Papuans Behind Bars January 2014

At the end of January 2014, there were at least 74 political prisoners in Papuan jails.

The visiting delegation of Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) leaders was a highly politically charged event, and demonstrations were predictable. However, both the seniority of the civil society leaders heading the demonstrations and the repressive police response, in defiance of the media spotlight, highlighted just how high the stakes were on all sides.

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ETAN's West Papua Report February 2014

ETAN's February 2014 edition of PERSPECTIVE examines the decision of the Melanesian states, minus Vanuatu, to endorse Jakarta's control of West Papua and to forego criticism of its repression there. In UPDATE the report describes continued " sweeping operations" in the Puncak Jaya region, Papuan criticism of the Melanesian Spearhead Group's visit to Indonesia, Jakarta's linking of"Special Autonomy Plus" to repression, and testimony about human rights in West Papua before the European Parliament.

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Military attack forces villagers to flee

According to a report by the office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of the Protestant Christian Church in the Land of Papua (GKI-TP), Indonesian security forces, consisting of members of the police and the military, conducted a raid with excessive use of force against civilians in the Papuan village of Sasawa, Yapen island, West Papua province, on Saturday, February 1st 2014. One man, Yosua Arumpayai, was shot dead during the incident.

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Jakarta Post publishes false article on political prisoners

After Jeremy Bally from the Pedalling for Papua campaign had visited political prisoners in Papua, the Jakarta Post had published an article in which they alleged that Bally confirmed good prison conditions and treatment of the prisoners. Bally explained later that he was seriously misquoted. Bally shared his response to what he calls government propaganda.

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EU Parliament Hearing on Human Rights Abuses in West Papua

The human rights subcommittee of the EU parliament in Brussels held a hearing on human rights abuses in West Papua, Indonesia on Thursday, January 23, 2014.

During the one hour meeting, the chair of the hearing gave an overview of human rights reports they had received in preparation for the meeting. A large group of national and international human rights NGOs had sent letters to the subcommittee’s members.

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Verdict Released: The Biak Massacre Citizens Tribunal

On 6 July 2013 at the request of the West Papua Project at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies of the University of Sydney, a Citizens Tribunal held an inquiry in the nature of a coronial inquest to inquire into the events of 6 July 1998 on the island of Biak, West Papua. At that time citizens demonstrating peacefully for independence were attacked, many were killed and a large number were detained by Indonesian police and Indonesian armed forces. Many of those detained were subsequently killed; many of the women and girls were raped and both men and women were tortured and mutilated. The verdict of the tribunal was released on December 16, 2013.

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What’s next for Papua after the MSG diplomacy?

The 2013 Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) summit undoubtedly marked a historic moment on the long journey of Papua's international diplomacy. During the top diplomatic gathering of the Melanesian countries, the Papuan representatives were invited for the first time.

While this political decision constitutes a breakthrough for the political impasse in Jakarta, the decision is still pending a follow-up visit by a foreign ministerial mission to Jakarta and Jayapura. The visit, however, is subject to the Indonesian government's approval, not the MSG's (The Jakarta Post, Oct. 26, 2013).

Papuan international diplomacy is not novel. If we look back to the second Papua Congress in 2000, it is one of the mandates that some 500 Papuan representatives entrusted to the Papuan Presidium Council (PDP).

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Indonesian agents sent to Papua-New-Guinea to prevent autopsy from taking place in poisoning allegation in the murder of Danny Kogoya

Medical doctors in Papua-New-Guinea have reasons to believe that the death of Danny Kogoya, a military commander in the National Liberation Army of the Free Papua Movement (OPM), who died on Sunday 15 December near the Indonesia-PNG border, was caused by a process of deliberate slow poisoning while he was recovering from an operation in an Indonesian military hospital.

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Why is West Papua closed to foreign journalists?

Yoman portrait 200x200Earlier this year I had a meeting with a friend who is a foreign journalist in Jakarta. During our conversation which lasted almost an hour, I asked him. 'When are you planning to visit Papua to get information directly from there?' My friend said: 'We are not permitted by the Indonesian government to visit Papua. I have made several requests to visit Papua but the government has turned down all my requests.'

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Papuans Behind Bars Update November 2013

At the end of November 2013, there were at least 71 political prisoners in Papuan jails. 112 political arrests were made this month in three separate cases, bringing the total number of arrests so far this year to 537. This represents a 165% increase in the number of political arrests as compared with the same period in 2012, signalling a significant deterioration in the environment for free expression and assembly in Papua.

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  1. The Biak Massacre Citizens Tribunal
  2. The MSG’s visit: A blessing or curse for Papuans?
  3. Indonesia’s Forbidden Island
  4. Petition: Free West Papua Political Prisoners
  5. Breaking the silence on Papua
  6. ‘The Neglected Genocide’ – a report detailing series of abuses in 1977–1978 in Papua is launched
  7. Isolation of Papua highlighted during ICP Consultation
  8. EU and Indonesia sign historic agreement on illegal timber
  9. Human Rights Committee considers Initial report of Indonesia
  10. Protest and memorial for the Biak massacre
  11. MSG makes positive statements for West Papua
  12. A Human Rights Tragedy 15 years ago is still Ignored by the Indonesian State
  13. Indonesia affirms restrictions to freedom of expression in Papua to UN Human Rights Committee
  14. Groups Urge Justice on 15th Anniversary of Biak (West Papua) Massacre
  15. Papuans Behind Bars: June Update
  16. Stop Being Afraid of Dialogue between Indonesia and Papua
  17. Child Dies in TNI-OPM Shootout
  18. MSG Decision on West Papua
  19. Nabire: Brimob Assaults a Civilian Due to Wage Demands
  20. West Papua's right to self-determinationStatement - by human rights lawyer, Yan Christian Warinussy
  21. Anti-apartheid leader dedicates award to the people of West Papua
  22. THIS IS THE DECISION OF THE LEADERS OF PAPUA MSG
  23. Special report on practice of torture in Indonesia released
  24. New ICP Report Details Extend of Violations in Papua
  25. New ICP Report Details Extent of Violations in Papua
  26. 14 Arrested for Torching Papua Police Station
  27. MSG to send mission to Jakarta and West Papua
  28. Security disturbances in Yapen: Stop Blaming the OPM
  29. A SHORT ACCOUNT ON CASES OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE, ARREST, DETAINING AND SHOOTING IN PAPUA, 30 April 2013 – 22 May 2013
  30. Papuan political prisoners reject Indonesian clemency offer

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