Analysis and Opinion

September 2008

Indonesia
Kompas – September 29, 2008

“... although legislation represents an important start, its role cannot be more than just a beginning.

October 2007

Indonesia
Kompas Opinion – October 5, 2007

Usman Hamid – We appreciate efforts to develop the TNI’s professionalism and civil supremacy that has been undertaken through various means at legislative and institutional levels.

March 2007

Indonesia
Kompas – March 22, 2007

Susie Berindra and Sidik Ramono – The government wants to strengthen the presidential system by simplifying the multi-party system. The big political parties want to have businesses to increase party funds.

November 2006

Indonesia
Kompas – November 18, 2006

J. Osdar – Indonesian journalists roared with laughter when they witnessed the general elections or great election in the Malaysian state of Sabah in 1985. The total number of voters was only 300,000 out of a population of 1.2 million.

August 2006

Indonesia
Kompas – August 18, 2006

A.J. Susmana – It has been 61 years since Indonesia declared itself as an independent nation. But the question so often asked by the cynical is: “Are we really free?”.

Indonesia
Kompas – August 8, 2006

Windoro Adi – It was just like the good old days when on the afternoon of Friday July 28, RMH Heroe Syswanto NS Soerio Soebagio, who is affectionately called Sys NS, appeared once again in an event at a hotel in Jakarta.

April 2006

Indonesia
Gatra Magazine – April 24, 2006

Dita Indah Sari – The uproar over the planned revisions to the labour law has yet to subside.

Indonesia
Kompas – April 12, 2006

After triggering a wave of protests, the government’s version of the draft revision of the labour law has been canceled.

June 2005

Indonesia
Media Indonesia – June 9, 2005

 ”I did this so that we would not be a nation of coolies and a coolie among nations” – Indonesia’s founding President Sukarno

February 2005

Indonesia
Sinar Harapan – February 19, 2005

Yogyakarta – The replacement of three Indonesian armed forces (TNI) chiefs of staff which took place yesterday (18/2) is believed by a political observer from the Gajah Mada University (UGM), Riswandha Imawan, to be an effort by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to strengthen

December 2004

Indonesia
Sinar Harapan – December 6, 2004

Jakarta – Last week, the former chairperson of the People’s Democratic Party (PRD), Budiman Sudjatmiko, decided to join the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) along with 51 other democratic activists.

November 2004

Indonesia
Detik.com – November 21, 2004

Arin Widiyanti, Jakarta – Munir’s widow, Suciwati, says that the threats against her indicate that the death of her husband was politically motivated. She has asked that the investigation not be directed at Munir’s closest friends as suspects in the murder.

December 2003

Indonesia
Kompas – December 30, 2003

Jakarta – Old names are still dominating the candidate members for the People’s Representative Assembly (DPR) in the lists submitted on Monday, December 29, to the General Election Commission (KPU) by the political parties who will participate in the 2004 general elections.

Indonesia
Kompas – December 9, 2003

Based on Law Number 31/2002 on Political Parties, no less than 209 political parties in the country – including those who already had the status of a legal body and those who did not – have had their status annulled.

August 2003

Aceh
Unpublished Paper – August 14, 2003

[The following is a translation of discussion paper presented by Indonesian labour leader and general chairperson of the People’s United Opposition Party (Popor), Dita Indah Sari, at a public meeting titled “An evaluation of three months of the military emergency in Aceh”