Isolation of Papua highlighted during ICP Consultation

Yoman at WCC

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.


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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Human Rights Committee considers Initial report of Indonesia


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.

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.


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


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.


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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