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Indonesian government freezes 61 more flight permits The Indonesian government froze 61 more flight permits of five airline companies on Friday. "Based an audit results, 61 flight permits were issued to five airline companies, which have been found violating license regulations set by the government," Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan announced during a press conference.

Posted in Travel @ 09 January 2015 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono denies using state facilities for his campaign Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono denies the allegation of using the states presidential facilities for the campaign of his Democratic Party (PD). "I did not use the presidential facilities in any of my campaign," the president clarified in his office, Jakarta, Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 April 2014 19:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body questions brother-in-law of suspended governor The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questioned Tubagus Haerul Jaman, the younger brother-in-law of the suspended Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah, in an alleged bribery case in a regional head election dispute in Banten province.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 March 2014 20:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Corby's parole will not undermine justice system' Justice and human rights minister Amir Syamsuddin said the governments decision to grant parole to Australian drug dealer Schapelle Leigh Corby would not undermine the countrys justice system.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 February 2014 21:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPI reprimands six broadcasting companies The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) has reprimanded six TV stations for their disproportionate coverage of political news, talk-shows and advertisements.

Posted in Elections @ 05 December 2013 22:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BIN: 'Australia assures no wiretapping to take place again' Australia has assured Indonesia that no wiretapping will be conducted ever again on Indonesian officials, the Chief of the State Intelligence Agency (BIN), Marciano Norman, said on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2013 19:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ethics council: 'Suspended chief judge violates code' The Ethics Council of the Indonesian Constitutional Court declared here on Friday that suspended chief justice Akil Mochtar had violated the code of ethics and conduct. "He has been found guilty of violating the code of ethics and conduct; in view of this, (the Ethics Council) has given him a dishonorable discharge sanction," the Council`s chairman, Harjono, said at a press conference.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 November 2013 19:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono expresses shock at arrest of chief justice President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he was shocked and deeply concerned upon hearing the arrest of the Constitutional Court`s Chief Justice Akil Mochtar by an anti-graft agency on Wednesday night.

Posted in Politics @ 03 October 2013 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timorese kidnapper of French boy in court The trial of the Timor Leste woman charged in the attempted kidnapping of a 2-year-old French boy in June has commenced at the Denpasar District Court.

Posted in Crime @ 26 August 2013 03:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Orangutans habitat displaced by oil palm expansion' The massive expansion of oil palm plantations in Central Kalimantan has led to increased environmental damages and displacement of protected animals, such as orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus).

Posted in Environment @ 03 August 2013 17:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House speaker disagrees with dissolution of Densus 88 House Speaker Marzuki Alie said he disagreed with the dissolution of the Densus 88 anti-terror squad, saying its presence is able to minimize terror acts in Indonesia. "If Densus 88 has weaknesses, it is the weaknesses that should be improved, its institution should not be disbanded," the House Speaker said here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 01 March 2013 23:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of new Bali prison halted over budget issues Plans announced by the government to commence the construction of a prison to house narcotics offenders in Bangli are now stuck, with only an empty field and walls for the prison occupying the designated site in Banjar Buungan in Desa Tiga.

Posted in Crime @ 26 January 2013 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Chairman: 'Human rights violations by the state decreasing' Indonesian Constitutional Court (MK) Chairman Mahfud MD has stated that human rights violations by the state have drastically reduced since the reform era. "Now, such violations of human rights occur only sporadically and on a small scale, usually committed by the regional apparatus," he said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Human rights @ 26 December 2012 10:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President concerned over continuing human rights violations President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed concern here on Monday over human rights violations that happened in horizontal or communal conflicts in the country caused by excessive euphoria in the implementation of freedom of expression.

Posted in General @ 10 December 2012 19:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Investigations in progress with regard to bailout scandal Indonesia`s chief anti-graft investigator, Abraham Samad, said investigations are being carried out with regard to the (Rp6.7 trillion) Bank Century bailout scandal.

Posted in Crime @ 07 December 2012 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Implementation of Bali smoking ban too slow A survey conducted on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at starred hotels in Kuta carried out by provincial enforcement officers (Satpol PP-Bali) and working units of the provincial government (SKPD) revealed that most properties have yet to implement the Smoke-Free-Law of 2011 in their public areas.

Posted in Health @ 29 September 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corruption case hearings to be videotaped The Supreme Court has issued Circular No. 4/2012, directing all courts to videotape corruption case hearings, in light of the fact that corruption cases are of public interest.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 September 2012 20:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


14 holiday travelers killed in traffic accidents in North Sumatra At least 14 persons, homebound for the Lebaran festival, have been killed in 64 traffic accidents that have taken place in Medan in north Sumatra in the last four days, a police report said on Wednesday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 August 2012 18:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Govt considering to freeze Greenpeace Indonesia' Justice Minister Amir Syamsudin said the government is studying the possibility of freezing Greenpeace Indonesia due to various violations it has made so far. "We will see the stages for it. We hope the bill on mass organizations could give the answer. In essence foreign organizations must submit to laws effective in our country," he said.

Posted in Politics @ 02 August 2012 22:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal expatriate workers in Bali Radar Bali reports that data from the Denpasar Manpower Department shows more than 500 foreign workers are currently registered with their office.

Posted in Economy @ 09 July 2012 05:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono calls for investigation into purchase of jets President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered law enforcement agencies and other departments to investigate alleged violations of laws occurring during the procurement of Sukhoi fighter jets.

Posted in Politics @ 25 March 2012 06:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police chief: 'Hundreds of police officers fired every year' Hundreds of police officers have been dismissed every year in Indonesia for various violations, a senior police official claimed on Thursday. The police force fires 200 to 500 officers each year for various offences, National Police Deputy Chief Commissioner General Nanan Sukarna Said during a visit to Palu, Central Sulawesi.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2012 08:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 14 dead, 40 injured in West Java bus accident At least 14 people were killed on early Friday evening when a bus lost control and crashed into several vehicles in the Indonesian province of West Java, local media reported on Saturday. Dozens more were injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 February 2012 14:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


95 Indonesians to be deported from US after 20 years Ninety-five Indonesian citizens living in Garrison City, New Hampshire, USA, are to be deported because their stay permits have expired. In view of the prospect, the government had urged the citizens to abide by the rules existing in the foreign country.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 February 2012 07:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Passenger bus plunges into ravine in West Java, killing 11 At least eleven people were killed on late Wednesday evening when a passenger bus was involved in an accident in West Java, Indonesian authorities said on Thursday. Several others were injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 February 2012 00:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia workers mulling strike PT Garuda Indonesia workers are considering to go on strike because of mounting resentment at and dissatisfaction about the management`s actions and attitudes in matters related to their interests.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 February 2012 14:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House to summon police chief over Bima incident The House of Representatives (DPR)'s Commission III on legal affairs will summon National Police Chief Timur Pradopo over last Saturday's clash between security officers and demonstrators at Sape ferry port in Bima district, West Nusa Tenggara.

Posted in Violence @ 27 December 2011 11:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia lifts moratorium on sending workers to Malaysia Indonesia is again to send migrant workers to Malaysia after revoking its moratorium on dispatch of workers to the neighboring country as of December 1.

Posted in Economy @ 02 December 2011 12:36 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


Govt awaiting results of police probe into Papua congress incidents Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto said the government would wait for the results of the police investigation into the incidents around the recent Papua People`s Congress in Papua that left some people dead.

Posted in Violence @ 07 November 2011 18:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali immigration checks foreigners' working permits Denpost, Nusa Bali and The Jakarta Post all confirm that an official operation is now underway in Bali seeking to identify foreigners living on the island lacking proper immigration and working permits.

Posted in Crime @ 29 October 2011 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir gets sentence reduced A radical Islamic cleric accused of setting up a terror training camp in western Indonesia had his prison sentence slashed from 15 years to 9 years, an appeals court said Wednesday. No reason was given for the decision.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 October 2011 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President sets 8 targets for new cabinet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has set eight targets for his newly installed Cabinet to pursue in the remaining three years of his tenure.

Posted in Politics @ 19 October 2011 09:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amnesty Intl. wants new investigation in Munir case Those who gave the orders for the murder of Indonesian human rights activist Munir in 2004 have to be prosecuted. Amnesty International writes an open letter to the Indonesian prosecutor to ask for a new investigation in the murder case.

Posted in Crime @ 06 September 2011 04:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Passenger bus plunges into ravine, killing 3 At least three people were killed on Wednesday when a passenger bus plunged into a ravine in East Java in Indonesia, officials said on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 18 August 2011 05:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BI imposes harsh sanctions on Citibank Bank Indonesia (BI) announced Friday it was imposing severe sanctions on Citibank following a massive embezzlement scandal by a bank employee and the suspected death of a customer at the hands of debt collectors recently. The bank possibly faces other sanctions if found guilty of the two crimes by a court.

Posted in Economy @ 08 May 2011 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court begins trial of deadly Ahmadiyah attack An Indonesian Court on Tuesday began the trail of 12 men accused over the deadly attack on an Ahmadiyah community, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 26 April 2011 20:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia puts 8 companies on trial for polluting environment The government of Indonesia on Wednesday announced that it will file suit against eight companies for polluting the environment in East Java Province, officials said.

Posted in Environment @ 31 March 2011 01:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Human Rights Watch: 'Revoke decrees against Ahmadiyah' Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should void decrees recently adopted by two provinces that ban activities by the Ahmadiyah religious community, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 15 March 2011 10:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to observe Cambodia-Thailand border conflict Amidst the recent border conflicts between Thailand and Cambodia, both countries have accepted Indonesia to observe both sides of the border, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 23 February 2011 05:24 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


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


Prosecutors seek long sentences for suspected Aceh terrorists Indonesian prosecutors on Monday demanded jail sentences of as long as 12 years for the four suspected 'Al-Qaeda in Aceh' terrorists, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 December 2010 06:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US-backed elite Indonesian forces target churchmen and civilians A leading churchman in West Papua has called on President Obama to withdraw US cooperation with Indonesia’s elite ‘Kopassus’ forces, after finding himself on a military ‘enemies’ list. Kopassus soldiers murdered a previous ‘enemy’, Papuan leader Theys Eluay, in 2001.

Posted in Human rights @ 08 December 2010 11:32 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


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


Another expat’s home stormed in religious riot on Lombok A German man was the second foreigner to see his home destroyed in Lombok during the holy month after his complaints about damage to his property interrupted evening prayers. "He barged into the village chief’s house, accusing residents of destroying his statues, and questioned what kind of Muslims we were," Mustan said.

Posted in Religion @ 11 September 2010 02:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Concerns about military operations in Puncak Jaya region Reports from the Puncak Jaya region, inside the central highlands of West Papua, indicate that Indonesian security forces, principally the militarized police BRIMOB, have launched actions against the small, armed Free Papua Movement (OPM). In May, security force spokespersons warned that if the local OPM leader, Goliat Tabuni, did not surrender by June 28, major operations would be launched to capture him and his small force.

Posted in Military @ 19 June 2010 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four years on, victims of Lapindo mudflow still in limbo Hundreds of people and activists staged a rally to mark the fourth year since the Sidoarjo mudflow submerged thousands of houses in Sidoarjo, East Java. Meanwhile, hundreds of others commemorated in Porong, Sidoarjo, by staging a concert, shadow puppet play and traditional East Javanese ludruk theater performances.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 31 May 2010 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drivers Blue Bird taxi seek police protection on Bali Drivers of Bali Blue Bird taxis have asked protection from Denpasar Police following protests and violence by drivers from other groups, which are united in the Bali Tourism Service Association (PJWB). "Our drivers are afraid of those who violently sweep our taxis on the streets. The protesters urge our passengers to get off the taxi,” Bali Blue Bird spokesman Nyoman Mertadi told Antara news agency on Tuesday.

Posted in Protests @ 17 February 2010 00:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


If you can't compete, banish them Following accusations leveled by Kuta residents and widely reported in the Bali press that the newly opened Tune Hotel on Jalan Ciung Wenara in Kuta was contaminating ground water with fuel oil, the two low cost hotels in Bali affiliated with AirAsia have come in for more sharp criticism, this time by local legislators who question both the hotel's environmental practice and its destructive impact on the market mechanism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 December 2009 01:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


'Ahmadiyah should be respected as well' A series of attacks on followers of the Ahmadiyah religious sect in Indonesia has once again drawn criticism, with an expert in religion and democracy urging the government to exercise its authority when there are violations of human rights.

Posted in Religion @ 16 October 2009 12:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A warning for Megawati and Kalla The advocacy team of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Boediono sent a strong warning to the team of Jusuf Kalla-Wiranto and Mega-Prabowo, telling them to prove all of the alleged manipulation and violations during the 2009 Presidential Elections. "We ask that all the complaints are presented with their evidence," said Amir Syamsuddin, an attorney for the team.

Posted in Politics @ 05 August 2009 09:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali immigration officers avoid criminal charges As reported on earlier, 44 immigration officers at Bali's main airport have been under investigation for embezzling an estimated Rp. 3 billion (210.000 euro) in visa-on-arrival fees between October 2008 and May 2009. Kompas reports that a decision has been made by the Immigration Department to limit punishments to only disciplinary and administrative sanctions.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 August 2009 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Megawati wants too much Defeated in the first round of the presidential elections held earlier this month, Megawati Soekarnoputri will do everything to disrupt the democratic process as much as possible. She and her campaign team are calling on the General Election Commission KPU to hold a second round of presidential elections, a runoff between her and current President Yudhoyono - who also won the first round with a vast majority of the votes.

Posted in Politics @ 29 July 2009 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The bare necessities of Kuta nightlife Responding to numerous complaints from the local community and suggestions that agitated neighbor were getting ready to take matters into their own hands, a team of district and village officials - backed up with a cadre of local citizenry, swooped down on a Kuta night spot rounding up scantily-clad exotic dancers and the bars' management for a late-night "meeting" at the Lurah or Sub-district chief's office.

Posted in Nightlife @ 27 May 2009 20:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


12 Indonesian aircraft grounded in surprise check-up NusaBali and Kompas report that as a result of a ramp check audits carried out by the government's airworthiness and flight operations directorate September 26-29, 2008, a total of 12 airplanes were immediately grounded for safety violations. From a total of 46 aircraft inspected, these were the results:

Posted in General @ 04 October 2008 13:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Man arrested for smuggling 900 people to Australia The Australian Federal Police (AFP) are deciding whether to press charges against an Iraqi man arrested in Jakarta for alleged involvement in smuggling 900 asylum-seekers to Australia. The Indonesian Immigration Office director-general for Investigation and Law Enforcement, Syaiful Rachman, said that an Iraqi man named Hadi Ali Asgar El Ahmad was allegedly involved in the trafficking of the refugees and migrants - mostly from the Middle East and Asia - from Indonesia to Australia between 1999 and 2001.

Posted in Crime @ 09 July 2008 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute two drug traffickers soon Authorities in Indonesia are making final preparations to the execution of two convicted drug traffickers, this was announced by an official yesterday. "We are currently preparing the execution of two people who have been sentenced to death for drug offenses," attorney general's office spokesman Bonaventura Daulat Nainggolan told. He didn't give any names, but said that they both had gone through all the options for appeal and their demand for clemency was rejected by the president as well.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 May 2008 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Air chief: Adam Air banned from flying Indonesian budget airline Adam Air has been banned from flying on safety grounds, the country's chief of air transport said Tuesday. "The transport ministry has decided to revoke Adam Air's operational specification, effective 17:00 Tuesday (local time)," Budhi Muliawan Suyitno told reporters here. "With this, Adam Air is banned from operating its aircraft. All of its planes must be automatically grounded."

Posted in General @ 19 March 2008 09:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bishop: Indonesian military razed church in Dili Testifying at the Truth Commission Indonesia-Timor, former Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili said that Indonesian forces and their militia allies had systematically burned the diocese's compound as well as other churches. Several clergy and an unknown number of others were killed in these fires. Bishop Belo, who headed the Archdiocese of Dili during the 1999 riots, was the main witness before the commission when they resumed public hearings in Jakarta.

Posted in Violence @ 27 March 2007 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'No abolishment of capital punishment for drug offenses' The government strongly rejects any proposals to abolish capital punishment for drug offenses on the ground of respect for human rights as all forms of criminal actions are in fact violations of these rights, as was said by Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh. Saleh said this at the session of the Constitutional Court in Jakarta to hear several of the cases of drug offenders sentenced to death who had filed requests for a review of articles mandating the death sentence.

Posted in Human rights @ 16 March 2007 18:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The nowhere people Fitriyah was 14 when her mother left their Java village to work as a maid in Saudi Arabia. There were two letters from Sulastri after she arrived in Riyadh, and then a silence for seven years: no calls, no letters, and no money. When Fitriyah saw her mother again, she was dead. The autopsy stated that Sulastri had died from insect bites. But there was no explanation for the bruises covering the body when it was returned. "For seven years, I had no idea what had happened and why she didn't write. Now, at least, I can understand her silence," she whispers.

Posted in Culture @ 24 December 2006 00:00 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


'Yudhoyono faltering on Human Rights' After two years at the helm, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has drawn praise for ending the 30-year war in Aceh. Yet, human rights activists do not share the same enthusiasm when it comes to reforming the powerful military and solving human rights cases.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2006 04:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia apologizes to its neighbors for smoke haze Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has apologized for the smoke haze that has choked parts of neighboring Malaysia and Singapore, and agreed to hold a regional meeting to tackle forest fires in the country. "Under the name of the Indonesian government, I should apologize to the neighboring countries over this incident,'' Yudhoyono told reporters in Jakarta today. "Clearly, it's not something we want.''

Posted in Forest fires @ 12 October 2006 04:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Habibie: Suharto should face corruption charges Indonesia's former dictator Suharto should stand trial on charges he embezzled at least US$600 million during his 32-year reign, his successor was quoted Friday as saying. The attorney general's office said recently it was dropping the long stalled graft-case against Suharto, who was overthrown in 1998 amid nationwide riots, citing a heart problem and a series of strokes that left him with brain damage.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 October 2006 13:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightspots told to 'respect' Ramadhan A band of 70 public order officers will patrol the capital to ensure nightspots and entertainment centers comply with an order to adjust their operating hours during the Ramadhan fasting month. Agency head Hariyanto Badjoeri said his office distributed a circular from the City Tourism Agency to the management of entertainment centers and nightspots in the capital earlier this month.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 September 2006 14:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Stop abusive forced evictions of urban poor in Jakarta The Jakarta regional government has been forcibly evicting tens of thousands of the capital's urban poor from their homes, often leaving them homeless and destitute, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The 115-page report, "Condemned Communities: Forced Evictions in Jakarta," describes the government's excessive use of force to clear out urban slums.

Posted in Human rights @ 07 September 2006 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Burmese migrants blown off course to Indonesia A boatload of 77 Burmese men has landed on a small island off the coast of Indonesia's northwestern Aceh province after bad weather blew them off course. Their original destination was Malaysia, where they were hoping to find work. The men, all ethnic Rohingyas, told Indonesian officials they fled Burma on April 15 and were sailing to Malaysia. Storms sent them off course and washed them up Monday on Rondo Island, which lies just off the northern tip of Sumatra island.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 26 April 2006 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Investment freeze mulled for cigarette sector The Industry Ministry, pointing to indications of a saturated cigarette industry, has proposed the temporary closing of the subsector to new investment for new factories. "The proposal is based upon reports from local agencies that the number of cigarette producers has soared while utilization of their production capacity is still below 50 percent," Industry Minister Fahmi Idris said Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 16 March 2006 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Taliban-style Islamic police terrorizing Aceh Dewi Haryanti was in a hurry. The 25-year-old was exchanging her hotel waitress uniform for street clothes for the trip to her second job at a boutique she owns with her sisters in the capital of Indonesia's tsunami-torn Aceh province.

Posted in Religion @ 12 March 2006 14:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Papua refugees charge Indonesia with genocide Indonesia has denied claims by asylum-seekers in Australia that genocide was taking place in the remote Indonesian province of Papua. The claim came from a group of more than 40 Papuans who fled their homes by boat last week, and then disappeared for several days before landing in tropical northern Australia.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 January 2006 07:18 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


Indonesia arrests new suspect over murder of rights activist Indonesian police have reportedly arrested a new suspect in the poisoning death of a leading human rights activist. Munir died on a Garuda flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam last September. An autopsy found a lethal dose of arsenic in his body. The Koran Tempo daily newspaper says Ery Bunyamin, a business class passenger on the same flight has been arrested.

Posted in Politics @ 12 August 2005 20:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda pilot faces poison trial A pilot for national airline Garuda Indonesia went on trial Tuesday over the alleged murder of a prominent human rights activist who was poisoned last year on a flight to Amsterdam. The high-profile case is seen as a crucial test of the government's willingness to crack down on rogue elements within Indonesia's powerful security forces, who for years have operated with impunity.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 09 August 2005 14:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia upholds cleric verdict Indonesia's Supreme Court has rejected a final appeal from the radical cleric linked to the Bali bombings, upholding his original 30-month sentence. Abu Bakar Ba'asyir was found guilty in March of conspiracy over the 2002 attacks, in which 202 people died. But he was cleared of more serious anti-terrorism charges relating to an attack on Jakarta's Marriott hotel.

Posted in Terrorism @ 06 August 2005 18:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A police experience in Bali and Yogyakarta A different world of course, since Bali is located about 500 kilometers east of Yogyakarta. It's another island, another culture and whatever more, but one thing I encountered amazed me the most, but in fact I only realised it when I was home again, bringing back memories with some friends and beers. This is about the difference in approach, if you can call it that, of the local police concerning 'traffic violations'. For a start I would like to admit that I do actually make mistakes. Probably nothing close to a miracle.

Posted in Travel @ 20 February 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia debates kissing ban Indonesia’s government is considering a law banning unmarried couples from kissing in public – and harshly penalising those who do, The Jakarta Post reported today. The campaign against kissing is part of a proposal of sweeping reforms to laws adopted by the country’s Dutch colonial rulers in the late 19th century. Drafted by a panel of experts, the revised laws would set environmental protection standards and punish human rights violations and terrorism, the newspaper said.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta floods force minister to take ojek Torrential rainfall flooded parts of Jakarta early Wednesday (19/1/05), causing severe traffic congestion that forced Manpower and Transmigration Minister Fahmi Idris to take an ojek (motorbike taxi) to work. Idris left his house near Jalan Warung Buncit, South Jakarta, in his chauffeur-driven Volvo limousine supplied by the state, but the vehicle soon became trapped in the gridlock in the floodwaters. The minister then exited his stationary vehicle and hailed an ojek to take him to a meeting at the vice presidential office, detikcom online news portal reported. The ride on the Suzuki Thunder motorbike reportedly cost the minister Rp50,000 ($5.45) – well above the usual fare for such a journey.

Posted in Flooding @ 20 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia scraps foreign troop pull-out deadline Foreign forces including the US Navy can continue tsunami relief operations in Indonesia beyond a March 26 deadline, the government said as the disaster's overall death toll topped 168,000. In Thailand the leaders of Canada, Sweden, Norway and Finland, which all lost citizens in the tragedy, were discussing reconstruction and efforts to identify the dead, while non-governmental organisations said 2,500 Myanmese migrant workers may have died in one province alone.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Reaction to U.S. aid in Indonesia mixed In the world's most populous Muslim nation, not everyone is entirely happy to see Americans in helicopters handing out food and water to the hungry victims of last week's tsunami. Though Secretary of State Colin Powell on Tuesday expressed hope that the sight of U.S. soldiers passing out aid would help ease anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world, many Muslims say they cannot ignore that the same U.S. military that invaded Iraq and Afghanistan is now engaged in its largest operation in South Asia since the Vietnam War.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 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


Locals, riders enjoy Tour d'Indonesia Edwin Raats was brought in only four days before the race, and was expected to be a reinforcement for the Benteng Muda Tangerang team during the ongoing Dji Sam Soe Tour d'Indonesia cycling race. However, the 33-year-old Dutchman has had a hard time making his mark on the race and finds himself languishing in 70th place overall in 1,503-kilometer, nine-stage tour completed, with five stages to go.

Posted in Sports @ 04 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia court throws out Wiranto's election appeal An Indonesian court on Monday dismissed an appeal from presidential hopeful Wiranto against the July 5 election results, ending the ex-general's bid for the country's top job. Former military chief Wiranto appealed to the constitutional court last week, arguing that he lost more than 5.4 million votes due to irregularities in the first round of Indonesia's first direct presidential election.

Posted in Elections @ 10 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Violence @ 08 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Panwaslu: Double puncture spoils a good poll The Election Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu) hailed on Tuesday the country's first direct presidential election as peaceful and democratic, but warned that the use of nonpermanent ink and double perforation of ballot papers could reduce the quality of the poll. "We should be grateful that the election was generally free of violence despite tensions in many poll stations over the use of nonpermanent ink and the immediate validation of double perforations on ballot papers," committee member Didik Supriyanto said.

Posted in Elections @ 07 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt expels US think tank expert A leading American expert on Indonesia's terrorist groups has been ordered out of the country after authorities accused her of violating visa regulations. Sidney Jones, however, had earlier said the national intelligence agency chief had complained that her International Crisis Group published false reports that had damaged the country's image. Jones said she was issued with a deportation order late Tuesday. It cited immigration violations, and was effective immediately, she said.

Posted in Politics @ 02 June 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto says political opponents behind arrest warrant Indonesian's ex-military chief Wiranto has formally announced his presidential candidacy whilst dismissing an arrest warrant issued against him by an East Timor judge as "character assassination." "There are several pieces of information that are behind these charges, there clearly is an involvement of political activities in this country," Wiranto told reporters.

Posted in Elections @ 12 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clashes as Muslim cleric re-arrested on terrorism charges Supporters of Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir clashed with police outside a Jakarta prison in an effort to prevent his re-arrest as a terrorism suspect at the end of his jail term yesterday.The violence came as police said they had a stronger case against the alleged south-east Asian terrorist leader than 18 months ago, when he was tried for treason but convicted only on immigration violations.

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


Golkar passes PDI-P, rivals reject tally Golkar Party has narrowly overtaken President Megawati Sukarnoputri’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), with more than 60% of the votes from the April 5 general election now counted. While analysts are predicting Golkar will surge further ahead as results continue to come in from the outer provinces, 19 other parties have said they will reject the election outcome because of rampant irregularities and alleged polling violations.

Posted in Elections @ 11 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wahid alleges fraud in vote tally as concerns mount Former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid has alleged fraud in the computerided tally of election results and said 16 parties would meet to discuss whether to accept the outcome of Monday's poll. "There is widespread fraud," he said in an interview on local radio, citing the vote count and "various other" problems. "It's still a question whether the results of this election can be accepted," he said. Local newspapers on Thursday also reported concerns about possible fraud in the computerised tally.

Posted in Elections @ 08 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Election could be bad for Australia Churchill caught the complexity of democracy in his famous line about it being the worst way to choose a government, except for all the other ways. Indonesia will be demonstrating both sides of this aphorism over the next few months. The good news is that Indonesia is about to choose its next government through peaceful elections. The bad news is that the outcome is unlikely to be good, and could be quite bad - for Indonesia and for ourselves. Australia's security depends on an Indonesia that is stable, prosperous, cohesive and democratic. It seems our chances of getting all four are slim.

Posted in Elections @ 01 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic candidates mum on polygamy Realizing their demographic power, Islamic political parties are working hard to win women's votes in the April 5 legislative election. A no-less important strategy is avoiding sensitive issues like polygamy, permitted in Islam. Interviewed by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, Nursanita Nasution of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and Aisyah Amini of the United Development Party (PPP) said their parties would support all measures to ensure better protection for women.

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parties dismiss list of 'crooked politicians' The publication of the list of roguish politicians would not have an impact on political party performance in the upcoming general elections, some leaders of political parties asserted on Sunday. They also said that the publication was sensationalized and subjective, and people should question the credibility. Speaking to The Jakarta Post, deputy chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN) Abdillah Toha acknowledged that some (five) PAN legislators had been included on the original list of 61, but he argued that it would not affect PAN's image.

Posted in Elections @ 15 March 2004 00:01 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


Just when investors might have been thinking it was safe to look at Indonesia a little less skeptically, the biggest banking scandal to hit the country since the central bank liquidity scandal, this one involving Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) and allegedly fraudulent letters of credit, has shattered confidence yet again. With BNI marked for semi-privatization next year, the scandal could hardly have come at a worse time. It highlights concerns raised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) over corporate governance in Indonesia and the central Bank Indonesia's failure to detect the scam until a year after it allegedly began.

Posted in General @ 03 December 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vendors ready for enactment of Copyright Law With Law No. 19/2002 on the protection of copyrights going into effect on July 29, Jakartans will likely have a more difficult time purchasing counterfeit goods over the next month as vendors close up shop to avoid raids. Most of the vendors in the Mangga Dua shopping complex, center for pirated goods in the capital, closed their stalls early on Monday. "We heard that there will be a raid by the police soon," one vendor said.

Posted in Human rights @ 29 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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