News

29 Apr 2013
New TAPOL report exposes myth of ‘no political prisoners’

The Indonesian government today came under fire for its policy on political prisoners in West Papua. The publication of a new TAPOL report forcefully challenges the government’s claim that there are no political prisoners in Indonesia.

Tagged: Political Prisoners, Torture, West Papua
12 Apr 2013
The Act of Killing due for UK summer release

Disturbing documentary-drama, The Act of Killing, is to hit UK screens this summer. The film shows local gangsters in Medan, Sumatra re-enacting in vivid and sometimes surreal and sickening detail the killing of alleged communists during the horrific events that followed former President Suharto’s rise to power in Indonesia in 1965.

Tagged: 1965 massacres, Impunity
3 Apr 2013
Papuans Behind Bars: March 2013

At the end of March 2013 there were at least 40 political prisoners in West Papuan jails. A few prisoners were released, but political arrests continued in Sarmi, Manokwari and Paniai. Prisoner news plus updates on the Biak explosives trial, the Timika treason and explosives trial, and the Deny Hisage Cs trial.

Tagged: Political Prisoners, Torture, West Papua
20 Mar 2013
Papuans Behind Bars: Feb 2013

February Update from Papuans Behind Bars, a new project about political prisoners in West Papua, initated by Papuans civil society groups working together as the Civil Society Coalition to Uphold Law and Human Rights in Papua

Tagged: Political Prisoners, West Papua
13 Mar 2013
Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution

Alias Ruby Blade: A Story of Love and Revolution tells the remarkable love story of human rights activist Kirsty Sword and political prisoner Xanana Gusmão. Once an aspiring documentary filmmaker, Kirsty instead became a revolutionary, working in Jakarta for the Timorese resistance.

Tagged: Political Prisoners, Timor-Leste
6 Mar 2013
Benny Giay

Papuan church leaders Rev Benny Giay and Socratez Sofyan Yoman deplore the lack of protection provided for indigenous Papuans by Indonesian security forces, and state that the security forces are part of the problem rather than the solution.

Tagged: Impunity, Security Sector Reform, West Papua

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