One month after their arrest, two French journalists and a Papuan tribal leader remain behind bars in Papua, while the campaigns for their release are growing louder.
Threats to prosecute prominent Papuan lawyer and human rights defender Gustaf Kawer have provoked a local, national and international outcry, as local civil society holds demonstrations and international groups appeal for intervention.
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.