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Ambon mayor wants anti-terror unit (31/07/02) #3581
The Jakarta Post, 7/30/2002 12:32:14 PM
JAKARTA (JP): Ambon Mayor J. Papilaya urged the Maluku civil emergency authority
on Tuesday to set up an anti terror unit following a bomb blast near a supermarket
that left more than 50 people injured on Saturday.
Indonesia - OCHA Consolidated Situation Report No. 86 (30/07/02) #3576
19 - 26 July 2002
CENTRAL SULAWESI * Isolated security incidents continue to occur, seemingly with
increasing frequency. On Friday (19 July) two persons were shot dead in an apparent
robbery in Masini village, Poso district. At least two unexploded bombs were found in
Poso district this week, one in Silanca village in Lage sub-district, another on the road
between Poso and Tentena.
MALUKU * There has been no threat to security reported in Ambon City this week,
however security forces have increased foot patrols and presence in public places.
Early this week (18 and 20 July) supporters of Laskar Jihad gathered at the High
Court building to hear proceedings of the case against the Laskar Jihad Commander,
Ja'far Umar Thalib.
NORTH MALUKU * North Maluku Police announced on Sunday (21 July) that 23
people had been detained in connection with the recent bombing incidents in Tobelo.
A spokesman said the military and police were continuing investigations into the
incidents but there was evidence that the incidents were caused by groups
dissatisfied with the realignment of the Tobelo district. In a separate statement the
North Maluku Military Commander declared that the security situation in Tobelo was
now stable and denied reports of churches destroyed during the recent bombing
Police braced for separatist attcks in Papua (30/07/02) #3574
ABC AUSTRALIA, 30/07/2002 05:10:46
Police in Indonesia's Papua province say they plan to crack down on separatist
activists in the resource-rich region if dialogue fails.
Indonesia - OCHA Consolidated Situation Report No. 85 (30/07/02) #3572
12 - 19 July 2002
CENTRAL SULAWESI * A bomb detonated last Friday (12 July) close to a bus south
of Poso, on the road between Poso and Tentena. One person was killed, and three
were wounded. The bomb followed other serious shooting incidents in the area the
day before, and created a tense atmosphere in the region, with fears of renewed
MALUKU * The Secretary of the Muslim delegation who signed the Maluku Accord in
Malino said last Friday (12 July) that the Muslim community hoped the recently
arrived National Inquiry Team from Jakarta would fully investigate the various causes of
the conflict in Maluku and make available the findings. He added that it was important
for all sides to feel that justice is being upheld. However, on Monday (15 July), Muslim
groups that are against the Malino Agreement, also known as Group 11, refused to
meet with the National Inquiry Team, saying that their team's existence and opinion
will be disregarded.
NORTH MALUKU * A bomb explosion in Soakonora Village, Galela Sub-district on
Monday (15 July) forced both Muslim and Christian residents to take temporary refuge
in the nearby hills. No details of the explosion are available.
Police step up disarmament campaign in Maluku (29/07/02) #3570
The Jakarta Post, 7/29/2002 2:25:36 PM
JAKARTA (JP): Police vowed on Monday to crack down on individuals and
organizations who continue to keep fire arms following Saturday's bombing which
injured at least 53 people in Ambon.
Ambon returns to normal after powerful bomb blast (29/07/02) #3569
The Jakarta Post, July 29, 2002
Oktovianus Pinontoan, The Jakarta Post, Ambon Life returned to normal in Ambon
on Sunday, a day after a powerful bomb blast injured at least 53 Christians in Ambon.
Conflict-torn Aceh, Ambon lacking specialist doctors (29/07/02) #3568
The Jakarta Post, July 29, 2002
Debbie A. Lubis, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta Health officials from Aceh and Maluku
said over the weekend that the prolonged conflicts in the two provinces were hindering
the public's access to government health services.
PPP will fight for sharia law, Hamzah says (29/07/02) #3567
The Jakarta Post, July 29, 2002
Fabiola Desy Unidjaja and Tiarma Siboro, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta In a move
apparently made to maintain the support of its supporters, United Development Party
(PPP) Chairman Hamzah Haz said the party would continue to fight for the inclusion
of sharia law in future amendments to the 1945 Constitution.
Susilo warns of act of provocation in Maluku (29/07/02) #3566
The Jakarta Post, 7/28/2002 2:39:57 PM
JAKARTA (JP): Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Susilo
Bambang Yudhoyono deeply regretted Saturday's bomb blast in Maluku and appealed
to the people in the province to be wary of this act of provocation.
Bomb explodes in Ambon, injuring at least 55 (29/07/02) #3565
The Jakarta Post, 7/27/2002 6:37:35 PM
Despite a bombing that left at least 55 people injured on Saturday, the situation in
Maluku, particularly the provincial capital of Ambon, remained calm, an indication that
most locals remain firmly behind the peace deal signed in February.
Bomb explodes in Indonesian city of Ambon (29/07/02) #3564
ABC AUSTRALIA, 27/07/2002 19:00:12
At least 54-people have been injured after a series of explosions rocked Indonesia's
troubled city of Ambon.
Saudis turned away from Malukus (29/07/02) #3563
ABC AUSTRALIA, 27/07/2002 07:12:25
Seven Saudi Arabians have been expelled from the Indonesian province of Maluku, the
scene of years of bloody Muslim-Christian clashes.
Legislators, Megawati to discuss Aceh, Maluku (16/07/02) #3562
The Jakarta Post, July 16, 2002
Kurniawan Hari, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta Legislators were expected to question
President Megawati Soekarnoputri about what, if any, concrete steps she would take
to resolve the prolonged conflicts that have claimed tens of thousands of lives in Aceh
and Maluku, during their consultation meeting on Tuesday.
Maumere calm after religious riot (16/07/02) #3560
The Jakarta Post, July 16, 2002
Yemris Fointuna and Yacob Herin, The Jakarta Post, Maumere/Kupang The town
of Maumere gradually returned to normal on Monday following an overnight riot in
protest against a Catholic mass that was disrupted by an outsider.
Indonesian cleric accuses US of anti-Muslim plan (16/07/02) #3557
ABC AUSTRALIA, 15/07/2002 11:27:25
A radical Indonesian Muslim cleric that Singapore accuses of leading a terrorist
network, has accused Washington of being behind a recent Philippine court's jailing of
an Indonesian over weapons possession.
Indonesia - OCHA Consolidated Situation Report No. 84 (15/07/02) #3554
05 - 12 July 2002
CENTRAL SULAWESI * A Christian from Tentena was shot in Poso Kota while
waiting for a bus on Saturday (6 July). Police took him to a Puskesmas in Tangolu.
On the same day, a bomb exploded near Poso Kota.
MALUKU * The National Independent Inquiry Team (TPIN - Tim Penyelidik Independen
Nasional) arrived in Ambon on Wednesday (10 July) to begin a fact-finding mission for
cases relating to the initiation and continuation of the conflict in Maluku. The team
met with local legislators as well as members of both Muslim and Christian groups,
NORTH MALUKU * Bomb blasts in Gorua, Papilo and Mede in Tobelo Sub-district
during the week have raised serious concerns that the relative peace over the last two
years in the Province could be at risk. Tobelo town and the surrounding areas are
reported to be tense with some Muslim and Christian families in mixed villages moving
out to 'safe' areas. The Halmahera Evangelical Christian Church (GMIH) Synod in
Tobelo reported that at least 3 Christian houses in Gorua have been looted and set on
fire and one Christian injured.
Detained Australian ship has required documents (15/07/02) #3552
The Jakarta Post, July 15, 2002
The Jakarta Post, Ambon The Maluku governor and an Ambon immigration official
have admitted that a detained Australian ship and its crew had all the legal
documents necessary for being in Indonesian waters.
Poso back to normal after bomb blast (15/07/02) #3551
The Jakarta Post, July 14, 2002
National News - July 14, 2002 Erick W., The Jakarta Post, Palu The situation in Poso
regency, Central Sulawesi, returned to normal on Saturday, one day after a bomb
explosion that killed a woman in a bus, but police kept closed the road where the
blast had occurred.
Indonesian police find haul of explosives (15/07/02) #3550
ABC AUSTRALIA, 14/07/2002 21:00:14
Police in Indonesia have confiscated two tonnes of explosive raw material, three hand
grenades and one handgun in separate locations in East Kalimantan province.
One dead, four hurt in bomb blast in east Indonesia (15/07/02) #3546
ABC AUSTRALIA, 13/07/2002 16:00:13
In Indonesia, a woman has been killed and four others injured after a bomb exploded
in the troubled Poso district of Central Sulawesi.
Probe into military role in Ambon conflict sought (12/07/02) #3542
The Jakarta Post, July 12, 2002
Oktovianus Pinontoan, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta Maluku provincial councillors
urged on Thursday the government-sanctioned team probing violations of the law in
the troubled province to investigate the alleged involvement of security personnel in the
prolonged sectarian conflict.
Inquiry team arrives in Ambon (11/07/02) #3533
The Jakarta Post, July 11 , 2002
The much-criticized independent team set up by the government to investigate
violations of the law in Maluku arrived in Ambon on Wednesday to start their probe
into all communal crimes committed during the three-year sectarian conflict.
Theys murder trial may be delayed (11/07/02) #3530
The Jakarta Post, July 11 , 2002
JAKARTA: The trial of nine members of the Army's Special Force (Kopassus) charged
with killing Papuan leader Theys Hiyo Eluay may be delayed.
Military denies al Qaeda presence in restive Aceh (11/07/02) #3527
The Jakarta Post, July 11 , 2002
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta The Indonesian Military (TNI) denied on Wednesday that
al Qaeda, the terrorist network led by Osama bin Laden, had a presence in war-torn
Bin Laden wanted to move al-Qaeda's base to Aceh: Report (11/07/02) #3526
The Jakarta Post, 7/10/2002 12:22:47 PM
JAKARTA (Agencies): Osama bin Laden wanted to move the base of his al-Qaeda
terrorist network to Indonesia's province of Aceh from Afghanistan in 2000, Cable
News Network said, citing unidentified counterterrorism officials in the Philippines.
Intelligence report: Bin Laden sought Indonesian base (11/07/02) #3525
Counterterrorism experts say he also checked out Yemen
CNN, July 10, 2002 Posted: 2:29 AM HKT (1829 GMT)
From Maria Ressa CNN Correspondent MANILA, Philippines (CNN) -- Intelligence
officials tell CNN that Osama bin Laden wanted to move the base of operations for his
al Qaeda terrorist network from Afghanistan to Southeast Asia in 2000.
THE SITUATION IN AMBON / MOLUCCAS – Report No. 299 (10/07/02) #3524
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, July 10, 2002
WARNING BY THE GOVERNOR – Though the general situation in Ambon and in the
Moluccas as a whole has much improved lately, nevertheless the Civil Emergency
Administrator of the Moluccas, Governor M.S.Latuconsina, does not exclude the
possibility of renewed conflict.
Indonesia - OCHA Consolidated Situation Report No. 83 (09/07/02) #3522
28 June - 5 July 2002
MALUKU * After expiry of the deadline for voluntarily handing in weapons on Sunday
(30 June), security forces in Ambon are now conducting search for weapons that have
not been handed in Ambon and other areas in Maluku.
NORTH MALUKU * The North Maluku Social Affairs Department is currently in the
process of validating all information of IDPs. The plan is to return a total of 7,000 IDP
families from North Sulawesi, Ternate and Tobelo back to their homes before the end
of this year. Details will be finalised by the Government in the coming weeks.
Police name 5 Acehnese as bomb suspects (08/07/02) #3519
The Jakarta Post, July 08 , 2002
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta The City Police named on Sunday five suspects in the
blast that rocked the Graha Cijantung Mall in East Jakarta and called them
"terrorists", who were also believed to be involved in the recent bombs that exploded
in front of a discotheque and at the parking lot of a hotel in Central Jakarta.
Six arrested in Indonesia over bomb blast (08/07/02) #3518
ABC AUSTRALIA, 07/07/2002 18:01:03
Police in Indonesia have arrested six people in connection with a bomb blast at a
Jakarta shopping mall last week that injured at least nine people.
Maluku separatist chief demands fair trial (08/07/02) #3516
The Jakarta Post, July 6, 2002
JAKARTA (JP): After learning that the police had handed over his dossiers to the
prosecutor's office, separatist Maluku Sovereignty Front (FKM) chief Alex Manuputty
demanded that his trial be witnessed by independent foreign experts to guarantee a
INDONESIA: Are Islamic militants operating in Papua? (05/07/02) #3513
ABC AUSTRALIA, 4/7/2002
The Indonesian Government has denied reports that the extremist Islamic Laskar
Jihad army is operating in it's province of Papua, formerly known as Irian Jaya.
RI welcomes UN legal experts (05/07/02) #3512
The Jakarta Post, July 05, 2002
Fabiola Desy Unidjaja and Tertiani ZB Simanjuntak, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta
The government said on Thursday that doors were open for a United Nations legal
expert who has been assigned to assess Indonesia's legal system later this month.
UN expert to probe Indonesian judiciary's independence (05/07/02) #3510
ABC AUSTRALIA, 04/07/2002 11:08:08
A United Nations expert will carry out a fact-finding mission to Indonesia this month to
look into the general functioning of the legal system, including the independence of
Indonesian version: Ahli PBB akan menyelidiki kemandirian peradilan Indonesia
Indonesian soldier jailed for his role in bomb attacks (04/07/02) #3509
ABC AUSTRALIA, 03/07/2002 22:00:24
An Indonesian soldier has been jailed for three and a half years for his role in several
bomb attacks targetting Christians in the Maluku islands.
Indonesian version: Terdakwa pengebom dalam peristiwa Ambon dihukum penjara
Jihad and Human Rights Today (04/07/02) #3506
An active ideology incompatible with universal standards of
freedom and equality
By Bat Ye'or @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Human rights and the concept of jihad are two incompatible ideas. In Judeo-Christian
societies, the concept of human rights is based on the biblical interdiction against
killing, and the equality of all human beings. Though it has religious roots, this notion
of human rights evolved mainly from the 19th century in a secular European and
American framework. It then acquired a universal character, proclaiming the equality
of all human beings and the inviolability of their natural human rights. But it was only
after World War II that this concept became the core of an international legal system,
as a tool to prevent political abuses and to protect civil populations from genocidal
THE SITUATION IN AMBON / MOLUCCAS – Report No. 298 (03/07/02) #3505
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, July 3, 2002
WEAPONS HANDOVER IN KUDAMATI – In an official ceremony, residents of the
Christian Kudamati area, city of Ambon, handed over a large number of weapons and
ammunition on June 30, 2002.
Soldier gets 3.5 years over Ambon bombings (03/07/02) #3503
The Jakarta Post, July 03, 2002
Oktovianus Pinontoan, The Jakarta Post, Ambon A court martial held in the
troubled Maluku province's capital city of Ambon sentenced a soldier to three years
and six months in jail on Tuesday for his involvement in a series of bombings in the
eastern Indonesian city before last February's peace deal was signed.
Government urged to disband armed groups (03/07/02) #3502
The Jakarta Post, July 03 , 2002
Tiarma Siboro, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta Despite the absence of clear regulations,
pressure is mounting on the government to disband groups of armed civilians as part
of the attempt to stop continuing violence in the country.
Explosion in Indon shopping mall owned by Kopassus (03/07/02) #3501
ABC AUSTRALIA, 02/07/2002 03:32:04
Indonesian bomb experts and forensic teams are investigating an explosion which
damaged an office at a shopping mall in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.
INDONESIA: New book claims chances of Islamic (03/07/02) #3500
government are growing
ABC AUSTRALIA, 02/07/2002 20:39:17
A new book on politics in post-Suharto Indonesia says the chances of an Islamic
Government taking power are stronger than ever. The book, "Reformasi" says
Indonesia's military and conservative elements could use Islam to get a firmer hold on
Controversial "LJ-supported" Vice President Hamzah Haz (02/07/02) #3496
NEWSWEEK, July 1, 2002
Even as the United States and other Western countries have criticized Jakarta for
being complacent about its growing fundamentalist movement, Indonesian Vice
President Hamzah Haz has gone out of his way to be seen publicly with Muslim
firebrands like Laskar Jihad founder Jafar Umar Thalib and Abu Bakar Bashir, a cleric
accused of leading a Southeast Asian terror ring. Haz spoke with NEWSWEEK's Joe
Cochrane and Peter Janssen about why he was suddenly taking so keen an interest
in his Islamist brethren.
Military to search for arms in Ambon (02/07/02) #3494
The Jakarta Post, 7/1/2002 3:48:25 PM
JAKARTA (JP): Maluku's Pattimura military commander Maj. Gen. Djoko Santoso
said on Monday that security forces would search door to door for illegal arms.
Police to confiscate weapons in the Maluku Islands (02/07/02) #3493
ABC AUSTRALIA, 01/07/2002 16:26:13
Indonesian troops in the Maluku islands will start operations to seize weapons from
civilians after the expiry of a deadline for the surrender of arms.
Indonesian version: Razzia senjata api dimulai di Ambon
Army chief demands disbandment of militias (02/07/02) #3491
The Jakarta Post, 7/1/2002 5:47:13 PM
JAKARTA (JP): Army chief of staff Gen. Ryamizard Ryacudu ordered his men on
Monday to disband civilian militias in the country, a report said.
Indonesia - OCHA Consolidated Situation Report No. 82 (01/07/02) #3490
21 - 28 June 2002
MALUKU * Three bombs were found 100 metres from the Telkom Building, the
Governor's temporary office, on Wednesday (26 June).
NORTH MALUKU * Acting Governor Harry Sinyo Sarundajang said he would take firm
action against any groups hampering the return program in North Maluku. He also
said that inadequate facilities such as houses could discourage IDPs.
THE SITUATION IN AMBON / MOLUCCAS – Report No. 297 (01/07/02) #3489
Crisis Centre Diocese of Amboina, Ambon, June 28, 2002
COMMENTARY ON THE INVESTIGATION TEAM – The Independent Inquiry Team
(Tim Penyelidik Independen Nasional / TPIN) that has been established as an
implementation of the Moluccas Agreement of Malino (see Reports 235, 253 and 295)
and is expected to arrive in Ambon in the beginning of July, is being critized even
before it has started its investigation efforts.
Jubilee Campaign Seeks Greater Action From (01/07/02) #3486
SHATTER THE SILENCE, June 30, 2002
Jubilee Campaign commends the Indonesian government for finally arresting Laskar
Jihad leader, Jaafar Umar Thalib, in early June. However, Jubilee calls upon the
Indonesian government to protect the Christian community from the continued
presence of Laskar Jihad militants in Central Sulawesi and in Ambon
'Syariah' won't rid corruption, say scholars (01/07/02) #3484
The Jakarta Post, July 01, 2002
Asip A. Hasani, The Jakarta Post, Yogyakarta Two noted Muslim scholars, Nurcholis
Madjid and Solahuddin Wahid, rejected on Sunday a proposal that the country adopt
syariah (Islamic law) to rid the country of its deep-rooted problem of corruption.
Nurcholis said adopting syariah would not guarantee that corruption would be reduced.
"The mosques are always full of people praying. This means they are complying with
syariah, but then, after leaving the mosque, they do whatever they want to do, and
corruption keeps on occurring," he said, responding to a proposal coming from one
participant at a siminar here on Sunday.
US wants to resume military assistance to Indonesia (01/07/02) #3482
ABC AUSTRALIA, 29/06/2002 23:12:15
The United States wants to resume military assistance to Indonesia in an effort to
reestablish US influence in the world's most populous Muslim nation.