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Jailed Indonesia cleric threatens Myanmar over Rohingya

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August 4th 2012, Saturday / AFP

Jailed Islamist cleric Abu Bakar Bashir threatened to wage war if Myanmar continues to harm Muslim Rohingyas, in a letter to the country’s president Thein Sein seen on a website Friday.

The 74-year-old is widely regarded as a spiritual leader of radical Islam in Indonesia — the world’s most populous Muslim country — and is currently serving a 15-year-jail term for funding terror.

“We’ve heard Muslims screaming in your country because of your acts of evil…you have taken them out from their homes and are killing them,” he wrote in the letter dated July 22, which was passed on to followers and published on the website

“If you neglect these calls, by Allah our Lord, you have witnessed the fall of proud and conceited countries in the hands of our mujahideen soldiers,” he added.

The letter was confirmed as authentic by Son Hadi, the spokesman for Jemaah Anshorut Tauhid (JAT), a group founded by Bashir in 2008 and labeled a terrorist organization by the United States.

An outspoken supporter of violent jihad, Bashir was convicted in 2010 of financing a terror cell in Aceh province. Earlier this year, the country’s top court overturned a lower court’s decision to cut his 15-year term.

“You must know that we are brothers as Muslims. Their pains is our pain, their sorrows are our sorrows, and their blood that you shed is our blood too,” Bashir wrote. “By the will of Allah, we can destroy you and your people.”

Son Hadi said Friday that the letter was submitted on Monday to the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta. The embassy was not reachable for comment.

About 100 Muslim extremists from the Indonesian branch of pro-Caliphate organization Hizb ut-Tahrir protested Friday outside the Myanmar embassy and vow a Jihad to stop the “Muslim cleansing”.

“We are ready to die to help our fellow Muslims in Myanmar. A Jihad is the only way to stop this massacre,” one of the protesters on loudspeaker told the crowd, who shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest).

Violence erupted in June in Rakhine state, in western Myanmar, between Buddhists and Rohingya, leaving about 80 people dead from both sides, according to official estimates deemed low by rights groups.

Myanmar security forces opened fire on Rohingya Muslims, committed rape and stood by as rival mobs attacked each other during the recent wave of sectarian violence, New York-based Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

The authorities failed to protect both Muslims and Buddhists and then “unleashed a campaign of violence and mass roundups against the Rohingya”, the group said in a report.

Indonesia gov’t to monitor Dutch compensation for 1947 massacre

JAKARTA (BNO NEWS) — The Indonesian government will monitor developments around a Dutch court ruling on the 1947 Rawagede massacre, a presidential spokesman said on Thursday.

A Dutch court ruled on Wednesday that the Netherlands was responsible for the massacre carried out by its colonial troops in the town of Rawagede, east of Jakarta, on December 9, 1947. It said the victims’ families should be compensated, although it is not known how much they will be paid.

Teuku Faizasyah, the president’s special aide on international affairs, declined to comment on what the government would do next to follow up on the ruling, the Jakarta Globe reported. He only said the government hoped the ruling could meet the people’s sense of justice.

In 2008, the widows of eight victims and one survivor from Rawagede filed a lawsuit against the Dutch state to demand compensation for the massacre. The Netherlands has admitted the executions in the past but had insisted that no claim could be lodged due to the expiry of the statute of limitations of five years in Dutch law.

Dutch authorities say that 150 were killed, while a victims’ association claims that 431 people lost their lives.

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Source: WireUpdate.

Indonesian ethnic clashes leave six dead

Sept. 13, 2011

JAKARTA, Sept. 13 (UPI) — Police in Ambon, Indonesia, will pursue anyone they suspect of involvement in violence between Christian and Muslim groups that left six people dead and around 80 injured.

Inter-ethnic violence erupted in Ambon, capital of Indonesia’s Maluku province — also known as the Moluccan Islands — during the funeral of Muslim man killed in a road accident.

Rioting broke out Sunday after rumors surfaced that the motorcycle taxi driver had been tortured to death by Christians.

“We will enforce the law,” National Police spokesman Inspector General Anton Bachrul Alam said. “We are currently focusing on pacifying the situation. The investigation is still under way.”

Police were helped by several hundred troops to quell street fighting after cellphone text messages circulated to Muslims that the driver had been set upon by Christians, the BBC said.

Police said the man died on the way to hospital after losing control of his motorbike and crashing.

Ethnic relations are uneasy in Maluku, formerly known as the Spice Islands and which is culturally and geographically associated with the more Christian Melanesia. Maluku is around 55 percent Muslim and 45 percent Christian.

Tensions periodically erupt into deadly street fighting, especially since the 1980 after the federal government in Jakarta relocated many Muslim migrants from the more densely populated Java Island.

The main city and capital of Maluku province is Ambon on the small Ambon Island and with a population of around 330,000, 2010 census data indicate.

Ambon also is home to the state-owned Pattimura University and the Indonesian Christian University of Maluku, a private Protestant university. Both were seriously damaged during ethnic violence in 1999-2002.

The Arabs first brought Islam to the Spice Islands in the 13th century; the Spanish and Portuguese arrived in the 16th century bringing Christianity followed in the 17th century by the Dutch.

Ambon Island was the site of a major Dutch naval base, captured by the Japanese in 1942. In 1950, after Indonesian independence in 1945, Ambon was the center of an uprising against Indonesian rule.

Rebel groups proclaimed the Republic of the South Moluccas but Indonesia reasserted control within weeks, although a low-key armed struggle existed until 1963, especially on the island of Seram.

A self-declared Republic of South Moluccas government-in-exile has existed since the 1950 defeat, based in the Netherlands.

In April last year, Radio Netherlands Worldwide said that John Wattilete, a Dutch lawyer and son of Moluccan immigrants, had been appointed the new president of the South Moluccan government in exile. His appointment took place in the village of Bemmel in the Netherlands province of Gelderland.

Conflicts between Christians and Muslims from 1999-2002 left more than 5,000 dead and half a million people displaced — the worst ethnic violence since Indonesia’s independence from its colonial ruler, the Netherlands, in 1945.

Source: United Press International (UPI).

Three dead as 6.6-magnitude quake hits Indonesia

Subulussalam, Indonesia (AFP)
Sept 6, 2011

Three people were killed Tuesday when a 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit Indonesia’s Sumatra island, officials said.

The quake struck deep underground shortly after midnight around 400 kilometers (250 miles) southeast of Banda Aceh on the northern tip of Sumatra, the US Geological Survey said.

Falling debris killed a 10-year-old boy as he slept in his home in Subulussalam, Aceh province, a doctor said.

“The boy was sleeping next to his mother when a wall collapsed and bricks fell onto his stomach, crushing him. His mother brought him to us but we couldn’t save him in time,” the doctor, named Hasbi, said.

Two other people were killed in separate incidents, the National Disaster Management Agency said.

Panicked residents rushed out of their homes, many crying and screaming for help, as the quake shook the area for around two minutes, according to an AFP correspondent.

“That was the strongest quake I’d ever felt. I thought the end of the world was here,” 42-year-old farmer Abdul Kader Angkat said.

The jolt was also felt by residents in the cities of Banda Aceh and Medan, officials said.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake was too far inland to generate a tsunami.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where the collision of continental plates causes high seismic activity.

Aceh was devastated when a 9.1-magnitude quake off Sumatra in December 2004 triggered a huge tsunami that killed more than 220,000 people around the Indian Ocean.

Source: Terra Daily.

Indonesia’s Mount Lokon erupts three more times

MANADO, INDONESIA (BNO NEWS) — Indonesia’s Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, erupted three more times on Wednesday, local authorities said.

Farid Ruskanda Bina, Mount Lokon’s monitoring post chief in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, said Mount Lokon spewed out ash as high as 250 meters (820 feet) which was heading north, the Antara news agency reported, adding that the eruptions also triggered several tremors, three of them shallow.

Over the past few days, Mount Lokon has been showing increasing activity and constant tremors. Initial tremors had an amplitude of 2 to 10 millimeters (0.07 to 0.39 inches), but on Tuesday seismic records documented tremors with an amplitude of up to 18 millimeters (0.70 inches).

The Volcanic and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center has not raised Mount Lokon’s alert status to level IV despite the ongoing eruptions, instead keeping it at level III.

Farid underlined the importance of local residents staying alert, as a minimum distance of 2.5 kilometers (1.5 mile) from Mount Lokon’s crater must be kept at all times.

On August 17, Mount Lokon began to spew volcanic ash which fell as far away as the Kinilow I village and the Tinoor areas in North Tomohon sub district, which is a short distance from Lokon’s crater.

Since June, Mount Lokon has shown constant volcanic activity, prompting authorities to raise its status to alert on June 27 and watch on July 10. A series of eruptions in mid July forced at least 5,269 locals from the villages of Kinilow, Kelurahan Kinilow I and Kakaskasen 1 to evacuate the area.

While most residents returned to their homes later that month, some 222 people remain at temporary refugee camps because their homes are in Mound Lokon’s red zone – 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) from its crater. After July’s activity, Mount Lokon’s alert level was lowered from watch to alert, and has remained at this level since.

Dozens of active volcanoes in Indonesia are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, known for frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Next to Mount Lokon is its volcanic twin, Mount Empung, just 2.2 kilometers (1.3 miles) away.

One of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes is Mount Merapi, which is located on the island of Java near Jogjakarta, the country’s second-most visited area after Bali. Last year, more than 300 people were killed in a series of eruptions between October and November which also displaced over 300,000 people.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Source: WireUpdate.

Indonesia’s Aceh marks 7 years since Indian Ocean tsunami

Dec 26, 2011

Banda Aceh, Indonesia – Aliya Humaira scribbled a message on yellow paper in the shape of a petal: ‘I love Papa, I love Mama, I love Sister Icha, I love Brother Kiki.’

The 8-year-old Aliya lost her parents, a brother and a sister in the December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that devastated Aceh province on Indonesia’s Sumatra island.

She and other children marked the 7th anniversary of the tsunami by planting 5,000 paper flowers containing messages of hope from their Japanese peers on a golf course in Aceh Besar district.

The yellow paper flowers were sent by children in the Japanese city of Kobe, where more than 6,000 people were killed after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck 16 years ago.

‘Let’s rise up together,’ read one message written by a Japanese earthquake survivor.

Aliya is now being raised by her grandmother in Medan, the capital of neighboring North Sumatra province.

‘Every year I take Aliya to Aceh so that she won’t forget her family,’ said the grandmother, Khamariyah, wiping tears that rolled down her eyes. Like many Indonesians she uses only one name.

Aceh was the region hardest hit by the 2004 tsunami.

The disaster, triggered by a magnitude-9.3 earthquake off Sumatra, killed an estimated 230,000 people in 13 countries along the Indian Ocean, including 170,000 in Aceh and Nias island.

Thousands attended the ceremony marking the anniversary in Aceh Besar attended by Aceh Governor Irwandi Yusuf and guests from Japan.

‘The paper flowers are called Shinsai Mirai No Hana, which means flowers of the future,’ said Ryo Nishikawa, a Japanese social worker who organized the project.

He said Achinese children would also send similar flowers to their Japanese peers in Kobe.

Relatives gathered Monday at mass graves where thousands of Achinese victims of the tsunami were buried to say prayers.

At a mass grave in Siron, Muslims, Christians and Buddhists offered joint prayers while others in the staunchly Islamic province gathered at local mosques.

Days before the anniversary, an Achinese girl who was thought to have died in the tsunami was found and reunited with her parents.

Her grandfather said she was forced to beg by her adopted mother for years before she left her to look for her biological parents.

Source: Monsters and Critics.

Six killed as floods, landslide hit village in Indonesia’s Central Java

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (BNO NEWS) — At least six people were killed on Sunday afternoon when flash floods and a landslide struck a small village in the Indonesian province of Central Java, officials said on late Monday. Several others remain missing.

The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon when a rain-triggered flash flood and a subsequent landslide hit the village of Tieng in the town of Wonosobo. The floods and landslide swept away at least thirteen houses and damaged seven others.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told the Jakarta Globe that five bodies were found on Monday, bringing the number of confirmed deaths to six. However, five others remain missing and are believed to have been buried under the mud.

Officials said 627 people have been displaced in the village, which has been seriously affected by the current rainy season.

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Source: Newstro.

Dengue fever outbreak in western Indonesia kills 27

MUARATEBO, INDONESIA (BNO NEWS) — An ongoing outbreak of dengue fever in western Indonesia has killed at least 27 people in the past two months, officials said on Thursday. Hundreds more have been affected.

Health officials on Thursday confirmed that two more people have died of dengue fever at the Sultan Thaha Saefuddin general hospital in the Tebo district of Jambi province, which is located on the east coast of central Sumatra.

Jambi administration spokesman Subhi told the Antara news agency that in the last two months, the dengue fever endemic has caused at least 27 deaths. The total number of cases has meanwhile increased to around 800, an increase from 700 at the start of December.

Hendra, the Sultan Thaha Saefuddin hospital spokesperson, said the two latest victims had faced complications because they were late in treating the disease. He said eleven others are still being treated at the hospital for the virus, but it is unclear how many people have been hospitalized in other regional hospitals.

Dengue spreads more often after the rainy season when stagnant water on the streets usually activate the breed of mosquitoes, which transmit and cause the dengue fever. Indonesia’s rainy season normally begins in the month of November and lasts until March.

Pakistan has also faced a severe outbreak of dengue fever this year, killing at least 340 people and infecting more than 32,000 people. The outbreak, which was centered in Punjab’s provincial capital of Lahore, did not follow the typical epidemic cycle as it initially continued to affect people at a constant rate.

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Source: Newstro.

Indonesian police ‘kill fourteen’ Papuan separatists during raid

JAKARTA (BNO NEWS) — The separatist Free Papua Organization (OPM) on Thursday claimed fourteen of its members have allegedly been killed during a recent police raid in the district of Paniai in Indonesia’s restive Papua region, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Leo Yeimo, spokesman for the Paniai chapter of the outlawed rebel group, said the fourteen members were killed on Tuesday when police forces raided one of its sites in the town of Eduda. He said the bodies of those killed have been evacuated from the group’s former headquarters, which has since been transformed into a police station.

“We were constantly attacked by Indonesian security forces from the land as well as from helicopter. They even fired randomly at our headquarters, so many people fell victim,” he told the newspaper. Leo said the group’s leader, John Magay Yogi, escaped the raid unharmed.

“We are still being pursued [on Thursday],” the spokesman said, adding that guerrillas will launch an attack against Indonesian security forces if they ‘continue to harass civilians.’ “Helicopters are constantly looking for our hideouts. We know the terrain better so we will fight until the last drop of blood we have, we will never surrender.”

Meanwhile, Papua Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Wachyono said he could not confirm the claims made by Leo, but acknowledged an operation was taking place. “We don’t know if there were casualties on the [OPM] side. What is clear is that they were attacked because they attacked us first,” he said.

Wachyono said the police confiscated two assault rifles and 53 rounds of ammunition as well as dozens of sharp weapons and bows from the OPM base during the raid. Officers also seized separatist paraphernalia, including an outlawed Morning Star Flag, a symbol of Papuan independence.

Police have intensified their crackdown on the OPM after a recent series of suspected guerrilla attacks in the province left five officers dead. According to people living in Eduda, more police officers and military soldiers have been deployed to the area, displacing a number of civilian residents.

Violence has been escalating in Papua since the Third Papuan People’s Congress was held in mid-October in Abepura, Jayapura. Six people were found dead following the gathering of pro-independence activists, which was dispersed by Indonesian security forces who fired warning shots and tear gas.

Violence has plagued Papua since 1969 when Indonesia took over control of the region from the Dutch, ignoring Papuan demands for political sovereignty. Jakarta granted the region special autonomy in 2001, but this failed to quell widespread separatist sentiments.

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Source: Newstro.

Two Indonesian migrant workers spared from beheading in Saudi Arabia

JAKARTA (BNO NEWS) — Two Indonesian female migrant workers have been spared from beheading in Saudi Arabia, the Jakarta Globe reported on Tuesday.

The head of the Indonesian Migrant Workers Union, Jejen Nurjanah, announced the news on Monday night, adding that the two workers originally from West Java are still imprisoned in the Middle East kingdom. “Both of them were freed from beheading and we will report the good news to the president,” Jejen said.

One of the workers was convicted of the murder of her employer’s child, while the other one was sentenced to death after being found guilty of using black magic to inflict pain on her employer.

In 2009, a 36-year-old maid was also accused by her employer of using black magic after his son left their house and never returned. She admitted her guilt after undergoing torture and was pronounced guilty.

The Indonesian government called for clemency for 23 nationals facing death penalty in Saudi Arabia in late June, following the execution of a migrant worker on June 18. Ruyati binti Satubi was executed after a court found her guilty of murdering the wife of a Saudi businessman.

The government also announced that it would halt the sending of migrant workers to Saudi Arabia starting from August 1, until an agreement on their protection is reached. Indonesia may lose 3 trillion rupiah ($354 million) in remittances per year after applying the moratorium, according to the Jakarta Globe.

There are around five million Indonesians working abroad, with two million in Malaysia, one million in Saudi Arabia and the remainder in other Asian nations, Europe and the United States.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Source: WireUpdate.

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