Snipers placed in Maluku ahead of (28/02/2005) #10027
separatist anniversary day
The Jakarta Post, February 26, 2005
JAKARTA (AFP): Police have deployed snipers in the restive Indonesian province of
Maluku ahead of a separatist independence day anniversary next month, the military
said on Saturday.
The Christian Village of Waii: Rebuilding Out of the Rubble (28/02/2005) #10024
Jubilee Campaign USA, February 25, 2005
Last week, a team from Jubilee Campaign traveled to the Maluku Islands of Indonesia
to visit the Caleb Chandler House, a residential facility for children orphaned during the
religious violence that rocked Maluku Province for nearly three years, from 1999 to
THE SITUATION IN AMBON/MOLUCCAS - Report No. 468 (25/02/2005) #10023
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, February 24, 2005
UNPATTI UNIVERSITY TO RETURN TO POKA LOCATION - The campus of the
Universitas Pattimura - principal university of the Moluccas - in Poka, on the opposite
shore of the bay of Ambon, was badly damaged during the conflict (Report 12). This
happened on July 4, 2000, after which lecturing took place at several alternative
locations in the city of Ambon, however, never separating christian and muslim
INFID's Short News Overview No. VI/5: February 18-24, 2005 (25/02/2005) #10019
INFID, February 24, 2004
Munir Case - The investigation into the murder of top human rights campaigner Munir
suffered another setback as national carrier Garuda Indonesia canceled a scheduled
preliminary reconstruction of the case.
Maluku Students Jailed For Treason (24/02/2005) #10018
LAKSAMANA.Net, February 23, 2005 07:24 PM
Laksamana.Net - Two university students in Ambon, the capital of troubled Maluku
province, have been convicted of treason and sentenced to two years in jail for
hoisting flags of the separatist South Maluku Republic (RMS).
13 more RMS supporters arrested on treason charge (24/02/2005) #10017
The Jakarta Post, February 23, 2005
M. Azis Tunny, The Jakarta Post, Ambon. Maluku Police say they have arrested 13
people for allegedly hoisting flags bearing the symbol of the separatist South Maluku
Republic (RMS) on Friday.
Ambon to disburse refugee funds (24/02/2005) #10016
The Jakarta Post, February 23, 2005
AMBON, Maluku: The Ambon municipal government is to pay out over Rp 500,000
(US$55) to each Maluku refugee family as the central government deadline for the
resettlement of Ambon refugees draws near.
JI militants recruiting from Jakarta jails (24/02/2005) #10013
The Straits Times, Feb 23, 2005
JAKARTA - INDONESIA'S prisons may be fertile recruiting and training grounds for
Jemaah Islamiah (JI) militants because jailers are too soft on them, an international
Recycling Militants in Indonesia: Darul Islam and (24/02/2005) #10012
the Australian Embassy Bombing
The International Crisis Group (ICG), 22 February 2005
Asia Report N°92, 22 February 2005. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. No understanding of
jihadism in Indonesia is possible without understanding the Darul Islam movement (DI)
and its efforts to establish the Islamic State of Indonesia (Negara Islam Indonesia
(NII)). Over the last 55 years, that movement has produced splinters and offshoots
that range from Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) to non-violent religious groups.
Indon govt and rebels optimistic after day two of talks (24/02/2005) #10011
ABC AUSTRALIA, 23/02/2005, 13:33:17
Representatives of the Indonesian government and separatists rebels from Aceh
province say talks to end their long-running conflict are proceeding well.
Acehnese rebels soften demands (24/02/2005) #10010
The Sydney Morning Herald, February 23, 2005
Jakarta: Separatists in the tsunami-ravaged Indonesian province of Aceh will drop their
demand for independence if Jakarta withdraws its security forces, allows them to form
a political party and eventually holds a referendum on any settlement, a member of
their delegation at newly reconvened peace talks in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, said.
Aceh rebels drop demand for independence (24/02/2005) #10009
The Sydney Morning Herald, February 23, 2005 - 6:09AM
Aceh rebels have agreed to drop a demand for independence for the separatist
province at peace talks with the Indonesian government, a member of the rebel
Maluku councillors run amok, demand poll confirmation (23/02/2005) #10008
The Jakarta Post, February 22, 2005
M. Azis Tunny, The Jakarta Post, Ambon. At least 19 councillors in Southeast
Maluku ran amok in the office of the Maluku governor in Ambon on Monday, drawing
the attention of locals and office employees.
Indonesian prosecutors wrap up case against (23/02/2005) #10006
terror suspect Bashir
ABC AUSTRALIA, 22/02/2005, 23:00:39
Indonesian prosecutors have wrapped up their case against Abu Bakar Bashir,
accusing the Muslim cleric of being guilty of terrorist charges through his alleged
leadership of an al Qaeda-linked group.
Aceh alert based on several sources - Downer (23/02/2005) #10005
The Sydney Morning Herald, February 22, 2005
By Tom Allard. Four separate pieces of intelligence that extremist bomb makers had
moved into Sumatra were the basis for the weekend travel warning to aid workers in
Aceh, the Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, said yesterday.
Statement by the Government in Exile of Acheh (23/02/2005) #10003
On the Second Round of the Helsinki Peace Talks
asnlf.com, 19 February 2005
Ahead of the Second Round of the Helsinki Peace Talks, the Government-in-Exile of
Acheh (ASNLF) has announced its two principal goals for the talks.
THE SITUATION IN AMBON/MOLUCCAS - Report No. 467 (21/02/2005) #9997
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, February 20, 2005
WEAPONRY DESTROYED - During the period November 2004 - December 2005 quite
a number of weapons were confiscated in Ambon, both firearms and traditional
Travel warning for Indonesia (21/02/2005) #9995
The Straits Times, Feb 20, 2005
SYDNEY - AUSTRALIA has updated a travel warning for Indonesia, saying new
information suggests that terror attacks could be mounted against foreigners taking
part in tsunami relief efforts in northern Sumatra.
Presidential approval needed for probe (18/02/2005) #9991
The Jakarta Post, February 18, 2005
AMBON, Maluku: Maluku Prosecutor's Office could not proceed with their
investigation into two top officials in the South West Maluku regency as they are
awaiting approval from the president.
Reward Offered Over Ambon Shooting (18/02/2005) #9989
LAKSAMANA.Net, February 17, 2005 04:58 AM
Laksamana.Net - Maluku Governor Karel Albert Ralahalu has offered a reward for
information leading to the arrest of gunmen who killed two people at a karaoke club in
the provincial capital Ambon.
Baasyir Proclaims Innocence, Blames Bush (18/02/2005) #9985
LAKSAMANA.Net, February 17, 2005 09:30 PM
Laksamana.Net - Radical Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Baasyir has again denied charges
of leading regional terrorism network Jemaah Islamiyah and involvement in bombings,
claiming US President George W. Bush was behind the accusations.
Unidentified gunman kills two in Ambon (17/02/2005) #9984
The Jakarta Post, February 16, 2005
Octavianus Pinontoan and M. Azis Tunny, The Jakarta Post/Ambon. Two people were
killed and two others injured after an unidentified assailant sprayed bullets from a
speedboat at a karaoke club in Hative Besar subdistrict, Ambon city, at dawn on
Two Killed in Ambon Karaoke Shooting (17/02/2005) #9982
LAKSAMANA.Net, February 16, 2005 03:09 AM
Laksamana.Net - Two people have been shot dead and two others wounded in an
attack on a karaoke club in Ambon city, the religiously divided capital of Maluku
province, reports said Tuesday (15/2/05).
Terror group's Constitution found, say Jakarta police (17/02/2005) #9976
The Straits Times, Feb 16, 2005
INDONESIAN police have found what they say could be part of the Constitution and
operational manual of the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah (JI), Australian newspapers
THE SITUATION IN AMBON/MOLUCCAS - Report No. 466 (16/02/2005) #9975
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, February 15, 2005
SPEEDBOAT SHOT AT - In the afternoon of Monday, February 7, a large passenger
speedboat was shot at from a smaller speedboat on its route from Ambon to Leksula,
on the south coast of the island of Buru. Two passengers were seriously wounded.
There happened to be a military, who immediaty answered with gunfire, whereupon
the attackers fled in the direction of the nearby little island of Ambelau.
Maluku police place snipers on ships (16/02/2005) #9974
The Jakarta Post, February 15, 2005
AMBON, Maluku: Following a string of armed attack against ships in the waters off
Ambon, the Maluku provincial police have decided to place armed officers aboard
every commercial ship and ferry that sails into or out of all ports in the area.
Two killed in karaoke club shooting in restive Ambon (16/02/2005) #9973
The Jakarta Post, 2/15/2005 11:36:58 AM
AMBON, Maluku (AFP): Gunmen shot dead two people in an attack overnight on a
karaoke club in the sectarian violence-plagued city of Ambon in eastern Indonesia,
police and a witness said on Tuesday.
2 Kisar Youths To Attend Training Course In Netherlands (16/02/2005) #9966
Harian Berita Sore, Senin, 14 Februari 2005
Jakarta ( Berita ) : Two Indonesian youths from Kisar island, Southwest Maluku
district, are leaving Jakarta for the Netherlands on Tuesday to undergo a three-month
intensive training course on solar energy development and groundwater resources
management in Delft.
Aru Regency Plans Cooperation With Neighboring Countries (15/02/2005) #9963
Harian Berita Sore, Senin, 14 Februari 2005
Ambon, Maluku ( Berita ) : The administration of Aru regency is considering
cooperation with its immediate neighbors Australia and East Timor.
Have a 'patita' eat, drink, be merry! (15/02/2005) #9962
The Jakarta Post, February 13, 2005
Suryatini N. Ganie, Contributor, Jakarta. The Moluccas, or Maluku, a group of islands
scattered in the glittering waters of eastern Indonesia and one of the most desired
destinations for those looking for fame and riches back in the 15th century, is home to
centuries-old customs that are still practiced to this day.
INFID's Short News Overview No. VI/3: February 4-10, 2005 (11/02/2005) #9956
INFID, February 10, 2004
New Regional Elections Rules - The government is altering the rules on how
regional elections should be carried out in the resource-rich provinces of Aceh and
Papua, a move which some say undermines the special autonomy status of the two
regions and the independency of the election process.
Wafer Row Sparks West Timor Riot (10/02/2005) #9955
LAKSAMANA.Net, February 10, 2005 02:40 AM
Laksamana.Net - A Catholic mass in West Timor turned violent after a man refused to
eat a Communion wafer, prompting worshippers to torch a police station and vandalize
two others, leaving several people injured, reports said Wednesday (9/2/05).
Several injured in church riot in Indonesia's West Timor (10/02/2005) #9954
ABC AUSTRALIA, 10/02/2005, 09:13:07
Several people have been injured and a police post torched in riots in Indonesia's
West Timor province.
Riot under control in Atambua after bishop steps in (10/02/2005) #9952
The Jakarta Post, 2/9/2005 8:37:13 PM
ATAMBUA, East Nusa Tenggara (Antara): Authorities in Atambua, Belu regency had
to bring on Wednesday Bishop Anton Pain Ratu to calm down a crowd enraged when
a Protestant refused a Roman Catholics holy wafer during a Mass.
Governor Wants Papua Split Into 5 Provinces (10/02/2005) #9951
LAKSAMANA.Net, February 10, 2005 04:21 AM
Laksamana.Net - The government has reportedly accepted a proposal to divide
resource-rich and rebellious Papua province into five provinces by 2009, despite the
Constitutional Court's recent annulment of a controversial law dividing it into three
Indonesia's military kills more rebels in tsunami-hit Aceh (10/02/2005) #9950
ABC AUSTRALIA, 10/02/2005, 09:13:07
The Indonesian military says it has killed five more separatist rebels in
tsunami-devastated Aceh province.
Powerful aftershock causes panic in Indonesia's Aceh (10/02/2005) #9949
ABC AUSTRALIA, 10/02/2005, 09:48:50
A powerful aftershock has hit Indonesia's Aceh province causing people to flee their
homes in panic and shelter in mosques.
Indonesian prosecutors demand eight years jail for Bashir (09/02/2005) #9945
ABC AUSTRALIA, 09/02/2005, 09:11:46
Indonesian prosecutors have asked a court to sentence the Islamic cleric, Abu Bakar
Bashir, to eight years jail on terrorism charges.
Prosecutors Seek 8-Year Sentence for Baasyir (09/02/2005) #9944
LAKSAMANA.Net, February 8, 2005 11:40 PM
Laksamana.Net - In a move that could raise doubts over Indonesia's commitment to
the war on terror, state prosecutors have abandoned plans to seek life imprisonment
or the death penalty for radical Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Baasyir, who is accused of
responsibility for the Bali nightclub bombings and a bomb blast at Jakarta's JW
Indon police urged to speed up probe into activist's death (08/02/2005) #9938
ABC AUSTRALIA, 08/02/2005, 10:06:54
Indonesian activists have called on police to speed up investigations into the death
last year of prominent Indonesian human rights campaigner, Munir.
Govt 'undermining' Aceh, Papua autonomy (08/02/2005) #9937
The Jakarta Post, February 07, 2005
Muninggar Sri Saraswati, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta. The government is altering the
rules on how regional elections should be carried out in the resource-rich provinces of
Aceh and Papua, a move which some say undermines the special autonomy status of
the two regions and the independency of the election process.
Fears of growing regional terror group links (08/02/2005) #9935
The Straits Times, Feb 7, 2005
by Shefali Rekhi. A FORESTED, marshy area on the outskirts of Datu Piang and
Saudi Ampatuan towns in in the southern Philippines was the scene of a recent
gathering of regional terrorists chiefs.
THE SITUATION IN AMBON/MOLUCCAS - Report No. 465 (06/02/2005) #9932
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, 4 February 2005
REFUGEES REFUSE TO LEAVE THE BARRACKS - "Do not worry about tomorrow:
tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Gospel
according to St. Matthew 6:34). It seems that many christian refugees apply this
advice to themselves quite to the letter! Not a few of the christians that have already
received their share of building materials, sell it to others, while preferring to stay in
the longsheds where life is cheap, where in many cases they live not far from their
work or where they have a field with crops not far off etc.
Wife of Maluku separatist leader sentenced to 2 years in jail (04/02/2005) #9930
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Thursday February 3, 2005 9:36 PM
JAKARTA, Indonesia, Feb. 3 (AP) - The wife of an exiled separatist leader in
Indonesia's violence-wracked Maluku province was sentenced by a court Thursday to
two years in jail on rebellion charges, while his daughter was acquitted in a separate
Indonesia jails wife of rebel leader (04/02/2005) #9929
Xinhua News Agency, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005 19:40:45
JAKARTA, Feb. 3 (Xinhuanet) -- An Indonesian court Thursday rendered a two-year
imprisonment on the wife of separatist South Maluku Republic (RMS) leader Alex
Manuputty, who is now living in exile in the United States.
Rebels Pressure Indonesia for Ceasefire (04/02/2005) #9926
LAKSAMANA.Net, February 3, 2005 10:38 PM
Laksamana.Net - Aceh's separatist rebels have called on the international community
to pressure Indonesia to agree to a sustainable ceasefire to ensure the continued
delivery of emergency aid to tsunami victims.
Militants jailed for assembling bombs (03/02/2005) #9920
The Jakarta Post, February 03, 2005
Theresia Sufa, The Jakarta Post, Bogor. The Cibinong District Court sentenced on
Tuesday four members of the Oman Rahman religious community to jail term ranging
between three years and five years for assembling and storing bombs at a house in
Cimanggis, Depok municipality.
Baasyir's Trial Nears Conclusion (03/02/2005) #9919
LAKSAMANA.Net, February 3, 2005 04:09 AM
Laksamana.Net - A verdict in the terrorism trial of radical Islamic cleric Abu Bakar
Baasyir is expected by the end of this month or in early March, with his lawyers
anticipating he will be cleared of any wrongdoing.
THE SITUATION IN AMBON/MOLUCCAS - Report No. 464 (02/02/2005) #9918
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, 1 February 2005
AGAIN CONFLICT BETWEEN "SISTER" VILLAGES - Peace that was made
between between Hitu Lama and Hitu Messing, two neighbouring Muslim villages on
the North coast of Ambon island, following their mutual conflict on December 14,
2004, did not last long.
Ba'asyir says extremists were wrong to attack Indonesia (02/02/2005) #9913
The Jakarta Post, 2/1/2005 3:14:47 PM
JAKARTA (AFP): Firebrand Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir told his terrorism trial
Tuesday that religious extremists were wrong to stage attacks in Indonesia because
the world's largest Muslim-populated country was not at war with anyone.
Indonesia needs to hold terror suspects without trial: Lee (02/02/2005) #9912
The Jakarta Post, 2/1/2005 2:06:08 PM
SINGAPORE (AP): Singapore's influential founding father Lee Kuan Yew said
Indonesia could prevent terrorists attacks by adopting tough security laws that allow
authorities to detain militants without trial, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.
Fresh clash erupts in Ambon (01/02/2005) #9911
The Jakarta Post, January 31, 2005
AMBON, Maluku: A communal clash between two gangs of warring youths reignited
in Central Maluku late on Saturday, leaving five buildings damaged and one totally