98 international and Pacific non-governmental organisations, academics, politicians and individuals have written to the leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), welcoming their leadership on the West Papua issue and adding their wholehearted support for the application of West Papua to join the MSG.
A delegation of Papuan human rights defenders this week met the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances in Geneva to follow up the case of Aristotelses Masoka. Mr Masoka has not been seen since the murder on 10 November 2001 of Papuan leader Theys Eluay for whom he was working as a driver. The Indonesian government has previously failed to respond to a request from the Working Group for information about the case.
TAPOL highlights freedom of expression in West Papua at UN Human Rights Committee's review of Indonesia, but Government asserts the right is not absolute.
The 40th anniversary of the human rights organisation TAPOL is being marked today by the launch of Say Sorry for ’65, a campaign calling on President Yudhoyono to acknowledge the truth about the 1965 mass killings in Indonesia.
The Indonesian government must respond to a statement made by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression at the UN Human Rights Council on 3 June asking the government to agree the programme for his official visit.
Two human rights lawyers from West Papua, Olga Hamadi and Gustaf Kawer, are being honoured at a ceremony for the Lawyers for Lawyers Award in Amsterdam. An expert jury placed them third on the shortlist for the Award.