Central Sulawesi province, was moving forward.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 04 November 2005 07:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt boosts security after girls beheaded Police beefed up security patrols on Sunday in the Poso area, plagued by sectarian violence for years, after mysterious assailants in black beheaded three teenage Christian girls. Six machete-wielding men attacked the 16 to 19-year-old students as they were walking to their school on Saturday on Indonesia's eastern island of Sulawesi, police said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 30 October 2005 08:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


  Three Christian schoolgirls beheaded in C. Sulawesi Three Christian teenage girls were beheaded Saturday in the latest attack against non-Muslims in the troubled Indonesian province of Central Sulawesi, police said. The three high school students were found with their heads severed early Saturday in the sectarian-divided town of Poso, said provincial police spokesman Rais Adam. The girls were believed to have been murdered while they were walking to school, Adam said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 29 October 2005 11:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 299 reactions


Watchdog: Press freedom in Indonesia improving Indonesia has made further progress in terms of press freedom over the past 12 months, according to Reporters Without Borders' 2005 Worldwide Press Freedom Index. According to the index, made public late last week, Indonesia is ranked 102nd, out of 167 countries surveyed. The country was ranked 117th last year.

Posted in Media @ 24 October 2005 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


TNI uses Bali bombing to reassert political role Attending a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the Indonesian military (TNI) on October 5, just days after the deadly bombing in Bali, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono instructed the TNI to "take part in effectively curbing, preventing and acting against terrorism".

Posted in Military @ 23 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Study: 'Indonesia military commits genocide in Papua' Indonesia's military is allegedly committing genocide in its eastern province of Papua, which may threaten the survival of the region's tribal population, the University of Sydney's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies said in a report.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2005 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Army general faces 10 years in jail over 1984 Tanjung Priok massacre Government prosecutors on Thursday demanded a 10-year imprisonment for an Indonesian army general charged with human rights abuses for the military's alleged role in the massacre of more than 30 Muslim protesters in 1984. Chief prosecutor Dharmono told Indonesia's ad-hoc human rights court in Jakarta that Maj.Gen. Sriyanto Muntrasan had been proven guilty of committing human rights violations in the massacre which occurred on September 12, 1984, in North Jakarta's Tanjung Priok slum neighbourhood.

Posted in Violence @ 08 July 2004 00:02 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


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


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


Security forces hunting Poso attack mastermind A joint police and military force are pursuing Mohamadong alias Ndang accused of masterminding a series of fresh attacks in Poso and the neighboring regency of Morowali, Central Sulawesi. Sources at Poso Police Station said on Monday that Ndang was a resident of Ampana subdistrict in Poso but he often moved to other places. Security forces have been tracking him after he was spotted in Lembo subdistrict, Morowali, they added.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 21 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine civilians shot dead in Aceh A housewife and a newly-married man were among nine civilians killed in the past three days in the ongoing Government battle against separatists in Indonesia's Aceh province, the military and residents said. The housewife, 52-year-old Cut Zainabah, was executed by two unidentified men who arrived at her North Aceh house Friday night local time, a resident of the area said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian forces kill 7 Aceh separatists Indonesian forces killed seven separatists of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) Tuesday, July 1, in several gunfights, as the country’s human rights investigators were verifying reports of new mass graves in the turbulent region. Government troops also arrested 13 separatists and seized 15 time bombs and seven grenades, spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Yani Basuki said, arguing there were no air strikes against GAM posts on Tuesday.

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


Indonesian attacks on rebels continue Hundreds of paratroopers jumped into combat while warplanes swooped in to fire rockets at a suspected rebel base in the hills outside the provincial capital. Staged more for TV cameras than for tactical needs, the spectacular attack last Monday launched Indonesia's biggest military operation since it invaded East Timor in 1975. But a week into the campaign against separatist rebels in Aceh province, the fighting already looks a lot like the guerrilla war that people here have endured for 27 years, one marked by few strategic victories and allegations of widespread rights abuses.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 26 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta talks tough on Aceh Indonesia has threatened to resume full combat operations in restive Aceh province as fresh clashes between troops and rebels killed four people, putting yet more strain on a shaky peace pact. The security minister said the military chief would present a battle plan to the president next week -- in case it should be needed -- after what he said was a snub from the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) to talk about the December 9 peace agreement.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh peace monitors to withdraw to local capital Indonesia's peace pact in Aceh suffered major blows on Tuesday when nine people were reported killed and peace monitors separately ordered their teams across the province to withdraw to the local capital. A police official said the nine were killed by Indonesian police and military in four incidents, and included one member of the separatist Free Aceh movement (GAM).

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 09 April 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mediator: Decrease in civilian killings The killing of civilians has dropped sharply in Indonesia's Aceh province since the signing of a landmark peace accord between the central government and rebels, a Geneva-based organisation that brokered the deal said. The Henry Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue said that in the four weeks since the agreement was signed, there had been 11 unconfirmed civilian deaths connected to the conflict. That compared to an average of 87 reported civilian killings a month for most of last year.

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


Armed with an M-16 machine gun, Sergeant Juwono was—literally—cornering the market. The Indonesian soldier stood along a main road in war-torn Aceh province selling bumper stickers commemorating the country’s upcoming Aug. 17 Independence Day. He stopped every car driving north and gave a simple but effective sales pitch: buy a sticker or else.

Posted in Military @ 26 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On a Friday just before noon prayers in the simple wooden mosque, soldiers stormed into this village, herded the people together and, according to two residents, marched them toward a neighboring hamlet, setting fire to houses as they went. After six weeks, the village elder, Bin Ali, 52, and his neighbor, Agus Salim, 35, summoned the courage to return to the ashes of their life's possessions. In the debris of Mr. Bin's home, only a white porcelain serving dish, a present to his wife, survived intact. Next door, Mr. Agus, choking with emotion, fingered the charred wreckage of his motorcycle. It had been his sole means of livelihood. Empty military ration cans were strewn on the red earth, silvery reminders of who had been here last.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 June 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia legislator killed by gunmen Two gunmen killed a lawmaker at his home in Indonesia's war-torn Aceh, making him the second legislator slain in the past three days, a military spokesman said Friday. Nasri Zamzam, a councilman with the Muslim-based United Development Party, was fatally shot Thursday night by gunmen in Aneuk Galong village, about 10 miles east of the provincial capital of Banda Aceh. Nasri was the fifth official killed since September. It remains unclear why legislators are being targeted, though some were aligned with the government in this troubled region 1,200 miles northwest of Jakarta.

Posted in Crime @ 14 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven ET suspects charged Indonesia charged seven more suspects Monday in the violence that swept East Timor after its 1999 vote for independence, including a notorious pro-Jakarta militia leader. Indonesia has been under intense international pressure to bring to justice those responsible for the rampage in its former territory which left up to 1,000 dead. With Monday's announcement, a total of 25 people have been charged with crimes against humanity by allowing or failing to prevent the killings. They could face the death penalty if convicted.

Posted in Crime @ 03 June 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


History is all about today. It helps us understand where we are and where we are heading. Indonesians are confused about the future because so much of their past has been covered up.

Posted in Economy @ 19 November 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eleven killed in fresh armed conflict in Aceh At least 11 people were killed in an armed clash in the strife-torn province on Wednesday night, local police spokesman Adj. Comr. Sudharsono said on Thursday. Eight of the 11 victims were killed in an alleged ambush by a group of 13 members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) at the village of Darul Aman, Simpang Kiri district in South Aceh, Sudharsono said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 September 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Long-simmering tensions between indigenous Dayaks and immigrant Madurese suddenly exploded in the town of Sampit, Central Kalimantan, in the middle of February 2001. Within days, isolated killings perpetrated by both sides had developed into a one-sided massacre of Madurese by enraged Dayaks. In the following weeks the killings spread to other areas in the province and by early April almost the entire Madurese population had fled the province. The massacre of about 500 – and possibly many more - Madurese by Dayaks and the flight of virtually the entire Madurese community closely resembled two similar events in the Sambas district in the northern part of West Kalimantan in 1996-7 and in 1999 and highlighted the danger of violence spreading to West and East Kalimantan.

Posted in Violence @ 27 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati urged to quit post, open way for general election Given the continued struggle between the President and the House of Representatives, Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri should leave the government to open the way for a general election, noted economist Sjahrir said on Thursday. "The political elite, both in the executive and legislative branches, are no longer concerned with the suffering of the people, and the President faces possible impeachment for his alleged involvement in two financial scandals," Sjahrir said after the declaration of the Alliance of New Indonesia (PIB) here.

Posted in Politics @ 22 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blood. countless gallons of blood soaked deep into the clay of a soccer field. There have been two heavy thunderstorms in the four days since 118 children, women and men—Madurese refugees huddled together and promised safe passage—were systematically butchered on the high-school playing field in Parenggean, a logging town deep in central Kalimantan. Those rains weren't cleansing enough: in the still of a tropical afternoon, the sweet stink of putrescence hangs in the air like the unquiet spirits of those murdered here. Halerin, a stocky sawmill hand in his thirties, was at the field that night. His account:

Posted in Violence @ 08 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saludin, a newly hired driver for Coca-Cola in Jakarta, was waiting in his car in the underground parking lot of Jakarta's stock exchange when a bomb exploded last Wednesday. "There was a loud bang and the windows of my car were shattered," the 27-year-old Indonesian recalls. "There were flames everywhere." Saludin jumped out of the front window of the Mitsubishi Galant. The second-floor basement was filling up with black smoke, but he followed signs leading toward the exit ramp. He made it to the first floor and collapsed—"my lungs were full of smoke, and my heart felt it would explode from my chest." Rescue workers found him on the ground, bleeding from the ears and half-conscious, and carried him out to safety.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three UN workers killed in Atambua At least three United Nations humanitarian workers were killed in an apparent retaliatory attack in Atambua, East Nusa Tenggara, on Wednesday following the murder of ex-militia leader Olivio Moruk just days after he was named a suspect in last year's mayhem in East Timor. The UN office in Jakarta said in a statement: "So far four UN humanitarian workers are unaccounted for and feared dead."

Posted in Violence @ 07 September 2000 16:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia names 19 as suspects in East Timor violence An East Timorese fisherman on Friday paddles by graves of those killed by anti-independence militiamen in last year's violence in Maubara, west of Dili, East Timor List includes three generals, but omits Wiranto.

Posted in Violence @ 01 September 2000 16:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-Suharto protest turns violent in Jakarta Police fired tear gas Friday at hundreds of student protesters who had gathered outside former President Suharto's home demanding that he be put on trial for corruption. More than 100 police officers with shields had been holding the protesters about 300 yards (meters) from the house for hours when they suddenly fired tear gas canisters and charged the demonstrators.

Posted in Violence @ 12 May 2000 09:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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