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Indonesia: Court Upholds Vote Count

(Aug. 14, 2009) On August 7, 2009, the Indonesian Constitutional Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi, or MK) overturned an earlier decision to affirm the second phase of vote counting in the recent legislative election. The Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung, MA) had ruled on June 18, 2009, that the second phase of vote counting by the General Election […]

Indonesia: Legislature Downplays Corruption Court

(July 8, 2009) It was reported on July 3, 2009, that Indonesia's House of Representatives, the lower house of the country's bicameral legislature, is not planning to take action soon to enact a law for an independent Corruption Court. (Irawaty Wardany, House Throws Spanner at Corruption Court Bill, JAKARTA POST, July 3, 2009, available at […]

Indonesia: City Government to Shame Polluters

(July 1, 2009) According to Ridwan Panjaitan, the head of law enforcement for the City Environmental Management Agency of Jakarta, Indonesia's capital city, the municipality will make public the names of companies that violate environmental regulations. Speaking on June 25, 2009, Panjaitan said that the publicity would begin next year and take place on an […]

Indonesia: Court Annuls Legislative Election Results

(June 16, 2009) On June 11, 2009, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia annulled the results of a May 2009 legislative election. As a result, at least 26 legislators elected from nine political parties may lose their seats in the parliament. The decision requires the General Elections Commission to revise the results originally issued on May […]

Indonesia: Move to Reduce GHG Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation

(Mar. 20, 2009) It was reported on March 4, 2009, that Indonesia has submitted an application to join the World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility [FCPF]. The goal of the FCPF is to help developing countries “design and create projects” under the U.N.-supported Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation scheme, or REDD. Participation in the […]

Indonesia: Action on Protocols to Convention on Organized Crime

(Feb. 24, 2009) On February 17, 2009, a bill to ratify the Protocol Against the Smuggling of Migrants by Land, Sea, and Air was enacted at a plenary session of Indonesia's People's Representative Council. It passed with support from all parliamentary factions. The Protocol is part of the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime (the […]

Indonesia: Protocol to Convention on Organized Crime Approved

(Feb. 24, 2009) On February 3, 2009, Indonesia's House of Representatives ratified a Protocol to the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, which became effective on December 25, 2003. The Convention itself was ratified by Indonesia last December. (Febriamy Hutapea, House […]

Indonesia: Corruption Court Bill in Deliberations

(Dec. 17, 2008) Indonesia's Corruption Court was established under a law promulgated in 2002; that law was ruled unconstitutional by the Constitutional Court in 2006. Since December 2006, work has been underway on a new bill for the Corruption Court. (House Vows to Uphold Graft Courts, THE JAKARTA POST, Nov. 26, 2008, available at […]

Indonesia: Parliament Ratifies ASEAN Charter

(Dec. 3, 2008) ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations consisting of ten nation states, has issued a press release stating that Indonesia has ratified the ASEAN Charter. Indonesia is the last ASEAN member to ratify the charter that will now come into force 30 days after the deposit of all instruments of ratification. […]

Indonesia: Amendments to Stock Market and Banking Regulations in Response to Liquidity Issues

(Oct. 15, 2008) Media sources have reported temporary amendments to Indonesian stock market and banking regulations. These amendments include: permitting companies to buy back 20 percent of their paid-up capital, double the previous maximum, without requiring shareholder approval (state-owned enterprises will have access to Rp4,000 billion [sic] (about US$420 million) to buy back their shares), […]