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Indonesian student dies in law-change protests

Yahoo – AFP, Denji Sari, September 26, 2019

The death appeared to mark the first fatality in days of street battles across
Indonesia (AFP Photo/STR)

An Indonesian student died Thursday as thousands hit the streets nationwide in a wave of opposition to a major overhaul of the country's criminal code and a bid to weaken its anti-corruption agency, police said.

The death appeared to mark the first fatality in days of street battles across the Southeast Asian country, which have left hundreds injured and sparked a call from Amnesty International to probe what it described as "massive police violence" against protesters.

The 21-year-old victim was rushed to hospital suffering from a chest wound and later died as riots erupted in Kendari city on Sulawesi island, where the local parliament was torched, authorities said.

But police denied playing a role in the death, amid social media claims that the engineering student was shot.

"There was an injured student among the crowd. He was taken to the hospital and declared dead as doctors tried to save him. He had a wound on his right chest, but I cannot confirm what kind of injury it was," Southeast Sulawesi police spokesman Harry Golden Hart told Metro TV.

Hundreds have been injured in the protests against a major overhaul of 
the country's criminal code (AFP Photo/Juni Kriswanto)

"None of our officers carried live bullets... or even rubber bullets," he added.

The unrest was sparked by a proposed bill that includes dozens of law changes -- from criminalising pre-marital sex and restricting sales of contraceptives, to making it illegal to insult the president.

There has also been a backlash against a separate bill that critics fear would dilute the powers of Indonesia's corruption-fighting agency -- known as the KPK -- including its ability to wire-tap graft suspects.

The demonstrations across the archipelago are among the biggest since mass street protests in 1998 brought down the three-decade Suharto dictatorship.


Passage of the controversial changes has now been delayed.

The demonstrations across the archipelago are among the biggest since mass 
street protests in 1998 brought down the three-decade Suharto dictatorship

And, on Thursday, President Joko Widodo appeared to backtrack on plans to press ahead with the anti-corruption agency law, saying he would consider revising it.

"There was a lot of feedback given to me" about the law, Widodo said during a televised press conference.

"Of course I'll consider (a revision) and after making a decision, I will announce it."

Earlier Thursday, officials said more than 500 students had been arrested after a night of street battles in downtown Jakarta between molotov-cocktail throwing protesters and riot police who shot tear gas into the crowds.

Meanwhile, a mass of students stormed and occupied the local parliament building in Sumatra's Padang city Wednesday.

Most of the Jakarta students were set free, but some were still being held after police found knives and other sharp weapons in their possession, police said.

Students have issued a list of demands including scrapping some of the 
criminal-code changes (AFP Photo/Bahauddin Raja BASO)

Students have issued a list of demands including scrapping some of the criminal-code changes, withdrawing troops from Indonesia's restive Papua region, and halting forest fires in Sumatra and Borneo that have unleashed toxic haze across Southeast Asia.

A vote on the criminal-code bill was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but Widodo has called for a delay in passing the controversial changes that could affect millions of Indonesians, including gay and heterosexual couples who might face jail for having sex outside wedlock, or having an affair.

Updating Indonesia's Dutch colonial-era criminal code has been debated for decades and appeared set to pass in 2018 before momentum fizzled out.

A renewed push this year, backed by Islamic groups, was met with a wave of criticism over what many saw as a draconian law that invaded the bedrooms of a nation with some 260 million people -- the fourth most populous on Earth.

Indonesia, Netherlands to Boost Cooperation on Rule of Law, Security

Jakarta Globe, Sheany, January 15, 2018

Indonesia and the Netherlands will discuss ways to further strengthen bilateral
cooperation on the rule of law and security during a meeting in Jakarta this week
 involving key representatives of the two countries, the Dutch Embassy said on
Monday (15/01). (Antara Photo/Rosa Panggabean) 

Jakarta.Indonesia and the Netherlands will discuss ways to further strengthen bilateral cooperation on the rule of law and security during a meeting in Jakarta this week involving key representatives of the two countries, the Dutch Embassy said on Monday (15/01).

Indonesia and the Netherlands have over several years forged cooperation in these fields in various ways, including capacity building for new judges, joint research, technical training and exchanges, according to a statement issued by the embassy.

The meeting, titled 2018 Indonesia-Netherlands Rule of Law and Security Update, will take place on Wednesday and Thursday.

It seeks to highlight what the two countries have achieved together, but also identify ways "to further strengthen and develop mutual collaboration for the years to come."

National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, Supreme Court Chief Justice Hatta Ali and Maarten Feteris, president of the Dutch Supreme Court, will participate in the meeting, which will also be attended by representatives from government, academia, civil society and independent state institutions in both countries.

According to Hatta, collaboration between Indonesia and the Netherlands is both important and strategic, especially since their legal systems share common roots. In addition, an equal partnership will also be necessary to improve the quality and effectiveness of Indonesia's judicial system.

Indonesia was colonized by the Dutch for more than 300 years and the country therefore has the same legal system, with some laws dating back to the colonial era.

VP : RI needs solution to its problems

Antara News, Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia is in need of solution to its problems at present and in the future, Vice President Boediono said here on Wednesday.

"Indonesia needs solution, not contradiction nor controversy," the vice president said when attending the establishment of President University and President Executive Club here.

The vice president asserted that the country had immense social energy, directed to solve various problems at present and in the future.

He added that the country should not be afraid to face various challenges ahead because it had immense social energy.

"It is very deplorable if the immense social energy is wasted uselessly for a momentary interest of certain group of community," Boediono said.

He said the social energy should be used to solve the present and future problems for the state and the nation`s common interest.

"All public components including the bureaucrats, entrepreneurs, and other parties should jointly use the social energy to solve the problems for the national common interest," he said.

According to him, the progress of a nation was determined by its human resources quality.

"Indonesia really has a lot of human resources, but their quality is the most important thing," the vice president said.

In the light of this, he said the government was open to the presence of education institution and dialog forum such as President University and President Executive Club that can create the best possible solution for the progress of Indonesia in the future.

Muhammadiyah backs death penalty for corruptors

Antara News, Monday, April 12, 2010 07:10 WIB

Bekasi, W Java (ANTARA News) - Din Syamsudin, chairman of Muhammadiyah, Indonesia`s second largest Islamic organization, has thrown his weight behind the idea to make corruption punishable by death to deter would-be corruptors.

"It seems I agree with the idea to impose the death penalty on corruptors now that prison sentence proves ineffective to give them shock therapy," he said at a function to mark the 100th anniversary of the organization at the Muhammadiyah University campus here on Sunday.

Describing the rampant court mafia practices in the country of late as the phenomenon of iceberg, he said : "Efforts to put an end to the mafia cases must continue for the benefit of the country`s common welfare in the future".

"The increasing number of mafia cases found by law enforcing agencies is a sign that our bureaucratic reforms have not run well," he said.

"I am optimistic that death penalty will be applicable if people from all walks of life support it," he said.

Constitutional Court chairman Mahfud MD said in Palembang, South Sumatra, last Friday he agreed with the idea of imposing the death penalty on corruptors.

The idea had actually existed for a long time but it seemed that some quarters still could not accept it, he told newsmen after speaking at a seminar at Sriwijaya University in Palembang.

Mahfud said if the idea was still unacceptable he would propose "a half death penalty" for them to further deter would-be corruptors.

Asked what he meant by "half death penalty", Mahfud declined to elaborate. He only said that state or government officials who had misused state money had to be dealt with firmly.