Breaking the silence on Papua

Last week the UN fora in Geneva and New York broke the silence on Papua. During the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the International Coalition for Papua (ICP) marked the session by revealing systematic efforts endorsed by the Indonesian government to isolate Papua from international scrutiny. As an attempt to break the silence surrounding this issue, the ICP released its third annual report highlighting the worsening conditions of human rights in Papua.

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‘The Neglected Genocide’ – a report detailing series of abuses in 1977–1978 in Papua is launched

(Hong Kong/Wuppertal, Thursday, 24 October 2013) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and Human Rights and Peace for Papua (ICP) are launching a report on the human rights abuses that took place in the central highlands of Papua, Indonesia during the course of 1977-1978. The report discusses violations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and aims at truth-building. The report, which was concluded after three years of research by the AHRC, reveals the death of over 4,000 indigenous Papuans, including minors, as a result of operations conducted by the Indonesian military in the area.

Amongst those who were killed were infants and children, 10 years-old and younger as well as elderly persons aged over 60. The methods of killing commonly used by the military at that time include aerial bombings and strafing by American-supplied OV-10 Bronco planes.

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Isolation of Papua highlighted during ICP Consultation

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On September 25, 2013 a three days lasting event including an international consultation on Papua concluded in Geneva. The consultation titled Isolating Papua highlighted the increasing practice of limiting access to the Papuan provinces of Indonesia. It emphasised that a dialogue between Jakarta and Papua was the only possible way to ensure peace and human rights in the Land of Papua. The consultation was attended by more than 50 participants from Papua, Jakarta and other countries. The discussion was organised by the International Coalition for Papua (ICP) and hosted by the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland.

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MSG makes positive statements for West Papua

Free West Papua Campaign

Following a strong campaign by the West Papuan National Coalition for Liberation and the government of Vanuatu for West Papua to be given member status in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), it was disappointing that this week’s meeting postponed any such decision to the future. However, we are very pleased to report that in its’ resolution announced in the plenary session on 21st June the leaders of the MSG made two important decisions on West Papua,

[1]. MSG fully supports the inalienable rights of the people of West Papua towards self- determination as provided for under the preamble of the MSG constitution;

[2]. MSG stated its concerns about human rights violations and other forms of atrocities relating to the West Papuan people. It encouraged members to raise these concerns through their bilateral relations with Indonesia.

The first statement is the most important, and provides a strong basis for Melanesian nations to take the issue of West Papuan independence onwards to other forums, including hopefully the UN.

EU and Indonesia sign historic agreement on illegal timber

On September 30, 2013, after six years of negotiations, the EU signed an agreement with Indonesia to fight illegal timber trade. The voluntary partnership agreement is trying to ensure that Indonesian timber and timber products are systematically checked under an independently monitored traceability system to ensure they are produced in compliance with relevant Indonesian legislation.

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A Human Rights Tragedy 15 years ago is still Ignored by the Indonesian State

JUBI

KontraS Papua, Bersatu untuk Kebenaran (BUK) and Elsham have issued a joint statement saying that the Indonesian State has shown no interest in the Tragic Bloody Incident which occurred in Biak fifteen years ago, on 6 July 1998.

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Human Rights Committee considers Initial report of Indonesia

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The Human Rights Committee this afternoon concluded its consideration of the initial report of Indonesia on its implementation of the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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Indonesia affirms restrictions to freedom of expression in Papua to UN Human Rights Committee

Joint Press Release by Franciscans International, Human Rights and Peace for Papua (ICP), Imparsial, KontraS, Tapol and the West Papua Network

(July 11, 2013, Geneva) On July 10 and 11, 2013 the UN Human Rights Committee reviewed the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, one of the most important human rights treaties Indonesia has ratified and has the obligation to implement to ensure protection of these rights in Indonesia.

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Protest and memorial for the Biak massacre

Free West Papua Campaign

Yesterday the Free West Papua Campaign held a day of action and remembrance in commemoration of the tragic events of 6th July 1998, where on the island of Biak, West Papua, over 200 innocent West Papuan people were brutally killed by the Indonesian military just for raising their national flag atop the water tower in their town.

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Groups Urge Justice on 15th Anniversary of Biak (West Papua) Massacre

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Contact: Ed McWilliams (WPAT), +1-575-648-2078
John M. Miller (ETAN), +1-917-690-4391

Saturday, July 6, is the 15th anniversary of one of the worst massacres in Indonesia's post-Suharto history. On that day in 1998, members of the Indonesian military ruthlessly gunned down peaceful pro-independence demonstrators on the island Biak in West Papua. Like so many massacres in Indonesia, the exact number of those killed is unknown.

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  1. Papuans Behind Bars: June Update
  2. Stop Being Afraid of Dialogue between Indonesia and Papua
  3. Child Dies in TNI-OPM Shootout
  4. MSG Decision on West Papua
  5. Nabire: Brimob Assaults a Civilian Due to Wage Demands
  6. West Papua's right to self-determinationStatement - by human rights lawyer, Yan Christian Warinussy
  7. Anti-apartheid leader dedicates award to the people of West Papua
  8. THIS IS THE DECISION OF THE LEADERS OF PAPUA MSG
  9. Special report on practice of torture in Indonesia released
  10. New ICP Report Details Extend of Violations in Papua
  11. New ICP Report Details Extent of Violations in Papua
  12. 14 Arrested for Torching Papua Police Station
  13. MSG to send mission to Jakarta and West Papua
  14. Security disturbances in Yapen: Stop Blaming the OPM
  15. A SHORT ACCOUNT ON CASES OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE, ARREST, DETAINING AND SHOOTING IN PAPUA, 30 April 2013 – 22 May 2013
  16. Papuan political prisoners reject Indonesian clemency offer
  17. Beheadings and dumped bodies pile up as Indonesian special forces rampage again in Tingginambut
  18. Amnesty International Annual Report 2013 Indonesia
  19. Six Timika Region KNPB Activists Sentenced to 1 Year Jail
  20. TPN in Yapen arrest local Indon police chief for abuses on civilians
  21. West Papuan Leader Held by Police
  22. Papuan shot dead during clash
  23. Military shoot four detainees to death and beat prison guards in Sleman
  24. Police, Separatists Clash on 50th Anniversary of Integration of Papua
  25. Victims of the Aceh conflict still waiting for truth, justice and reparation
  26. Activists are detained by the police for reporting deaths due to lack of medical treatment in Tambrauw, Papua
  27. Gunmen Shoot at Passing Military Convoy in Papua
  28. Killing Papuan Fighter will not solve the problem, says Indonesian MP
  29. Quid pro quo: Goliath Tabuni allegedly threatens to shoot police chief after police place Tabuni on wanted list
  30. Protests against police searches

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