In his visit to Papua last weekend, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo granted clemency to five Papuan political prisoners and announced that foreign journalists were no longer restricted from entering Papua. While these are steps in the right direction, they must be followed with concrete policies to end the criminalisation of free speech, said UK-based human rights group TAPOL.
Today, Papuan political detainee Areki Wanimbo was acquitted of conspiracy to commit treason and released from prison, after spending over nine months in detention in West Papua, Indonesia.
Dozens of demonstrators dressed in black gathered outside the Indonesian Embassy in London today to lead the global protest against West Papua's 50-year long isolation.
Dozens of protestors today demanded the immediate release of political prisoners in West Papua at a peaceful rally outside Indonesia’s London Embassy, while similar rallies were held in Scotland, the Netherlands, West Papua, Australia and New Zealand.
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.