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Indonesia; Norway: Deforestation Agreement

(June 7, 2010) Indonesia and Norway have established a partnership through which Norway will grant the equivalent of US$1 billion in aid to Indonesia for forest preservation and climate control. Indonesia had said in 2009 that it plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least 26% by the year 2020; that reduction could be as […]

Indonesia: Anti-Terror Squad Abuses Alleged

(May 27, 2010) On May 26, 2010, the Muslim Lawyers Team (TPM, a group of lawyers known for defending the suspects in the Bali bombing of 2002) submitted a report to the Indonesian National Commission of Human Rights concerning members of Detachment 88, an anti-terrorism police squad. The 15 members of TPM alleged that the […]

Indonesia: Older Foreigners to Be Permitted to Own Property

(May 6, 2010) In a move designed to make Indonesia attractive to foreign retirees, the government is considering revising regulations to permit foreigners over the age of 55 to own property. (Govt to Allow Old Foreigners to Own Property, JAKARTA POST, May 4, 2010, available at Previously, under the Agrarian Law (Law No. 5, […]

Indonesia: Law on Public Information in Force

(Apr. 30, 2010) On April 30, 2010, Indonesia's Law on Freedom of Information will come into effect; it was adopted in 2008. Under its provisions, public institutions, including government ministries, state agencies, and legislative and judicial institutions, are obligated to respond to information requests from members of the public. (Erwida Maulia, Public Information Law to […]

Indonesia: Constitutional Court Upholds Blasphemy Law

(Apr. 22, 2010) On April 19, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia held that a 1965 blasphemy law does not contravene the Constitution and is necessary to ensure public order and religious harmony. The judges found that a request that the law be revised or annulled by the Court had “no legal base,” although they […]

Indonesia: Legal Aid Group Reports Torture of Detainees

(Apr. 13, 2010) According to a survey released on April 9, 2010, between 70 and 80% of those detained by the police in Indonesia were the victims of torture while in custody. The survey was done by the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YBHI), whose chairman, Patra M. Zen, said that the detainees “suffered from violence […]

Indonesia: Cyber Crime Bill

(Jan. 13, 2010) It was reported on December 25, 2010, that a new bill on cyber crimes, the “Tipiti bill,” has high priority on the Indonesian House of Representative's 2010 National Legislation Program. In the view of the country's Alliance of Independence Journalists (AJI), the bill is “even 'more repressive and stretchable' than the controversial […]

Indonesia: Proposed Secrecy Law Controversial

(Sept. 16, 2009) Indonesia's government and House of Representatives have agreed on a state secrecy bill that includes the death penalty for those convicted of revealing state secrets. The punishments in the working draft range from a minimum of four years of imprisonment and a fine for possession of secret information to a maximum of […]

Indonesia: Environmental Bill Would Strengthen Ministry’s Powers

(Sept. 3, 2009) A meeting was held in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, on August 26, 2009, to draft a bill to revise the Environmental Law of 1999. The participants included both legislators from the House of Representatives' commission on the environment and officials from the Home Ministry and from the Office of the State Minister of […]

Indonesia: Judges Named as Soft on Corruption

(Aug. 28, 2009) The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), a non-governmental organization established in 1998, has issued a report criticizing 221 judges from 57 district courts, three high courts, and the Supreme Court. The organization says these judges have freed persons accused of corruption, clearing them of all charges. (Indonesia Corruption Watch, KARMAYOG, & ICW […]