Latest News

Indonesian cleric sentenced to death over 2016 terror attack

Jun 22, 2018 - 2:02 PM

'[The defendant] has been proven to have committed a criminal act of terrorism,' says judge Akhmad Jaini, who also cites Aman Abdurrahman's involvement in other attacks for handing down the death penalty

GUILTY. Indonesian anti-terror police officers escort Aman Abdurrahman (C), who masterminded a 2016 gun and suicide attack in the capital Jakarta that left 4 attackers and 4 civilians dead, after hearing the judges' verdict at a South Jakarta court in Jakarta on June 22, 2018. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Police detain captain, crew in deadly Indonesia ferry disaster

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) Official estimates list 193 people missing as of Thursday morning, June 21, raising fears that the incident could become one of Indonesia's deadliest ferry disasters

STILL MISSING. Rescue team members prepare to search for missing passengers at the Lake Toba ferry port in the province of North Sumatra on June 20, 2018, after a boat capsized on June 18. Photo by Ivan Damanik/AFP

Number missing in Indonesia ferry disaster jumps to nearly 180 –police

Jun 20, 2018 - 4:26 PM

The situation sparks confusion – and different estimates from various agencies – about the number of people on board. Police say there are as many as 178 people missing, which if confirmed would make it one of Indonesia's worst maritime disasters.

SEARCHING FOR THE MISSING. A woman shows a photo of her family members, passengers who are missing after a boat capsized on June 18, on her smartphone at the Lake Toba ferry port in the province of North Sumatra on June 20, 2018. Photo by Ivan Damanik/AFP

Indonesia hit by another attack after deadly suicide bombings

May 16, 2018 - 12:06 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Local police say the group slammed a minivan into a gate at the station in Riau on Sumatra island and then attacked officers with samurai swords

2 families staged Indonesian suicide bombings – police

May 14, 2018 - 10:58 AM

(4th UPDATE) The spate of bombings has rocked Indonesia, with the Islamic State group claiming both the church and police station attacks

EXPLOSION. Screenshot of explosion from CCTV courtesy of Surabaya police office

Police hostage crisis at Indonesia jail ends – officials

May 10, 2018 - 9:48 PM

In the pre-dawn operation, 145 prisoners "surrendered unconditionally" and the hostage was released with no further casualties reported, said Chief Security Minister Wiranto

IT'S OVER. This handout photo released by Indonesia's National Police and taken on May 9, 2018 shows a prisoner (center) surrendering to police (in foreground) after a riot at the Mobile Police Brigade headquarters in Depok, West Java. Handout/National Police/AFP

Indonesia oil well explosion death toll climbs to 21

Apr 26, 2018 - 3:59 PM

Three dozen victims remain in hospital

EXPLOSION. An illegal oil well (R) bursts gas into the air as houses burnt down in Peureulak on April 26, 2018. Photo by Ilyas Ismail/AFP

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake off eastern Indonesia, tsunami alert lifted

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:40 AM

The quake struck deep at some 171 kilometers (106 miles) below the earth's surface in the Banda Sea, the US Geological Survey says

Indonesia wants Australia as full ASEAN member

Mar 16, 2018 - 4:04 PM

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute has earlier argued that Canberra should aim for ASEAN membership by 2024

ASEAN. In this file photo, Indonesian President Joko Widodo inspects a guard of honor during a ceremonial reception at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on December 12, 2016. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Indonesia makes criticizing politicians a crime

Mar 15, 2018 - 9:08 PM

The vaguely worded bill passes the 560-member house, but has just become official, over the objections of President Joko Widodo who refused to sign off on the controversial legislation

Indonesian universities 'ban' niqab over fundamentalism fears

Mar 08, 2018 - 8:05 PM

Although niqabs are common in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia and some other Gulf states, they're rare in secular Indonesia, where around 90% of its 260 million people have traditionally followed a moderate form of Islam

NIQAB IN INDONESIA'S SCHOOLS. This photo taken on March 7, 2018 shows a student wearing a niqab face veil outside a university in Yogyakarta. Photo by Agus Wardoyo/AFP

Waste waters: Plastic trash chokes Bali's sea

Mar 08, 2018 - 4:29 PM

An underwater video shot by British diver Rich Horner this week showing a sea overflowing with plastic and other garbage at Manta Point, a well-known diving site near Bali's main island, highlights trouble in paradise

TRASH IN THE WATER. A screenshot of Rich Horner's video showing trash in the waters of Bali. Screenshot from YouTube.

LIVE STREAM: Puteri Indonesia 2018 Traditional Costume and Talent Night

Mar 06, 2018 - 7:15 PM

Puteri Indonesia or Miss Universe Indonesia is the oldest and one of the biggest national beauty pageants in Indonesia, which selects the country's representative for Miss Universe

Indonesia blocks Tumblr blogs over porn

Mar 06, 2018 - 6:07 PM

The Indonesian government blocks Tumblr, saying the New York-based company had not replied to its February letter demanding that pornographic content be scrubbed from the platform within 48 hours

Human limbs found inside belly of Indonesia croc – police

Mar 02, 2018 - 6:46 PM

'Inside the crocodile's stomach, we found the left arm and a leg that we believe belonged to the victim,' local police chief Teddy Ristiawan says

Indonesia calls off deadly landslide search, 18 believed dead

Feb 28, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Twelve people are confirmed to have died while another 6 remain missing, officials say, adding that another 18 survived the disaster

LANDSLIDE. Members of a rescue team join villagers as they search for victims of a landslide triggered by a heavy rain in Brebes, Central Java province, on February 23, 2018. Photo by AFP

Indonesia digs up cemetery to search for WWII sailors' bones

Feb 27, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Local officials dig up a cemetery at Brondong in East Java to search for the remains, dumped there after being taken from the WWII shipwrecks

Shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off eastern Indonesia – USGS

Feb 26, 2018 - 10:28 PM

(UPDATED) The quake occurs at a depth of 11.9 kilometers (7 miles) and its epicenter is in the Seram Sea around 194 kilometers (121 miles) northwest of Ambon, capital of Maluku province, according to USGS.

5 dead, 15 missing in Indonesia landslide

Feb 22, 2018 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) 'The landslide buried the farmers working in their rice fields,' disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho says in a statement.

Indonesia police seize over a ton of crystal meth on ship

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Indonesian police seize 1.6 tons of crystal methamphetamine on the ship, and are questioning 4 Taiwanese crew

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung spews massive smoke-and-ash column

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:42 PM

Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island spews the thick plume after activity picked in recent days. There are no reports of injuries or deaths.

MOUNT SINABUNG. Thick volcanic ash spews into the air from Mount Sinabung volcano in Karo, North Sumatra, on February 19, 2018. Photo by Endro Rusharyanto/AFP

Indonesians arrested for shooting an orangutan some 130 times

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:07 PM

The suspects, farmers from the island of Borneo, admit killing the animal, saying it ruined their crops at a pineapple and palm oil plantation, according to authorities

Goodbye romance: Indonesian cities ban Valentine's Day

Feb 14, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Authorities in the country's second-biggest city Surabaya briefly detain about two dozen couples on Wednesday during a raid to sniff out any sign of Valentine's Day celebrations. They are expected to be released with a reprimand.

GOODBYE ROMANCE. Indonesian officers (R) from the city administration police detain unmarried couples (L-with helmets) after a raid in Surabaya on February 14, 2018. Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Siblings held over Indonesian maid death in Malaysia

Feb 12, 2018 - 9:08 PM

Police identify the victim as a 21-year-old called Adelina who had been working in Malaysia for two years

Police shoot man during sword attack on Indonesian church

Feb 11, 2018 - 1:49 PM

(UPDATED) Indonesian police shoot a sword-wielding man who attacked church congregation during Sunday Mass in Yogyakarta province

At least 27 killed as bus crashes in Indonesia

Feb 11, 2018 - 12:03 AM

The bus carrying domestic tourists collide with a motorbike in West Java province

UN rights chief to Indonesia: Stop LGBT crackdown

Feb 07, 2018 - 3:32 PM

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein: 'At a time when it is consolidating its democratic gains, we urge Indonesians to move forward - not backwards - on human rights'

RIGHTS CHIEF. Prince Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al-Hussein, seen here during a press briefing 6 January 2014 at the UN headquarters in New York, is the UN human rights chief. Paulo Filgueiras/UN Photo

Search continues for kidnapped Argentinian girl, last seen in Indonesia

Feb 07, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Elizabeth Avalos, the mother of the missing girl, flew to Jakarta to continue her search for her daughter who was kidnapped in June 2017

MISSING. Elizabeth Avalos shows photos of her daughter, who she last saw on June 4, 2017. Photo by Deborah Lee/Rappler

Deadly landslides, flooding spark evacuations in Jakarta

Feb 06, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Greater Jakarta, which is home to more than 30 million people, is pounded by heavy rain over the past 24 hours, triggering landslides and floods that have destroyed homes and toppled trees

FLOODING. This picture taken in Jakarta on February 5, 2018 shows Indonesians wading through floodwaters in Jakarta. Photo by AFP.

Indonesia to hold 'landmark' jihadist-terror survivor meeting

Feb 05, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The meeting, announced by chief security minister Wiranto, is being touted as a first for Muslim-majority Indonesia, which has long struggled with Islamist militancy and attacks

WIRANTO. Indonesia Coordinating Minister for Legal, Politics and Security Affairs Wiranto speaks to journalists during a press conference on counter-terrorism in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on August 10, 2016. File photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Human rights activists on UN visit to Indonesia: 'Hopeful but not optimistic'

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:17 PM

As Indonesia awaits the arrival of the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner, advocacy groups understand the visit's impact but are realistic in their expectations

Rappler Indonesia job openings

Feb 02, 2018 - 1:18 PM

Do you want to be a part of Rappler? Here is a list of our job openings.

Dogs, cats slaughtered: 'Extreme' markets horrify activists

Jan 30, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Animal activists urge for the shut down of markets in Indonesia, where live dogs and cats are butchered and blow-torched alive

ANIMAL CRUELTY. A dog waits for slaughter at the Langowan market, before he was rescued by DMFI. Photo from DMFI

LGBT defenders face escalated attacks in Indonesia – report

Jan 30, 2018 - 1:00 AM

A report by international watchdog Front Line Defenders found that defenders of LGBT rights in Muslim-majority Indonesia, face escalating attacks ranging from defamation on social media to torture and sexual assault

CANING. An Acehnese receiving lashes in public on September 19, 2015. Under Aceh Sharia law, gay sex is punishable by up to 100 lashes or 100 months in prison. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

Indonesia police force 'manly makeover' on transgender beauticians

Jan 29, 2018 - 7:41 PM

Police lop off some of the beautiicians' long hair with scissors as well as force the group to wear male clothing and speak in a masculine voice

Hundreds of children sickened, dead in Papua health crisis

Jan 25, 2018 - 9:07 PM

The latest figures mark an escalation of a health crisis first made public in mid-January underscoring a severe lack of medical care and other basic services in a far-flung island region

HEALTH CRISIS. A Papuan girl on a drip lies on the bare floor of a local hospital handling measles and malnutrition patients in Agats, the capital of Asmat district in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province, on January 25, 2018. Photo by Bay Ismoyo / AFP

Indonesian police arrest two men over gay sex video

Jan 23, 2018 - 8:32 PM

Homosexuality and gay sex are legal everywhere in Indonesia except in conservative Aceh province, which is ruled by Islamic law. Police, however, use the country's tough anti-pornography legislation to criminalize members of the LGBT community.

Strong quake sparks panic in Indonesia

Jan 23, 2018 - 2:52 PM

(4th UPDATE) Indonesia's capital Jakarta is rocked by a strong earthquake which forced some buildings to be evacuated, but there is no immediate tsunami threat or reported injuries

2 Indonesian hostages freed in Philippines

Jan 20, 2018 - 8:28 PM

The two were snatched from their fishing vessel in the waters between the southern Philippines and Malaysia in November 2016

RELEASED. Two Indonesian fishermen captured in November 2016 were turned over to a former governor in Jolo. Photo by Rappler

Indonesian teen jailed for insulting president on Facebook

Jan 17, 2018 - 7:42 PM

The 18-year-old high school student is found guilty of violating the country's internet law by making defamatory and slanderous comments online. Judges also ordered him to pay 10 million rupiah ($700) in fines.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the opening day of the 60th Asian African Conference Commemoration in Jakarta on April 22, 2015. Photo by Panca Syurkani/aacc/Rappler

Investigators probe cause of Jakarta stock exchange walkway collapse

Jan 16, 2018 - 12:43 PM

Officials have described the collapse as an accident and not the result of an explosion

COLLAPSE ZONE. This photo received from Amailia Putri Hasniawati via WhatsApp shows people looking for victims after an internal balcony collapsed at Indonesia's stock exchange in Jakarta on January 15, 2018. Amailia Putri Hasniawati/AFP

Floor at Indonesia's stock exchange collapses, at least 75 injured

Jan 15, 2018 - 2:06 PM

(5th UPDATE) A Jakarta police spokesman says the collapse was an accident and not the result of an explosion

COLLAPSED. This photo received from Amailia Putri Hasniawati via WhatsApp shows dust still clouding the lobby after an internal balcony collapsed at Indonesia's stock exchange in Jakarta on January 15, 2018. Amailia Putri Hasniawati/AFP

Mary Jane Veloso's birthday wish: 'Hear my testimony in court'

Jan 10, 2018 - 11:42 AM

January 10 marks trafficking victim Mary Jane Veloso’s 33rd birthday - the 8th time she’s celebrating it behind bars

MARY JANE. Cesar (2L) and Celia Veloso, (L) parents of Filipina drug convict facing execution in Indonesia, hold a candle light vigil in front of Quiapo church in Manila on September 8, 2016, ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte's working visit to Indonesia. Photo by Ted Aljibe/Rappler

Newborn baby found dead on plane in Indonesia

Jan 09, 2018 - 4:42 PM

Police suspect that Hani, who had worked as a domestic helper in Abu Dhabi for four years, secretly gave birth during an Etihad flight from there to Jakarta on Saturday

Indonesia court jails men for 2 years over 'gay sex party'

Dec 18, 2017 - 4:14 PM

The group were among at least 141 men detained during a raid on a building that houses a sauna and a gym in the capital Jakarta in May

Indonesia court rejects bid to outlaw extramarital sex

Dec 14, 2017 - 1:10 PM

The unsuccessful petition would have affected unmarried heterosexuals and gay people, who cannot marry in Indonesia

Indonesia trial delayed by graft-charged speaker's 'diarrhea'

Dec 13, 2017 - 3:27 PM

The claim is just the latest in a string of maneuvers – including allegedly faking an injury in a car crash – that critics say the 62-year-old Setya Novanto has employed to dodge serious charges

ACCUSED. This picture taken on November 19, 2017 shows Parliament speaker Setya Novanto (in orange) being escorted by officials from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in Jakarta. Rahmat Kasuba/AFP

Indonesia vaccinates millions to halt deadly diphtheria outbreak

Dec 11, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Some 8 million children and teenagers across the Southeast Asian nation will receive the shot to prevent further spread of the disease which is caused by a bacterial infection

IMMUNIZATION. An Indonesian girl cries as she receives a vaccination shot against diphtheria at a village clinic in Jakarta on December 11, 2017. Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesia's central bank to ban bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies

Dec 08, 2017 - 3:22 PM

'Virtual currencies have weak foundation and are highly volatile – surely this [may] pose negative impacts on our economy,' Deputy Governor Sugeng of the central bank said of the prohibition.

Sumatra's receding forests pushing tigers to the brink

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:50 AM

Deforestation to make way for palm oil plantations is driving critically endangered Sumatran tigers towards extinction, researchers warn

WILD CAT. A file photo taken on March 27, 2014 shows Harfan, a male Sumatran tiger born in 2008, being presented to the public for the first time at Berlin's Tierpark zoo. John Macdougall/AFP