Papua now on Pacific radar

By Neles Tebay, published in The Jakarta Post on September 29th 2015

The conflict between the government and indigenous Papuans, particularly those Papuans involved with the Free Papua Movement (OPM), has long been considered an Indonesian domestic affair. The government has rejected the involvement of any foreign parties in the settlement of issues faced in Papua.


Papuan church leaders respond to Tolikara incident

Statement by Church Leaders

(Synod of GKI in the Land of Papua, KINGMI Synod, Body of United
Communion of Baptis Churches in Papua)

Responding to the latest incident in Tolikara on July 17, 2015, leading to a shooting against civilians and the burning of small stores, herewith we declare as follows:


West Papua MSG Observer - Indonesia's status elevated

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) has given the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) observer status as a "development partner representing the welfare of Melanesian people living outside."


May 2015: While Jokowi releases five, nearly 500 are arrested

PapuansBehindBarsLogo200pxAt the end of May 2015, there were at least 47 political prisoners in Papua.

The recorded number of arbitrary arrests in Papua has reached a record high, with at least 487 people arrested during May. In our last update, we reported on the mass arrests of 264 people who participated in activities on 1 May commemorating the 52nd anniversary of the administrative transfer of Papua to Indonesia.


AI Urgent Action: Papuan activists detained and charged

Seven Papuan political activists have been detained as a result of their peaceful political activities. They have been charged with 'incitement' and could face up to six years imprisonment.


Papuan journalist arrested as world calls for Papua press freedom

A report by our friends from Tapol.

Yohanes KuayoAccording to a report received from Majalah Selengkah, a Papuan independent news site, their journalist Yohanes Kuayo (photo: Tapol) was arrested in Nabire just one day after global protests around the world called on Indonesia to respect media freedoms in Papua and open the region for foreign journalists, humanitarian NGOs and human rights observers.


AI Statement: End mass arbitrary arrests of peaceful protesters in Papua


Indonesia: End mass arbitrary arrests of peaceful protesters in Papua

Amnesty International calls on the Indonesian authorities to end arbitrary arrests of Papuan political activists solely for exercising their rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression in the country's Papua region. Anyone who remains detained solely for the peaceful exercise of their human rights must be immediately and unconditionally released.


ICP Brussels Appeal 2015

An appeal from the International Coalition for Papua (ICP) concerning the latest development in West Papua

We, Church leaders, human rights defenders, academics and international observers, gathered in Brussels for the International Consultation on Papua 2015 to discuss the situation of human rights in Papua. We also met in the European Parliament on 5 May 2015 upon the invitation of Ms Ana Gomes, Member of European Parliament, to discuss the current situation in Papua, with the presence of Chargé D’affaires of the Indonesia to the European Union and Indonesian diplomats from Brussels and Jakarta.


Government unwilling to genuinely protect freedom of expression

A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre

Despite the existence of constitutional and other legal provisions, protection for the right to freedom of expression remains weak in Indonesia. This is largely due to the government's inconsistency in applying the law, as well as a lack of police regulations and policy on dealing with citizens expressing their right.


Open Letter: Promoting human rights, peace and democracy in Indonesia

Dear Mr President, I am writing to you on behalf of TAPOL and the undersigned organisations, all of whom are deeply concerned about the absence of free and open access to the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua (henceforth: Papua) for international journalists, humanitarian organisations and human rights observers. The media blackout in Papua denies the Papuan people the right to have their voices heard and allows human rights violations such as killings, torture and arbitrary arrests to continue with impunity.


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  5. HRW: Security Forces Kill Five in Papua
  6. WPAT/ETAN West Papua Report December 2014
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  8. Urgent Appeal: Extrajudicial and summary execution of five Indigenous Papuans by Indonesian National Army
  9. UN OHCHR: Papua killings press briefing
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  13. JFCC : Statement on Access to Papua, Detention of Journalists
  14. AI Urgent Action: Human Rights lawyer attacked
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  16. Civilian Shot by Police during Tribal Conflict
  17. Statements on Papua Delivered before Human Rights Council
  18. Military Members Stab Two Brothers
  19. Papuan Shot because of Road Block
  20. Police Initiate Investigation against Prominent Papuan Human Rights Lawyer
  21. Attempted Criminalization of Papuan Human Rights Lawyer by Law Enforcement Authorities
  22. French Journalists and Indigenous Leader at Risk of Prosecution in Papua
  23. Human rights Defender Called for Questioning
  24. Activists Arrested for Peaceful Boycott
  25. Joint Statement: Human Rights Abuses in Papua and West Papua
  26. New Ormas Law used to back police repression in Papua
  27. UN Committee's Concluding Observations on Economic Social and Cultural Rights in Papua
  28. Demands of Human Rights Organisations for a New Government
  29. Joint Statement to the Next Government of Indonesia on Human Rights
  30. Indonesia Is at a Crossroads - Its Future as a Pluralistic Democracy Hangs in the Balance


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