West Papua at the UN Human Rights Mechanisms

In particular since the end of the Second World War, the United Nations as well as other bodies like the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has set standards on human rights, indigenous peoples rights and other norms. UN mechanisms also monitor the implementation of these rights. Treaty bodies, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and the Special Procedures (SP) of the Human Rights Council are commonly cnsidered as the most important UN mechnisms.

An overview of their recent findings is compiled below.

Latest Updates: The ICP and local organisations contributed to the 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Indonesia in regard to the human rights situation in West Papua. The review took place on  May 3rd, 2017. Many reports by local organisations and ICP member organisations can be downloaded in the section on the 3rd UPR cycle of Indonesia below.


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Treaty Body Reviews

  • Concluding observations Committee for Elimination of Discrimination against Womein in 2007: CEDAW/C/IDN/CO/5
  • Concluding observations Committee for Rights of the Child in 2004: CRC/C/15/Add.223

Statements by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Statements and reports in relation to country visits by Special Procedures of the UN Human Rights Council

  • SR on the Right of everyone of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Dainus Puras, during Indoensia mission, 22 March -3 April 2017, End of Mission Statement
  • SR of the SG for Human Rights Defenders, Hina Jilani, 5-12 June 2007, Report: A/HRC/7/28/Add.2
  • SR on Torture, Manfred Nowak, 10-23 November 2007, Report: A/HRC/7/3/Add.7

UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues looking at Papua study

During its 12th session, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues discussed a study on decolonisation of the Pacific region (E/C.19/2013/12). The study explains that "The indigenous peoples of West Papua are struggling to acquire their right to self-determination and independence. The urgent need to tackle their issue is heightened by reports of violence, as noted in the report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review in July 2012." In the study, Prof. Akihisa Matsuno, from the Osaka School of International Public Policy classified the abuses in West Papua as "a crime against humanity in terms of a systematic annihilation of the civilian population that was intentional, widespread and ongoing." The study calls on the UN General Assembly to support reinstatement of West Papua in the list of Non-Self-Governing Territories.