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:

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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."

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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.

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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.

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

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
PUBLIC STATEMENT

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Jokowi in Papua

Indonesia’s President Joko „Jokowi“ Widodo celebrated Christmas in Papua, together with his wife and children, the Trade Minister and the Cabinet Secretary. He visited local markets and visited the groundbreaking ceremony of new markets in Jayapura and Sentani. He also promised to be back for the inauguration of the market in Sentani at the end of 2015. Jokowi also broke his silence over the case in Paniai, where several people were shot. He explained his late comment by saying that he did not want to make a comment as long as he did not have a comprehensive account on the incident and as long as a statement would not solve the problem Furthermore, he explained, he was going to form a fact-finding team to obtain valid information and find the root of the problem to stop the violence in Papua. He said that it is important to not let these incidents happen again. He also emphasized on the importance of having a dialogue and listening to the people of Papua in order to improve the situation in Papua.