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Rights Key to New President’s Agenda

Religious Freedom, Military Accountability, Women’s Rights Among Issues for Action

(New York, August 29, 2014) – Indonesia’s newly elected president, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, should focus efforts on tackling the country’s persistent human rights problems, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president-elect.

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Mount Sinabung Disaster Response Experts Discuss Improvements For Emergency Operations

MEDAN – The experience of emergency responders during the recent eruptions of Mount Sinabung volcano will help experts to better plan assistance for other potential disasters, such as Mount Slamet, high-level government officials and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said yesterday.

The acknowledgement came at a workshop hosted by WFP in Medan to capture lessons learned on the logistics aspects of the Mount Sinabung emergency response.

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Lack of truth, justice and reparation in Aceh for past abuses undermines peace process


Index: ASA 21/021/2014

Joint statement by Amnesty International and the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS)

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Indonesia: IT community competes in disaster management software development


Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, is prone to natural disasters. At the height of flooding in 2014, around 134,000 persons were directly affected. During the dry season, fires are also rampant.

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Floods force thousands to flee

Jakarta Post

The Jakarta Post, Palu | Archipelago | Tue, August 12 2014, 7:53 AM

Floods wreaked havoc in 16 villages in two districts in Banggai regency, Central Sulawesi, on Sunday, forcing 15,000 people to evacuate to safer ground.

“They are now staying in emergency tents set up by the Banggai authorities,” Bartholomeus Tandigala, the head of the Central Sulawesi Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD), stated on Monday.

The flood-affected districts are Toili and West Toili. Ten villages in Toili and six in West Toili were inundated.

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West Papua Report August 2014

This is the 124th in a series of monthly reports that focus on developments affecting Papuans. This series is produced by the non-profit West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) drawing on media accounts, other NGO assessments, and analysis and reporting from sources within West Papua. This report is co-published by the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN).

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CWS Initial Appeal: Mt. Sinabung Eruption (Indonesia)



August 4, 2014

SITUATION: After being dormant for more than 400 years, the 8,530-foot Mt. Sinabung volcano on Sumatra Island, Indonesia, erupted in August 2010. Since then, more than 200 eruptions have displaced 30,000-plus people from 34 villages in Karo District, North Sumatra Province. The last major eruption, on Feb. 1, 2014, killed 14 people, including seven members of the Indonesian Christian Student Movement, known as GMKI.

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Papua to build hospital for HIV/AIDS patients

Jakarta Post

The Papua provincial administration plans to build a hospital especially for the treatment of HIV/AIDS patients, an official has said.

"So far the treatment of HIV/AIDs patients has been discriminatory. There must be a hospital specifically to treat those infected by HIV/AIDS," head of the Papua Health Office Aloysius Giyai said in Jayapura on Monday as quoted by Antara news agency.

Papua is one of the country's regions most infected by the deadly disease.

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GIEWS Country Brief: Indonesia 24-July-2014


  • The 2014 aggregate rice production forecast close to last year’s record level

  • Cereal imports expected to increase in the 2014/15 marketing year (April/March)

  • Rice prices generally stable but at high levels

  • Overall food security situation satisfactory but localized food insecurity persists

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Still unlikely that Shiites will return home

Jakarta Post

Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi defended on Monday the recent move by local authorities to prohibit hundreds of internally displaced Shiites from returning to their homes in Sampang, Madura, for Idul Fitri or visiting their relatives in other areas of the island, saying the reconciliation itself was still an ongoing process.

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IOM Partnerships in Indonesia Helping Victims of Trafficking

By Shafira Ayunindya and Angela Carreño


On the occasion of the first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons this article highlights a remarkable partnership between IOM and an Indonesian Lawyers’ Association.

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Report of Participatory Evaluation of LEARN Joint Intervention Mt. Sinabung


Since November 2013, LEARN intervened in Emergency Response operations of the Mount Sinabung eruption. It started with a rapid needs assessment which covered the coordination among stakeholders and continued with a capacity mapping of the LEARN members to ensure who will participate in the emergency program.

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New President Widodo must make good on human rights pledges


Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo must deliver on campaign promises to improve Indonesia’s dire human rights situation, Amnesty International said.

Widodo, who today was confirmed as winner of the 9 July presidential elections, has pledged to champion human rights during his time in the office – including addressing serious past human rights abuses, protecting freedom of religion, reforming the police and opening up access to Papua for international observers.

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Floodwater inundates hectares of rice fields

Jakarta Post

The Jakarta Post, Banyumas | Archipelago | Mon, July 21 2014, 6:07 AM

At least 3,000 hectares (ha) of rice fields have been inundated by floodwater in Cilacap and Banyumas regencies following three days of incessant rain.

Farmers said they were afraid their crops would fail if the flooding continued for another week. Floodwater also inundated a number of streets and disrupted traffic in the two regencies.

In Banyumas, floodwater destroyed around 1,000 hectares of paddy fields in Kemranjen, Tambak and Sumpiuh districts.

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Mt. Sinabung victims still in limbo 1 year after eruption

Jakarta Post

Apriadi Gunawan, The Jakarta Post

The administrations of North Sumatra province and Karo regency have been criticized for their lack of commitment to those displaced by the eruptions of Mount Sinabung almost a year ago.

Shohibul Anshor from North Sumatra University’s School of Social and Political Sciences said he deplored the tardy progress made by the administrations following the transfer of care from the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) some two months ago.

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An income for tsunami-affected Indonesia schools

Islamic Relief

Poor children in Indonesia are benefitting from better places to live and learn, thanks to an Islamic Relief project which completed this earlier year.

Eleven orphanages and boarding schools in Aceh province – an area devastated by the tsunami of 2004 – received support as part of our post-disaster programme.

After completing repairs to the orphanages and schools, Islamic Relief enhanced their ability to maintain and improve their service by providing opportunities for them to generate an income.

Harvesting much-needed funds at Ulul Albab school

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Indonesia Humanitarian Bulletin | April - June 2014 [EN/ID]



• Overall decrease in disaster events in 2014

• Two volcano eruptions – Mt. Sangeangapi and Mt. Sinabung

• UNDAC course hosted by BNPB and OCHA

• HRF plans to phase out by September 2014


Natural Disaster (Apr-Jun 2014)

  • Natural Disaster 293

  • Total Affected 32,070 population

  • Casualties 61

Overall number of disaster events decreasing in 2014

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