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Military officer shot in Papua border area An Indonesian military officer was shot by members of an outlawed armed group in a border area between Skouw (Papua, Indonesia) and Wutung (Papua New Guinea), on Tuesday.

Posted in Violence @ 03 June 2014 16:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: 'Papua shooting incident not related to rebellion' Chief of the Papua Provincial Police Insp. Gen. Tito Karnavian said the recent shooting of soldiers and civilians in Puncak and Puncak Jaya Districts, Papua Province, was not related to rebellion.

Posted in Violence @ 25 February 2013 22:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Economic gap seen as cause of security problem in Papua Economic and social gap is the root cause of persistent security problem in Papua, Velix Wanggai, a special staff of the president on regional autonomy, said.

Posted in Violence @ 23 February 2013 00:15 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


Papua police detain four following latest shooting Paniai Police in Papua Province detained four people following the death of policeman Brigadier Yohan Kasimatau in Paniai District`s capital city of Enarotali on Tuesday (Aug 21).

Posted in Crime @ 23 August 2012 16:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Body of murdered Paniai police officer to be brought to Jayapura The body of police officer Brigadier Yohan Kasimatau, who was shot dead by a rebel group on Tuesday, will be transferred from Nabire to Jayapura on Thursday, Senior Commissioner Johanes Nugroho, a spokesman for the Papua police said.

Posted in Crime @ 23 August 2012 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Army to acquire unmanned spy plane in 2012 Indonesia`s National Defense Forces (TNI) will acquire an unmanned reconnaissance aircraft (UAV) from Kital Philippine Corp in 2012, Deputy Defense Minister Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin said. "It will be a brand new aircraft and be delivered this year," Sjafrie said at the Defense Ministry.

Posted in Military @ 11 February 2012 06:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 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


Hundreds of people flee Indonesian village in fear of police Hundreds of people have fled a village in Indonesia's restive Papua region following the deployment of more than 100 security officers, the Jakarta Post reported on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 07 December 2011 22:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected rebels kill police officer in Indonesia's Papua An Indonesian police officer died on Monday morning after being injured in an attack by suspected separatist rebels in the country's restive Papua region last week, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 December 2011 00:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police release 12 alleged separatists Indonesian police have been forced to release twelve alleged separatist rebels just a day after announcing they had made a major breakthrough in the war against the Free Papua Movement (OPM), local media reported on Saturday.

Posted in Protests @ 26 November 2011 14:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police arrest 12 alleged separatists At least twelve men believed to be members of the separatist Free Papua Organization (OPM) have been arrested after an alleged series of violent attacks in the restive region of Papua, Indonesian police said on Friday.

Posted in Protests @ 25 November 2011 12:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia deploys more troops to Papua amid unrest The government of Indonesia on Tuesday deployed hundreds of troops to Papua where tensions remain high amid protesting Freeport workers and renewed manifestations by separatist groups.

Posted in Protests @ 25 October 2011 18:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police chief shot dead at airport in Indonesia's Papua A local police chief was attacked by two men and then killed at an airport in Indonesia's restive Papua province on Monday, police said. Separatist rebels were blamed by police.

Posted in Crime @ 24 October 2011 19:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Army helicopter attacked while transporting shooting victim An Indonesian Army helicopter was attacked on Wednesday as it evacuated the body of a soldier who was previously killed at his military post in eastern Papua province, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 04 August 2011 14:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


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

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


10.000 employees PT Drydocks World Graha in revolt Many thousands of employees of PT Drydocks World Graha have started a revolt against the owners of the company after a spokesperson said that Indonesians are just stupid people, according to the protestors. This caused the employees to be enraged; at least 20 cars belonging to the management were burned as the protest grew more violent.

Posted in Protests @ 22 April 2010 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Governor: 'Terrorists want to set up base in Aceh' Aceh Governor Irwandi Yusuf says terrorist activity in the province has been under surveillance since last year, and that terrorists intend to use Aceh to build a new base for their Southeast Asia network. The governor said eight members of the armed terror group in Aceh Besar regency were initially recruited for a mission in the Gaza Strip.

Posted in Terrorism @ 10 March 2010 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Release Papuan flag-raisers Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should exonerate three Papuan men convicted of rebellion on November 12, 2009, for raising a pro-independence flag, Human Rights Watch said today.

Posted in Protests @ 19 November 2009 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five years on, Indonesia better prepared for catastrophes The devastating tsunami which hit Indonesia so hard in December 2004 had two positive effects: it pushed the population to reflect and improve its mechanisms for managing catastrophes, and in the country's Aceh province it led to the end of a conflict which had lasted 70 years.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 August 2009 07:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven charged in deadly shootings at Freeport mine The police in Indonesia have charged seven people for their alleged involvement in a number of shootings, some of them with deaths as a result. The shootings were organized in the area of the Freeport gold mine in Indonesia's most easternmost and remote province of Papua. All of them have been charged with murder and possessing a weapon. Two of them are workers of Freeport.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 28 July 2009 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two more killed at Freeport mine in Papua province Gunmen have killed two people in an attack at the world's largest gold mine in Indonesia's Papua Province. This is the latest in a series of attacks that began on July 11. Local aid officials are concerned the military will use the attacks as pretext to arrest independence activists.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 July 2009 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Beaten up in Egypt, Indonesia look at yourself! Yesterday messages appeared about four Indonesian students - students for life most likely, they were there for over six years already and still not finished - being arrested, brought to prison and beaten up heavily on the suspicion that they were members of a terrorist cell. For your information, it all happened in Egypt, not in Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 05 July 2009 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia boosts security in Papua ahead of presidential polls The Indonesian police has boosted security in Papua province in easternmost Indonesia ahead of the presidential election on July 8, following some incidents recently by the separatist group, National Police Spokesman Abubakar Nateraprawira said here Friday. The police has sent over 300 personnel from the headquarters and Makassar in South Sulawesi province to help the local security officers in Papua to step up security, the spokesman said.

Posted in General @ 19 June 2009 16:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three killed in raid on Papua airstrip At least three people are reported to have been killed after police from Indonesia's anti-terrorism unit stormed an isolated airstrip in Papua province. The airstrip was allegedly occupied by a group of unidentified gunmen. State news agency Antara quotes the province's police chief as saying the dead includes two suspected separatist rebels. They were killed after negotiations to end an occupation of the airstrip failed.

Posted in Violence @ 07 June 2009 15:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia orders Red Cross out of restricted Papua Officials say Indonesia's government has ordered the International Committee of the Red Cross to shut its office in the restricted Papua province. ICRC Indonesia delegation head Vincent Nicod said Thursday four staff members were pulled from the regional capital, Jayapura, in March.

Posted in General @ 23 April 2009 11:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exiled Papua rebel leader returns home A former Free Papua Movement's leader, Nicolaas Jouwe, who has been in overseas exile for years returned to Indonesia for a visit on Thursday and planned to meet with the country's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono before visiting his birthplace of Papua. Co-founder of the movement arrived here on Thursday and he met with Indonesian Minister of People Welfare and Poverty Alleviation Aburizal Bakrie at his office here Friday.

Posted in General @ 21 March 2009 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crackdown on freedom of expression in Maluku At least 70 people have been arrested or imprisoned for peaceful pro-independence activities in the province of Maluku, Indonesia over the last two years, Amnesty International revealed today. The Indonesian government should immediately and unconditionally release all those detained for the peaceful exercise of their right to freedom of expression, belief and association.

Posted in Protests @ 20 December 2008 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Local Muslims reject arrival of Abu Bakar Ba'ashir The plan of religious leader Abu Bakar Ba'ashir to bring a visit to Lumajang has caused a strong reaction from local Muslims. They reject the arrival of the Muslem cleric from Solo. They say that a majority of the people in Lumajang will feel uneasy with a visit from him. "We strongly are against a visit of Abu Bakar Ba'ashir to Lumajang," said Abdurrohim, one of the Islamic leaders from the Tompokersan sub-district in Lumajang.

Posted in Religion @ 04 December 2008 12:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Aceh rebel leader returns from exile to Indonesia Tengku Muhammad Hassan di Tiro, top leader of the former separatist organization Free Aceh Movement (GAM), arrived in Aceh Saturday from his exile, police said. He was greeted by enthusiastic people in Aceh as he and entourage passed by in the streets, said Tengku Adnan Brangsa, an aide of Tiro and the spokesman of the local party the Partai Aceh.

Posted in General @ 11 October 2008 03:32 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


Govt assures it will not raise subsidized fuel prices Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, on Wednesday assured that the government will not raise prices of subsidized fuel despite a surge in global crude oil prices. "So far, the government has not thought of raising the prices of subsidized fuel oil," said Purnomo after meeting President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the presidential office.

Posted in Economy @ 01 November 2007 04:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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


Ex-rebel faces new fight as governor of Aceh A former rebel inaugurated as governor of the Indonesian province of Aceh has said he now faced a new and lengthy fight for his people's welfare. Irwandi Yusuf, a former spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), won the first direct elections for the post on 38 percent of the December 11 vote, with his nearest rivals on less than 17 percent. "We are grateful and thank all the people in Aceh for trusting us with this job. We realise that we are given a big task," Yusuf told his supporters Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 08 February 2007 15:12 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


Former rebel wins governor race in Aceh A former rebel leader has been officially declared the winner of gubernatorial elections in Aceh province, the electoral commission said Friday, confirming initial quick-count results earlier this month. Irwandi Yusuf, who was in jail for treason when the Indian Ocean tsunami crashed into Aceh in 2004, won 38 percent of the vote. His closest rival, Ahmad Humam Hamid, trailed with 16 per cent, provincial election chief Muhammad Jafar told reporters.

Posted in Elections @ 29 December 2006 10:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels disband armed wing A year after the tsunami destroyed their battlefield, Indonesia's Aceh rebels formally disbanded their armed wing on Tuesday, effectively ending their 30-year separatist insurgency. The move paves the way for the guerrilla group to transform itself into a political party expected to make a strong showing in elections in April.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 26 December 2006 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protesters urge monitors to stay in Aceh Human rights protesters demonstrated in Indonesia's Aceh province on Thursday, urging international monitors overseeing a historic peace deal between the government and separatist rebels to stay on. Thirty-five remaining European and Asian monitors grouped under the Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM) are due to leave the province on Friday, ending a 15-month stint there.

Posted in Elections @ 14 December 2006 10:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-rebel leader sweeps Aceh poll A former rebel leader swept to victory in landmark elections in Aceh province one year after a peace deal ended a decades-long civil war that claimed 15,000 lives, pollsters said yesterday. The Indonesian government said it would respect the outcome of the vote in the province, which was the worst-hit region in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster. Election monitors said the vote was free and fair.

Posted in Elections @ 13 December 2006 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Draft law calls for amputation of thieves' hands in Aceh Thieves could have their hands amputated in Indonesia's Aceh province under a proposed Islamic law that may alarm rights activists and Western governments. The draft law was published Tuesday in an advertisement in Aceh's Serambi newspaper that was paid for by the agency responsible for implementing Islamic Shariah law in the tsunami-ravaged province, which only recently emerged from decades of civil war.

Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2006 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Aceh votes to decide life after war More than 2 million people are expected to vote in Indonesia's once-rebellious Aceh on Monday in landmark elections aimed at bolstering a peace deal between the government and separatists. Jakarta and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) signed the Aug. 15, 2005 truce under Finnish mediation to end almost three decades of fighting that had killed 15,000 people since the rebels launched a struggle for an independent state on the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island.

Posted in Elections @ 11 December 2006 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two killed in clash in Papua province Two people including an Indonesian military officer were killed in a clash between security forces and separatists in the remote eastern province of Papua, a military official said on Saturday. The clash occurred on Friday after the officer and some residents tried to enter a separatist camp in Puncak Jaya regency, about 325 km southwest of Jayapura, the capital of Papua, Imam Santosa told Reuters. No other details were available.

Posted in Violence @ 09 December 2006 13:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebel split overshadows elections in Aceh Muhammad Nasir has more than earned the right to cast a vote in the upcoming historic elections in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province. Only 18 months ago, the 39-year-old was languishing in jail, a political prisoner from the armed Free Aceh Movement (GAM), which had waged a guerrilla war against the Indonesian government since 1976.

Posted in Elections @ 09 December 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia eyes path for ex-Aceh rebels to form political party Indonesia will soon set the ball rolling to allow former rebels in Aceh to establish a political party and join the mainstream in the once volatile province, a top peace monitor said on Saturday. Aceh will hold landmark elections on December 11, the first ever direct vote for top executive posts in the province and seen as a key step toward consolidating a peace deal struck in August 2005.

Posted in Elections @ 03 December 2006 03:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landmark election campaign begins in Aceh The candidates for the leaders of Aceh province in Indonesia began a two-week-long official campaign on Friday to compete over the positions of governor and mayors, the provincial electoral commission said. "The campaign starts today, from Nov. 24 to Dec. 7," M. Jafar, chairman of the commission, told Xinhua in a telephone interview.

Posted in Elections @ 25 November 2006 14:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


General, rebel among candidates in Aceh A former Indonesian general and a separatist rebel are among eight candidates running for governor in the once-volatile province of Aceh next month, an election official said on Monday. The poll, the first ever direct vote for top posts in the province, are a key stage in efforts to permanently end a conflict that has killed 15,000 people since the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) launched a rebellion against Jakarta in 1976.

Posted in Elections @ 06 November 2006 13:43 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


43 illegal miners detained in Papua Indonesian police on Friday detained 43 indigenous Papuans for blocking a main road to the world's largest gold and copper mine with burning tires, an official said. The illegal miners, including two women, were picked up at dawn Friday outside the Grasberg mine operated by the New Orleans-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., said local police chief Lt. Col. Jimmy Tuilan. The protest did not effect activities at the mine, he said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 07 October 2006 06:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Secrecy, speculation surrounded prizes A Finn who helped mediate peace in Indonesia is tipped to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize, while bookmakers favor a Turkish novelist for the literature award. But in the hyper-secretive world of the panels that have spent much of the year sifting through hundreds of nominations, it's all a guessing game until the announcements start tumbling out onMonday.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2006 15:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Demonstrators attack relief agency office in Aceh About 700 protesters attacked the office of the relief agency in Indonesia's tsunami-hit province of Aceh on Wednesday, an Indonesian officer said. The protesters, who had camped outside the office since Tuesday night, attacked the building in two waves of strikes, on Wednesday morning and in the afternoon, injuring one policeman, the officer told Xinhua in telephone from the province on condition of anonymity.

Posted in Violence @ 21 September 2006 10:18 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


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

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


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

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


Indonesia to hold Aceh elections December 11 Officials said Tuesday that Indonesia will hold landmark elections in Aceh province on Dec. 11, paving the way for former rebels to take part in the political process. The vote for governor and other local positions is the first since a peace deal a year ago ended 29 years of fighting between separatist guerrillas and government troops that left 15,000 people dead.

Posted in Elections @ 22 August 2006 15:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hails Aceh peace, warns much work ahead Indonesia's president on Monday hailed the successes of a one-year-old peace deal in Aceh province, but said hard work was needed to ensure that violence did not return to the tsunami-ravaged region. "Remember, the world is full of examples where a perfect peace plan is spoiled by imperfect players,'' Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in a speech in Jakarta on Monday, a day before the one-year anniversary of the accord's signing.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 August 2006 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia navy arrests tsunami aid pirates in Aceh The Indonesian navy has arrested three former separatist rebels for pirating ships carrying aid for tsunami survivors in the country's far-west Aceh province, a senior commanding officer said on Wednesday. The three men, from two different groups, were caught in the north Aceh city of Lhokseumawe on July 18, two days after their latest operation, Rear Admiral Moekhlas Sidik, chief of the Indonesian Navy's Western Fleet, told reporters.

Posted in General @ 26 July 2006 14:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


Indonesia's cultural heart escapes worst of quake Indonesia's weekend earthquake shook the country's ancient Javanese royal capital, but left little damage in the cultural and educational hub that has endured both man-made and natural disasters before. Yogyakarta, a city of half a million long ruled by descendants of the Indonesian royal family and home to a centuries-old palace, was woken by the magnitude 6.3 quake at dawn on Saturday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 07:04 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


Cholera claims 151 in Papua province A cholera outbreak in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua has killed 151 people in the last month and has made another 3 200 ill, says a health ministry spokesperson on Friday. Sumardi said: "The latest report we received today shows that the death toll has reached 151." He said at least 3 200 people have been affected by the disease since early last month.

Posted in Health @ 29 April 2006 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia hopes for Aceh elections in August Elections in Indonesia's volatile Aceh province may be held in August if the parliament passes a bill on governing the region by next month, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Sunday. Elections are a key component of a landmark Finnish-brokered peace pact signed between Indonesia and the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) last year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 24 April 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia sends envoy to repair Indonesia ties Australia's top diplomat will visit Jakarta this week to try and ease tensions with Indonesia caused by Australia's decision to grant refugee visas to 42 Papuans who fled Indonesia in an outrigger canoe. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said his country's relationship with Australia should be reviewed following the decision, but Prime Minister John Howard on Tuesday said Australia had no reason to apologise for its policies.

Posted in Politics @ 18 April 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Axes, arrows and AK-47s used in clash in Papua Four people died today in an exchange of fire between soldiers and suspected separatists in Indonesia’s remote resource-rich province of Papua, a military spokesman said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 10 April 2006 20:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


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

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


Govt withdraws last Aceh police personnel Indonesia finally withdrew its last police reinforcements from Aceh province yesterday under a landmark peace deal after problems finding ships to return them to their home bases. The withdrawal marked the final stage in a pullout of tens of thousands of Indonesian soldiers and police reinforcements from Aceh under the peace agreement between rebels and government forces.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 06 January 2006 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to delay last Aceh police withdrawal Transport problems have delayed until early next week the withdrawal of Indonesia's last police reinforcements from Aceh province, the final stage in a pullout of tens of thousands of soldiers and police under a landmark peace deal, police said. The contingent, which had been due to leave on Saturday, was likely to leave on Monday because of problems getting a vessel to ship them home.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 January 2006 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pulls last troops from Aceh province Indonesian soldiers lugged guns and heavy bags up gangplanks Thursday as they completed the final phase of a troop reduction in tsunami-ravaged Aceh province — a key step in an accord with separatist rebels to end a 29-year war. The last of 24,000 troops pulled out on five Navy ships and a Hercules air carrier, just days after Free Aceh Movement rebels completed the handover of their weapons and disbanded their military wing.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 30 December 2005 07:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to withdraw 24,000 troops from Aceh Indonesia was preparing to pull the last of 24,000 troops from tsunami-ravaged Aceh province on Thursday, a key component of a peace accord to end three decades of fighting with separatist rebels. Some 3,350 soldiers carrying automatic rifles and heavy bags lined up before four Navy ships in the port town of Lhokseumawe and were slated to leave later Thursday, said Lt. Col. Eri Soetiko.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 29 December 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels disband armed wing Indonesia's Aceh rebels formally disbanded their armed wing on Tuesday, effectively ending their 30-year separatist insurgency one year after the tsunami destroyed their battlefield. The move paves the way for the guerrillas to transform themselves into candidates in provincial elections in April, in which they expect to win strong support.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 27 December 2005 20:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to withdraw last troops from Aceh on 29th December Indonesia will pull out the last of its special forces from Aceh on Dec. 29 after rebels surrendered their last weapons this week, marking an end to a conflict that has claimed 15,000 lives in the tsunami-devastated province. The fourth and last phase of relocation started on Dec. 20 with 1,621 "non-organic'' military troops withdrawing from Lhokseumawe port, northeast of the provincial capital Banda Aceh, said the Aceh Monitoring Mission, which monitors the implementation of the peace agreement between the government and the Free Aceh Movement rebel group.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 24 December 2005 10:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Aceh rebels complete weapons handover Former rebels in Aceh completed a weapons handover on Monday under a peace pact that ended one of Asia's longest running civil wars, foreign monitors said. "Today we could confirm that the (Free) Aceh Movement has offered the last of their weapons, thereby completing their commitment under the Helsinki MOU (Memorandum of Understanding)," Pieter Feith, chief of the European Union-led Aceh Monitoring Mission, told a news conference.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 December 2005 18:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pulls troops out of Aceh Indonesia pulled out more than 2000 troops from Aceh province on Saturday after the rebels handed over weapons as part of a peace deal to end 29 years of fighting, the province's military chief said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 21 November 2005 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Weapons handover continues in Aceh Former rebels from Indonesia's Aceh province have begun handing in their weapons under the third of four phases of a landmark peace agreement. The military says it will now withdraw thousands more troops this week. The Free Aceh Movement and the government have moved quickly to reduce tensions since signing a pact in Helsinki last August that ended one of Asia's longest running civil wars.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 November 2005 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three recognized as national heroes in state ceremony President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono posthumously bestowed the title of National Hero on three Indonesians on Wednesday to mark National Heroes Day, which falls on Nov. 10. The three figures are the late Kiras Bangun from North Sumatra, the late Bagindo Azizchan from West Sumatra and the late Andi Abdullah Bau Masseppe from South Sulawesi.

Posted in General @ 10 November 2005 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 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


2,500 more troops to be pulled out soon Military police searched the bags of some 2,500 Indonesian soldiers on Sunday ahead of their withdrawal from Aceh province under the terms of a peace deal to end one of Asia's longest-running wars. The troops are scheduled to leave from the port city of Lhokseumawe on Monday, bringing to about 12,000 the number of soldiers pulled out of Aceh since September. The withdrawal will complete the second of four phases of military redeployment.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 October 2005 11:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mr Popularity survives a tough year On Thursday, one year after the inauguration of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a 200-metre mural was erected facing Jakarta's main roundabout. The mural was in front of the deserted Hotel Indonesia where a dissident was bundled out of a window in the film The Year of Living Dangerously.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2005 10:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second round of troop withdrawal from Aceh begins Indonesia withdrew more than 2,100 more troops from Aceh on Tuesday and rebels completed their second round of weapons decommissioning, both sides moving quickly to implement a peace agreement to end one of Asia's longest running wars. Dozens of locals turned up at Lhokseumawe port in north Aceh to wave the soldiers off.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 October 2005 14:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian army set for second Aceh troop pullout Indonesia's military will begin withdrawing 6,000 more soldiers from Aceh this week under the second phase of a landmark peace pact ending one of Asia's longest conflicts, a spokesman said on Monday. Aceh military spokesman Erie Soetiko said 650 troops would leave the province on Tuesday, the same day the armed forces expect former rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) to complete the second phase of its weapons handover.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 October 2005 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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 withdraws troops from Aceh Indonesia will withdraw 2,600 soldiers from tsunami-battered Aceh province Tuesday with another 3,500 slated to go by month's end as part of a historic peace accord to end three decades of fighting, a military spokesman said. The agreement signed last month in Finland calls on the Indonesian military to more than halve the 60,000 troops it has in the province by the end of the year and for separatist rebels to hand in all of their self-declared 840 weapons.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 September 2005 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pulls troops from Aceh province Indonesia withdrew 800 soldiers from tsunami-battered Aceh province on Sunday after rebels handed over a quarter of their guns, moving quickly to fulfill key obligations under a peace deal to end three decades of fighting. The troops the first of some 30,000 security forces slated to leave the province by the year's end chanted and waved their helmets in the air as they marched aboard the warship that set sail hours later.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 September 2005 08:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Keeping a collection of rare and banned books The dimness inside the Room of Rarities at the library of Surabaya's Medayu Agung Foundation gives way to brightness when Oei Hiem Hwie enters the room and turns on the main lights. Rows of neatly arranged books can be seen through the glass doors of a wooden cabinet ornamented with Jepara carving. "You will soon find out why this room is called the Hall of Rare Collection," Oei told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Culture @ 17 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels begin surrendering weapons Dozens of rebels from the Free Aceh Movement, or GAM, came to the regional capital of Banda Aceh Thursday to hand in a total of 78 weapons to international monitors from the European Union and Asian nations. Scores of GAM fighters rode onto a football field, and watched under the scorching sun, as their leaders handed over weapon after weapon to members of the Aceh Monitoring Mission.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 September 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia starts Aceh withdrawal More than 1,000 Indonesian troops have left Aceh province - the first withdrawal of forces after a peace deal made with separatist rebels last week. About 1,200 troops left northern Aceh onboard naval vessels. Under the terms of the peace deal, the government has pledged to withdraw all forces sent specifically to quell the rebellion by the end of the year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 August 2005 07:18 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, Aceh rebels sign truce The Indonesian government and Aceh rebels have signed a peace treaty to end nearly 30 years of fighting in the oil- and gas-rich province that killed 15,000 people. The signing ceremony in Helsinki on Monday followed seven months of talks mediated by former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, who spurred the two sides to agreement to help international aid reach the Aceh region, which was devastated by last year's tsunami.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 August 2005 12:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


EU, Asian officials in Indonesia's Aceh European and Southeast Asian officials are visiting Indonesia's Aceh province to prepare for the deployment of monitors to observe a peace deal between separatist rebels and government troops. The 28-member team is making logistical preparations for the monitoring mission.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 04 August 2005 09:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Peace deal raises doubts, hopes in Aceh People in Aceh reacted cautiously on Monday to a deal aimed at ending 30 years of civil war in the Indonesian province that was more devastated by the Dec. 26 tsunami than any other place.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 July 2005 18:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and rebels agree formula for Aceh peace Indonesia and Aceh rebels have agreed the formula for a peace deal to end a 30-year-old conflict that has cost 12,000 lives in the province that was laid waste by last December’s tsunami, Indonesia said on Sunday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 July 2005 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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