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Statements, Reports and Press Releases

UPR 2012 recommendation: challenges to Indonesia's commitment in enforcing human rights for the next 4 years

AHRC - KontraS (The Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence), SETARA Institute, AHRC (Asian Human Rights Commission), ICTJ (International Center for Transitional Justice, PGI (Indonesian Church Fellowship) and PI (Protection International) welcome the recommendation of the UPR (Universal Periodical Review) session released on May 25, 2012. The UPR Session has released a number of recommendations in regards to human rights enforcement that we see as important and must be followed up by the Indonesian Government in the next four years.

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Urgent Appeal

Indonesia: Threat to prosecute human rights defender, Mr Gustav Kawer

Dear Mrs Sekaggya,
We are writing to you on behalf of the Asian Human Rights Commission, the Australian West Papua Association, the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network, the Faith-based Network on West Papua, Franciscans International, the Indonesia Human Rights Committee, KontraS, and the West Papua Advocacy Team, in relation to threats made against human rights lawyer Mr Gustav Kawer by the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Jayapura, Papua Province, Indonesia.

Please read the full letter here and a statement by Gustav Karwer here.



Five Papuan leaders were found guilty of treason

16 March 2012 - The Jayapura State Court today found five Papuan leaders guilty of treason, sentencing them to three years imprisonment. TAPOL, the Asian Human Rights Commission, the Faith-Based Network on West Papua, Franciscans International and the West Papua Netzwerk seriously regret the verdict and question the fairness of the trial proceedings. The verdict is another example of the severe restrictions by the Indonesian authorities on the right to freedom of expression of the Papuans. We call upon Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to order that all convictions which do not reflect international legal standards be overturned and the prisoners be immediately released.

Please read the full PRESS RELEASE

Human Rights in Papua 2010/2011

The Human Rights Report 2010/2011 by the Faith-based Network on West Papua (FBN) documents social, political, economic, and cultural human rights violations against the indigenous people of Papua in 2010/2011. It does not claim to be exhaustive as many human rights violations in Papua remain unreported to date. The report aims at docu- menting what we know is happening in Papua at present. Local, national and international organizations and individuals provided their expertise on the human rights situation in Papua and made this compilation of articles possible.
May it strengthen the cause of the religious leaders in Papua to create a “Papua, land of peace.”

Kristina Neubauer On behalf of Faith Based Network on West Papua

Please read here the full report.


Indonesia: Amnesty International welcomes President’s commitment on accountability in Papua

Amnesty International welcomes the acknowledgement by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono that security forces have committed human rights violations in the region of Papua. The President said further that he wants an end to repressive actions by the military and police in Papua.

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West Papua Report - February 2012

Summary: The trial of five Papuans who led a peaceful demonstration in October 2011 demanding Papuans´ right to self determination has begun. There has been no prosecution of security forces who brutally attacked that demonstration, killing at least three peaceful demonstrators and beating scores more. The U.S. State Department called on the Indonesian authorities to ensure due process for those indicted and urged that Indonesia respect its international legal obligations related to the trial. Human Rights Watch, for its part, called for the release of the five Papuans who are being tried under an archaic "subversion" provision of the criminal code.
WPAT presents an exclusive report on efforts by the Indonesian special forces, Kopassus, to organize a propaganda campaign on West Papua. The campaign targets the U.S. and other governments for purportedly seeking to exert influence there. In its annual report, Human Rights Watch describes a worsening environment for human rights in West Papua.
Reporters without Borders, in another global review, notes the growing threat to journalists in West Papua. The Asian Human Rights Commission reports on new Indonesian security force torture of Papuan civilians. The Indonesian government is colluding with Interpol in an effort to arrest prominent Papuan dissident Benny Wenda.
Indonesian joins a number of repressive regimes attempting to use Interpol to silence critics. Jakarta has announced plans for a massive road building scheme in West Papua which will facilitate developers access to virgin forest areas. A revealing report by the Jakarta Globe explores the prevalence of illiteracy among Papuan children, even in urban areas, and notes the central government´s persistent failure to provide educational services to Papuans. The Government has again announced plans to create a new Papuan province, a step which will further divert funds from essential services for Papuans.

Please read the full report here.

West Papua Report - January 2012

Summary: Indonesian security forces, including the U.S. and Australian supported Detachment 88, conducted "sweeping operations" in the Paniai area of West Papua that destroyed churches, homes and public buildings, and forced hundreds of civilians from their homes. The Indonesia´s National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) urged the Police Commander to remove forces from the region, echoing civil society leaders in Paniai. Jakarta´s failure to provided basic health services to Papuans has led to a high rate of death among mothers at child birth according to a recent report. An unconfirmed report claims that President Yudhoyono has committed to withdraw non-organic troops from West Papua and to suspend the operations of a special unit proposed to address fundamental Jakarta-Papua problems. The cost in human life for Papuans of Jakarta´s decades of neglect of the Papuan population is well documented. Amnesty International met with a senior official in Jakarta to press for release of political prisoners, particularly in West Papua and Maluku. The three-month old strike by workers at the Freeport McMoRan mines appears to be headed toward resolution.

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The Land of Papua: a continuing struggle for land and livelihoods

DTE Special Edition Newsletter, No. 89-90, November 2011

This special edition of the DTE newsletter focuses on some of the past and present campaigns and debates around top-down development in Papua and the impact on communities.
The articles include welcome contributions from guest writers from Papua, Indonesia and the UK.They all point to the urgent need for a rethink in the way Papua and its resources are managed so that the voice of Papuans in the villages - not just the business and political elites - are central in decisions for a sustainable future.

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Papuan Church Leaders request dialogue during meeting with Indonesian President

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice President Boediono met four Papuan church leaders in Yudhoyono's private library on Dec. 16, 2011. The Papuan priests presented a letter with several recommendations to Yudhoyono. ©Frederika Korain

West Papua Media Alerts - Four papuan church leaders met Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Vice President Boediono and several cabinet members as well as Indonesia’s military commander and its police chief in President Yudhoyono’s private residence in Cikeas, outside Jakarta, on Friday Dec. 16.They included Rev. Jemima M. Krey (chairwoman of the Evangelical Christian Church in Papua or Gereja Kristen Injili di Tanah Papua), Rev. Benny Giay (chairman of the Kingmi Gospel Tabernacle Church or Gereja Kingmi di Tanah Papua), Rev. Socratez Sofyan Yoman (chairman of the Alliance of Baptist Churches in Papua or Persekutuan Gereja-Gereja Baptis Papua) and Rev. Martin Luther Wanma (chairman of the Indonesian Christian Bible Church or Gereja Kristen Alkitab Indonesia). Frederika Korain, a Papuan human rights activist and an Australian National University student, also joined the delegate.

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Strike at Freeport settled, even as mine’s scars linger

West Papua Media Alert 17.12.2011 - This week the union and the U.S.-based mining corporation Freeport-McMoRan announced a settlement to a three-month long strike at its Grasberg mine in West Papua. Workers are expected to be back at work within days. Although the strike has been settled, Freeport and its activities remain controversial in West Papua and Indonesia.

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International Human Rights Day

Churches and human rights organizations from all over the world express their concern about the human rights situation in Papua

In light of the International Human Rights Day on 10 December, church, development and human rights organizations from Europe, Asia and Australia have written an open letter to the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The organizations express their concern about the ongoing human rights violations in the Indonesian Provinces of Papua and West Papua. In particular, the severe human rights violations committed by the Indonesian security forces against peaceful participants of the “Third Papuan People’s Congress” on 19 October 2011 in Abepura, Jayapura, were alarming, the letter states. Read the full letter here.

Amnesty International: ‘Slap on the wrist’ for police violence in Papua is accountability failure

23/11/2011 - "These written warnings are a slap on the wrist. They do not provide accountability for the deaths of three people, or for the use of excessive and unnecessary force against a peaceful gathering." Source: Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International´s Director for the Asia-Pacific

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Thousands of West Papuans march for independence

by ABC News - Around 3,000 of West Papuans have marched on the capital of Jayapura demanding a referendum to declare their independence from Indonesia.

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Neles Tebay welcomes the readiness of the government to enter into dialogue with Papua

Bintang Papua, Jayapura: Pastor Neles Tebay, co-ordinator of the Papua Peace Network has stated today that he has received information that the central government is willing to have a dialogue with the Papuan people. He said that the offer from the goverenment, by the Minister-Coordinator for Politics and Law to enter into construction communications with the Papua people was welcome.

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Human Rights in Papua 2010/2011

The Human Rights Report 2010/2011 by the Faith-based Network on West Papua (FBN) documents social, political, economic, and cultural human rights violations against the indigenous people of Papua in 2010/2011. It does not claim to be exhaustive as many human rights violations in Papua remain unreported to date. The report aims at docu- menting what we know is happening in Papua at present. Local, national and interna- tional organizations and individuals provided their expertise on the human rights situation in Papua and made this compilation of articles possible. May it strengthen the cause of the religious leaders in Papua to create a “Papua, land of peace". Please read the full report "Human Rights in Papua".


Indonesia: Government must act on Komnas HAM’s findings of human rights violations at Papuan Congress

8 November - The Indonesian government must immediately act on the Indonesian National Human Rights Commission’s (Komnas HAM) findings that human rights violations were committed by Indonesian security forces at the Third Papuan Peoples’ Congress on 19 October 2011.

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Police and army chiefs must be held responsible for attacks on Papuan Congress participants

Statement by Yan Christian Warinussy, executive-director of LP3BH/Manokwari

The attack by members of the Indonesian Police/Polri and the Indonesian Army against partiipants at the Third Papuan People’s Congress on 19 October was a gross violations of human rights because it was perpetrated against ordinary civilians who were unarmed and were not involved in any acts of resistance.This is abundantly clear from video which I and the LP3BH-Manokwari have in our possession and which have been shown to government officials and members of the European Parliament as well as to members of the German Parliament last week in Berlin. The videos clearly show that the attacks that were launched by members of Polri and the TNI were acting under the command of the chief of police in Papua and in Jayapura. There were no acts of resistance whatever by members of the public or by any of the participants at the Congress, including members of the special defence group for the Congress, the PETAPA.

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Aide-Mémoire, October 2011 Indonesia

The Indonesian Government must ensure the Rule of Law

After the fall of the Suharto-Regime in 1998, Indonesia reoriented its human rights policies. Laws on
human rights and human rights courts were passed, the national human rights commission was given
additional powers and the Ministry of Justice was transformed into the Ministry of Justice and Human
Rights. Please read further.

UN wants to send Special Rapporteur to Indonesia for MIFEE

Pacific Scoop - Bintang Papua, 12 October 2011 - The UN Commission to Combat Racial Discrimination and Protect the Rights of Indigenous People has sent a letter to the Indonesian ambassador to Geneva, Anwar Kemal, regarding several matters.

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Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) today called on the Government of Indonesia to release the West Papuan political prisoner Filep Karma, and respond to the proposal made by Papuan people for a dialogue process, with international mediation, to resolve the serious human rights, humanitarian, political, social and economic problems in West Papua.

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Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) is calling for the establishment of a locally-led, internationally-mediated dialogue process to address grave political, social, humanitarian and human rights concerns in West Papua, Indonesia.
Earlier this week CSW completed a fact-finding visit to Indonesia, which included four days in West Papua. The team heard repeated calls for dialogue from a variety of Papuan organisations. CSW also heard evidence of human rights abuses and serious humanitarian challenges, including concerns over poor health care and education provision, the spread of HIV/AIDS, environmental degradation, militarisation and demographic changes.

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Jayapura city district police and military arbitrarily torture and arrest Papuan civilians

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the arbitrary arrest and torture of 15 Papuan villagers, including several minors, in Horas Skyline village, Jayapura, Papua, committed by a joint team of Jayapura city district police and Cenderawasih military area command on 31 August 2011. Until now, there is no investigation into the incident.

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Kontras condemns police shooting of Freeport workers

Kontras, translated by Tapol: Kontras, the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence has condemned the shooting of Freeport workers who were seeking negotiations with the management of the company. Since the commencement of the strike on 15 September there has been no sign that the management is seeking to provide the space for dialogue which could accommodate the interests of the two sides.

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Indonesia: Authorities refuse Prisoner medical care

Papuan political prisoner Kimanus Wenda is in urgent need of medical treatment. He has a tumour in his stomach, and needs to be transferred to a hospital to undergo an operation. Prison authorities have refused to pay for his transport and medical costs.

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West Papua Report - September 2011

Twenty-six members of the U.S. House of Representatives appealed to Indonesian President Yudhoyono to release Papuan prisoner of conscience Filep Karma, noting concern that "your government meet its fundamental obligations to protect the rights of its people, as respect for human rights strengthens democracy." The bipartisan letter call Karma´s case "an unfortunate echo of Indonesia´s pre-democratic era." Amnesty International, meanwhile, appealed for the release of another Papuan, Melkianus Bleskadit, imprisoned for peaceful dissent. The Indonesian government granted a three month remission to the sentence of Papuan political prisoner Buchtar Tabuni on the occasion of Indonesian independence day, who was then released. The leak of secret Special Forces (Kopassus) documents reveal systematic Kopassus surveillance and intimidation targeting Papuans and even international personnel seeking to document human rights concerns in West Papua. The documents label prominent international leaders including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu and dozens of members of the U.S. Congress as supporters of "separatism" in West Papua. Human Rights Watch urged that in the wake of the documents revelations that the U.S. military cease all activities in cooperation with Indonesian military units in West Papua. Papuans leaders to convene a broad congress in October. Papuan leaders write U.S. Congress to call for peacekeepers. Church leaders and ordinary civilians have called for an end to Indonesian military intimidation in the Paniai District. The Indonesian military commander has ruled out negotiations with armed separatists in West Papua, indicating the extent to which the TNI calls the shots in West Papua. In an organizational statement WPAT has called for Papuans to be afforded the internationally recognized right to self-determination.

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Indonesia: Papuan activist imprisoned for peaceful political activities

25 August 2011 Index: ASA 21/027/2011
Papuan activist Melkianus Bleskadit has been imprisoned in West Papua province for his involvement in a peaceful protest and for raising an independence flag. His sentence highlights the continuing use of repressive legislation to criminalize peaceful political activities in the province. Amnesty International calls for his immediate and unconditional release.

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Global support for human rights and human rights defenders in West Papua

Organizations based in more than a dozen countries today issued a statement of support for West Papuan organizations appealing for justice and human rights.

The Papuan organizations have "decried the failure of the Indonesian government to ensure justice for or protect Papuans who have been the victims of security force brutality, including extra-judicial killing, torture, abduction and imprisonment," the statement said. The international organizations expressed their "support for these courageous appeals" by the Papuan organizations and pledged "to pressure our individual governments and international organizations to press the Indonesian government to act positively and immediately on these demands for justice and the protection of human rights defenders." They said that the "continuing violation of human rights starkly demonstrates the limits of ´democratization´ in Indonesia."

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Indonesia: The Deepening Impasse in Papua

Please read about the sentiments that define the political impasse in Papua - a report by the International Crisis Group (ICG), August 2010

The Deepening Impasse in Papua

Aide Mémoire 2010

13th UN Human Rights Council

Please read the Report by Watch Indonesia!, West Papua Netzwerk, Diakonie and UEM to the 13th UN Human Rights Council.

Aide Mémoire

State of human rights in West Papua

Selected stakeholders´ inputs to the Universal Periodic Review of Indonesia, 2008.

State of human rights

Geneva Appeal on West Papua

Papua, Land of Peace

“Papua, Land of Peace” reflects the deepest desire of Papuans. For over four decades communities of different faiths in West Papua have been longing for peace and justice. Please read the

Geneva Appeal on West Papua.

Human Rights in Papua, 2009

This report by the Faith-based Network on West Papua (FBN) provides readers with an overview of the situation in Papua and West Papua (Indonesia) throughout 2009, concentrating on issues related to the impact of the 2009 general elections, freedom of expression, security instability and human rights violations.


Papua Road Map

Negotiating the Past, Improving the Present and Securing the Future

The sources of the Papuan conflict are grouped together in four issues.
Please read about discrimination, the failure of development, the contradiction of Papua and Jakarta and of past state violence against citizens in Papua.

Papua Road Map - short version

Fact sheet West Papua, Indonesia

This fact sheet by Justitia et Pax Netherlands provides important information about West Papua, its history, environment and human rights situation.

Factsheet West Papua

Out of sight

Endemic Abuse and Impunity in Papua’s Central Highlands

For the following report, Human Rights Watch investigated 14 cases of human rights violations and interviewed more than 50 victims, witnesses, and family members of victims. 

Out of sight

Conflict Management in Indonesia - An Analysis of the Conflicts in Maluku, Papua and Poso

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Conflict Management in Indonesia – An Analysis of the Conflicts in Maluku, Papua and Poso June 2011
The Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Current Asia and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

Resisting Agribusiness Development: The Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate in West Papua, Indonesia

This paper looks at a new major land grab in Indonesia, the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate in West Papua, Indonesia, known more commonly by its acronym MIFEE.

Please read the Resisting Agribusiness Development: The Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate in West Papua

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