1st December Commemoration in Jakarta - Papuans and Indonesians demonstrate for Right to Self Determination

On 1st Decemeber 1961 the Morning star flag was officially raised for the first time. Since that day, many Papuans commemorate the 1st December  as their “Independence Day”. Every year demonstrations and orations take place, which are often violently dispersed by security forces.

The Papuan Students Alliance (AMP) and a group named „Front Rakyat Indonesia“ (Indonesian Peoples' Front)  carried out a joint demonstration in Jakarta on 1st December 2016 . The Indonesian Peoples' Front, abbreviated as FRI-WP, consists of people from all parts of Indonesia, who share a feeling of solidarity with the indigenous population in West Papua and are committed in the struggle for their right to self determination.


Joint Statement on the New York Agreement by the Ecumenical Forum of Papuan Church Leaders

“Clean Your Lectern Before Your Speech”
(The Papuan Church Is Facing A Humanitarian Chrisis)

Today, on 15th August 2016, 54 years ago the New York Agreement was signed by the government of the Dutch Royal Empire and the Republic of Indonesia (without involvement of the Papuan people), to decide over the political status of West Papua/ Irian Barat. The New York Agreement became the political foundation for the long-lasting conflict in West Papua (Tanah Papua) until today. Looking at the situation of the people during the last six months, we as the Papuan churches are re-experiencing the dark periods and powerlessness as it happened in the 1960s, when confrontation and acts of terror occurred all over West Papua/ Irian Barat in order to win the referendum (PEPERA).


Police opens fire on crowd - one killed, many injured

image 5.rotatedOn October 26 2016, approximately at 23.00, Police forces opened fire at a group of protesters who had built a roadblock and burned car tires at Yos Sodarso Street, Sanggeng area, Manokwari. Local residents of Papuan origin had built the roadblock after a community member named Vigal Pauspaus was stabbed by an unknown perpetrator from Makassar in a dispute over an unpaid bill.


Pacific states speak out on human rights violations in West Papua

tuvalu un pm smallNew York, September 23rd 2016 - During the General Assembly of the UN, representatives of five Pacific states voiced their concerns about the human rights situation in West Papua. "This great body cannot and must not ignore these deplorable situations, it must not hide behind the guise of the principles of non-interference and sovereignty" said Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoanga, Prime Minister of Tuvalu. Vanuatu, Nauru, The Solomon Islands and the Marshall Islands also highlighted the problems in their statements.


Torture as Theatre in Papua

Despite international and national exposure, torture in Papua remains widespread and systematic; it is also surrounded by virtually complete impunity and denial. This article analyses torture through a Foucauldian perspective and conceptualizes torture as “theatre” in order to fill the gap of understanding state violence in Papua. Theatricality proffers a new analytical lens to examine the phenomenon by exploring the interplay and dynamics of four interrelated elements: the rationalities that underpin the web of power relations, the techniques of domination, the actors with their multiple and fluid identities, and finally their motivational postures. Taking a Foucauldian perspective, the article analyses the way the Indonesian state exhibits sovereign power to govern Papua as a docile body, and conceptualizes torture as an element of “the art of government”. The analysis is based on 431 cases of torture in Papua during 1963–2010 as well as 214 testimonies of torture survivors, perpetrators and spectators.


Opening Statement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council

Human Rights Council

Opening Statement by

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Geneva, 13 September 2016



Mr President, Excellencies, Colleagues and Friends,

I am honoured to open this first session of the Council's second decade.

After two years as High Commissioner, I believe it is important for me to share with you in this oral update our concern over an emerging pattern: the growing refusal on the part of an increasing number of Member States to grant OHCHR, or the human rights mechanisms, access - either to countries generally, or to specific regions, when that access is requested explicitly, or in other instances to engage with us. Why and for what reason, do those who deny access place their shield before us?

I intend to devote this statement mainly to this single issue. Before I do, I wish to first draw on some general observations of our present circumstances.


UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Initiates Early Warning Procedure Regarding Human Rights Situation in West Papua

The United Nations Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has initiated an early warning and urgent action procedure regarding the human rights situation in West Papua. Non-governmental organisations had drawn the committees attention to a growing number of human rights violations and injustice during its 90th session between August 2nd and 26, 2016. The civil society reports describe allegations of excessive use of force, arrests, killings, torture, arbitrary arrests and strong limitations on the freedom of assembly and association towards indigenous Papuans.


ICP Compilation of Recommendations and Observations by International Mechanisms

ICP has created an electronic document which compiles observations made by international mechanisms between 2008 and 2016. The document includes all important quotes of recommendations and statements from documents related to the 1st cycle of the universal periodic reviews in 2008, the 2nd cycle of the universal periodic review in 2012, reports of Special rapporteurs as well as documents related to Indonesia' s reviews by the UN Committee against Torture, the UN Committee on Civil and Political Rights and the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The quoted text passages either refer directly to the human rights situation in West Papua or were mentioned in a national context, but have strong relevance for the circumstances in Indonesia's easternmost region.


Listening to the Pacific beat on Papua

By Budi Hernawan

BudiHernawanPortrait200pxIn an unprecedented move, seven UN member states from the Pacific raised their concerted voices on Papua during the prestigious 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York this week.

Nauru started the intervention by highlighting the issue of human rights violations in Papua, followed by a newcomer in the discourse of Papua: the Marshall Islands.


Brimob chase teenage boy, shooting him dead outside his house

Brimob guards killed a high school student on the morning of Saturday 27th August in the highland town of Sugapa, Intan Jaya Regency. Otinus Sondegau had been drinking on the street with friends when the Brimob guards were called, who ended up pursuing him through the streets, shooting him dead as he reached the front of his house. Another teenager was reportedly shot in the hand in the incident, and others narrowly dodged bullets. The community, in response, burned the local police station to the ground.


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