May 2023

Indonesia – May 22, 2023

Vitorio Mantalean, Jakarta – Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) suspects that a "smuggled article" has been inserted into the General Election Commission (KPU) Regulation on the nomination of legislative members in the 2024 elections.

Indonesia – May 22, 2023

Yohanes Liestyo Poerwoto – Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) Deputy Chairperson Anwar Abbas has condemned a statement by Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud MD who said that being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) is kodrat (na

Indonesia – May 22, 2023

Nirmala Maulana Achmad, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud MD says that many civil society movements emerged during the era of reformasi – the political reform process that began in 1998 – but they were then used to get into circles of power.

Indonesia – May 20, 2023

Rina Ayu, Jakarta – Opposition to Coldplay holding a concert in Indonesia has again been raised by Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) Chairperson for Islamic cultural arts and civilisation, KH Jeje Zaenudin.

CNN Indonesia – May 18, 2023

Jakarta – Indonesia Ulama Council (MUI) Deputy Chairperson Marsudi Suhud is reminding all citizens who have the right to vote and not to "golput" or abstain from voting in the 2024 presidential and legislative elections.

According to Suhud, voting for a leader is also part of Islamic religious teachings.

CNN Indonesia – May 16, 2023

Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) has revealed that land concessions for nickel mining in Indonesia reached 1,037,435.22 hectares in 2022.

Walhi campaign division head Puspa Dewy said that of this total, 765,237.07 hectares are located in forest areas.

Indonesia – May 15, 2023

Singgih Wiryono, Jakarta – In commemorating the tragedy of the May 1998 riots in Jakarta, or the reformasi 1998 incident, Amnesty International is reminding the government that there were other dark events that occurred at that time, namely the sexual violence experienced by ethni

Indonesia – May 13, 2023

Xena Olivia, Jakarta – The National Association of 1998 Activists (Pena 98) is holding a photo and memorabilia exhibition to commemorate 25 years of reformasi – the political reform movement that began in 1998.

CNN Indonesia – May 12, 2023

Jakarta – Indonesia Ulama Council (MUI) Deputy Chairperson Anwar Abbas is asking that a fan meeting with gay Thai actors and musicians Billkin and PP Krit that is planned to be held in Indonesia be cancelled because they a symbol of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) groups.

CNN Indonesia – May 12, 2023

Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) says that the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community will be one of the groups that will be most vulnerable to politicisation during the upcoming 2024 legislative and presidential elections.

CNN Indonesia – May 11, 2023

Jakarta – The Forum of Concerned Citizens for Indonesia's Parliament (Formappi) says that the House of Representatives' (DPR) performance during the IV sitting period for 2022-2023 was poor and declined drastically in comparison the previous period.

CNN Indonesia – May 9, 2023

Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition has revealed attempts to criminalise residents and attacks on journalists ahead of the 2023 ASEAN Summit in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).

West Papua
Kompas – May 9, 2023

Singgih Wiryono, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman Hamid is urging the Indonesian government to unconditionally release Papuan political activist Victor Yeimo, who was sentenced to eight months in prison on May 5 for to his involvement in anti-racism protes

CNN Indonesia – May 8, 2023

Jakarta – Thousand of healthcare workers comprising doctors, nurses and midwives demonstrated in Jakarta on Monday May 8 against the Draft Healthcare Law (RUU Kesehatan).

The demonstrators, who had been gathering since 7.35 am, centred the action on the Horse Statue in Central Jakarta.

West Papua
Tribun Papua – May 6, 2023

Putri Nurjannah Kurita, Sentani – The Jayapura District Court in Papua trying Victor Frederick Yeimo on charges of makar (treason, subversion, rebellion) sentenced him to eight months in prison on Friday May 5.

Indonesia – May 5, 2023

Singgih Wiryono, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) is urging President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to apologise to the victims and survivors of past gross human rights abuses.

Indonesia – May 4, 2023

Adhyasta Dirgantara, Jakarta – Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) Deputy Chairperson Fadli Zon has given an explanation in response to an issue that is often used to "attack" Gerindra Chairperson Prabowo Subianto ahead of each election, namely the abduction of pro-democracy activists in 1998

CNN Indonesia – May 3, 2023

Jakarta – Indonesian Trade Union Congress Alliance Confederation (KASBI) General Chairperson Nining Elitos has emphasised that her organisation will not take part in openly supporting any particular figure in the 2024 presidential electoral contest.

Indonesia – May 2, 2023

Makassar (Antara) – Police arrested seven students during a demonstration commemorating National Education Day (Hardiknas) in the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar on Tuesday May 2.

They were arrested because they blockaded Jalan Sultan Alauddin and continued the demonstrating past the allowed time limit.

Indonesia – May 1, 2023

Ardito Ramadhan, Jakarta – Confederation of the All-Indonesian Workers Union (KSPSI) President Andi Gani Nena Wea believes that there is no reason for labour organisations to hate Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) leader Ganjar Pranowo, even though the PDI-