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.

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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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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Child Dies in TNI-OPM Shootout

Tempo.Co

A twelve-year old girl from Tion City, Papua died in a shootout between the joint-forces of Indonesian National Army (TNI) and the National Police (Polri) and the National Defense Army of the Free Papua Movement on Monday afternoon, July 1.

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

ETAN / WPAT

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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MSG Decision on West Papua

Tapol

WEST PAPUA NATIONAL COALITION FOR LIBERATION P.O. Box 5024, Port Vila, Republic of Vanuatu.
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*STATEMENT REGARDING THE MSG DECISION ON WEST PAPUA* The many years of lobby by the Independence movement the OPM, a job now carried on by West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL) has entered a new chapter in its international efforts. Due to consistent pressure by Vanuatu and many other leaders including civil society organisations in the Pacific especially in Melanesia finally the leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) made a decision on West Papua during its 19th Summit held in Noumea, Kanaky/New Caledonia.

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Papuans Behind Bars: June Update

Papuans Behind Bars: June 2013

In brief

At the end of June 2013 there were at least 57 political prisoners in Papuan jails. There were four new arrests this month, all of whom have been released without charge. Reports from local human rights sources have revealed new details regarding the arrests of four further political prisoners who are already in jail, who were either previously undocumented or little were known about. Many of these reports shed light on the brutal torture inflicted on political prisoners by security forces. 23 releases have been reported, including those of the six KNPB activists in the Timika explosives case and 11 of the 16 arrested in the case of the Timika 1 May commemoration.

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Nabire: Brimob Assaults a Civilian Due to Wage Demands

West Papua Media Alerts
by Oktavianus Pogau at SuaraPapua.com

June 28, 2013

Nabire – On 26 June 2013, Titua Money, a traditional landowner of Kampung Warmi, Yaur District, Nabire Region, Papua was violated by 3 members of the Mobile Police Brigade of Papua district. Titus was assaulted due because he protested against PT. Nabire Baru, an oil palm plantation regarding a delay in the payment of his wages.

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Stop Being Afraid of Dialogue between Indonesia and Papua

Bintang Papua

Jayapura: The Dutch Government has been urged to support the idea of dialogue between Jakarta and Papua to resolve the problem of Papua, as has been suggested by the Papuan Peace Network.

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West Papua's right to self-determinationStatement - by human rights lawyer, Yan Christian Warinussy

Tapol

Statement by human rights lawyer, Yan Christian Warinussy

As a human rights activist in the Land of Papua who won an international award for human rights - the John Humphrey Freedom Award - from Canada in 2005, I hereby state that the indigenous Papuan people are part of the Melanesian people who have the right to self-determination.

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  2. THIS IS THE DECISION OF THE LEADERS OF PAPUA MSG
  3. Special report on practice of torture in Indonesia released
  4. New ICP Report Details Extend of Violations in Papua
  5. New ICP Report Details Extent of Violations in Papua
  6. 14 Arrested for Torching Papua Police Station
  7. MSG to send mission to Jakarta and West Papua
  8. Security disturbances in Yapen: Stop Blaming the OPM
  9. A SHORT ACCOUNT ON CASES OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE, ARREST, DETAINING AND SHOOTING IN PAPUA, 30 April 2013 – 22 May 2013
  10. Papuan political prisoners reject Indonesian clemency offer
  11. Beheadings and dumped bodies pile up as Indonesian special forces rampage again in Tingginambut
  12. Amnesty International Annual Report 2013 Indonesia
  13. Six Timika Region KNPB Activists Sentenced to 1 Year Jail
  14. TPN in Yapen arrest local Indon police chief for abuses on civilians
  15. West Papuan Leader Held by Police
  16. Papuan shot dead during clash
  17. Military shoot four detainees to death and beat prison guards in Sleman
  18. Police, Separatists Clash on 50th Anniversary of Integration of Papua
  19. Victims of the Aceh conflict still waiting for truth, justice and reparation
  20. Activists are detained by the police for reporting deaths due to lack of medical treatment in Tambrauw, Papua
  21. Gunmen Shoot at Passing Military Convoy in Papua
  22. Killing Papuan Fighter will not solve the problem, says Indonesian MP
  23. Quid pro quo: Goliath Tabuni allegedly threatens to shoot police chief after police place Tabuni on wanted list
  24. Protests against police searches
  25. Two teenagers are arrested and detained for two weeks over fabricated charges in Paniai, Papua
  26. Police and military officers molested a pregnant woman and arbitrarily arrested six civilians in Paniai, Papua
  27. First execution in four years “shocking and regressive”
  28. Joint Statement to the UN Human Rights Council regarding ongoing Violence in Papua and the Need for Dialogue
  29. Indonesia police accused of torturing three Papuans
  30. Police officers tortured a priest in Paniai, Papua, and required a bribe for his release

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