Today the Jayapura Five walk free after each spending 2 years 9 months in Abepura prison for their roles in the Third Papuan People's Congress. In this opinion piece, Ap Inyerop, a contributor to Papuans Behind Bars, asks: what next for the Jayapura Five?
Article by the independent Papua Review on Papua's Special Autonomy law, the draft Special Autonomy Plus law, and the forgotten issue of reconciliation which has been buried under misguided economic policies, failing to address the painful truth at the heart of the failure of development in Papua.
JPIC Synod GKI report that on 23 April Papuan human rights activist Yones Douw was intimidated by police as he was going about his work monitoring the security situation at the local electoral commission. Mr Douw states that threats and intimidation against human rights defenders in Nabire are on the increase.
On 2 April, TAPOL's call to demonstrate for the release of West Papuan political prisoners was answered around the world when demonstrators in at least eight cities protested against the detention of 76 Papuan political prisoners.
On 2 April 2014, TAPOL will hold a demonstration outside the Indonesian embassy in London to protest the ongoing detention of over 70 political prisoners in West Papua and to call for their immediate and unconditional release.