Indonesia frees ethnic Chinese woman jailed for blasphemy

Meliana, who was sentenced to 18 months in jail for blasphemy, has been released on parole. Medan, Indonesia – Meliana, a woman from Indonesia’s ethnic Chinese minority sentenced last year to 18 months in prison for blasphemy, has been released on parole.  The 44-year-old, a Buddhist, celebrated her freedom on Tuesday night at a local dim sum restaurant in Medan, […]

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Indonesia president says may reshuffle cabinet before second term

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo is considering reshuffling his cabinet before he is sworn in for a second five-year term in October, according to comments he made in an interview with the Tempo newspaper published on Monday. Widodo won the election by around 10 percentage points, according to quick counts of a sample of votes by pollsters, though […]

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Rohingya Muslim rescued at sea off Indonesia

Rights groups have said they are expecting many more refugees from Myanmar to attempt the dangerous sea crossings. Indonesian fishermen have rescued at least five Rohingya off the island of Sumatra in the early hours of Friday and brought them ashore, officials said, in the first such landing this year amid media reports that five others had died at sea. […]

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PSI: Indonesia's new millennials party

The Indonesian Solidarity Party leader has been allowed to take part in the next elections. A new political party dubbed the “millennials party”, officially called the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI), has risen in Indonesia and is set to take part in next years general election. The PSI is one of four new parties the General Election Commission is allowing to […]

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Papua: Neglect threatens remote Indonesian tribes

Hunger, disease, uncleared rubbish and the destruction of local traditions are threatening to destroy the Asmat people on Papua. Modern-day life is threatening the existence of tribes in a remote jungle region of Indonesia. People in Papua are blaming the government for not doing enough to help them. Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports from Agats on the plight of the […]

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Cryptocurrency traders protest Indonesia's new futures rules

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian cryptocurrency traders are complaining that the government’s new rules on futures trading, which require high minimum capital for traders, will hinder development of the young but growing market. Use of cryptocurrencies as payment instrument is banned by Indonesia’s central bank, but trade in the blockchain-backed assets is allowed. Since October, Jakarta has allowed futures trading of […]

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Facebook takes down Indonesia accounts linked to fake news syndicate

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Facebook Inc has removed hundreds of Indonesian accounts, pages and groups from its social network that the company has found were linked to an online group accused of spreading hate speech and fake news. Indonesian police uncovered the existence of the group, called Saracen, in 2016 and arrested three of its members on suspicion of being part […]

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Indonesia wants to criminalise same-sex relations

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has urged Indonesians to not move backwards on human rights. In Indonesia, proposals to criminalise same-sex relations have come under criticism from the UN human rights chief. Zeid bin Ra’ad Al Hussein says he has raised the issue with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during a visit to the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.   […]

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Indonesia admits slow response to Papua's health crisis

The health crisis comes as a blow to Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who had promised to bring welfare to the Papuans. The Indonesian government has admitted it has been too slow to respond to a health crisis in the eastern province of Papua. Hunger and a measles outbreak in remote areas have claimed the lives of more than 60 children […]

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