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5 Sep 2014

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.

Tagged: Freedom of Expression, Political Prisoners, West Papua
4 Sep 2014
Gustaf Kawer defends a client

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.

Tagged: Human Rights Defenders, West Papua
21 Jul 2014
Jayapura Five

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?

Tagged: Freedom of Expression, Jayapura Five, Justice and Trials, Political Prisoners, West Papua
3 Jul 2014

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.

Tagged: Political Prisoners, Special Autonomy, West Papua
25 Apr 2014
Papuan activist intimidated while monitoring elections

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.

Tagged: Human Rights Defenders, Police, West Papua
11 Apr 2014

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.

Tagged: Demonstrations, Freedom of Expression, Political Prisoners, West Papua

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