Papua petition swimming to UN

Campaigners for improved human rights in West Papua are swimming to the United Nations in Geneva today carrying a petition calling for action in the Indonesian territory. The document urges the UN to facilitate a legitimate self-determination process for West Papua. The petition is being delivered by six Britons swimming the length of Lake Geneva. They are expected to spend […]

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KPK arrests Transportation Ministry top official

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested on Wednesday evening the Transportation Ministry’s sea transportation director-general, Antonius Tonny Budiono. “That’s the information we received. We won’t deny that. But we will wait for KPK’s statement,” the ministry’s acting spokesman Hengki Angkasawan told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. Hengki declined to provide details of the arrest, emphasizing that the ministry was still waiting for […]

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New regulation on rice price ceilings to be applied starting Sept. 1

The Trade Ministry announced on Thursday that the government will start enforcing a new regulation on rice price ceilings on Sept. 1. Unlike an-already-revoked regulation that only classified rice into one type as ‘medium,’ the new regulation classifies rice into three types: ‘medium,’ ‘premium’ and ‘specialty’. The price ceilings apply to the first two categories only. The price ceiling for […]

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Diaspora hopes

The Indonesian community living abroad has had its hopes raised, particularly that those among them with foreign citizenship will be able to visit their original homeland anytime they please, without the hassle of visa arrangements. But so far the rights of our diaspora remain unclear despite the launch of the so-called Diaspora Card on Monday. The card only acknowledges the […]

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