- Published on Thursday, 28 January 2016 10:14
The US Ambassador Robert Blake visited West Papua between 17 and 22 January 2016 to view the progress of US supported development projects, meet with government officials, the Papuan Police Chief, religious leaders, civil society activists. According to the US embassy the main purpose of the trip was to visit USAID programs aimed at reducing poverty and protecting the environment in the region through the promotion of sustainable farming methods, the preservation of the region’s rich forests and wildlife, and to monitor ongoing efforts to increase the quality and availability of primary education in West Papua.
- Published on Friday, 22 January 2016 10:12
After two unsuccessful attempts to visit West Papua in 2008 and 2012, a human rights commissioner of the German Government received the Indonesian government's authorization to enter West Papua in September 2015. During his two day visit, Christoph Strässer met with government representatives and civil society actors.
- Published on Wednesday, 13 January 2016 04:13
Every year indigenous Papuans come together on 1st December to commemorate the first raising of the West Papuan Morning Star Flag with the promise of full independence by the former Dutch colonial government. The 54th anniversary was overshadowed by security forces' violent acts against the peaceful protesters.
Local human rights defenders have reported of arbitrary arrests, torture and killings of four Papuans during commemorations in Serui, Nabire and Jakarta. At least 145 people were injured due to excessive use of force by state security forces during the violent dispersals. Furthermore, police officers intimidated and hindered two foreign journalists from filming.
- Published on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 10:34
The Indonesian Government has planned to push physical development in West Papua through the implementation of an ambitious rail road and road project in West Papua. Both projects should make the transportation of goods and people cheaper and increase the local economy in Indonesia's two easternmost provinces. The Indonesian President Joko Widodo has publicly stated that he intends to finish the Trans-Papua Road by 2019. Furthermore, he has passed plans for the construction of a railroad which should one day connect the Papuan cities Sorong, Manokwari, Nabire, Timika, Sarmi and Jayapura.
Urgent Appeal - Indonesia: Killings, torture, mass arrests and excessive use of force against Papuans commemorating 1 December
- Published on Sunday, 20 December 2015 08:56
Indonesia: Killings, torture, mass arrests and excessive use of force against Papuans
commemorating 1 December
- Published on Friday, 15 January 2016 09:39
The victim solidarity group Mbua SKJM ('Solidaritas Korban Jiwa Mbua') has reported the death of 54 children between early November 2015 and 5 January 2016 due to an epidemic disease. The outbreak of the disease was confirmed by various local news platforms and has affected mostly children under the age of ten years. A survey, conducted by government health institutions in November revealed that the infectious disease might be Pertussis, also commonly referred to as the “whooping cough” or “100-day cough”. The contagious disease also killed livestock, such as pigs, chicken, rabbits and fish, which remain the main source of protein for indigenous Papuans in highland communities. The solidarity group claims that neither the local government, nor national health institutions have seriously responded to stop the epidemic.
- Published on Thursday, 14 January 2016 05:52
Antara News and several local newspapers have reported the killing of Marvel Doga, a 22 year old Papuan palm oil laborer, by a member of the Indonesian military unit Yonif 411/Raider. The incident occurred on 20 December 2015, around 22.00 East Indonesia Time, at the area of the Indonesian Palm Oil Company PT. Tandan Sawita Papua in Arso.