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The religious vortex in Jakarta's election
Tempo.co April 18, 2017
The commotion over the Jakarta gubernatorial election in the last six months has been both a relief and a concern. It was a relief because the fuss and chaos of the campaign did not end in violence or disturbances that sparked rioting. To that extent, democracy in Jakarta deserves praise.

Tycoon backs opponent, looks to oust Ahok in Jakarta elections
Business Times April 18, 2017
Indonesian tycoon Sandiaga Uno will find out on Wednesday if his bid to take down a key ally of President Joko Widodo proved successful.

In Indonesia, labor friction and politics fan anti-Chinese sentiment
Reuters April 18, 2017
A bitterly fought election to govern Indonesia's capital that has fanned religious tensions has also thrown a spotlight on anti-foreign sentiment, as conspiracy theories swirl about an influx of illegal Chinese workers spurring vigilantism.

Gubernatorial campaigns failed voters with focus on religious, ethnic discourse: Academic
Jakarta Globe April 18, 2017
The Jakarta gubernatorial election should be steeped in a discourse on varied ideas rather than a "conflict of morals," a sociologist said recently, amid heightening religious and ethnic sentiments in the capital.

Muslim leaders join call for peaceful poll
Jakarta Post April 18, 2017
With sectarian tension running high in the run-up to the Jakarta gubernatorial runoff election, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gathered on Monday top security and intelligence officials for a meeting to discuss an extensive security measure that would include the deployment of more than 60,000 security personnel in the capital.

NU calls for stronger laws against radical groups
Jakarta Post April 18, 2017
A representative of Indonesia's largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), has deplored President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration's stance against radical groups in Indonesia, suggesting it is too soft to deal with groups that pose a direct threat to the government.

Facebook user reported after claiming gang rape of Ahok voters 'halal'
Jakarta Post April 17, 2017
A Facebook user who stated that it was halal (religiously acceptable) to gang rape women supporting incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, was reported to the Jakarta Police on Monday.

Jakarta Police ban mass mobilization on election day
Jakarta Post April 17, 2017
The Jakarta Police have released a circular on Monday prohibiting mass mobilization on April 19, the day of the runoff in Jakarta's gubernatorial election.

When Jokowi's flattery of Saudi king strays off-key
Jakarta Post April 17, 2017
Amid the simmering sectarian tension in the Jakarta election that has radicalized conservative Muslims, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has found himself in an uncomfortable position.

Manufacturing sector remains biggest growth contributor
Jakarta Post April 17, 2017
The manufacturing sector remains the biggest contributor to economic growth in Indonesia, Central Statistics Agency (BPS) data show.

Jakarta election exposes deep political, religious divides
Jakarta Globe April 16, 2017
Jakarta voters will head to the polls on Wednesday (19/04) after a campaign that incited political and religious tensions in the world's most-populous Muslim country.

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Indonesia: Government must investigate Wilmar labour practices as company attempts to cover up abuse claims
Amnesty International News Release March 7, 2017
Agri giant Wilmar's campaign to cover up labour abuses exposed in a damning Amnesty International report is being aided by the Indonesian government's failure to investigate claims against the palm oil company.

Indonesia: Local community attacked by police after protesting against the Adidaya Tangguh Company
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal March 7, 2017
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding human rights violations committed by police officers and the Adidaya Tangguh Company in North Moluccas province, Indonesia.

Indonesia: Discrimination and prohibition of Ahmadiyya Congregations to pray in their Mosque
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal March 1, 2017
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the following: forcible closure, intimidation, discrimination and State negligence against the Ahmadiyya congregation (JAI) of the Al-Hidayah Mosque, Depok City, West Java province.

Indonesia: Government unwilling to resolve past human rights abuses
Asian Human Rights Commission Statement February 13, 2017
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has information regarding the last two years of President Joko Widodo's administration. It appears that the government has not yet made any effort to resolve past human rights abuses.

Partners in crime
Joint Statement. February 1, 2017
The Australia East Timor Friendship Association SA (AETFA SA) and the Australia West Papua Association SA (AWP SA) jointly released the following statement in response to the recent Indonesian military (TNI) backing down on its statement to cut military ties with Australia:

Indonesia: Silence, and complicity on human rights abuses
Human Rights Watch News Release. January 12, 2017
Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's rhetorical support for human rights failed to translate into meaningful policy initiatives to address the country's serious rights problems, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2017.

Backdown by the Indonesian military re military ties with Australia
Australia East Timor Friendship Association South Australia Inc Media Statement. January 8, 2017
The Australia East Timor Friendship Association SA (AETFA SA) and the Australia West Papua Association SA (AWP SA) jointly released the following media statement today in response to the recent Indonesian military (TNI) backing down on its statement to cut military ties with Australia:

Indonesia: Two years under Widodo and rights protection still weak
Asian Human Rights Commission Statement. December 8, 2016
Commemorating Human Rights Day every December 10 reminds us of the importance of human rights protection, which is still lacking in Indonesia. In the last two years, under President Joko Widodo's administration, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has observed major human rights violations continuing to occur in Indonesia.

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The fight for workers' rights in Indonesia

First published in July 1995, this document provides background and information for solidarity activists on the economic and political conditions faced by Indonesian workers and the activities of the Indonesian labour movement.
Fighting together - Indonesians and East Timorese join in struggle
First published in March 1996, this document details the December 7, 1995 embassy occupations in Jakarta by Indonesian and East Timorese activists. It includes previously unreleased press reports, statements and chronologies and interviews with participants produced at the time the actions were being carried out.
The struggle for democracy in Indonesia - Introducing the PRD
First published in November 1996, this document is an introduction to the Indonesian people's struggle against the Indonesian dictatorship and background information on the PRD.
Dita Sari: Jailed for daring to struggle
    First published in December 1997, this is a story of an activist whose courage, tireless struggle and self-sacrifice has won the respect of activists and ordinary Indonesians alike.
No Australian military ties with Indonesia
    Published July 1998, this document examines the history of Australia's military ties with Indonesia and its ongoing support for the regime in the post-Suharto era.

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Indonesia in revolt - democracy or death

    Indonesia in revolt - democracy or death was made in Indonesia and Australia between August 1998 and March 1999 in cooperation with activists from the Indonesian political underground, it tells the story of the successful struggle by Indonesian students to get rid of Suharto. It also shows how the struggle for full democracy, social justice and freedom in Indonesia, is not yet over. (Available from 23 April, 1999)
Indonesia: One Struggle One Change
    Indonesia: One Struggle One Change examins how teh current economic crisis has created the greatest opportunity for change Indonesians have seen in years. One Change is a comprehensive 30-minute documentary shot in Indonesia and East Timor in 1997.  The documentary captures the current political climate through the voices of those long silenced.  Pro-democracy advocates, East Timorese, labour organisers, students, and workers speak out about life under the boot of the Indonesian regime.
There is only one word - RESIST!
    There is only one word - RESIST! is a 30 minute documentary which provides a background to the explosive political and social conditions in Indonesia. It examines developments in the pro-democracy movement and includes an exclusive interview with jailed activist Dita Sari, other PRD activists and footage of the July 27, 1996, military attack on the Indonesian Democratic Party headquarters.

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