» 08/14/2008, 00.00
Indonesia, tribal killed by police during indigenous festival
Last August 9, in West Papua, security forces opened fire on the crowd celebrating the international day of indigenous peoples, killing a tribal. The government of Jakarta and the police deny the accusations, and call it an "illegal" demonstration.
Human rights award to Indonesian priest working among Papuan rebels
Fr Johannes Jonga has been a parish priest in Keerom district since 2001. The area has been the scene of clashes between pro-independence fighters and the army. He has helped rebels and local civilians alike against abuses by the military and multinationals. The president of the Indonesian Human Right Commission praises his for doing his work despite “threats from the military.”
Corruption and nepotism holding back Indonesia
On the country's 67th Independence Day, endemic problems are still holding back the country's development. Rulers like President Yudhoyono and others have not gone beyond rhetoric. Party officials have been involved in scandals and investigations. There are also shortcomings in the area of religious freedom.
Power struggle within old pro-independence camp behind Sharia-inspired rules
The authorities in Bireuen Regency want to force men and women to adhere to an “Islamic” dress code. Many civil society groups and leaders object to the proposal. Expert warns it is a way to distract the population.
Violence in Papua: Christian-Muslim activists denounce Jakarta's inertia
In the last two weeks eight confirmed dead, while the guilty go unpunished. The Bishop of Jayapura hosts an interfaith meeting, to restore peace in the province. Muslim activist: need to promote love and tolerance, but better to "stay home". Authorities and separatist leader trade accusationss.
Papuan Church preparing the ground for talks between Jakarta and independence movement
President Yudhoyono met a delegation of Catholic and Protestant religious leaders. Christian leaders appreciate the government’s moves, hoping for talks between the two sides. They have not however expressed any views about separatist demands in the resource-rich territory.
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