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TV station slammed for reporting Jokowi is a communist The Jokowi-JK campaign has criticized a private television station for reporting that Jokowi is a communist. "The report is tendentious and unethical," the campaigns spokesman Hasto Kristiyanto said in a press statement received here on Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2014 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


1,793 prisoners granted Christmas remission in NTT More than 1790 Christian prisoners in the East Nusatenggara province will receive Christmas remission on Tuesday. They are among inmates of 16 prisons in a number of cities in the Christian dominated province.

Posted in Crime @ 24 December 2012 02:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: 'Dutch citizen to be handed to prosecutor' A Dutch citizen, Bedrettin Kaya, who allegedly committed a torture against a police brigadier here, will immediately be handed to the public prosecutor`s office for further legal process, a police spokesman said.

Posted in Crime @ 20 May 2012 15:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police shoot dead two suspected terrorists Police have shot dead two suspected terrorists at Pondok Aren in the southwestern outskirts of Jakarta. "True, we have shot dead two terrorist suspects and arrested two others," Chief of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Insp Gen Untung S Rajab confirmed on Friday night.

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 March 2012 14:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Amnesty Int'l urges Indonesia to protect Shiite minority Amnesty International has urged the Indonesian government to provide protection for hundreds of Shiites who have been forced to return to their village in East Java after being evicted from their homes in Madura by an anti-Shiite mob.

Posted in Religion @ 16 January 2012 07:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia investigates deaths of two children in police custody Indonesian police are investigating the deaths last week of two young brothers inside a police prison in the province of West Sumatra, the Jakarta Globe reported on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 January 2012 21:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian activists: 8 killed during clashes at gold mine Indonesian activists on Thursday claimed that at least eight people were killed during weekend clashes in the country's eastern Papua region, where officials previously confirmed one fatality.

Posted in Violence @ 17 November 2011 13:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


National police deployed after clashes in Ambon kill 6 Indonesian National Police on Monday announced that it has deployed 400 personnel to the eastern island of Ambon, where riots broke out in its capital since Sunday.

Posted in Violence @ 12 September 2011 22:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three dead in violent clashes in Ambon Riots broke out in Ambon on Sunday, claiming three lives and injuring 60 others following a rumor that an ojek (motor taxi) driver was tortured to death by another group of residents in the city.

Posted in Violence @ 12 September 2011 03:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-terrorist is now comic book hero The real life adventures of former al-Qaida-linked terrorist Nasir Abas have become a new comic book in Indonesia, chronicling his transformation from militant to invaluable ally in the fight against terrorism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 September 2011 09:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian migrant workers avoid beheading in Saudi Arabia Two Indonesian female migrant workers have been spared from beheading in Saudi Arabia, the Jakarta Globe reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 02 August 2011 23:14 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


HRW: Larger awareness for human rights concerns in Indonesia Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should raise military accountability for abuses, freedom of expression, and the rights of religious minorities during her visit to Indonesia from Thursday through Sunday.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 July 2011 03:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia lifts ban on cattle trade with Indonesia Australian Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig on Wednesday announced that the ban on cattle trade with Indonesia was lifted and new requirements for exporters were set, Australia's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.

Posted in Economy @ 06 July 2011 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aussie suspend cattle exports over slaughterhouse cruelty The Australian livestock export industry on Monday said it would be suspending the supply of live cattle to three Indonesian slaughterhouses, after a documentary broadcast on national TV showed extreme animal cruelty.

Posted in Crime @ 30 May 2011 23:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ahmadiyah religious sect officially banned in West Java The Ahmadiyah religious sect on Thursday was officially banned by the West Java provincial government in Indonesia, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Religion @ 03 March 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four police linked to gang rape and torture of underage girl in Papua Four police officers have been linked to the gang rape and torture of an underage girl in Papua, Indonesia, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 02 March 2011 02:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


129 Myanmar refugees rescued off North Sumatra waters The Indonesian Navy on Tuesday rescued 129 Myanmar refugees who were stranded in Krueng Raya waters in Aceh province, the Antara news agency reported on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2011 18:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Commission to investigate deadly Ahmadiyah attack Indonesia's National Commission on Human Rights on Monday announced that it formed a team in order to investigate the deadly Ahmadiyah attack in Banten, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2011 18:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Soldiers sentenced to prison for torturing Papuan men Three Indonesian soldiers on Monday were sentenced to prison for torturing two Papuan men after videos surfaced in YouTube, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Crime @ 24 January 2011 17:54 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


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

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


Wikileaks: Ban on training Kopassus lifted over Obama visit Indonesia threatened to derail a visit to Jakarta by President Barack Obama this year unless he overturned the US ban on training the controversial Kopassus army special forces, Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2010 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia might halt sending workers to Saudi Arabia over maid killing Indonesia on Friday announced that its government is considering putting a hold on dispatching workers to Saudi Arabia as international outrage has surrounded the case of a tortured Indonesian maid, officials said.

Posted in General @ 19 November 2010 18:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia minister to Saudi Arabia to monitor tortured maid case Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered the State Minister for Women and Child Protection Linda Agum Gumelar to travel to Saudi Arabia in order to oversee the investigation into the torture of an Indonesian maid, officials said Thursday.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2010 21:37 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Kalla to help Indonesian foreign workers in Jordan On the sidelines of the 8th Asia Pacific Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Conference, which is being held in Jordan, Indonesian Red Cross chairman Jusuf Kalla met with about 300 Indonesian migrant workers, offering help to settle labor issues.

Posted in Economy @ 20 October 2010 03:13 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


Indonesian maid tortured and chained in Malaysia An Indonesia maid working in Malaysia has been tortured and abused by her two bosses. She was chained, regularly beaten with an iron stick and forced to sleep at the toilet. She was eventually rescued by the Malaysian police from the house where she worked in Taman Sentosa, Kelang, Selangor on Tuesday afternoon.

Posted in Crime @ 21 October 2009 13:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


HRW: 'Papuans tortured by Indonesian army' Indonesia's controversial special forces, which are trained by Australia, have been accused of new human rights abuses in the troubled province of Papua. In a report by US-based Human Rights Watch, off-duty members of the elite Kopassus branch of the Indonesian army are said to have tortured and abused Papuans.

Posted in Violence @ 26 June 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amnesty: Police abuse rampant in Indonesia Torture and other forms of ill-treatment carried out by Indonesian police remain rampant despite the government's efforts to reform the police force, human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 June 2009 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Teen model escapes 'abusive' Malaysian prince A teenage US-Indonesian model has returned to her family in Indonesia with tales of abuse, rape and torture at the hands of a Malaysian prince, after her dramatic escape with the help of Singapore police. Manohara Odelia Pinot, 17, told reporters she was treated like a sex slave after her marriage to Tengku Temenggong Mohammad Fakhry, the prince of Malaysia's Kelantan state, last year.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 June 2009 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 12 reactions


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

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


Indonesia court rejects Bali bombers' appeal Execution by firing squad does not violate Indonesia's constitution, the country's top court ruled on Tuesday. Indonesia's Constitutional Court rejected the claim by three men on death row, who were convicted in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings, that their executions by firing squad would violate the country's constitution. Their request for beheading was also dismissed by the court.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 October 2008 12:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia 'regrets' Timor atrocities President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has endorsed a truth commission report stating his country was to blame for gross human rights abuses against the Timorese in 1999. But he has stopped short of a formal apology and rejected prosecuting those responsible.

Posted in Human rights @ 15 July 2008 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.N. body says torture widespread in Indonesia A UN rights body says Indonesia's police, armed forces and intelligence services routinely torture and degrade criminal suspects to extract confessions. The U.N. Committee Against Torture says it is "deeply concerned about numerous ongoing credible and consistent allegations" of abuse in the Indonesian justice system.

Posted in General @ 17 May 2008 03:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesian migrant worker dies in Malaysia Another migrant worker from Indonesia, who worked in an oil palm plantation in Malaysia, died on October 5. He was identified as Redi Martin. "We have not yet been informed of the cause of his death, but the death was allegedly due to torture by Malaysian security personnel," told Saidi, the dead worker's uncle. Saidi also told that Redi's body is expected to arrive in the village of Kalikudi today.

Posted in General @ 18 October 2007 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Gay NGO worker and partner tortured, sexually abused in Aceh' A 32-year-old GO worker and his partner from the same sex were allegedy brutally tortured and sexually abused by the police in Banda Aceh while in custody last January. This was said by the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). AHRC has named the NGO officials as Hartayo and Bobby. The motive behind the detention, torture and sexual abuse is because they are homosexuals, says AHRC in an 'urgent action' appeal.

Posted in Human rights @ 18 March 2007 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia push a biofuels cartel With the world increasingly hungry for alternatives to crude oil, two Southeast Asian nations plan a way to control prices. Just at the time the administration of US President George W Bush is being urged by a group of leading US business executives and senior military officers to act decisively to break America’s dependence on oil and the EU is seeking alternative energy sources, Malaysia and Indonesia are seeking to create a an Opec-style cartel on one of the alternatives – palm oil, used for biofuels.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 03:42 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


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

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


The hidden tragedy of West Papua "Of course the police are just as good at torturing as the army. Some of the cruder forms [include] putting a table leg onto the foot of somebody and then somebody heavily dancing on the table, which can be extremely painful. So, I mean torture is routine."

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Crowds riot over execution of three Christians Indonesians rioted yesterday after the executions of three Christian men convicted of leading an attack on a Muslim boarding school that killed 200 people. Tensions flared in central Sulawesi as the trio's death by firing squad was carried out, with anger increasing as it emerged that at least one of the men's bodies was buried against his family's wishes and without the family being able to view his corpse.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 23 September 2006 14:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


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

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


Indonesia opposes U.N.-backed tribunal on E.Timor Indonesia has brushed off a call in a United Nations report for an international tribunal to try Indonesian and militia leaders blamed for a bloody 1999 rampage in East Timor. "We continue to oppose an international tribunal, which we find totally unnecessary," Foreign Ministry spokesman Marty Natalegawa said on Thursday, a day after a report issued by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan recommended one.

Posted in Politics @ 29 July 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Finland venue for Aceh peace talks Aceh rebels and an Indonesian government delegation have arrived in Helsinki ahead of six days of talks aimed at bringing a lasting peace to the tsunami-ravaged region. Rebel leaders said Monday they will demand that Indonesian troops cease all anti-insurgency operations in Aceh before discussing a solution for self-government.

Posted in Politics @ 12 April 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono faces a staggering array of problems — rampant corruption, continuing human rights abuses by the military, massive unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, and a judicial and law enforcement system that is little more than a legalised mafia.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia cuts access to Aceh ahead of vote Indonesia has increased restrictions on foreign journalists trying to visit war-torn Aceh province ahead of April parliamentary elections, the foreign ministry said Thursday. As part of a lengthy bureaucratic process, reporters will now have to submit six different documents, including a recommendation letter from the general electoral commission, before the military will issue a permit. "We have to know that the reporters have a clear purpose there. This is so the military can protect them," said Marti Natalegawa, a foreign ministry spokesman.

Posted in Elections @ 26 March 2004 00:01 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


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


Seven more people killed in Aceh Four suspected separatist rebels and three civilians have been killed in the latest violence in Aceh province, the military said on Tuesday. The first two Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels were killed early on Tuesday in separate firefights with troops in Pidie district in northern Aceh, military spokesman Lt. Col. Ahmad Yani Basuki said. The others were shot dead in a clash at Lhoknga in Aceh Besar district on Monday, Basuki said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 October 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fourteen killed in Aceh's latest violence Fourteen people, including a policeman and 11 suspected separatist rebels, were killed in the latest violence to hit the restive Indonesian province of Acheh, police and the military said Monday. Troops shot dead one rebel and confiscated one rifle and one grenade launcher after two successive clashes in Tiro, Pidie district, on Monday, Acheh Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ahmad Yani Basuki said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia renews ties with Indonesia military unit Australia said on Monday it had renewed military links with Indonesia's elite Kopassus unit to help fight terror in the region, despite previously banning work with the group due to its questionable human rights record. Australian Defence Force head Peter Cosgrove said Australia needed to cooperate with Kopassus because the special forces unit was responsible for counter-terrorism and hostage rescue in neighbouring Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Military @ 11 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia piling up political prisoners again TWO of the world’s largest human rights organizations say that the government of Indonesian President Megawati Sukar­noputri is filling the country’s jails once again with political prisoners, only five years after all prisoners of conscience were released with the ouster of former President Suharto.

Posted in Politics @ 15 July 2003 00:01 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


Ailing Indon militant avoids questioning Despite the adoption of a tough new law that includes sweeping powers to detain suspected terrorists, police said Saturday they had postponed the interrogation of the alleged leader of a militant group suspected in last week's Bali nightclub bombing. "There has been no decision to forcibly take Abu Bakar Bashir to Jakarta for questioning,'' said Col. Hasyim Irianto, the chief of police in the town of Solo in central Java, where the Muslim cleric was hospitalized on Friday with breathing difficulties.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 October 2002 00:02 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


Evi, not her real name, fell down the stairs. Or, maybe she was hit by a motorbike while crossing the street. Her claims, however, cannot hide the fact that the young woman now lying in a clinic's examination bed was badly beaten by somebody.

Posted in Culture @ 29 July 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First sentencing demand made in Timor trials Indonesian prosecutors trying suspects over violence that devastated East Timor in 1999 made their first demand for sentencing yesterday, seeking 10 years in jail for the territory's former governor. The demand was well below the maximum sentence for the charges of crimes against humanity faced by Abilio Soares. Soares sat stony-faced in the centre of Jakarta's human rights court as prosecutors read out their sentencing demand for acts committed in the lead up to and after East Timor voted in a UN-sponsored referendum to break from Indonesian rule.

Posted in Crime @ 11 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Nightlife in Dili bustling after independence It is 9 p.m. in Dili. Cafes and restaurants that have mushroomed along the streets in the heart of the city, where the beach-view presidential palace stands, are packed with hundreds of expatriates hanging around late into the night. Internet cafes owned by Australia's Telstra which has been given an exclusive contract by the UN Transitional Administration of East Timor (UNTAET) for mobile and fixed line services, have sprung up over the past couple of years. These places, too, are a favorite meeting place.

Posted in Nightlife @ 24 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Major celebrations are underway in the Netherlands to commemorate the Dutch East India Company's (VOC) 400th anniversary this year. This commemoration is especially targeted at Holland's younger generation, to instill a sense of pride in their history. However, nations that have suffered under colonialism, such as Indonesia, would surely have a different perspective on the VOC, the trading company with political and military power.

Posted in History @ 14 May 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


From his grief-gouged eyes to the way he presses his hands together to stop them from shaking, it's clear that if Syamsudin Noor makes it through the next few weeks, he is still a dead man inside. Syamsudin has pushed through a crowd of fellow refugees to tell his story, describing in patient detail how a visitation of almost unimaginable brutality destroyed his remote village of Sangai in Indonesia's Kalimantan province. "All my children, my grandchildren were killed," he mourns. "They cut off their heads and then cut them up and took them away to eat. There were a lot of Madurese in Sangai. Now 95% of us are dead."

Posted in Violence @ 10 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The deadly Christmas and New Year bombings in Indonesia and Manila, which killed 40 people and left hundreds injured, have Indonesians and Filipinos puzzled. Is radical Islam, they wonder, entering a dangerous new phase in Southeast Asia? Or is Islamic militancy, as police investigators and analysts now seem convinced, merely a convenient cover for politically powerful rivals bent on using terror campaigns in their struggle for supremacy?

Posted in Politics @ 25 January 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security in Aceh intensified ahead of Gus Dur visit The government said on Wednesday that they were beefing up security in Aceh ahead of President Abdurrahman Wahid's visit to the troubled province on Tuesday. "We are going to clean up places that are going to be visited by the President three days before he arrives," National Police Chief Gen. Surojo Bimantoro told journalists before a Cabinet meeting at Bina Graha presidential office.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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