Explainer-How will new Indonesian finance laws change the central bank?
By Stefanno Sulaiman JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's parliament is expected to pass a bill this week that will allow former politicians to head Bank Indonesia (BI), the central bank, and expand its mandate to include supporting economic growth, moves that critics say could weaken its independence. The parliamentary commission overseeing the legislation, called the "Development and StrengtheningJAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's parliament is expected to pass a bill this week that will allow former politicians to head Bank Indonesia (BI), the central bank, and expand its mandate to include supporting economic growth, moves that critics say could weaken its independence.
PIDIE, Indonesia (Reuters) - At least 20 Rohingya have died at sea in recent weeks, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Tuesday, as boats carrying hundreds of the persecuted Muslims landed in Indonesia while others were believed to be adrift in the Indian Ocean. © Thomson Reuters Rohingya refugees receive medical treatment at a temporary shelter in Pidie
A boat washed ashore in Indonesia's Aceh province on Monday carrying 174 Rohingya, most of them dehydrated, fatigued and in need of urgent medical care after weeks at sea, local disaster agency officials said.
Chris Lewa of the Arakan Project, which provides support to Rohingya, said the boat was the same as one earlier reported missing and feared to have sank.
Indonesia says bauxite export ban to proceed as scheduled in June 2023
JAKARTA (Reuters) -Indonesia will ban exports of bauxite, the main ore source of aluminium, starting from June next year to encourage domestic processing of the material, President Joko Widodo announced on Wednesday. Indonesia is among the world's biggest suppliers of bauxite with China a key buyer. The timing of the bauxite export ban is in line with Indonesia's current mining law. Jokowi, as the president is widely known, had earlier on Wednesday told an economic forum that Indonesia would be announcing a ban on exports of a commodity, without disclosing which, or a timeframe for implementation.
The UNHCR on Monday said 2022 could be one of the deadliest years at sea in almost a decade for the Rohingya, as a growing number of them flee desperate conditions in refugee camps in Bangladesh.
The Rohingya have long been persecuted in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, which borders Bangladesh. For years many have fled to countries like Thailand, and Muslim-majority Malaysia and Indonesia between November and April when seas are calmer.
Nearly 1 million live in crowded conditions in Bangladesh, including many of the hundreds of thousands who fled a deadly crackdown by Myanmar's military in 2017.
Rights groups have recorded a significant increase in the number leaving the camps, from about 500 last year to an estimated 2,400 this year. It is not clear what is driving the larger exodus. Some activists believe the lifting of COVID restrictions around Southeast Asia, a favoured destination for the Rohingya, could be a factor.
Chile's artisanal fishermen fear die-out as trawling, climate bite
By Rodrigo Garrido VALPARAISO (Reuters) - In small coves along Chile's Pacific coast, artisanal fishermen say life is becoming harder as industrial trawling depletes fish stocks even as they struggle to deal with climate impacts and economic headwinds like the high price of gasoline for boats. They hope a planned new law regulating the sector, currently making its way to Congress, will save small-scale operators who inherited their nets from their forefathers."Our culture at this moment is at risk of disappearing," said Eduardo Quiroz, a fisherman from Caleta Portales.
"We came here from the largest Bangladesh refugee camp with the hope that the Indonesian people would give us the opportunity of education," said Umar Farukh, who spoke in a shelter crowded with Rohingya men, women and children receiving care from Indonesian medics.
The group is the latest in a series of boat landings and rescues around the region in recent weeks.
There were 57 other Rohingya who reached Aceh on Sunday, while two other boats carrying a combined 230 people landed in November.
Earlier this month, Sri Lanka's navy rescued 104 Rohingya, while Thai authorities saved six others who were found clinging to a floating water tank.
(Reporting by Hidayatullah Tahjuddin in Pidie, Indonesia and Stanley Widianto in Jakarta; Editing by Kanupriya Kapoor, Martin Petty)
Rohingya recount stories of hunger and desperation in escape to Indonesia .
By Hidayatullah Tahjuddin PIDIE, Indonesia (Reuters) - Rohingya Muslims who survived a harrowing 40 days on a boat across the Indian Ocean to end up in Indonesia have recounted stories of hunger and desperation, saying more than 20 of those on board died on the way. A boat that washed ashore in Indonesia's Aceh province on the island of Sumatra on Monday was carrying 174 Rohingya, most of them dehydrated, fatigued and in need of urgent medical care after weeks at sea, local disaster agency officials said.