News

July 2023

Indonesia
Kompas.com – July 20, 2023

Singgih Wiryono, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) says it deplores a statement made by ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Budiman Sudjatmiko who said that Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra)

Indonesia
CNN Indonesia – July 19, 2023

Jakarta – Setara Institute for Peace and Democracy National Council Chairperson Hendardi says that the reshuffle of the Indonesia Onward Cabinet on Monday July 17 is the worst kind of political display at the end of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's last term in office.

Indonesia
Detik News – July 19, 2023

Arief Ikhsanudin, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has asked why the number of sting operations (OTT) conducted by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) continues to be showcased as a measure of performance.

Indonesia
Kompas.com – July 18, 2023

Singgih Wiryono, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan says he disagrees with the view that the decline in Indonesia's Corruption Perception Index (CPI) is because of the lack of prosecutions by the Corruption Eradication Commission (

Indonesia
CNN Indonesia – July 14, 2023

Jakarta – The results of an Indostrategic survey released on Friday July 14 show that most people disagree with the national capital (IKN) being immediately moved from Jakarta to East Kalimantan.

Indonesia
Detik.com – July 13, 2023

Yulida Medistiara, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud MD is asking the public to actively participate in next year's presidential and legislative elections. Mahfud hopes that no one will golput or abstain from voting.

Indonesia
Kompas.com – July 13, 2023

Tatang Guritno and Ardito Ramadhan, Jakarta – The endless delays at the House of Representatives (DPR) in starting discussions on the Draft Law on the Seizure of Criminal Assets is believed to because of fears that the bill could come back at them and ensnare dirty politicians.

West Papua
Kompas.com – July 12, 2023

Dian Erika Nugraheny, Bandung – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says that there are underground and above ground efforts to free Susi Air pilot Mark Mehrtens who is being held hostage by a Papuan armed criminal group (KKB) – the government’s term for the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNP

Indonesia
CNN Indonesia – July 12, 2023

Jakarta – An ASEAN Queer Advocacy Week (AAW) meeting of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activists organised by the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus that was to be held in Jakarta has been cancelled.

Indonesia
KBR – July 12, 2023

Wahyu Setiawan, Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition says that the revisions to the Information and Electronic Transaction (ITE) Law are undemocratic.

Indonesia
Detik – July 11, 2023

Wildan Noviansah, Jakarta – Information about a meeting of all-ASEAN Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activists in Jakarta this month has caused a commotion. The police are moving to check the truth of the news.

Indonesia
Tribun Medan – July 11, 2023

Edward Gilbert Munthe, Medan – The Medan Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) has slammed a statement by Medan mayor and President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's brother-in-law, Bobby Nasution, supporting criminals being shot dead.

West Papua
CNN Indonesia – July 10, 2023

Jakarta – The Papuan regional police say they never said that the armed criminal group (KKB) led by Egianus Kogoya had asked for a 5 billion rupiah ransom for the release of Susi Air pilot Philip Mark Mehrtens.

Indonesia
Kompas.com – July 9, 2023

Syakirun Niam, Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) is convinced that the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will not apprehend former ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician and fugitive Harun Masiku ahead of the 2024 ele

West Papua
CNN Indonesia – July 8, 2023

Jakarta – The leader of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) or KKB (armed criminal group), Egianus Kogoya, has denied asking for 5 billion rupiah for the release of Susi Air pilot Philip Mark Mehrtens, who they have held hostage since February 7.

West Papua
Kompas.com – July 7, 2023

Singgih Wiryono, Jakarta – Former National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) Chairperson for the period 2017-2022, Ahmad Taufan Damanik, says that it is difficult to expect Komnas HAM to play a role in resolving the hostage case involving Susi Air pilot Philips Mark Mehrtens in Papua.

Indonesia
Kompas.com – July 5, 2023

Vitorio Mantalean, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) has highlighted that human rights issues that do the rounds ahead of elections are never concrete or discussed in a substantive manner.

Indonesia
CNN Indonesia – July 4, 2023

Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition is urging the national police criminal investigations directorate (Bareskrim) to halt the investigation into the head of the Al Zaytun Islamic boarding school (Ponpes), Panji Gumilang, for alleged blasphemy.

Indonesia
Kompas.com – July 4, 2023

Nicholas Ryan Aditya, Jakarta – Forum of Concerned Citizens for Indonesia's Parliament (Formappi) researcher Lucius Karus suspects the rush to deliberate revisions to the Village Law are for the sake of the electoral interests of the political parties (parpol) and House of Representatives (

June 2023

West Papua
CNN Indonesia – June 30, 2023

Jakarta – West Papua National Liberation Army-Free Papua Organisation (TPNPB-OPM) or KKB (armed criminal group) spokesperson Sebby Sambom claims that they have not asked for a ransom to be paid for the release Susi Air pilot Mark Mehrtens, who has been held ho