Killing Papuan Fighter will not solve the problem, says Indonesian MP

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A Papuan member of the Indonesian Parliament, Diaz Gwijannge said that he cannot agree with the decision to place the OPM leader, Goliath Tabuni on the WANTED list. Killing Papuan leaders can never solve the problem, he said.'I cannot agree with the decision to place Goliath Tabuni on the wanted list so that he can be killed because this will not solve the problem.'

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Quid pro quo: Goliath Tabuni allegedly threatens to shoot police chief after police place Tabuni on wanted list

Bintang Papua - In response to the announcement by the police that they have placed Goliath Tabuni on the WANTED list, Goliath Tabuni told Bintang Papua last Saturday that he had laughed at the announcement, and said it was very strange bearing in mind that he has been waging a struggle already for several decades, so how come he has only now been put on the  WANTED list.

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Protests against police searches

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The National Committee for West Papua - KNPB - has protested against measures taken by the police to search the homes of people in the vicinity of Perumnas-EXPO, Waene , Jayapura, in their search for Danny Wenda.

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Joint Statement to the UN Human Rights Council regarding ongoing Violence in Papua and the Need for Dialogue

This is a joint statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs / World Council of Churches ( CCIA/WCC), Dominicans for Justice and Peace (Order of Preachers), Franciscans International (FI), the International Coalition for Papua (ICP), Survival International (SI), United Evangelical Mission (UEM), Vivat International (VI), and the West Papua Netzwerk (WPN). 

A wave of persecution against political activists under the cover of anti-terrorism measures since summer last year has resulted in arbitrary arrests and fabrication of charges with the aim to silence political activists and human rights defenders in the Papuan provinces of Indonesia. 

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Two teenagers are arrested and detained for two weeks over fabricated charges in Paniai, Papua

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the arrest and detention of two teenagers based on fabricated charges in Paniai, Papua. The police arrested them after finding a woven bag filled with a cartridge and other materials associated with pro-independence movement, which did not belong to either of them but was left by a stranger just before the police came. The police told the media that the two teenagers are members of a pro-independence group yet the spokesperson of the group has claimed that the arrested individuals are not members.

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Indonesia police accused of torturing three Papuans

Indonesian police have been accused of torturing three civilians in Lanny Jaya Regency of Papua province. Suara Papua reports that the three Papuans, who are members of the Baptist Church in Pirime, were arrested after returning from a trip to Sinak.

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Police and military officers molested a pregnant woman and arbitrarily arrested six civilians in Paniai, Papua

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the raid conducted by a joint police and military force in Paniai, Papua. The raid was conducted to find members of the pro-independence group but the joint force arrested six civilians who are not related in any way with this group. Four officers of the joint force also molested a pregnant woman during the raid and physically assaulted her 18 month old baby.

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Police officers tortured a priest in Paniai, Papua, and required a bribe for his release

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the torture of a priest in Pania, Papua, which took place on 2 March 2013. The priest was arrested and beaten by five police officers after randomly shouted in front of a police station. As a result, the priest was injured but the police have failed to provide any medical assistance to him. Instead, they demanded the priest's family to give them some money for his release.

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First execution in four years “shocking and regressive”

The first execution in Indonesia in more than four years is a shocking and regressive step, Amnesty International said as it urged the government to not follow through on promises to put a further nine people to death in 2013.

Last night, Adami Wilson, a 48-year old Malawian national who was convicted for drug trafficking in 2004, was executed by firing squad in Jakarta. It was the first execution in Indonesia since November 2008.

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Papuans Behind Bars - May 2013

Papuans behind bars

In brief

At the end of May 2013 there were at least 76 political prisoners in Papuan jails. The first two weeks of May saw scores of demonstrators arrested for their activities commemorating 50th anniversary of the administrative transfer of Papua to Indonesia. Excessive force was used by the Indonesian security forces in relation to these commemorative activities. This led to the deaths of three activists in Sorong, 36 persons arrested of whom 30 remain in detention, and allegations of torture in Timika and Jayapura.

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