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Police arrests 21 West Papua separatists Jayapura Resort Police had arrested 21 members of Free National Soldiers in West Papua on Sunday, August 10, after the separatists held an inauguration ceremony in Beraf Village, Nimbokrang area of Jayapura District, Papua Province.

Posted in Violence @ 11 August 2014 23:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua military confiscate 28 weapons from separatists The Indonesian Military has seized 28 weapons from a separatist group during the period between January and April 2014, noted the Cendrawasih XVII Regional Military Commander Mayor General Christian Zebua.

Posted in Violence @ 02 May 2014 20:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Biak Fair closed after shooting incident The Biak Numfor district administration closed the Biak Fair on Monday after the shooting incident in which an elite Indonesian soldier was killed. Private Wardi Deni of the Air Force special force was shot at by a sniper early at 03.15 on Sunday .

Posted in Violence @ 28 April 2014 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Separatist flag raiser sentenced to three years The district court of Biak, Papua sentenced Oktavianus Warnares, defendant in the separatist "Morning Star" flag raising case in Biak Timur, Papua, on May 1, 2013, to three years imprisonment, here on Tuesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 February 2014 23:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A soldier killed by extremists in Papua An Indonesian soldier was killed by a group of separatists in Ketinggian Pintu Angin , Papua on Friday. First private Sugiarto and his group was ambushed by armed extremists led by Yambi, Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Andika Perkasa said in a written statement here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 24 January 2014 22:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of Papua separatists change allegiance At least 212 members of the Papua separatist, OPM, have pledged to forgo the idea of establishing a free Papua state saying they want to be part of Indonesia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 26 January 2013 08:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Civilian shot dead by unidentified person in Papua A civilian, identified as Ferdi Turuallo, was shot dead by an unidentified armed group, in Lanny Jaya district, Papua province, on Monday morning. Turuallo, 25, was on his way to Tiom market when he was shot in the head allegedly by members of separatist group Free Papua Organization (OPM).

Posted in Violence @ 03 December 2012 18:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven suspects arrested over police attack in Papua Seven suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack at a police station in Pirime, Lanny Jaya district, in Papua Province, on November 27 that left three officers dead.

Posted in Violence @ 30 November 2012 16:23 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


Indonesian police still detain eight suspected separatists Police still detain eight members of an armed gang suspected of being involved in a series of acts of violence in Papua. The gang leader Dani Kogoya and two of his followers Petrus Jikwa ans Sonny Kosay were arrested on Sunday at a hotel in Jayapura.

Posted in Violence @ 03 September 2012 21:18 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


Yudhoyono : 'Separatism must be stopped' Separatism of any kind in Indonesia must be stopped because it poses a serious threat to national integrity, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in Magelang, Central Java, on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 12 July 2012 15:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Yudhoyono asks minister to investigate Papua problems President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked chief security minister Djoko Suyanto to examine the cause of problems in Papua that have led to a number of violent acts in the region recently.

Posted in Violence @ 12 June 2012 13:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pre-election violence hits district in Indonesia's Papua Supporters of rival political candidates have clashed in Indonesia's restive Papua province this week, just days ahead of district elections, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 17 February 2012 04:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Unidentified gunmen kill policeman in Papua An Indonesian police officer was killed on Tuesday when officers were attacked by an armed group in Indonesia's restive province of Papua, officials said. One attacker was also wounded.

Posted in Crime @ 07 February 2012 21:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian army holds another anti-terrorism exercise The National Defense Forces (TNI) is organizing another anti-terrorism exercise to improve the professionalism of its soldiers and increase synergy among its three forces` anti-terrorism squads.

Posted in Military @ 31 January 2012 09:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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 killed after gunmen attack bus in Papua At least four people, including an army officer, were killed on Monday in an ambush by suspected separatists in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province.

Posted in Crime @ 02 August 2011 01:32 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


Indonesian soldiers face jail over torture video A prosecutor asked the Jayapura Military Court in Indonesia's Papua Province on Thursday to sentence three soldiers for torturing two Papuans, local daily The Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Human rights @ 21 January 2011 02:31 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


Rights group: 'video shows Indonesian military torturing Papuans' Recent video footage from Indonesia's West Papua allegedly show the torture of indigenous Papuans by the Indonesian military, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) said on Monday.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 October 2010 01:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-terror unit deals out own terror Australia has sent an official to the Indonesian province of Maluku to investigate claims that Indonesia's elite counter-terrorism unit, Detachment 88, which Australia and the US train and fund, brutalised a group of separatists last month, repeatedly beating and abusing them in detention.

Posted in Violence @ 13 September 2010 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government may free political prisoners in Papua Justice and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar said Sunday he planned to release a number of Papuan political activists jailed for campaigning for separation from Indonesia. The minister said during his visit to Papua that he would discuss the plan with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Widodo AS.

Posted in Politics @ 21 May 2010 01:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua separatist Kelly Kwalik killed by police Kelly Kwalik, the leader of the separatist movement in the easternmost region of Papua in Indonesia has been shot dead by the Indonesian police in a shootout. Kwalik was shot when he tried to escape during a police raid in the town of Timika in the province. Kwalik was on the most-wanted list in Indonesia for many years.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 December 2009 02:02 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


600 soldiers deployed at Freeport mine The Indonesian army has sent over 600 troops to secure the working area of the mines of PT Freemont Indonesia near Timika in the easternmost region of Papua. Starting tomorrow they will guard the area. The troops were sent in after a number of attacks on the road leading to the site. The regional commander of the army, Maj. Gen. Ahmad Yani Nasution has told that the national police chief had asked for the military presence.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 01 September 2009 02:14 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


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


Indonesian police fire on Papuan independence rally Indonesian police have shot and injured 11 people at a pro-independence rally in Papua province. Four are in a critical condition at the Nabire Regional Public Hospital. The demonstrators were urging an election boycott of Thursday's parliamentary elections on Thursday and July's presidential election.

Posted in Violence @ 08 April 2009 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soldier killed in separatist attack in Papua The Liberation Army of separatist Free Papua Movement (OPM) which had since Friday launched attacks on security posts in Tingginambut area, Puncak Jaya district, Papua province, killed an Indonesian Army soldier, Private Saiful, of Battalion 754, on Saturday. Puncak Jaya Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Cris Rihulay on Saturday confirmed the incident, saying that the security officers were now trying to evacuate the victim to Mulia city, district capital of Puncak Jaya.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 March 2009 05:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Indonesia: Release peaceful demonstrators in Papua The Indonesian government should immediately release more than a dozen Papuans detained for raising the Papuan "Morning Star" flag in Fakfak, a major city in western Papua, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on the Indonesian government to launch an investigation into the excessive use of force by the Indonesian police, who beat and kicked the activists during the arrests on July 19, 2008. "Once again, the Indonesian authorities have stopped Papuans from peacefully expressing their political views," said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. "The police should not resort to violence to suppress political activism."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


South Maluku Republic activist jailed for life The leader of a secessionist group in Indonesia has been sentenced to life in prison for waving a separatist flag in front of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the nation's president. The incident was a major embarrassment to the president as he was attending a government ceremony in Maluku in June last year.

Posted in General @ 04 April 2008 16:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Hoisting of Morning Star flag to be stopped directly Hundreds of students who name themselves the Morning Star Youth Movement Anti-colonial Indonesia have raised the Morning Star flag yesterday. Hoisting the flag took place in a ceremony held in the deep forests near Jayapura. The ceremony was held to remember the day that the independence of Papua Barat was proclaimed. Outside a number of youth, the ceremony was attended by a number of members of the National Freedom Army of the Papua Independence Organisation TPN OPM.

Posted in Protests @ 01 December 2007 03:08 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


Indonesia arrests 31 after separatist protest Police in Indonesia have arrested 31 people after dancers staged a separatist protest in front of the president in Ambon last week. Maluku police spokesman Djoko Susilo said that 28 protesters and three others were arrested after the group danced in front of president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and unfurled a separatist flag. "We will resolve this case down to its very roots," said Susilo as criticism of security forces for failing to prevent the incident mounted.

Posted in Protests @ 01 July 2007 03:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Explosive device found in Ambon The police on the island of Ambon in the restive Maluku province struggled to defuse a suspected home-made bomb found near a shopping center in the city. This incident came just two days after a home-made bomb injured 12 in the city's port. The device was placed on the ground, a resident reported this to the security guards which then contacted local police.

Posted in General @ 06 March 2007 01:52 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


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


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


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


Indonesia urges GAM to disband The Indonesian government Friday reiterated calls for former separatist group the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) to disband itself as the peace agreement between the two sides has been running smoothly. GAM had struggled for independence in Aceh for 30 years before it signed the landmark peace accord with the government last August.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 09:29 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


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


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


Bomb at restaurant in Jakarta, one hurt bomb blast at a fast food restaurant in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Saturday wounded one person, police said. Police said the blast occured around midday at an outlet of the U.S.-based A&W chain in a shopping mall in the east of the city and they were investigating, with bomb squad and counter-terrorism officers present.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2006 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


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


French railway in Indonesia may rise again after tsunami A colonial-era railway that was once the lifeblood of Indonesia's Aceh could paradoxically be revived in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami, which obliterated the coastline of the province. Built in 1876 by the Dutch, the 600km single-gauge railway in the north of Sumatra island, linking the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, to the city of Medan, sank into oblivion a century later amid unrest.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 06 November 2006 03:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 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


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

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


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


Aceh demanding gubernatorial candidates recite Koran Election officials in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province have ordered that potential candidates for upcoming provincial polls must be able to recite from the Koran, Islam's holy book, in order to run, a local report said Thursday. The order is the latest in a series of controversial moves to impose a strict version of Islamic Law, or Shariah, in Aceh, despite the rest of Indonesia being secular.

Posted in Politics @ 28 September 2006 05:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Australian TV crew due to leave after being detained An Australian television crew detained in Indonesia's strife-torn Papua province while trying to film a story was due to leave the country Thursday, a police official said. The five-person crew from Australia's Channel Seven, including presenter Naomi Robson, were stopped Tuesday upon arriving with television gear at the airport in the provincial capital, Jayapura, because they only had tourist visas.

Posted in General @ 14 September 2006 12:59 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


Aceh celebrates year of peace Tens of thousands of Acehnese gathered on Tuesday around the provincial capital's black-domed mosque to mark the anniversary of a landmark truce and to urge Indonesia's government not to water down the pact. At the governor's mansion, officials involved in the peace deal congregated in a hall to mark the Helsinki-signed pact, aimed at ending a 30-year war in which 15,000 people died.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 August 2006 08:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two caned for adultery in Aceh Two people in Indonesia's province of Aceh have been caned for adultery under Islamic sharia law. The punishment was handed down to a 23-year-old widow and a 35-year-old married man, according to Tengku Marnus Labsyar, Head of the South Aceh Sharia's office.

Posted in Religion @ 31 July 2006 06:07 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


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

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


Indonesia 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


Second uni on black list in Indonesia A second Victorian university has fallen foul of the Indonesian Government over West Papuan independence, putting at risk a lucrative education market. Soon after Deakin University was effectively black-listed by Indonesia over the work of two academics, a spokeswoman for the Indonesian Ministry of National Education, Nur Samsiah, said it had also cut ties with RMIT University.

Posted in Politics @ 09 May 2006 07:13 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


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 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


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

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


Indonesia not to cut ties with Australia: Spokesman The Indonesian government said Monday bilateral relations with Australia are on the test but breaking off ties is neither realistic nor an option. "This (breaking off ties) is not realistic and certainly not our option," said Dino Patti Djalal, spokesman for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Posted in Politics @ 27 March 2006 14:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt states porn bill must target materials The government made its position clear on the pornography bill on Wednesday, stating the focus should be on limiting distribution of obscene materials instead of criminalizing personal conduct, particularly of women. "The government believes the eventual anti-porn law should be effective in protecting the nation from excessive exposure to pornographic material, thus it should touch more on how to regulate its distribution," State Minister for Women's Empowerment Meutia Hatta Swasono said after accompanying President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a meeting with the National Commission on Violence Against Women.

Posted in Politics @ 16 March 2006 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mine protesters clash with Papua police Protesters demanding the closure of a U.S.-owned gold mine in Papua clashed with police Wednesday in the second day of violent protests in the province. Two officers were injured after being hit with protesters' arrows, police said. Around 200 protesters fought with police as they tried to march on the Grasberg mine, run by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., Lt. Col. Dedi Junaidi told el-Shinta radio station.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 15 March 2006 08:38 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


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


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


Indonesia pilot jailed for murder of activist A Jakarta court on Tuesday sentenced an off-duty Indonesian pilot to 14 years in jail for planning the murder of a top human rights activist during a flight on the national carrier Garuda last year. Human rights groups have said the trial over the killing of Munir Thalib was a litmus test of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's promise to build a more open and accountable Indonesia after decades of authoritarian rule and rights abuses.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 December 2005 08:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Papua residents told not to celebrate 'independence day' Papua Governor JP Solossa on Wednesday told residents not to celebrate the self-declared independence anniversary of Papua on Dec. 1. "All residents should go about their day as usual. Do not be provoked by groups that are planning to commemorate Papua's 'independence'," Solossa said. He was speaking after the West Papua Liberation Front announced plans to mark the 43rd anniversary of Papua's self-declared independence with a prayer service.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 December 2005 07:12 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
    
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