Indonesia serves as model for development of Islam in Europe

London (ANTARA) – Indonesia is an inspiration and role model for development of Islam in Germany, in particular, and Europe, in general, since the world’s largest Muslim country has successfully practiced moderate Islam, German Foreign Ministry’s official stated. Ambassador and Chief of the Religious Affairs and Foreign Policy Section at the German Foreign Ministry Dr Volker Berresheim made the remarks at a webinar held in Frankfurt early this week, chief of the information, social, and cultural section of the Indonesian Embassy in Berlin, Hannan Hadi noted on Wednesday. “We should…

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President seeks relentless effort to tackle past human rights disputes

  Jakarta (ANTARA) – President Joko Widodo urged the coordinating minister for political, legal, and security affairs to unswervingly resolve past human rights disputes aimed at achieving results that are acceptable to all parties. The president made the statement in his address on the 2020 Human Rights Day, broadcast through the Presidential Secretariat Channel from Jakarta, Thursday. “We have to work together to solve (these matters) and focus our energy for the advancement of the nation. Through the coordinating minister of political, legal, and security affairs, I have ordered to…

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KPK seizes documents found in searches at Batubara’s residences

  Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) seized several documents following searches conducted at four different locations during the investigation of a bribery case involving Social Affairs Minister Juliari Peter Batubara and several other suspects. On Tuesday (December 8), the Commission’s Investigation Team conducted a forced search of the private home and official residence of Batubara as a suspect in addition to two company offices suspected of collaborating with the Ministry of Social Affairs in distributing social assistance packages. “The items found and secured include various documents related…

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COVID-19 response policies to not weaken democracy: Minister Marsudi

  Badung, Bali (ANTARA) – Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi expressed belief that the COVID-19 response policies would not weaken democracy. “We can see how the principles of democracy faced challenges during the pandemic. The right to congregate, to vote, and to make public speech is also restricted. Under the normal situation, such policies could not be accepted. However, in a crisis situation, the policies are allowed,” Marsudi stated while addressing foreign delegates at the opening of the 13th Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Thursday.…

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Corruption is main enemy of human rights in Indonesia: KPK

  Jakarta (ANTARA) – Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Firli Bahuri perceives corruption as the main and biggest enemy to the exercising of human rights in Indonesia. “In the capacity as the spearhead in eradicating corruption in Indonesia, we view corruption as the main and biggest enemy to the exercising of human rights in this republic, bearing in mind that corruption is closely related to the violation of human rights,” he stated during a function marking International Human Rights Day on Thursday. Corruption is not only a crime…

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Indonesia’s farm exports rise 11% to Rp359.5 trillion

  Tangerang, Banten (ANTARA) – Indonesia’s farm exports rose to Rp359.5 trillion in the year ending October 31, 2020, reflecting an increase of 11.6 percent year-on-year, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo said. “The plantation sub-sector contributed most to exports in the agricultural sector at Rp326.86 trillion, or 90.92 percent,” he said during the commemoration of the 63rd Plantation Day here on Thursday. According to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS), farm commodities were exported to China, India, the United States, and several European countries. The agri exports mainly comprised palm oil,…

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