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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.”
20/11/2017 09:54:00 INDONESIA
Papua, special forces free 345 hostages from separatists
323 adults and 22 children from the village of Tembagapura saved. The troops first successfully occupied Kimberly and Bunti. Free Papua Movement militants have fled into the jungle. Gun fire heard during evacuation of hostages exploded some shots. Two corpses found.
10/11/2017 10:22:00 INDONESIA
East Papua, 1300 inhabitants hostage to the OPM separatists
They are prevented from entering or leaving two small communities. About 700 Indonesian armed soldiers control the situation. The villages are near an important copper mine, the scene of recent shootings. The guerrillas try to interrupt the extraction operations. The government engaged in talks with local leaders to end the crisis.
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.
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