UN Committee's Concluding Observations on Economic Social and Cultural Rights in Papua

Between April 30 and May 1, 2014, the UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) reviewed Indonesia's implementation of the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) during its 52nd session. Indonesia acceded to the convention in February 2006 and was overdue to report. During the review the committee raised the situation in West Papua repeatedly with the committee, which is reflected in its concluding observations.

The meeting summary prepared by the media section of the UN Office in Geneva (UNOG) shows that the situation in Papua was frequently raised by the committee members.

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Demands of Human Rights Organisations for a New Government

Organised by the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN), 32 international human rights organisations including the International Coalition for Papua (ICP) have issued a statement for a new Indonesian government. On July 9, 2014, presidential elections will be held in Indonesia. The steps taken by the new government will decide in which direction the serious human rights situation in the largest South East Asian country and ASEAN leader will develop. Violations of freedom of religion and the isolated conflict region West Papua are among the most serious issues.

 

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Joint Statement to the Next Government of Indonesia on Human Rights

Indonesia has implemented many positive changes during its transition to democracy in the past 16 years. However, the continued lack of accountability for past and ongoing violations of human rights threatens lasting progress. The election of a new parliament and president this year provide an opportunity to firmly break with the past. Following the parliamentary elections of April 9 and with the third direct presidential election fast approaching, we call upon the incoming government of Indonesia to fully and meaningfully address the legacy of impunity for past human rights violations.

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ETAN's West Papua Report May 2014

ETAN's May 2014 edition of PERSPECTIVE by Dr. Budi Hernawan examines Vanuatu's efforts to place West Papua on the international human rights agenda. In UPDATE, Indonesia was questioned by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Indonesian military want to purchase additional U.S. assault helicopters. New violence creates tension on the PNG border near Vanimo; more arrests and torture of peaceful Papuan student protesters; the anniversary of transfer of West Papua to UN control in 1963; the establishment of a new Free West Papua office in Perth, and the sentencing of the former Merauke District chief for graft.

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Indonesia Is at a Crossroads - Its Future as a Pluralistic Democracy Hangs in the Balance

A nation "at the crossroads" is a well-worn and overused phrase, but it is one that befits Indonesia today.

On 9 July, the world's largest Muslim-majority nation, third largest democracy, fourth most populous nation and south-east Asia's largest economy will elect a new President. The two candidates, Prabowo Subianto and Joko Widodo (known as "Jokowi") represent a very clear and contrasting choice: between the past and the future, a return to authoritarianism or a deepening of democracy, and between the politicisation of religion and the protection and promotion of genuine religious pluralism.

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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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Freedom of expression and Assembly in West Papua, Indonesia

We, the International Coalition for Papua would like to draw the Council’s attention to the deterioration of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in Papua, Indonesia. The area remains restricted to international human rights observers, foreign journalists and researchers. In 2013, the number of political arrests more than doubled, the number of reported cases of torture and ill treatment of detainees quadrupled, and the number of cases involving the denial of access to lawyers and unfair trials doubled during the previous year.

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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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Live Webcast UN Side Event: Freedom of Expression and Assembly in West Papua

A side event at the human rights council organised by the Asian Legal Resource Center (ALRC), Franciscans International (FI), International Coalition for Papua (ICP), Pro Papua Foundation, Tapol, Vivat International, West Papua Netzwerk (WPN), on

Thursday, June 12, 2014
14:30 – 16:30 (CEST, UTC+2), Room XXII
Palais des Nations, Geneva

Live Webcast

 


Live streaming video by Ustream

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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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  1. Lives endangered
  2. Papuans Behind Bars March 2014
  3. Global action day for Papuan political prisoners
  4. Demonstration violently dissolved - protesters tortured in custody
  5. Who stands for Papua?
  6. Is a UN resolution on Papua possible?
  7. Vanuatu PM raises West Papua issues before Human Rights Council
  8. Papuans Behind Bars January 2014
  9. ETAN's West Papua Report February 2014
  10. Military attack forces villagers to flee
  11. EU Parliament Hearing on Human Rights Abuses in West Papua
  12. What’s next for Papua after the MSG diplomacy?
  13. Why is West Papua closed to foreign journalists?
  14. Jakarta Post publishes false article on political prisoners
  15. Verdict Released: The Biak Massacre Citizens Tribunal
  16. Indonesian agents sent to Papua-New-Guinea to prevent autopsy from taking place in poisoning allegation in the murder of Danny Kogoya
  17. Papuans Behind Bars Update November 2013
  18. The Biak Massacre Citizens Tribunal
  19. The MSG’s visit: A blessing or curse for Papuans?
  20. Indonesia’s Forbidden Island
  21. Petition: Free West Papua Political Prisoners
  22. Breaking the silence on Papua
  23. ‘The Neglected Genocide’ – a report detailing series of abuses in 1977–1978 in Papua is launched
  24. Isolation of Papua highlighted during ICP Consultation
  25. EU and Indonesia sign historic agreement on illegal timber
  26. Human Rights Committee considers Initial report of Indonesia
  27. Protest and memorial for the Biak massacre
  28. MSG makes positive statements for West Papua
  29. A Human Rights Tragedy 15 years ago is still Ignored by the Indonesian State
  30. Indonesia affirms restrictions to freedom of expression in Papua to UN Human Rights Committee

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