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Indonesian lawmakers back pardon for woman in sex-harassment case

JAKARTA (UCAN): Indonesian lawmakers approved granting a pardon to 37-year-old Baiq Nuril Maknun, who was convicted of recording a phone call from her boss to prove he was sexually harassing her.
 
The approval on July 25 followed a recommendation from Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, that she be granted a pardon after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal against her conviction earlier in July, in a decision that many critics said was a miscarriage of justice.
 

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Appeal to Catholics to protect Indonesian diversity

JAKARTA (UCAN): Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, paid his first visit as head-of-state to the headquarters of the Bishops’ Conference of Indonesia in Jakarta, on August 24, to improve ties and to stress the need for religious institutions to preserve and maintain diversity within the nation.
 
The conference’s chairperson, Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo of Jakarta, and its secretary-general, Bishop Antonius Subianto Bunjamin of Bandung in West Java, as well as eight other bishops, welcomed the president.

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Indonesians snubbed by their president
HONG KONG (SE): The Indonesia Migrant Workers Union expressed extreme frustration that the biggest representation of their country people in Hong Kong, migrant domestic workers, were denied any access to their president, Joko Widodo, at a forum on April 30 while he was visiting the city.
 
The chairperson of the union, Sringatin, told UCAN that the Indonesian Consulate General had been advised that the Indonesian community wished to personally hand a joint petition from 70 migrant groups to the president.
 
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Execution seems okay by president

JAKARTA (SE): Following his debut appearance at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit held in Vientiane, Laos, on September 5 and 6, the president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, made his first visit as head of state to Indonesia.

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Presidential call for action on rights abuses met with caution

Jakarta (UCAN): “To the attorney-general, I call on you to deal with the heritage of past human rights (abuses) so that there will be no problems for all of us,” Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, said at a January 5 meeting in Jakarta.

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