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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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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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.

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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„Tanah Mama“ – The struggle of a mother in Papua

„Tanah Mama“ is a movie made by Asrida Elisabeth and tells the story of Halosina, who lives in the Highlands of Papua and struggles to raiser her four children without the support of her husband. Through the movie, Elisabeth tries to urge the government to not forget about Papua and to try and understand the people of Papua. The movie was made in a local language of Papua and has Indonesian and English subtitles. It was released on the 8th of January.

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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No new Regions in Papua for now

On the 28th December in 2014 the government in Jakarta explained that there will be no new regions in Papua for now, as the existing regions had not yet succeeded in increasing the well-being of the society and would therefore only be a financial burden for the state-budget. At the moment, Papua is divided into two regions, Papua and West Papua, these consist of several cities and regencies. As these regions had not succeeded in increasing the well-being of the inhabitants, the question was raised to further divide the existing regions into smaller regions.

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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AI: Investigate security forces’ use of lethal force against Papuans in Paniai

Amnesty International is extremely concerned about reports that Indonesian security forces opened fire and killed at least five men, all students, in Paniai, Papua province. The new government must put an end to the climate of impunity for perpetrators of such abuses. Amnesty International is calling for an investigation into the killings.

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More Articles...

  1. HRW: Security Forces Kill Five in Papua
  2. WPAT/ETAN West Papua Report December 2014
  3. KNPB remain most targeted Papuan civil society group
  4. Urgent Appeal: Extrajudicial and summary execution of five Indigenous Papuans by Indonesian National Army
  5. UN OHCHR: Papua killings press briefing
  6. Launching of Filep Karma’s book ‘As if We’re half Half Animals.’
  7. Not a mere case of bad apples: Acts of state terrorism
  8. New Report on Yotefa Market Incident
  9. JFCC : Statement on Access to Papua, Detention of Journalists
  10. AI Urgent Action: Human Rights lawyer attacked
  11. 18 Houses Burnt Down - Police Fails to Prosecute Perpetrators
  12. Civilian Shot by Police during Tribal Conflict
  13. Statements on Papua Delivered before Human Rights Council
  14. Military Members Stab Two Brothers
  15. Papuan Shot because of Road Block
  16. Police Initiate Investigation against Prominent Papuan Human Rights Lawyer
  17. Attempted Criminalization of Papuan Human Rights Lawyer by Law Enforcement Authorities
  18. French Journalists and Indigenous Leader at Risk of Prosecution in Papua
  19. Human rights Defender Called for Questioning
  20. Activists Arrested for Peaceful Boycott
  21. Joint Statement: Human Rights Abuses in Papua and West Papua
  22. New Ormas Law used to back police repression in Papua
  23. UN Committee's Concluding Observations on Economic Social and Cultural Rights in Papua
  24. Demands of Human Rights Organisations for a New Government
  25. Joint Statement to the Next Government of Indonesia on Human Rights
  26. Indonesia Is at a Crossroads - Its Future as a Pluralistic Democracy Hangs in the Balance
  27. Freedom of expression and Assembly in West Papua, Indonesia
  28. Live Webcast UN Side Event: Freedom of Expression and Assembly in West Papua
  29. ETAN's West Papua Report May 2014
  30. EU - Indonesia PCA agreement in effect

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