Jokowi’s Human Rights Commitment Questioned

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The December 10 international human rights day is just around the corner. But last week, Indonesian human right activists were surprised by the granting of parole for Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto, the convicted murderer of human rights activist Munir Said Thalib. This raised many to doubt President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo commitment to bringing closure on human rights violations in the past. [continue reading]

Efforts at Ending TNI POLRI Clashes

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The Indonesian Military (TNI) and the Indonesian Police Force (POLRI) have never been the best of friends, especially after both institutions parted ways in 1998, TNI and POLRI have never been best friends. But enough is enough. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo wants POLRI and TNI to settle their differences. But how? [continue reading]

Endless Open War Between TNI and POLRI

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The mini siege warfare that happened at Batam last month has yet again put the conflict between the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the Indonesian Police Force (POLRI) at the forefront of national attention. Indeed, both institutions have not been the best of friends. The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) noted that there were at least seven clashes between members of TNI and POLRI that took place between the period of October 2013 to September 2014. [continue reading]

Jokoways & the Challenge of Tackling Illegal Fishing in Indonesia

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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued his strongest warning yet to those illegally fishing in Indonesian waters. The President told journalists that he would have the authorities sink foreign vessels fishing illegally in Indonesian waters. The government recorded approximately 5,400 vessels of such vessels stealing in Indonesian waters and over 300 trillion rupiah in losses as a consequence . And apparently enough is enough. [continue reading]

Security Briefing: Potential Threat in Indonesia

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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, otherwise known as ISIS, has become a potential security threat in Indonesia. This is a concern for the Indonesian law enforcement officials today given that many Indonesian hard-liners have openly declared the support of ISIS. [continue reading]

Mystery of the Unknown Grave

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If you happen to visit the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery, have a look at the “Pahlawan 77” section in the complex. Therein you will find burial mound 62 with its upright stone marker bearing no identification of the person buried underneath. “Pahlawan 77” section is the final resting place for those who died in the 1977 Seroja Operation in Dili, Timor-Leste Out of the four unknown burial mound in that section, number 62 is the only one well-maintained. Who lies underneath? [continue reading]