Killings, Arrests and Torture Overshadow the 54th Commemoration of 1st December in West Papua

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.


Urgent Appeal - Indonesia: Killings, torture, mass arrests and excessive use of force against Papuans commemorating 1 December

Urgent Appeal

Indonesia: Killings, torture, mass arrests and excessive use of force against Papuans
commemorating 1 December

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Filep Karma released from jail

karmafreesmallA high-profile Papuan separatist leader has been released from prison after more than a decade behind bars, in a fresh sign that Indonesia may be easing its tight grip on the restive eastern region.


Tell Obama to Support Human Rights in West Papua

Our friends from ETAN have created an online petition addressed to US president Barack Obama, who will meet with Indonesian president Joko Widodo on October 26th 2015.

In the petition, ETAN urges Obama to support an end to human rights violations in the provinces of Papua and West Papua.


ICP Releases New Human Rights Report 2015

In its latest report, the ICP brings together the research of 25 organisations and experts from in- and outside West Papua on the situation of human rights, indigenous peoples' rights and the conflict situation there. It details in particular the demographic development and its causes as well as the ongoing violence by security forces that targets indigenous Papuans.

The development of the human rights situation in West Papua during 2013 and 2014 shows a deterioration compared to the period covered by the ICP’s previous report. West Papua on the Guinea island bordering Asia and the Pacific and comprising the two east Indonesian provinces of Papua and Papua Barat continues to be one of the regions of Asia most seriously affected by human rights violations and an unresolved long standing political conflict. The living conditions of the indigenous Papuan peoples are in stark contrast to those of the trans-migrants from other parts of Indonesia.

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Haze crisis spreads with hot spots found in Papua

Apriadi Gunawan and Nethy Darma Somba, The Jakarta Post, October 18th 2015

The intensity of smoke produced by peatland and forest fires has remained at alarming levels in many parts of the country, reaching as far as Papua, which usually does not suffer from forest fires.


Food estate project may turn Papua into forest fire hotbed

by Hans Nicholas Jong, The Jakarta Post, October 30 2015

While the annual land and forest fires usually occurr in Sumatra and Kalimantan, a large agricultural project in Merauke, Papua, could turn the eastern part of Indonesia into a new hotbed of fires in the archipelago.


Pacific Island Forum To Seek Fact-Finding Mission to West Papua

The September Pacific Island Forum gathering of regional leaders agreed to send a fact-finding mission to West Papua. The decision reflects growing regional concern about the plight of Papuans who have suffered grievously since the annexation by Indonesia five decades ago.


The young Papuans risking life and limb in the name of resistance

By Neles Tebay

This year has seen a new development in the Papuan struggle. The resistance against Indonesia's rule over the territory of the western half of New Guinea is no longer led by the old guard of Papuans who had experienced Dutch colonial rule and had witnessed the 1969 Act of Free Choice that resulted in Papua's integration into the Republic of Indonesia.


France urged to comply with UN decolonisation process

The Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare, has called on France to implement the decolonisation process for French Polynesia approved by the United Nations two years ago.


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  17. KNPB remain most targeted Papuan civil society group
  18. Urgent Appeal: Extrajudicial and summary execution of five Indigenous Papuans by Indonesian National Army
  19. UN OHCHR: Papua killings press briefing
  20. Launching of Filep Karma’s book ‘As if We’re half Half Animals.’
  21. Not a mere case of bad apples: Acts of state terrorism
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  23. JFCC : Statement on Access to Papua, Detention of Journalists
  24. AI Urgent Action: Human Rights lawyer attacked
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