EU - Indonesia PCA agreement in effect

The EU - Indonesia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement entered into force on May 1st 2014. In February this year, the European Parliament adopted an interim report in which the committee on Foreign Affairs expressed concerns about the human rights situation in Papua (page 8, r).

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Letter to Catherine Ashton - EU parliamentarians raise concerns over Papua

16 Members of the European Parliament have signed a letter to the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, in which they raised concerns over the precarious human rights situation in West Papua. In the letter, the many cases of extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary detentions, restrictions on freedom of expression and serious deficiencies in the access of indigenous peoples to health care and education are addressed. Ashton has now responded.

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UN body questions Indonesia on Papua, land-grabbing and human rights

A Joint Press Release by Franciscans International, the International Coalition for Papua, VIVAT International, Watch Indonesia!, and the West Papua Netzwerk.

 

(Geneva, May 1st, 2014) On April 30 and May 1st, 2014, the UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights in Geneva assessed the level of implementation of these rights in Indonesia. The review process covered access to health care and education, the problem of land-grabbing, and the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples. In the discussion the Committee showed particular concern to the situation in Papua.

 

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Demonstration violently dissolved - protesters tortured in custody

On April 2nd, peaceful demonstrations for the release of political prisoners in Papua took place in Abepura and at the Cendrawasih University in Waena. While the rally went smoothly in Abepura, the police in Waena disperse the demonstration violently and arrested two students who were later tortured in detention.

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Lives endangered

Three stories of people with HIV/AIDS in the central highlands of Papua show that both the government and community have a long way to go in confronting this major epidemic.

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Who stands for Papua?

In Papua, where state sovereignty and legitimacy is deeply contested, representation matters. So in this national election, who purports to represent Papua?

Candidate residence is one way of sizing up the candidates and the results are telling. 63 out of 114 candidates running for DPR (national house of representatives) seats in Papua province live within the greater Jakarta area. In neighboring Papua Barat, 17 out of 36 candidates live in greater Jakarta.

So, out of a total of 150 DPR candidates seeking to represent these provinces in 2014, only half, 53% to be precise, actually live in Papua.

Bad sign.

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Papuans Behind Bars March 2014

At the end of March 2014, there were at least 73 political prisoners in Papuan jails.

In two separate cases, six men arrested in Sasawa in February and two men arrested in Sarmi in December 2013 are facing trial for conspiracy to commit treason under Articles 106 and 110 of the Indonesian Criminal Code. While the Sasawa detainees are accused of possession of weapons and being members of the West Papuan National Army (Tentara Nasional Papua Barat, TNPB), Edison Werimon and Soleman Fonataba in the Sarmi arrests were charged because they were found in possession of West Melanesian 14-Star flags and other allegedly treasonous documents.

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Is a UN resolution on Papua possible?

At the 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 4, Vauatu Prime Minister Moana Carcasses Kalosil called on the council "to consider adopting a country mandate on the situation of human rights in West Papua".

What does this motion mean? This motion is not novel. Rather, it is a renewed call by Kalosil, which he had previously presented to the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly last November.

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Global action day for Papuan political prisoners

On 2 April TAPOL's call to demonstrate for the release of West Papuan political prisoners was answered around the world. Demonstrators in Edinburgh, Jayapura, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Hague, Auckland and Wellington protested together with London rights groups against the detention of 76 political prisoners, highlighting the silencing of free speech in West Papua.

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Vanuatu PM raises West Papua issues before Human Rights Council

The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Moana Carcasses Kalosil, called for international measures in order to improve the human rights situation in West Papua on March 4, 2014 in Geneva.

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