Monthly Archives: November 2012

The US seeks expanded military ties with Indonesia

A senior U.S. official says Washington should expand its military ties with Indonesia, befitting a relationship between two robust democracies.

Top diplomat for East Asia, Kurt Campbell, said those ties have grown in recent years, but not fast enough.

Campbell was speaking Tuesday (27/11) at a gathering of the U.S.-Indonesia Society in Washington.

The U.S. severed military ties for several years after of Indonesia’s bloody crackdown in East Timor in 1999. Jakarta has since sought to professionalize and modernize its military. Key U.S. restrictions on engagement with Indonesia’s feared special forces were lifted in 2010.

Human rights groups say Indonesia’s military abuse continues, particularly in the restive province of west Papua.

Campbell also advocated deeper ties between the two governments and praised Jakarta’s leadership in regional diplomacy.

Source: The Associated Press

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Indonesia qualified to answer human rights challenges: Norwegian crown prince

Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway

Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway

Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway said that Indonesia is qualified to answer human rights challenges as the country has implemented better democracy in the region.

“Some issues such as how we can work to share experience and work together to make our democratic system even stronger and how we can build relations between nations, cultures, and religions in order to enhance protection of human rights for everybody perhaps can be answered by Indonesia,” Haakon said when inaugurating the Eleventh Human Rights Dialogue between Indonesia and Norway here on Monday (26/11).

He added that Indonesia can address the issues in view of the fact that more than 300 different ethnic groups have shared one country and various religions had lived in the country in contiguity.

The Crown Prince added that Indonesia has been committed to enhancing human rights as the backbone of valuable partnership in the human rights bilateral dialogue.

“Human right is that all persons shares the same values and should be treated as equal,” he said.

According to him, some principles for enhancing bilateral cooperation between Norway and Indonesia are respect, openness and implementation which are valuable aspects for both governments.

Those, he added, can guarantee that both countries can continue to make a success and mutual cooperation to progress.

During the visit to Indonesia, Prince Haakon was accompanied by Princess Mette-Marit and a number of ministers and businessmen.

While in Jakarta, Prince Haakon will also meet with ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan and inaugurate a business forum themed `Indonesia-Norway: Strategic Partnership in Business” to be held by Innovation Norway.

He will also visit Yogyakarta to meet Sultan Hamengkubuwono X and give a general lecture at Gadjah Mada University about “Nurturing Tolerance and The Need for Dialogue”.

Source: ANTARA News

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Hundreds of Papua students participate in D4L

A total of 410 students from 13 schools in Jayapura, Papua, participated in the `Dance for Life` (D4L) program on Saturday to welcome the upcoming World AIDS Day on December 1, 2012.

The caretaker of the Papua chapter of Indonesia Family Planning Association (PKBI) and the manager of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights program, Robby T, said that the D4L program was organised by the PKBI, in collaboration with the Papua Youth Forum, World Population Forum, the provincial health department and the UNICEF.

Robby noted that the main objective of the D4L program is to control the spread of HIV and AIDS in Papua, and to increase the local community`s awareness of the dangers of these lethal diseases.

Furthermore, he said that during the D4L program, students performed creative dances and took part in a paining competition on HIV and AIDS, to make the local community aware of the deadly diseases.

Meanwhile, Andre Susanto said that the aim of the World Population Forum in Papua is to increase the students’ awareness of the dangers of HIV and AIDS.

“Through the D4L program, we want to give students and teenagers as much information as possible about HIV, AIDS and reproductive health, so that they can share this knowledge with their friends,” he stated.

Source: ANTARA News

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3 Indonesian policemen killed, 1 missing after separatist gunmen storm police station

Around 50 armed members of the separatist Free Papua Organization (OPM) stormed a remote police station in Indonesia’s Papua province Tuesday (27/11), killing three policemen, police said.

The assailants — armed with modern weapons and traditional ones such as arrows — attacked the Pirime police station in mountainous district of Lanny Jaya early Tuesday, said Papua police spokesman Gede Sumerta Jaya.

“Four officers stationed there were overwhelmed with so many brutal attackers,” Jaya said. He added more than two dozen members of the police force’s elite mobile brigade (Brimob) were searching for the attackers and for the fourth officer who may have escaped into the jungle.

Jaya said the gunmen grabbed two rifles and a pistol before torching the station and fleeing into the jungle.

Tuesday’s attacks occurred ahead of the anniversary of the separatist group, which declared independence from Dutch rule on Dec. 1, 1961. That was rejected by the Dutch and later by Indonesia.(*wpnn)

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OPM Raids Police Station in Papua

A group of men of Free Papua Organization (OPM) raided a police station in district Yalimo, Papua province and stole five firearms and some ammunition.

Police officer I Gede Sumerta Jaya, a spokesman for the Papua Police, said that the raid occurred on Thursday (15/11) afternoon. He added that the attackers seized rifles and ammunition.

An eyewitness in Apalapsili, who declined to be identified, said that the attackers came away with five Mauser rifles and some 40 rounds of ammunition.

The source said that the OPM attacked the police station when no officers were there.

The OPM has waged insurgency actions against Indonesian government for decades.(*wpnn)

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Indonesia, Fiji strengthen cooperation in social welfare

Indonesia and Republic of Fiji have agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the area of social welfare through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by Indonesian Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri, and Fijian Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation Minister Jiko Luveni.

“This is a good opportunity for us to improve social-welfare cooperation,” Minister Al Jufri said here on Thursday (08/11).

He stated that the cooperation was aimed at strengthening the policies and programs on family allowances, poverty alleviation, adoption and child care.

The ministry prepared the one-year MoU when the Fijian Social Affairs Ministry visited the Indonesian Social Affairs Ministry.

“There are a number of agreements between Indonesia and the Republic of Fiji in the MoU, particularly on empowering poor communities,” he said.

The ministry was mandated by Law No.11/2009 on Social Welfare to tackle social issues and provide services for the needy, such as poor and remote indigenous communities, persons with disabilities, as well as displaced children and senior citizens.

Moreover, the enforcement of Law No13/2011 on Poverty Alleviation emphasizes that the social-affairs ministry exists to alleviate poverty.

Al Jufri expressed hope that the cooperation would improve the quality of and professionalism in social services for the public in the two countries, while improving cooperation in the near future.

The meeting was also attended by the Social Affairs Minister`s General Secretary Toto Utomo Budi Santosa, special staff experts and Fijian delegations.

Source: ANTARA News

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Indonesia, Australia, Timor Leste agree to increase economic cooperation

Indonesia, Australia and East Timor have agreed to increase economic cooperation among themselves, including in trade and investment.

The three heads of state – President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, and East Timor Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao – held a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 5th Bali Democracy Forum on Friday (09/11).

Gillard stated that the trilateral meeting was held “in a constructive atmosphere”.

“I participated in a trilateral meeting between Australia, Indonesia and East Timor, along with President Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Xanana,” she said.

Gillard noted that the meeting discussed ways to increase cooperation in investment and trade, as well as to enhance relations between the citizens of the three nations through improved telecommunications and transportation.

“There will be a separate meeting on technical cooperation in Dili (East Timor) in March or April 2013. Anyway, we had a very pleasant discussion this morning,” she said.

“The future of our economy is related to Asia. As we learnt from the white paper presented at the forum earlier, about the `Asian century’, where Asia will have a stronger-than-ever influence on global business. No state can be self-sufficient; it must rely on products from other countries. Therefore, such cooperation is crucial for us and also for Indonesia and Timor-Leste,” Gillard added.

On the occasion, she also congratulated U.S. President Barack Obama on his re-election victory.

Gillard said Australia would continue to maintain and increase cooperation with the U.S. in various fields.

Source: ANTARA News

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