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  • Employing disabled people beneficial for companies: Expert

    Companies should strive to employ people with disabilities as they have the right to employment and the skills that can benefit companies, says experts.

  • Southern Bali on alert following Mt Barujari eruption

    Mount Barujari, a sub-volcano of Mount Rinjani in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), has become active again following an eruption several days ago, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency's (BMKG) Denpasar office.

  • Jakarta anticipates major floods in new year

    Jakarta may experience major flooding in January and February, when the rainy season hits its peak in the city and its surrounding areas, including the upper areas of Depok and Bogor, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).

  • C2C marketplace Shopee officially launches in Indonesia

    Southeast Asia's latest mobile consumer-to-consumer (C2C) marketplace, Shopee, has officially launched in Indonesia, offering users an easy-to-use mobile application to browse, shop and sell.

  • House speaker urged to step down over Freeport scandal

    The Democratic Party has urged House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto to step down over an alleged ethical violation, where the lawmaker is accused of misusing the names of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla and attempting to trade government favors for shares in gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia.

  • Beware imminent floods, landslides, warns BNPB

    People who live near rivers or in hilly areas should be on the alert for landslides and floods during the expected peak of the rainy season in December and January, an official warned on Tuesday.

  • Indonesia probe: Rudder control problem led to AirAsia crash

    Indonesian investigators say a faulty rudder control system and the pilots' response led to the crash of an AirAsia plane last year that killed all 162 people on board.

  • RI sees decline in tourists from Singapore, Malaysia in October amid haze

    The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) has reported that the country welcomed 825,800 tourists in October, a decrease of 4.99 percent from the previous month as haze shrouded several parts of the country.

  • Indonesia eyes more Qatari tourists

    The government is holding a Wonderful Indonesia 2015 event in Qatar to encourage more tourists from the country and other Middle Eastern countries to visit Indonesia.

  • Rights group say blockade puts Nepalese children at risk

    Child rights groups warned Tuesday that shortages of fuel, medicine and other supplies in Nepal due to a border blockade with India are putting millions of children at the risk of disease and even death.

  • Tens of thousands of dead fish wash up on Ancol Beach

    Following the finding of tens of thousands of dead fish, resulting in a pungent smell, along Ancol Beach in North Jakarta on Monday, environmental campaign group Greenpeace has cited three possible causes for the phenomenon.

  • World AIDS Day interview: It's still taboo to talk about sex in Indonesia

    Ayu was diagnosed with HIV and hepatitis C in 2009. She was infected by her late husband, an intravenous drug user. As a mother of a healthy daughter, she realized that she had to get past the emotional turmoil and move on. She eventually became an activist for awareness on both HIV and hepatitis C. She was a finalist in the 2014 Kartini Next Generation Awards.

  • Taman 65 & its fight to turn tables

    Balinese activist I Gusti Ketut Agung has turned a simple yet painful question — “Why was my father killed?” — into Taman 65 (Park 65), which aims to commemorate the victims of the country’s communist purge.

  • Tangkahan: From illegal logging to elephant-powered ecotourism

    Ervina and her friends screamed with fear and joy as their rubber tubes were rocked by the currents of the Serangan River in Langkat regency, North Sumatra. The river divides Tangkahan village and originates in the North Sumatra part of Mount Leuser National Park.

  • Final check of budget document secures Rp 4.15 trillion: Ahok

    Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has said he safeguarded Rp 4.15 trillion (US$300.50 million) during days of final checks of the city budget document known as the 2016 General Policy for City Budget Priorities and Tentative Budget Platform (KUA-PPAS).

  • Successful elections rest on absence of conflict: Police chief

    The National Police is the main institution responsible for security arrangements for the upcoming simultaneous regional elections. National Police chief Gen. Badrodin Haiti recently talked with The Jakarta Post’s Margareth S. Aritonang and Imanuddin Razak about security preparations ahead of the Dec. 9 political event.

  • Election organizers optimistic despite doubts of analysts

    Both the Home Ministry, which is responsible for the organization of the upcoming simultaneous regional elections on Dec. 9, and the National Police, who are responsible for the security arrangements for the elections, have expressed their readiness to organize and make the elections a success.

  • Simultaneous elections: RI’s canal of democratization

    Legally and politically eligible Indonesians are scheduled to come to the polling booth and cast their votes in the first ever simultaneous direct regental and mayoral elections on Dec. 9, 2015. This political experiment is meant as a litmus test for the future organization of much larger simultaneous general elections from the lowest regency and mayoralty level to the national level of the country’s legislative bodies and executive figures. The Jakarta Post's Ika Krismantari, Margareth S. Aritonang and Imanuddin Razak take a closer look into its preparations and implications for national politics and governance.

  • Vice President ready to testify at Freeport hearing

    Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said he is ready to testify at a hearing of the House of Representatives’ ethics council, which will probe House Speaker Setya Novanto’s alleged misuse of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Kalla’s names in meetings with representatives of mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia, which is seeking a contract extension.

  • PLWHA walks across country to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS

    Wijianto, 30, a person living with HIV/AIDs is on a mission to raise awareness of the conditions and to eliminate the stigma attached to people with the condition by traversing the country on foot.

  • Police say IS may have spread to Alor, South Central Timor

    Posters featuring the Islamic State (IS) movement's black flag symbol have been circulated in Alor and South Central Timor (TTS) regencies in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), according to the police.

  • Xi, Obama pledge to manage differences in constructive manner

    China and the United States pledged to manage differences and sensitive issues in a constructive manner on Monday, in addition to commitment to a climate change agreement at the international talks in Paris.

  • Indonesia records 0.21% inflation in November

    After experiencing deflation for two consecutive months, Indonesia suffered inflation in November due to a hike in rice prices.

  • Family planning critical to Indonesia’s development

    Two months ago, world leaders met at the UN and adopted a set of ambitious goals that can advance health and human progress faster than at any time in history.

  • VW crisis communication and public trust

    “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!” For a fair reason, this US tourism tagline does not apply to the emissions scandal faced by Volkswagen (VW). Since the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Sept. 18 that the biggest German carmaker installed software to make its diesel cars “greener” during emissions tests, the company has been out on a limb to salvage its once spotless reputation.

  • A fast-track to end the AIDS epidemic

    Home to the third-largest number of people living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific, Indonesia is a country critical to ending the AIDS epidemic in the region and on this World AIDS Day we are at a defining moment.

  • (Re) Creating ‘super leaders’ to fight corruption in Indonesia

    The Bung Hatta Anti-Corruption Award (BHACA) 2015 went to the former mayor of Surabaya, Tri Rismaharini, and the current regent of Batang, Yoyok Riyo Sudibyo. Both were regarded by the selection committee as demonstrating high commitment to stamping out corruption in their regions.

  • Revamp

    Workers install bricks and a bench on Jl. Gunung Sahari in Central Jakarta on Monday as part of a project to improve pedestrian facilities.(JP/P. J. Leo)

  • Spelling competition

    Children participate in the 2015 English First (EF) Spelling Bee Competition at Britama Sports Mall in Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta over the weekend.(JP/DON)

  • France, Germany, Canada call on world to put price on carbon

    One of the smartest ways to fight global warming is putting a price on carbon dioxide pollution, some key world leaders said at Monday's international climate summit.

  • Greater Jakarta: Bekasi prunes 720 trees for rainy season

    The Parks and Cemeteries Agency of Bekasi, West Java, has trimmed 720 trees in 12 subdistricts in the city to prevent them from falling down during the peak of the rainy season between November and January.

  • Greater Jakarta: Suspected night-club stabber arrested

    The North Jakarta Police said on Monday that they had arrested a man accused of stabbing another during a fight in a night club in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, last week.

  • Greater Jakarta: Police release Transjakarta driver

    The Jakarta Police have released a Transjakarta driver who allegedly caused a collision between the bus he was driving and a commuter train on Saturday, as the accident caused no fatalities or major injuries, an officer has said.

  • Greater Jakarta: Poor residents to get free cemetery service

    The Jakarta Parks and Cemeteries Agency is to make available free cemeteries to marginalized citizens who cannot afford to bury their relatives, the agency’s chief, Ratna Diah Kurniati, has said.

  • Scientists debate boundaries, ethics of human gene editing

    Rewriting your DNA is getting closer to reality: A revolutionary technology is opening new frontiers for genetic engineering — a promise of cures for intractable diseases along with anxiety about designer babies.

  • City budget approval faces further delays

    Despite a confident start, the Jakarta administration’s budget appears to be facing further delays.

  • Murderer of sex worker gets 16 years

    M. Prio Santoso looked aloof as the South Jakarta District Court pronounced him guilty on Monday of the murder of Deudeuh Avisah Rini, aka Tata Chubby, and sentenced him to 16 years’ imprisonment.

  • Jakarta launches ‘fast track’ strategy to combat HIV/AIDS

    The Jakarta administration launched over the weekend a strategy to combat and eradicate HIV/AIDS by 2020, called the Jakarta Fast Track Ending the AIDS Epidemic.

  • Future space scientist

    Participants prepare to launch their rockets during the water rocket competition at Niti Manadala Renon field in Denpasar on Monday. The competition, which was part of the 22nd session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-22), saw the participation of high school students from 14 countries.(JP/Zul Trio Anggono)

  • Ecofriendly souvenir

    East Manggarai Tourism Agency head Fransiskus Selamat (left) gives a Rokot souvenir ball to a Dutch tourist in Borong, East Nusa Tenggara. The souvenir, made with plant roots, is part of a campaign to reduce the use of plastics.(JP/Markus Makur)

  • Islands in focus: Police name Lamborghini driver suspect

    Police have named the driver of a Lamborghini sports car, identified as Wiyang Lautner, 24, a suspect for allegedly crashing into a food stall and knocking down three people, resulting in the death of one.

  • Islands in focus: Batam Port probes ferry incident

    Ninety-seven passengers of the Sea Princess ferry enroute to Singapore from Batam, Riau Islands, were evacuated after the ferry experienced engine failure in the middle of the sea on Sunday evening.

  • Islands in focus: BOSF set to release orangutans

    The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) has announced that it will release four East Kalimantan orangutans into the wild next week.

  • Islands in focus: Four drug couriers get 20 years in prison

    The Medan District Court sentenced on Monday four drug couriers to 20 years in prison after they were found guilty of transporting a large amount of crystal methamphetamine and ecstasy pills.

  • Floods swamp houses, roads, schools, farmland in Sumatra

    Thousands of homes and public facilities, including roads and schools, as well as farmland, were engulfed by floods triggered by torrential rain that fell from morning until noon on Monday in North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Riau and Aceh.

  • Indonesia faces tough questions on fires, dirty energy at COP21

    Local wisdoms of indigenous people could help Indonesia tackle the damaging impacts of climate change, including those of land and forest fires, an activist has said.

  • Almost every regency, city prone to disaster: BPBD

    Almost everywhere in Central Java is categorized as prone to natural disasters, especially floods, windstorms and landslides, an official has warned.

  • Police, organizers gear up ahead of regional elections

    Regional election commissions (KPUDs) and police personnel across the country are busy preparing for the upcoming regional elections slated for Dec. 9 nationwide as tensions rise in a number of regions.

  • Automatic electricity-rate policy unconstitutional: YLKI

    A policy to introduce automatic electricity-rate adjustments on Dec. 1 by the government and state-owned electricity firm PLN runs counter to stipulations in the Constitution, says Indonesian Consumer Foundation (YLKI) chairman Tulus Abadi.

  • Amazon gives drone details, still mum on timeline

    Amazon is giving new details on its Prime Air drone delivery program. But the timeline is still unclear.

  • Asia stocks rise as Japan data mends, yuan status welcomed

    Asian stock markets were mostly higher Tuesday as improved manufacturing in Japan offset weak Chinese data. The addition of the yuan to the IMF's basket of globally important currencies bolstered confidence China is making progress with financial and economic liberalization.

  • Questioning validity of evidence in Setya case irrelevant: Expert

    An expert has said that moves by several House of Representatives ethics council members to continue to call into a question the validity of a transcript and audio recording of an alleged conversation between House Speaker Setya Novanto, oil businessman Riza Chalid and gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) president director Maroef Sjamsoeddin is no longer relevant and could be a ruse to stall the hearing of an ethics violation allegedly involving the Golkar Party politician.

  • Mutual-fund sales

    Private lender Bank Central Asia (BCA) director Henry Koenafi (second right) and asset management Ashmore Indonesia director Ronni Gandahusada (second left) sign an agency deal witnessed by Ashmore director Eddy Hartono (left) and BCA customer development head Herwandi Kuswanto in Jakarta on Monday. BCA has agreed to sell Ashmore’s mutual-fund products.(JP/NBL)

  • BCA eyes 80% e-commerce transaction growth

    The country’s largest private lender, Bank Central Asia (BCA), expects online shopping transactions using its debit and credit cards to nearly double next year as e-commerce gains popularity, an executive says.

  • Telecoms neck and neck over 4G network

    As four telecommunication operators have concluded their national spectrum refarming program to prepare their networks for a new and improved 4G/LTE network on the 1,800 MHz frequency, the public will not have to wait long until the operators begin running on all cylinders to provide high-speed mobile connection to users.

  • Garuda to fly from Pondok Cabe Airport next July

    National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia plans to open eight new short-haul domestic flight routes from Pondok Cabe Airport in South Tangerang, Banten, in July next year.

  • Economy in brief: CIMB Niaga leans on third-party funds

    Publicly listed lender CIMB Niaga says that third-party funds will be the key for growth amid slowing loan demand resulting from the economic slowdown.

  • Economy in brief: Ministry opens bidding on housing projects

    The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry is aiming for early bidding for its 1,057 packages of housing projects worth Rp 6.4 trillion (US$462.42 million), as it strives to improve the sluggish pace of construction and fund disbursement next year.

  • Brazil police kill 5 young men; officers detained

    Police in Rio de Janeiro say they've detained several of their own officers for an incident in which police apparently fired at a car and killed five young men.

  • Listing anniversary

    Publicly listed CIMB Niaga’s president director, Tigor M. Siahaan, (second right) accompanied by treasury and capital market director John Simon (left), strategy and finance director Wan Razly (second left) and compliance, corporate affairs and legal director Wulan Tumbelaka (center) observe the stocks along with Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) compliance and transaction monitoring of stock members director Hamdi Hassyabaini after opening the stock trade in Jakarta on Monday to commemorate 26 years anniversary of the day CIMB Niaga listed on the IDX.(JP/DMR)

  • Construction at gold mine halted after locals rise up

    Publicly listed miner Merdeka Copper Gold says that its subsidiary Bumi Suksesindo (BSI) will temporarily halt construction at its East Java site — said to contain the second-largest supply of ore resources in the country — following a riot that ended in arson and shooting last week.

  • Texas threatens resettlement agency over Syrian refugees

    Texas wanted assurances Monday from a major resettlement agency that it will not accept Syrian refugees and threatened legal action if Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's orders are defied.

  • RI needs to boost services, high-end manufacturing sectors

    Policymakers need to start focusing more on the development of the services sector and high-skilled manufacturing to reduce dependence on commodities, which have seen prices slump in recent years, economists have said.

  • Male vs. female brain? Not a valid distinction, study says

    Are the brains of men and women truly different? Not if you look at the overall structure, a new study says.

  • Going international

    A worker dries batik sablon (silk screened) fabric in Bekonang, Sukoharjo, Central Java. Bekonang is the center of the batik sablon industry, and is the production base of the fabric, priced at Rp 25,000 (US$1.81) to 50,000, available at in Indonesia and in other Southeast Asian countries.(JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)

  • GE, Donggi Senoro ink $107.8m contract

    PT GE Oil and Gas Indonesia has secured a long-term contract worth ¤102 million (US$107.8 million) from PT Donggi Senoro LNG (DSLNG) to monitor and maintain the liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer’s LNG plant in Central Sulawesi.

  • Govt to utilize more local materials in projects

    As part of efforts to boost the business of local manufacturers, the government has pledged to use more locally sourced materials for various infrastructure projects next year.

  • How can people safely take control from a self-driving car?

    New cars that can steer and brake themselves risk lulling people in the driver's seat into a false sense of security — and even to sleep. One way to keep people alert may be providing distractions that are now illegal.

  • President ‘should lead financial stability team’

    The House of Representatives has asked the government to name the President as the highest decision-maker and person-in-charge of the Financial System Stability Committee (KSSK), which will have the authority to declare the economy is heading into a crisis.

  • National scene: Ministry orders student dismissal after brawl

    Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has ordered the dismissal of five students from the Institute of Public Administration (IPDN) for assaulting two cadets at the Indonesian Military Academy (Akmil).

  • US House may move quickly to overhaul visa waiver program

    Congress may move quickly to overhaul a program that allows travel to the U.S. with no visa, something that has come under criticism following the Paris terror attacks.

  • National scene: MK rejects social conflicts law review

    The Constitutional Court on Monday rejected a judicial review filed by a civil society group challenging the authority of regional heads to declare a state of emergency during conflicts in their regions, as stipulated in two articles of Law No. 7/2012 on social conflicts.

  • New bill leaves out articles mandating rights protection

    The Coalition of Indonesian Women for Justice and Democracy (KPIKD) has criticized the proposed Indonesian migrant workers protection bill for not stipulating protection against rights violations abroad.

  • Bono, Clooney, Kardashian part of all-star campaign for AIDS

    Would you like to spend quality time with George Clooney as he showers you with compliments?

  • NasDem chief skips court hearing for medical treatment

    For a second time, NasDem Party chairman Surya Paloh, the owner of PT Media Group, which runs Metro TV and Media Indonesia, defied a court summons to testify in the trial of the pro-government party’s former secretary-general, Patrice Rio Capella, at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Monday.

  • Climate talks: What's happened and what's next

    An unprecedented number of world leaders joined together Monday to give a boost to difficult, years-long efforts to fight climate change collectively.

  • Government ‘turns a blind eye’ to religious intolerance

    The central government is continuing to ignore religious-based discrimination and violence, with many cases going unresolved, human rights watchdogs have said.

  • 2016 Jakarta KUA-PPAS review completed: Ahok

    Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama has confirmed that the capital administration has completed reviewing the 2016 General Budget Policies and Provisional Budget Ceiling and Priorities (KUA-PPAS).

  • Council scrutinizes conversation records in Setya’s Freeport case

    The House of Representatives’ ethics council canceled its examination of an alleged breach of ethics by Speaker Setya Novanto on Monday, as members questioned the validity of the conversation records that allegedly reveal the Golkar Party lawmaker’s attempt to broker a deal between the government and a mining company.

  • British leader sets Syria airstrikes debate for Wednesday

    Prime Minister David Cameron called for a debate and vote in Parliament on Wednesday on whether Britain should launch airstrikes against militants in Syria, arguing that the nation must stand with its allies in confronting extremism.

  • Lung cancer patients to number 800,000 per year by 2020

    China is expected to have more than 800,000 lung cancer patients diagnosed annually by 2020, with nearly 700,000 people dying from the disease each year, according to the latest forecast by medical experts.

  • France carries out strikes on IS in Iraq after Paris attacks

    France says it has carried out five airstrikes in northern Iraq as part of stepped-up military operations against Islamic State militants.

  • House moves forward with selection of KPK leaders

    House of Representatives Commission III overseeing law, human rights and security is moving forward with the selection of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leaders after agreeing to conduct a report verification within the week, a commission chairman said on Monday evening.

  • Indonesia intensifies hunt for most wanted terrorist Santoso

    As a crackdown on Islamic militants enters its third month, security forces have stepped up the manhunt in the thick jungles of Poso in Central Sulawesi where Indonesia's most wanted terrorist is thought to be hiding.

  • To tackle smog, Beijing tells 2,000 factories to stop work

    Environmental watchdogs strengthened inspections to reduce pollutant emissions as the air quality deteriorated on Monday to the most severe readings in the country's northern regions, including the worst this year in Beijing.

  • Pope: There are bigger issues than condoms and HIV

    Pope Francis has dismissed a question about whether condoms can be condoned in the fight against AIDS by saying there are more important issues confronting the world, like malnutrition, environmental exploitation and the lack of safe drinking water.

  • Batam ferry accident: Panic grips passengers as life rafts take in water

    When their ferry was hit by an object, they escaped onto life rafts, only to feel their hearts sink when water started to seep in.

  • 'Racing Extinction' sounds the alarm for vanishing species

    When Discovery Channel's "Racing Extinction" debuts worldwide, the documentary's creators will be looking for more than ratings and critical reaction. It's action they're after.

  • China joins IMF currency basket: Why it matters

    The addition of China's yuan to the select basket of currencies used as a yardstick by the International Monetary Fund is a sign, experts say, that the yuan may one day become as recognizable as the dollar or euro.

  • Senate confirms Obama's pick for USAID administrator

    The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development after months of delay rooted in a separate dispute over the international nuclear deal with Iran.

  • Editorial: Living with HIV/AIDS

    The “hard three letters to absorb”, said the actor Charlie Sheen, are HIV, for which he was diagnosed positive a few years ago. Former spouses are now planning to sue the American actor following his announcement last month of the diagnosis on NBC’s Today television program, claiming they did not know his medical condition. How many millions of people in Indonesia are not telling their spouses of similar conditions is unclear today; even testing for the human immunodeficiency virus is frightening to many, despite campaigns promising discreet testing services.

  • Guess what?: The show must go on for Ariel

    Vocalist of pop rock band Noah, Ariel, is continuing with his schedule despite feeling unwell.

  • Guess what?: Raline Shah takes HIV test

    Actress Raline Shah is encouraging young Jakartans to be responsible for their health and that of others by taking HIV tests. Raline, who was named Favorite in the 2008 Putri Indonesia pageant, took the test on Sunday at an event commemorating World AIDS Day in Suropati Park, Central Jakarta.

  • GMIS CC gets the better of Jakarta Barbarians

    Riding on an aggressive 90 runs by Naresh Gupta and his match-winning century partnership with Pratyush Chaturvedi, GMIS went on to beat the Jakarta Barbarians by four wickets on Sunday at the GMIS grounds, in the TATA Motors JCA League Division 1 encounter.

  • Diplomatic Notes: Friendly visit

    Hungarian Ambassador to Indonesia Judit Nemeth-Pach gives an opening speech on bilateral economic cooperation during a public lecture at Mercu Buana University, Jakarta, recently.(JP/NBL)

  • Comments on other issues: Your letters: Circumcision’s benefits

    In addition to preventing HIV/AIDS, circumcision’s other benefits include the prevention of prostate cancer. Research at the University of Quebec’s INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier in Montreal, Canada, says that circumcision reduces the risk of infection of sexually transmitted diseases that are one of the causes of prostate cancer.

  • Text your say: RI urged to tightly screen IS returnees

    Your comments on how Indonesian security authorities have played down potential security threats surrounding the return of more than 140 Indonesians from war-torn Syria, home to the Islamic State (IS) movement:

  • Your letters: Polemic on Bali’s sharia tourism

    The people of Bali must be wary and never permit the entrapment of sharia tourism. Once sharia tourism gets a toe-hold, then the genie is out of the bottle.

  • Pink joins UNICEF in fight to end child malnutrition

    Trailblazing pop star Pink saw firsthand severely malnourished children during a recent visit to Haiti as a part of a UNICEF program to provide therapeutic food packets to children in need.

  • World leaders gather to try to save Earth from overheating

    With dramatic vows to save future generations from an overheated planet, the largest gathering ever of world leaders began two weeks of talks Monday aimed at producing the most far-reaching pact yet to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and avert environmental havoc.

  • Jokowi ‘must do more’ on intolerance: Komnas HAM

    The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM)’s freedom of religion and belief desk coordinator Jayadi Damanik has urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his administration to take action against local administrations’ moves to enact bylaws seen to have allowed and promoted religious intolerance.