A month ago today, on 29 April 2015, TAPOL organised a demonstration outside the Indonesian Embassy in London, where dozens of demonstrations gathered to demand open access to Papua for international journalists, humanitarian agencies and human rights organisations. The demonstration sparked similar rallies in more than 20 cities across the world, including Jayapura, Wamena, Manokwari, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Sydney and Honiara, amongst others.
Papuan journalist Yohanes Kuayo was arrested in Nabire just one day after global protests around the world called on Indonesia to respect media freedoms in Papua and open the region for foreign journalists, humanitarian NGOs and human rights observers.
TAPOL expresses deep sorry at the execution of eight people by Indonesia, calls for mercy in the case of Mary Jane Veloso, who received a last-minute temporary reprieve, and for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty.
Wensislaus Fatuban has made a series of short documentary films which show the daily lives of his people, their history and their repression by the Indonesian army. His films gave a voice of the Papuan people. Here he speaks about the process of making an advocacy video.
On 4 April 2003, a crime against humanity was committed which is known as the 'Bloody Wamena' incident. Twelve years on the State has done nothing to ensure accountability for those responsible.