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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Govt plays down impact of new study on Papua vote The government plays down the controversial study by Dutch historian Prof. Pieter Drooglever on 1969 vote in Papua, saying that his report was purely academic. "We view the report as an academic study which is no different from other studies on Papua," Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Yuri Oktavian Thamrin said.

Posted in General @ 19 November 2005 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Dutch student shot in Aceh Less than two weeks after the shooting of a Hong Kong aid worker, a Dutch student was shot while traveling in a car in Aceh, child activists and police said on Friday. Azmiati Zuliati, a staffer at the Center for Child Protection, said that 24-year-old Marije Mellegers was shot in Krue Kluet village in Tapak Tuan at about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 08 July 2005 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia politicians visit ailing Suharto During ex-Indonesian dictator Suharto's weeklong hospital stay, the country's political elite stumbled over one another to visit the ailing strongman. Emerging from the elite Pertamina Hospital, they described him as a great leader and "father of the country.'' Neither current President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono nor anybody else mentioned Suharto's dismal human rights record or his history of corruption on a staggering scale, sending the strongest signal yet that the dictator's long-dormant graft case for allegedly stealing $600 million would not be reopened.

Posted in Human rights @ 12 May 2005 18:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto returns home Former Indonesian President Suharto has returned home less than a week after he was taken to hospital suffering from internal bleeding. Looking pale but relieved, he was wheeled out of Jakarta's Pertamina Hospital at 5pm local time (1000GMT).

Posted in Human rights @ 11 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to reinforce troops in Aceh as peace talks continue Indonesia is to reinforce its military presence in the tsunami-ravaged province of Aceh, even as peace talks with separatist rebels in the province make progress, an army spokesman said. The military, which continues to pursue the rebels despite pleas for a ceasefire, will send three battalions, or up to three thousand men, as part of a wider deployment to shore up its presence in troubled areas of the country.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 April 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia issues new Indonesia travel warning Australia has updated a travel warning for Indonesia, saying new information suggests terror attacks could be mounted against foreigners taking part in tsunami relief efforts in northern Sumatra. Australians should defer non-essential travel to Indonesia as a whole, and should avoid all travel to Aceh and Maluku province, according to the travel advice issued on Saturday by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Aceh rebels make headway on peace Indonesia and Aceh separatists, thrown together after three decades of bloodshed by the tsunami that devastated the province, said on Saturday they would meet again soon to seek a peace deal to help rebuild Aceh. Government officials and exiled leaders of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), meeting for the first time in nearly two years, said their Finnish mediators would convene another meeting "in the near future" to discuss what an Indonesian minister called "a comprehensive peace settlement."

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 29 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Banda Aceh battles raging fire A lack of water is preventing firefighters in Indonesia's tsunami-devastated city of Banda Aceh from getting close to a raging blaze. Firefighters say the fire, spanning at least three kilometers (1.5 miles), was possibly caused by residents burning garbage. The Associated Press reports that while no one was living in the area, about 100 former residents were in the vicinity trying to salvage belongings and looking for missing loved ones.

Posted in Earthquake @ 26 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia defends restrictions in Aceh Indonesia said on Thursday restrictions on aid workers in Aceh were for their own safety in a province troubled by a decades-old insurgency, and voiced readiness to sit down with the rebels to seek a cease-fire. As aid agencies and Indonesian government officials put the limitations into effect, palpable signs emerged that the devastated region was beginning to pull itself together after the Dec. 26 earthquake and tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Full extent of Indonesia disaster slowly revealed Survivors huddle in clearings without food or shelter all along the tsunami-ravaged coast of Indonesia's Aceh province, and corpses float miles out to sea. A week after giant waves swamped parts of the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, the water is only just beginning to drain away to reveal the full extent of the horrific destruction and yet more bodies to count.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 January 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says it will establish early warning system for tsunamis Indonesia said Monday it plans to establish an early warning system for disasters with its neighbors, as its death toll from last week's earthquake and tsunami jumped to almost 100,000. Indonesia, which suffered the most death and destruction in last week's disaster, will host a conference later this week of nations hit and major aid donors that is likely to focus on how best to deliver relief efforts.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scope of destruction in Indonesia remains unclear It is called Mecca's Veranda because for centuries, Aceh province's bustling ports have been the final embarkation point for devout Indonesian Muslims bound for the hajj, the mandatory pilgrimage all Muslims are expected to make at least once. Today, vast swaths of the rugged province on the northern tip of Sumatra have disappeared beneath mountains of mud left by Sunday's tsunami. Giant waves demolished homes and businesses on the Indonesian island and claimed the lives of thousands.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb in cookie jar explodes in edgy Ambon A bomb exploded in Indonesia’s restive eastern city of Ambon, injuring five people, three of them seriously, police and hospital staff said on Sunday. Three young men were seriously injured and hospitalised, said a nurse at the Halong navy hospital in Ambon, who asked not to be identified.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 24 May 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to end Aceh martial law; troops to stay Indonesia will end military rule in its strife-torn province of Aceh, but retain a large troop presence there, a minister said on Thursday. "Principally, the cabinet agreed to lower the status from military emergency to civil emergency," Interior Minister Hari Sabarno told reporters. "The operation to restore security is still needed and will be maintained...The threat from GAM (rebels) still exists."

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambon talks end in disaray A meeting of Christian and Muslim leaders and National Police chief Gen. Da'i Bachtiar ended in disarray here on Monday, after conflicting parties failed to reach an agreement to cease the renewed clashes in Ambon, Maluku. The breakdown in the talks is expected to worsen the sectarian conflict in the restive city, where at least 38 people have died in renewed clashes that erupted on April 25, triggered by a separatist rally.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 04 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt replaces Maluku police chief after bloody Muslim-Christian battles The police chief of Indonesia's Maluku province has been replaced following week-long Muslim-Christian battles in which 38 people were killed and hundreds of buildings were torched. Brigadier General Bambang Sutrisno has been shifted to a new assignment at police headquarters in Jakarta, national police spokesman Paiman announced on local radio. He did not link the transfer directly to the violence.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 04 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More paramilitaries sent to troubled Ambon, toll rises to 38 Another 100 paramilitary police have been sent to the troubled Indonesian city of Ambon as the death toll from a week of violence between Christian separatists and Muslims rose to 38. An 18-year-old man shot in the head by a sniper on Wednesday died from his wounds overnight at the Al Fatah hospital, a doctor there said. Authorities had on Saturday said that 37 people had died in a renewal of clashes which killed 5,000 over three years until a pact was signed in February 2002.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 02 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


13 hurt as explosions rock Ambon At least 13 people were injured as gun-fire and explosions rocked the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon early today after week-long Muslim-Christian clashes that have left 37 people dead. Thirteen people were taken to Al Fatah hospital with burns and injuries caused by home-made bomb explosions just before dawn after fighting in three areas — Tanah Lapang Kecil, Jalan Baru and Trikora, a hospital official said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 01 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More injured as shots, explosions heard in Ambon At least 13 people have been injured as gunfire and explosions rocked the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon after week-long Muslim-Christian clashes that have left 37 people dead. Thirteen people were taken to Al Fatah hospital with burns and injuries caused by home-made bomb explosions just before dawn after fighting in three areas -- Tanah Lapang Kecil, Jalan Baru and Trikora, a hospital official said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 30 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clerics say Ambon disaster provoked Religious leaders accused on Tuesday "third parties" of inciting the renewed violence in Ambon, Maluku province, and urged police to take firm action where necessary. Muslim, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist and Confucian leaders from the Indonesian Committee for Religion and Peace said that "provocation" was the best explanation for the violence that had killed over 30 since Sunday. In the past few years people in Maluku have been wary of any signs of the violence that led to thousands being killed since 1999.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 28 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Policeman shot dead in third day of unrest in Ambon A sniper shot dead a paramilitary policeman and injured another on Tuesday in the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon, where hundreds of police and troops have deployed to quell Muslim-Christian battles. A witness and a hospital doctor confirmed the death of First Private Lalu Safruddin, who arrived only on Monday when reinforcements were sent from Jakarta to the city in the Maluku islands.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 27 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blasts, shots and arson mark night in Ambon after killings Sporadic shooting, bombing and arson continued in the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon after an outbreak of Muslim-Christian violence killed at least 11 people and injured scores. The sound of blasts and shotgun fire could be heard Monday and dark smoke columns rose from various districts following deadly clashes the previous day, residents said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 26 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to hold vote despite delays The justice minister has threatened to arrest election officials, thousands of polling stations still don't have ballots and parts of Aceh province are too dangerous to hold a vote. Nonetheless Indonesia will hold parliamentary elections Monday for the second time since the fall of the longtime dictator Suharto in 1998 - though election officials acknowledge voting will be delayed for up to five days in the remote regions of Papua and West Irian Jaya.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI tells US to take the log out of their own eye The government has denounced a U.S. report on human rights abuses in Indonesia, saying Washington was not competent to make judgments about what went on here. Foreign Affairs Ministry chief spokesman Marty Natalegawa said the annual report showed a "new standard of ignorance of what is actually happening in Indonesia." "Human rights conditions in Indonesia should to be judged by the Indonesian people themselves and not by some bureaucrats sitting in Washington," Marty told The Jakarta Post on Thursday, when he was asked to comment on the controversial report.

Posted in Economy @ 27 February 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


US critical of human rights abuses Indonesian security forces have committed serious human rights abuses, including murder and rape, particularly in far-flung provinces where they are battling separatists, the United States says. Human rights groups have criticised the military and police of Indonesia over rights violations for decades but the end of authoritarian rule in the late 1990s had raised hopes the Government might rein in forces.

Posted in Human rights @ 27 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military helps shape elections Indonesian generals, on the defensive since the ouster of the dictatorship they supported for 32 years, are becoming kingmakers again as the campaign for presidential and parliamentary elections heats up. And despite the danger that Indonesia's young democracy is being undercut by its inability to rein in the military, candidates and political parties are courting the brass for endorsements.

Posted in Elections @ 23 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to visit Aceh in December President Megawati Sukarnoputri will in December visit Aceh province for the first time since she placed the rebellious territory under martial law nearly six months ago, an official said Wednesday (12/11/03). Aceh Governor Abdullah Puteh said the president would inaugurate a number of projects during the visit and open a congress of about 4,000 Muslim leaders from across the province.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 12 November 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clashes kill 12 in Papua province At least 12 people have been killed in clashes between security forces and separatist fighters in Indonesia's troubled Papua province. Eight separatists were killed and several injured after troops raided a camp in the Wamena region on Wednesday morning, an army officer told El-Shinta radio. "We launched the raid at 5am and confiscated weapons from them... It is suspected that they had been planning to carry out attacks on a regency office and local military headquarters," Colonel Agus Mulyadi said.

Posted in Violence @ 06 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


JI starting to regroup in Indonesia The feared Jemaah Islamiah (JI) network responsible for the Bali bombings is beginning to regroup and launch new attacks against Christians in Indonesia to mark the onset of Ramadan, according to new reports. Following several weeks of violence in Poso, central Sulawesi, in which 13 people died, Indonesia's respected Tempo magazine said the attacks were the handiwork of militants linked to JI.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 27 October 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto era continues to cloud Indonesia's political life A.M. Fatwa, the deputy speaker of Indonesia's parliament, has cause to be angry. In 1984, after protesting against the massacre by soldiers of Islamic activists near Jakarta's port of Tanjung Priok, he was arrested, tortured and then spent nine years in prison, five years under house arrest and wrote 13 books highlighting the abuses of the 32-year rule of the former president Suharto.

Posted in Human rights @ 27 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Indonesia claims 15 rebel deaths in Aceh Indonesia's military said Thursday it killed 15 insurgents in new fighting in Aceh province, and the rebels said they have detained two local journalists. The guerrillas disputed a claim by the military that it controls all of Aceh six weeks into its latest anti-insurgency offensive. The separatists threatened new attacks in coming days. The media pair, a cameraman and reporter for Indonesia's RCTI station along with their driver, were detained on Sunday in the east of the province.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 03 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


More refugees on move in Aceh, rebel toll tops 200 Indonesian security forces have killed more than 200 rebels in Aceh province since a fresh offensive to crush the separatists began four weeks ago, the military said Sunday. In a statement, the military said it had killed 202 members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) while 24 soldiers and policemen had lost their lives. Five civilians had also been killed, it said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bars aid workers from Aceh The Indonesian government barred foreign aid workers and non-governmental organizations from Aceh province, the site of a large military action against separatists rebels. Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda said the ban on NGOs came because some "have political motivations" but security issues were also mentioned. He added that any foreign aid to the region would be funneled through Jakarta.

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


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

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


New ID cards to foil Aceh rebels Indonesia said on Saturday all civilians in Aceh province, where government forces have launched their biggest offensive in decades, will have to get new ID cards in a bid to stop separatists blending in with the population. Indonesia attacked Aceh on Monday after a five-month peace agreement with the rebels collapsed. The military says 58 rebels have been killed while officials say 23,000 civilians have fled their homes in the province on the northern tip of Sumatra.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 24 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 23000 in Aceh Flee, rebel toll at 58 Indonesia said on Friday 58 separatist rebels in Aceh province have been killed, and 23,000 civilians have fled their homes, since the military began its biggest offensive in years. An Indonesian military document, seen by reporters on Friday afternoon, listed 58 rebels killed, up from a figure of 38 given in the morning.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 May 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 38 Aceh rebels killed Indonesia's military said on Friday it had killed 38 rebels in Aceh province since a fresh offensive began, but added the campaign was tough and separatists were melting into the civilian population. With questions being raised over the plight of civilians, the BBC reported a witness alleging troops executed eight villagers.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fresh clashes in Aceh, curfews possible Indonesian troops fought rebels across six different parts of jungle-clad Aceh province on Thursday, as officers considered imposing night curfews on flashpoints in the region. The military said it had killed several more separatists on Thursday, taking the total since Monday to 16. It said a district rebel commander had also surrendered on Wednesday, the second senior separatist to do so in a week.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 May 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebels tracked in dense jungle and villages Indonesian troops fanned out in thick jungle and villages across Aceh on Thursday in search of rebels. Earlier the military said it had killed four separatists overnight, taking the total since Monday to 12. A spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) insisted no separatists had been killed and accused the military of murdering nearly 50 civilians. The military denied killing non-combatants.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia uses UK Hawks in Aceh offensive Indonesia launched its much-anticipated military offensive against separatists in Aceh province yesterday with displays of "shock therapy" on land, at sea and in the air. It was intended as a demonstration of what the rebels can expect from Jakarta's latest operation to crush the 27-year insurgency.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia vows to uproot Aceh rebels The head of the Indonesian army says a major offensive launched on Monday aims to destroy separatist rebels in Aceh province within six months. General Endriartono Sutarto has gone to the Acehnese capital of Banda Aceh to oversee the operations that began with fighter jets firing rockets at suspected positions of the Free Aceh Movement (Gam).

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 May 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Peace talks on Aceh face collapse Eleventh-hour talks to avert war in Indonesia's restive Aceh province continued in Tokyo last night but Indonesia's list of demands were expected to foil the peace negotiations. The two sides were to begin discussions on Saturday, but refused to meet face-to-face until yesterday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gives Aceh rebels one-day deadline Indonesia has warned separatist rebels in the oil-rich province of Aceh that they have one day to give up their fight for independence, or face a military attack. Indonesia's ultimatum to the Free Aceh Movement comes just after representatives of the two sides ended a first session of last-ditch negotiations with peace mediators in Tokyo.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh peace talks enter second day The Indonesian government and rebel leaders of the Free Aceh Movement or GAM, have entered a second day of talks in Tokyo in an effort to save a fragile six-month ceasefire. Jakarta said the talks were the separatists' last chance to give up their demands for independence or face war.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: Key Aceh rebel defects Indonesia said on Tuesday a senior rebel commander in Aceh province had defected as thousands of government troops geared for a military strike on the separatists. A rebel spokesman denied the government claim, saying Amri bin Abdul Wahab, one of several regional separatist commanders, had been kidnapped in the local capital Banda Aceh.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh leaders will be freed if aim was peace Indonesia will free four senior representatives of the Aceh rebel movement if their aim in trying to leave the province was to work for peace, Indonesian foreign minister Hassan Wirajuda said on Saturday. "We still respect them as the negotiators for GAM. If their activities outside Aceh were related to finding a peaceful solution for Aceh, then fine," he told reporters, two days before the government-set deadline for the separatists to agree on peace talks or face a military offensive.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 10 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


300,000 troops guarding Jakarta Haunted by the ghost of Christmas Eve 2000 when a spate of bombings against churches killed 19 people, Indonesia is taking no chances this year and has packed more than 300,000 police and soldiers into Jakarta for the festival. President Megawati Sukarnoputri yesterday flew to Biak in the predominantly Christian province of Papua, where separatists oppose Jakarta's rule. She was due to attend Christmas celebrations before heading to the Papuan capital of Jayapura.

Posted in Military @ 25 December 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia threatens major offensive in Aceh Indonesia's defense minister has warned the army would launch a major military offensive unless separatists in Aceh province sign a peace deal on December 9 ending one of the world's longest-running conflicts. But Matori Abdul Jalil said he was confident the planned signing in Switzerland would go ahead as planned.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 30 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia military threatens U.S. paper with $1 bln suit The Indonesian military through its lawyers asked the U.S.-based Washington Post newspaper on Thursday to apologise over a story or face a $1 billion lawsuit. The story suggested that a shooting attack near the Freeport mine in Papua on August 31 in which two Americans and one Indonesian were killed might be linked to a conversation among top Indonesian military commanders including its chief, Endiartono Sutarto.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 21 November 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Troops surround rebel camp Indonesia's military said Saturday that it had surrounded hundreds of insurgents in a hidden camp in rebellious Aceh province and have demanded they surrender. The guerrillas have refused and vowed to die fighting. The rare, large-scale standoff comes at a delicate time in the 27-year separatist war in Aceh. Peace talks are set to resume next month and both sides had indicated a willingness to sign a cease-fire.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 09 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


11 injured by grenade in crowd Eleven people were injured when a hand grenade was thrown into a crowd gathering to celebrate Indonesia's Independence Day, in the troubled province of Aceh, police said. Police said none of the injuries was serious. The blast occurred on a soccer field about an hour before the morning ceremony was due to begin, police said. Rebels in Aceh - on the northern tip of Sumatra - have been fighting for independence since 1976.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Indonesian government currently finds itself at a major crossroads over its policy towards Aceh, the province on the northern tip of Sumatra where separatists have been waging an armed struggle for independence since 1976, driven on by decades of broken promises of greater autonomy from successive regimes in Jakarta. On the surface the options are relatively simple. Plan A would be to cancel the intermittent negotiations, impose a formal state of emergency and let the armed forces (with the elite Kopassus special forces very much in the vanguard) do whatever is necessary to crush the Free Aceh Movement (Gam).

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 11 July 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh violence threatens US ties Indonesian soldiers have shot dead six men and one woman from Aceh's rebel separatist movement. Renewed clashes in the troubled Indonesian province over the past few days have also claimed the lives of three civilians in a grenade blast, and three more rebels, officials said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 10 July 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh faces state of emergency Indonesian Military Commander Gen. Ryamizard Ryacudu said that in line with the president's instructions, the military and police in Aceh would take tough action against members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). Indonesian press reports quoted the official news service Antara as saying the government had exhausted avenues for dialogue with GAM, adding that murders and kidnappings carried out by the separatists amounted to "acts of terorism."

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 05 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian forces fire shots to disperse Ambon rally Indonesian security forces fired warning shots on Saturday to disperse protesting Muslims in the eastern city of Ambon, wounding one demonstrator in the second such incident in as many days. Ambon is the capital of the Moluccas islands, scene of religious violence that has killed at least 5,000 people in the last three years.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 27 April 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ExxonMobil gas field catches fire after rebel attack Fire was raging in the early hours of Saturday morning at a natural gas field belonging to U.S. energy giant Exxon Mobil Oil Indonesia (EMOI) after it was allegedly attacked by rebels, reports said here. There were no immediate reports of casualties, but the fire, which first broke out at about 1 a.m. at gas installation "Cluster IV" in Lhoksukon, North Aceh, was put out by midday by the company's fire brigade.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 08 April 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


15 people killed during Aceh rebel anniversary At least 15 people, including anIndonesian marine, were killed during anniversary of the separatist movement in the restive province of Aceh. Monday marked the 24th anniversary of a declaration of nationhood by the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), marked by residents in natural resource rich province with prayers and the raising of thousands of rebel flags.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 05 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Government 'to get tough with Papuans' President Abdurrahman Wahid and Indonesian Military (TNI) chief Adm. Widodo A.S. have pledged to take stern measures against the Irianese for declaring independence, House of Representatives Speaker Akbar Tandjung said on Sunday. Speaking during a visit to Pangkalpinang, South Sumatra, Akbar said the House would support every means sought by the government to maintain the state's unity, Antara reported.

Posted in Violence @ 05 June 2000 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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