Mass arrests reported in West Papua on anniversary of annexation

Mass arrests are reported to have been carried out in West Papua on Friday, on the anniversary of Indonesia’s annexation of the province. The pro-independence KNPB says 12 activists were arrested outside a… Continue reading

Statement calls on Jokowi for free and Open access to Papua

I am writing to you on behalf of TAPOL and the undersigned organisations, all of whom are deeply concerned about the absence of free and open access to the Indonesian provinces of Papua… Continue reading

72 Hour Notice

Indonesia notified nine foreigners and a local man convicted of drug trafficking that their executions will be carried out within days, ignoring appeals by the U.N. chief and foreign leaders to spare them.… Continue reading

And the World’s largest Muslim country will be….

A report predicting India would surpass Indonesia in having the world’s largest Muslim population by 2050 was seen as confirming a “demographic shift” in the country, observers said Friday. “India will retain a… Continue reading

Indonesia’s political elite declares war to KPK

Indonesia’s political elite have closed ranks to undermine the country’s anti-graft commission, which has already been weakened by a bitter dispute over the president’s choice for police chief, a senior official of the… Continue reading

Israel’s low-key ties with Indonesia

Despite pro-Palestinian support from country with world’s largest Muslim population, article in ‘Diplomat’ reveals improvement in diplomatic ties between Indonesia and Israel, with 200,000 Indonesian tourists visiting Israel, billion-dollar trade. The diplomatic ties… Continue reading

House for sale in Indonesia – with free wife

An advert for a house in Indonesia has gone viral online after the woman selling it offered to throw in an unusual extra feature for free, her hand in marriage. The Internet ad… Continue reading

Criminalising speech in Indonesia

Indonesians will find it difficult to boast of being from a democratic country as long as their compatriots continue to fall victim to the Electronic Information and Transaction (ITE) Law. On Tuesday, the… Continue reading

Sexism, made in Indonesia

A football shirt with a washing instruction deemed sexist has sparked cause uproar in Indonesia.  

Return Of IS Fighters Likely To Rejuvenate Terrorism In Indonesia

A leading expert on Southeast Asian extremist groups said jihadists returning from fighting in Iraq and Syria could spark more terrorism activities in Indonesia, Xinhua news agency reported. Sidney Jones, head of Jakarta-based… Continue reading

Indonesia criticised by UN over Papua torture

The United Nations special rapporteur on torture has criticised the Indonesian government’s breakup of demonstrations in West Papua last year, saying it breached international conventions on torture. In a report tabled in Geneva… Continue reading

Policy Shift on Graft Prevention Is a Joke

Joko Widodo’s plan to issue a regulation focusing more on graft prevention rather than enforcement — meaning investigation, arrest and prosecution — is a troubling shift of the country’s graft eradication policy in… Continue reading