Sunday, April 12, 2015

Slow Saturday Special: Slaving Over an Indonesian Stove

What do you think is the main dish?

"Hundreds of fishermen rescued amid Indonesian slavery inquiry" Associated Press  April 04, 2015

BENJINA, Indonesia — Hundreds of fishermen were being rescued Friday from an isolated Indonesian island after an investigation found many were enslaved to catch seafood that could end up in the United States.

Indonesian officials looking into labor abuses disclosed by the Associated Press told the migrant workers they were allowing them to leave for another island out of concern for their safety. More than 300 fishermen emerged from trawlers, villages, and even the jungle to make the trip.

‘‘I will go see my parents,’’ said Win Win Ko, 42. He said he left impoverished Myanmar four years ago on the promise of getting a good job in neighboring Thailand, but like many others stranded in the island village of Benjina, he was instead duped into getting on a fishing boat that took him thousands of miles away.

The Indonesian delegation began interviewing men on boats and assessing the situation on the island this week.

The fishermen described being beaten, kicked, and whipped, and being made to work 20- to 22-hour days for little or zero pay. Their catch is then shipped back to Thailand, where it enters global markets, the AP reported.

Yeah, Thailand bad and I guess we all now know where the mislabeled fish is coming from.


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"Indonesian court rejects appeal by Australian drug smugglers" Associated Press  April 07, 2015

JAKARTA, Indonesia — An Indonesian court on Monday rejected appeals by two Australian drug traffickers who challenged President Joko Widodo’s decision to refuse them clemency that would spare their lives.

The complaints by Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were tried separately with the same three-judge panel at the Jakarta High Administrative Court, which agreed with a lower court that the case is out of their jurisdiction since clemency is the prerogative of the president.

Sukumaran, 33, and Chan, 31, are among 10 drug smugglers whose planned executions last month were adjourned because of last-minute appeals from six inmates. The others are three Nigerians and four men from Brazil, France, Ghana, and Indonesia, and a Filipino woman.

Two of the foreigners — Serge Areski Atlaoui of France and Martin Anderson of Ghana — are still waiting for the outcome of their request for judicial reviews by the Supreme Court.

Last month, the country’s highest court rejected judicial reviews by Filipino Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso.

The planned executions have soured relations between Indonesia and other countries, especially Australia and Brazil, but Widodo has vowed not to grant mercy to drug offenders because he says Indonesia is suffering a ‘‘drug emergency.’’

The Australians’ legal team has complained that the presidential decrees rejecting the clemency did not provide reasons why they were rejected.

Jakarta executed six drug convicts in January, five of them foreigners, brushing aside appeals from Brazil and the Netherlands. About 130 people are on Indonesia’s death row.


I slaved to find that, I did.

Also see: Plea to save 2 Australians ignored

That gives me an idea: I think I'll ignore the staged terror propaganda from now on. 

Sorry, but who benefits?