Freedom of expression and Assembly in West Papua, Indonesia

We, the International Coalition for Papua would like to draw the Council’s attention to the deterioration of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Papua, Indonesia. The area remains restricted to international human rights observers, foreign journalists and researchers. In 2013, the number of political arrests more than doubled, the number of reported cases of torture and ill treatment of detainees quadrupled, and the number of cases involving the denial of access to lawyers and unfair trials doubled during the previous year.

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Live Webcast UN Side Event: Freedom of Expression and Assembly in West Papua

A side event at the human rights council organised by the Asian Legal Resource Center (ALRC), Franciscans International (FI), International Coalition for Papua (ICP), Pro Papua Foundation, Tapol, Vivat International, West Papua Netzwerk (WPN), on

Thursday, June 12, 2014
14:30 – 16:30 (CEST, UTC+2), Room XXII
Palais des Nations, Geneva

Live Webcast

 


Live streaming video by Ustream

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ETAN's West Papua Report May 2014

ETAN's May 2014 edition of PERSPECTIVE by Dr. Budi Hernawan examines Vanuatu's efforts to place West Papua on the international human rights agenda. In UPDATE, Indonesia was questioned by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Indonesian military want to purchase additional U.S. assault helicopters. New violence creates tension on the PNG border near Vanimo; more arrests and torture of peaceful Papuan student protesters; the anniversary of transfer of West Papua to UN control in 1963; the establishment of a new Free West Papua office in Perth, and the sentencing of the former Merauke District chief for graft.

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Lives endangered

Three stories of people with HIV/AIDS in the central highlands of Papua show that both the government and community have a long way to go in confronting this major epidemic.

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EU - Indonesia PCA agreement in effect

The EU - Indonesia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement entered into force on May 1st 2014. In February this year, the European Parliament adopted an interim report in which the committee on Foreign Affairs expressed concerns about the human rights situation in Papua (page 8, r).

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Papuans Behind Bars March 2014

At the end of March 2014, there were at least 73 political prisoners in Papuan jails.

In two separate cases, six men arrested in Sasawa in February and two men arrested in Sarmi in December 2013 are facing trial for conspiracy to commit treason under Articles 106 and 110 of the Indonesian Criminal Code. While the Sasawa detainees are accused of possession of weapons and being members of the West Papuan National Army (Tentara Nasional Papua Barat, TNPB), Edison Werimon and Soleman Fonataba in the Sarmi arrests were charged because they were found in possession of West Melanesian 14-Star flags and other allegedly treasonous documents.

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Letter to Catherine Ashton - EU parliamentarians raise concerns over Papua

16 Members of the European Parliament have signed a letter to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, in which they raised concerns over the precarious human rights situation in West Papua. In the letter, the many cases of extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary detentions, restrictions on freedom of expression and serious deficiencies in the access of indigenous peoples to health care and education are addressed. Ashton has now responded.

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Global action day for Papuan political prisoners

On 2 April TAPOL's call to demonstrate for the release of West Papuan political prisoners was answered around the world. Demonstrators in Edinburgh, Jayapura, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Hague, Auckland and Wellington protested together with London rights groups against the detention of 76 political prisoners, highlighting the silencing of free speech in West Papua.

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UN body questions Indonesia on Papua, land-grabbing and human rights

A Joint Press Release by Franciscans International, the International Coalition for Papua, VIVAT International, Watch Indonesia!, and the West Papua Netzwerk.

 

(Geneva, May 1st, 2014) On April 30 and May 1st, 2014, the UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights in Geneva assessed the level of implementation of these rights in Indonesia. The review process covered access to health care and education, the problem of land-grabbing, and the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples. In the discussion the Committee showed particular concern to the situation in Papua.

 

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Demonstration violently dissolved - protesters tortured in custody

On April 2nd, peaceful demonstrations for the release of political prisoners in Papua took place in Abepura and at the Cendrawasih University in Waena. While the rally went smoothly in Abepura, the police in Waena disperse the demonstration violently and arrested two students who were later tortured in detention.

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More Articles...

  1. Who stands for Papua?
  2. Is a UN resolution on Papua possible?
  3. Vanuatu PM raises West Papua issues before Human Rights Council
  4. Papuans Behind Bars January 2014
  5. ETAN's West Papua Report February 2014
  6. Military attack forces villagers to flee
  7. EU Parliament Hearing on Human Rights Abuses in West Papua
  8. What’s next for Papua after the MSG diplomacy?
  9. Why is West Papua closed to foreign journalists?
  10. Jakarta Post publishes false article on political prisoners
  11. Verdict Released: The Biak Massacre Citizens Tribunal
  12. Indonesian agents sent to Papua-New-Guinea to prevent autopsy from taking place in poisoning allegation in the murder of Danny Kogoya
  13. Papuans Behind Bars Update November 2013
  14. The Biak Massacre Citizens Tribunal
  15. The MSG’s visit: A blessing or curse for Papuans?
  16. Indonesia’s Forbidden Island
  17. Petition: Free West Papua Political Prisoners
  18. Breaking the silence on Papua
  19. ‘The Neglected Genocide’ – a report detailing series of abuses in 1977–1978 in Papua is launched
  20. Isolation of Papua highlighted during ICP Consultation
  21. EU and Indonesia sign historic agreement on illegal timber
  22. Human Rights Committee considers Initial report of Indonesia
  23. Protest and memorial for the Biak massacre
  24. MSG makes positive statements for West Papua
  25. A Human Rights Tragedy 15 years ago is still Ignored by the Indonesian State
  26. Indonesia affirms restrictions to freedom of expression in Papua to UN Human Rights Committee
  27. Groups Urge Justice on 15th Anniversary of Biak (West Papua) Massacre
  28. Papuans Behind Bars: June Update
  29. Stop Being Afraid of Dialogue between Indonesia and Papua
  30. Child Dies in TNI-OPM Shootout

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