Thursday, January 9, 2014

Reaction From Activists Over Verdict on PT Kalista Alam

PRESS RELEASE
Banda Aceh, TAG – Some environmental organizations on Thursday welcomed a landmark new precedent as Meulaboh court in west Aceh capital found palm oil company PT Kalista Alam guilty of illegally burning forests within Tripa peat swamps.

Aceh Court Orders Palm Oil Firm To Pay For Environmental Damage

BY NURDIN HASAN [THE JAKARTA GLOBE]
A view of burning peatland in Rawa Tripa in Nagan Raya district in 2011. INTERNET PHOTO

Banda Aceh, TAG – A court in the West Aceh district capital of Meulaboh has declared palm oil company Kalista Alam guilty of clearing Rawa Tripa peat forests in neighboring Nagan Raya district of Aceh province by burning land.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Nine Years After Tsunami, Wounds Still Fresh in Aceh


BY NURDIN HASAN [THE JAKARTA GLOBE]
Four kids playing during a prayers to mark nine year of tsunami at PLTD Apung in Banda Aceh on 26 December 2013

Banda Aceh, TAG –  The people of Aceh on 26 December 2013 paid their respects to the more than 170,000 people who perished nine years ago when a 9.3 magnitude earthquake caused a massive tsunami to sweep through the region, leaving a path of devastation in its wake and turning the eyes of the world upon the province.

2013 a ‘Bleak’ Year for Aceh’s Ailing Judicial System


BY NURDIN HASAN [THE JAKARTA GLOBE]
Banda Aceh (TAG) – Enforcement of the law and human rights remained shaky throughout 2013 in Aceh, a legal advocacy group says.

Thai, Philippine Envoys Study Aceh's Peace

BY NURDIN HASAN [KHABAR SOUTHEAST ASIA]
Thai and Philippines delegations meeting with Aceh governor Zaini Abdullah and Wali Nanggroe Malik Mahmud on 18 December 2013

Banda Aceh (TAG) - Thai and Philippine delegations visited Aceh last month to learn about how it successfully resolved a three-decade armed conflict between Indonesia's central government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM).

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Aceh Thriving After Tsunami

BY NURDIN HASAN (DEUTCHE PRESSE-AGENTUR)

A woman riding a motorcycle past the Aceh Tsunami Museum in Banda Aceh [Nurdin Hasan Photo]

Banda Aceh, TAG – Nine years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, the capital of Indonesia's Aceh province is now a bustling city, with a museum and a large ship pushed inland by the wave among few reminders of the devastation.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Discussions Held in Aceh

BY NURDIN HASAN (KHABAR SOUTHEAST ASIA)
Four conflict victims giving testimony during a discussion in Banda Aceh, 24 October 2013. [NH PHOTO]

Banda Aceh, TAG –  Aceh is preparing to form a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to uncover human rights violations that occurred during decades of armed conflict in the province, and to ensure the sustainability of the peace that has reigned since 2005.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Aceh Celebrates Its Cultural Riches

BY NURDIN HASAN (KHABAR SOUTHEAST ASIA)

A rapa'i is ready to accompany a traditional Acehnese dance during a practice in Pidie Jaya on June 15th, 2012 - NH PHOTO
Banda Aceh, TAG – Aceh has invited the world to come explore its arts, scenery, cuisine and history during the sixth Aceh Culture Week (Pekan Kebudayaan Aceh/PKA) in the provincial capital of Banda Aceh on September 20th- 29th.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Gerakan Anak Muda Melek Politik

BY NURDIN HASAN

Banda Aceh, TAG – Lima kelompok membuat visi, misi, dan program “partai“. Topiknya: pemberdayaan perempuan. Tiap kelompok beranggotakan 10 orang. Duduk di lantai, mereka serius berdiskusi, menyampaikan ide dan pendapat. Kesepakatan bersama ditulis di selembar kertas karton. Setiap kelompok juga harus memilih dua anggota sebagai “calon anggota legislatif (caleg).”

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sabang Tells Schoolchildren to Assess Genital Size

BY NURDIN HASAN (THE JAKARTA GLOBE)

Banda Aceh, TAG –  Parents in Aceh’s Weh island were demanding answers from education officials on Wednesday after it emerged that children as young as 12 were told to fill in a survey that included questions about the size of their genitals and whether they had experienced any sexual dreams.