Papuans Behind Bars Update November 2013

At the end of November 2013, there were at least 71 political prisoners in Papuan jails. 112 political arrests were made this month in three separate cases, bringing the total number of arrests so far this year to 537. This represents a 165% increase in the number of political arrests as compared with the same period in 2012, signalling a significant deterioration in the environment for free expression and assembly in Papua.


The Biak Massacre Citizens Tribunal

The Biak Massacre – 15 Year Anniversary
The Citizens Tribunal for the 15th Anniversary of the Biak Massacre was held on Saturday July 6th at the University of Sydney.

The verdict on the massacre was released in December 16, 2013.

Full Video Footage from the Tribunal is available.


Human Rights Watch sent an undercover researcher to investigate the Biak massacre, and other violence by Indonesian security forces in West Papua in 1998. This initial report uncovers many key facts, but also leaves gaps.


The MSG’s visit: A blessing or curse for Papuans?

Late in September, Vanuatu broke the silence over human rights abuses in Papua. In light of the humanitarian crisis in Syria, Prime Minister Moana Carcasses Kalosil raised the situation in Papua with the UN General Assembly.


‘The Neglected Genocide’ – a report detailing series of abuses in 1977–1978 in Papua is launched

(Hong Kong/Wuppertal, Thursday, 24 October 2013) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and Human Rights and Peace for Papua (ICP) are launching a report on the human rights abuses that took place in the central highlands of Papua, Indonesia during the course of 1977-1978. The report discusses violations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and aims at truth-building. The report, which was concluded after three years of research by the AHRC, reveals the death of over 4,000 indigenous Papuans, including minors, as a result of operations conducted by the Indonesian military in the area.

Amongst those who were killed were infants and children, 10 years-old and younger as well as elderly persons aged over 60. The methods of killing commonly used by the military at that time include aerial bombings and strafing by American-supplied OV-10 Bronco planes.


Indonesia’s Forbidden Island

BALI –On September 23, two officers with the Indonesian police Brigade Mobile ("Brimob") fired into a stone-throwing crowd, killing a 17-year-old student and seriously wounding three other people. The police posted guards at the hospital where the wounded were being treated, and required visitors to leave their mobile phones at the entrance. Police reportedly confiscated the mobile phone of a nurse who had used it to take photos of the victims' wounds.


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.


Petition: Free West Papua Political Prisoners

Petition to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono: Free West Papua Political Prisoners. A Plea from the Daughter of Filep Karma, Audryne Karma

"Tomorrow Father will go to raise a flag and will make a brief speech in Abepura Trikora square. Both of you take care. If I am arrested by the police do not worry, do not visit Father at the police station. Just stay home and go to school as usual. The Lord Jesus protects us all."

Those were my father's last words before he was arrested.


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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Breaking the silence on Papua

Last week the UN fora in Geneva and New York broke the silence on Papua. During the 24th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the International Coalition for Papua (ICP) marked the session by revealing systematic efforts endorsed by the Indonesian government to isolate Papua from international scrutiny. As an attempt to break the silence surrounding this issue, the ICP released its third annual report highlighting the worsening conditions of human rights in Papua.


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.


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