President to be off every Friday over campaign (7 Mar 2009)
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will take a leave of absence every Friday for election campaign in accordance with legal provisions permitting state officials to have one day off every week during election campaign periods.

Papuans strive to move forward (6 Mar 2009)
The Jakarta Post - According to the World Bank, more than 40 percent of Papuans still live below the poverty line, while the province has the country’s highest HIV/AIDS rates.

Thousands of pig-nosed turtles released (6 Mar 2009)
The Jakarta Post - The Papua Natural Resources Conservation Center (BKSDA) recently re-released over 10,000 pig-nosed turtles, an endemic species of the province, in to the Otakwa River in the Lorentz National Park.

INDONESIA: Rights activist Buchtar Tabuni in trial on charges of subversion (6 Mar 2009)
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) regrets to inform you that the subversion charges against rights activist Mr. Buchtar Tabuni, referred to as Buktar Tabuni in previous appeal have not been dropped, and that he is currently facing trial at Jayapura District Court, Indonesia. The main charge against him is under article no. 106 of the Indonesian Penal Code, which, in effect, criminalizes the expression of certain political opinions.

Residents live normal life amid frequent attacks (6 Mar 2009)
Though residents of Puncak Jaya regency in Papua often face threats from separatist rebels, that has not seemed to deter them from carrying out their daily activities in peace.