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Palm Oil from ‘Orangutan Capital Of World’ Sold To Major Brands, Says Forest Group

Palm Oil from ‘Orangutan Capital Of World’ Sold To Major Brands, Says Forest Group

Palm oil from an illegal plantation inside an Indonesian rainforest home to endangered orangutans has found its way into the supply chains of major consumer brands including Unilever and Nestle, according to a U.S.-based environmental group. A Rainforest Action Network (RAN) investigation showed Asia-based palm oil traders Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) and Musim Mas Group bought oil from […]

Indonesia Raises Minimum Age For Brides To End Child Marriage

Indonesia Raises Minimum Age For Brides To End Child Marriage

Indonesia has one of the world’s highest numbers of child brides with one in four girls marrying before they turn 18 Indonesia’s parliament has revised the country’s marriage law to lift the minimum age at which women can marry by three years to 19, a move welcomed by campaigners as a step towards curbing child […]

Indonesia Quake Kills At Least 19, Injures Dozens

Indonesia Quake Kills At Least 19, Injures Dozens

A major earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok Sunday killed at least 19 people, injured dozens and damaged buildings, officials said. The seven-magnitude tremor struck just 10 kilometres (six miles) underground, according to the US Geological Survey. It was followed by two light to moderate secondary quakes and nearly two dozen aftershocks. “The latest […]

Officer, Four Attackers Dead In Police Station Assault

Officer, Four Attackers Dead In Police Station Assault

Four men were shot and killed as they staged an attack on a police headquarters that left one officer dead and two wounded, Indonesian authorities said Wednesday, days after a wave of deadly suicide bombings in another part of the country. The group slammed a minivan into a gate at the station in Riau on […]

Malaysian Oil Tanker Hijacked, Taken Into Indonesian Waters

Malaysian Oil Tanker Hijacked, Taken Into Indonesian Waters

A Malaysian oil tanker has been hijacked and taken into Indonesian waters, Malaysian authorities said Wednesday. The MT Vier Harmoni was carrying about about 240,000 gallons (900,000 liters) of diesel valued at about $400,000. Ahmad Puzi Ab Kahar, the director general of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), said the vessel and its cargo are […]

Indonesia Executes Four Convicted Drug Offenders

Indonesia Executes Four Convicted Drug Offenders

Indonesia executed four convicted drug offenders by firing squad early Friday, the country’s deputy attorney general said. Noor Rachmad told reporters outside the Nusakambangan prison in central Java that authorities have not decided when 10 other prisoners will be executed. Executed were two Nigerians, one Senegalese and one Indonesian, CNN Indonesia, a CNN affiliate, reported. […]

Indonesia Executions Loom As Convict Merri Utami Is Sent To Prison Island

Indonesia Executions Loom As Convict Merri Utami Is Sent To Prison Island

The next round of executions in Indonesia appear imminent following the transfer of an Indonesian woman on death row, Merri Utami, to the execution island of Nusa Kambangan. Ordinarily female prisoners are not held at Nusa Kambangan, the prison site in central Java where Australian nationals Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed alongside six […]

60-Year-Old Christian Woman Publicly Caned In Indonesia For Breaking Sharia Law

60-Year-Old Christian Woman Publicly Caned In Indonesia For Breaking Sharia Law

A 60-year-old Christian woman was caned yesterday (April 12) in Indonesia’s Banda Aceh province—for breaking rules aimed at Muslims. It was the first time somebody from outside the Islamic faith was caned under the province’s harsh sharia regulations. In the same nation where beachgoers in Bali throw back beers and frolic in bikinis, the woman […]

Women and girls should be at core of disaster risk reduction, UN human rights monitors told

Women and girls should be at core of disaster risk reduction, UN human rights monitors told

Women and girls need to be at the core of disaster risk reduction, given that they often bear the brunt of climate change and hazards such as storms and floods, United Nations experts tasked with monitoring implementation of a landmark UN convention on ending discrimination against women heard today. In a special session on the […]