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Pandemic Power-Grabs: Who benefits from Food Estates in West Papua?

29 April 2022

As the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, the Indonesian Government proposed to establish ‘Food Estates’: massive expansions of agricultural land spanning millions of hectares of land across Indonesia, including West Papua, and producing a variety of crops. The Government’s reasons were that it wanted to anticipate a food security crisis caused by the pandemic. However, this report shows that there were other motivations.

Perampasan Tanah dengan Dalih Pandemi: Siapa yang Diuntungkan dari Food Estate di West Papua?

29 April 2022

Seiring pandemi COVID-19 dimulai pada tahun 2020, Pemerintah Indonesia mengajukan pembangunan ‘Food Estate’: ekspansi besar-besaran lahan pertanian mencakup jutaan hektare di seluruh Indonesia, termasuk West Papua, yang menghasilkan berbagai macam tanaman pangan. Alasan pemerintah yaitu untuk mengantisipasi krisis ketahanan pangan akibat pandemi. Namun, laporan ini menunjukkan bahwa ada motivasi lain.

Human Rights and Militarism in West Papua 2017 - 2022

31 March 2022

Joint Stakeholders' Submission for the Universal Periodic Review (Fourth Cycle) of the Republic of Indonesia the 41st Session UPR Working Group (November 2022)This submission is made to the OHCHR by TAPOL and Bersatu untuk Kebenaran (BUK; United for Truth). TAPOL is a UK-based NGO formed in 1973 that promotes human rights, peace and democracy in Indonesia. BUK is a West Papuan grassroots organisation founded in Biak in 2008 by West Papuan survivors of violence. It seeks to build the capacity of victims and victims’ groups so that they can campaign for their rights, and the rights of their...

Militerisasi, Konflik, dan Ketidakadilan di Kabupaten Maybrat, Papua Barat

17 February 2022

Pascaperluasan militer di wilayah tersebut, Maybrat menjadi titik konflik antara Tentara Nasional Indonesia (TNI) dan Tentara Pembebasan Nasional Papua Barat (TPNPB). Briefing ini menunjukkan faktor-faktor pemicu konflik terkini di Maybrat, khususnya militerisasi dan perebutan sumber daya alam.

Militarisation, Conflict and Injustice in Maybrat Regency, West Papua

17 February 2022

Following a period of military expansion in the region, Maybrat has been the scene of violence between the military and West Papua’s pro-independence armed group, TPNPB (Tentara Pembebasan Nasional Papua Barat, the National Liberation Army of West Papua). This briefing shows drivers of recent conflict in Maybrat, especially militarisation and natural resource contestation.

TAPOL calls on the UK Government to apologise for its role on 1960s massacre in Indonesia

03 November 2021

On 17 and 24 October, the Observer newspaper published new research undertaken by academics and journalists, disclosing the existence in 1965 of a covert unit in the UK Foreign Office. The unit spread disinformation purporting to be from Indonesian ‘patriots’ living outside Indonesia, encouraging massacres.

Urgent Action by ELSHAM Papua

02 November 2021

ELSHAM Papua is supported by 24 institutions and civil society organisations from across the land of Papua, throughout Indonesia, and internationally, expressing deep concern over the shooting of two children in Sugapa, Intan Jaya Regency, Melpianus Sondegau (2 years old) who died, and Yoakim Majau (6 years old) was a victim of gunshot wounds.

Militer Indonesia dan Kontraterorisme: Bisnis Baru, Cara Lama

05 October 2021

Sejak awal 2000-an, terorisme di Indonesia dilihat sebagai masalah “keamanan dan ketertiban” yang ditangani oleh kepolisian dan satuan antiterornya yang termiliterisasi, Detasemen Khusus 88 (Densus 88). Namun, tahun 2018, perubahan undang-undang antiteror menandai kembalinya peran militer dalam melawan terorisme. Tahun 2021, peraturan itu digunakan saat kelompok perlawanan bersenjata terbesar di West Papua, TPNPB, ditetapkan sebagai organisasi teroris oleh pemerintah.

The Indonesian military and counter-terrorism: new business, same old ways

05 October 2021

From the early 2000s, terrorism in Indonesia was regarded as a matter of ‘security and order’, and dealt with by the police and its militarized anti-terror unit, Densus 88. However, in 2018, legislation was amended which marked a shift in that the Indonesian military was again given a key role in countering terrorism. In 2021, this legal provision was brought into play as the main West Papuan armed resistance, the TPNPB was designated as a ‘terrorist’ organisation by the Government.

West Papua 2020 Kebebasan Berekspresi dan Kebebasan Berkumpul Laporan Lengkap

16 September 2021

Demonstran, aktivis mahasiswa, kelompok aktivis politik West Papua dan Indonesia, pengacara dan pembela hak asasi manusia (HAM), serta warga sipil, terus mengalami represi karena keterlibatan mereka dalam demonstrasi damai dan rapat-rapat yang berlangsung pada tahun 2020 di West Papua dan luar West Papua.

West Papua 2020 Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Assembly Full Report

16 September 2021

Peaceful demonstrators, student activists, West Papuan and Indonesian political activist groups, human rights lawyers and defenders and individual civilians experienced extreme repression for their involvement in peaceful demonstrations and meetings which occured in 2020 in West Papua and outside West Papua.

Joint Letter to Minister of Communication and Information Technology - Indonesia

28 May 2021

We, the undersigned, urge you to repeal Ministerial Regulation 5/2020 (MR5) that is deeply problematic, granting government authorities overly broad powers to regulate online content, access user data, and penalise companies that fail to comply.

Special autonomy – big on funds, short on human rights and democracy

25 May 2021

In this briefing we describe how the law has failed to achieve its objectives in two ways. First, despite promising to ‘protect’ West Papuan culture, and to economically empower indigenous West Papuans, many important aspects of the law have been only partly implemented or ignored altogether. Second, instead of implementing the law, the authorities have resorted to governing through a programme of development projects from abundant funds.

Otonomi Khusus: Besar di Anggaran, Minim di HAM dan Demokrasi

25 May 2021

Pada tahun 2001, Pemerintah Indonesia mengesahkan Undang-Undang Otonomi Khusus (UU Otsus) tentang pemerintahan di West Papua. Setelah 20 tahun berjalan, masalah pendanaan yang termuat dalam undang-undang dan peraturan turunannya akan dievaluasi dan direvisi. Evaluasi terhadap bagian per bagian ataupun keseluruhan materi dan substansi UU tersebut penting demi berbagai alasan.

New report details numerous violations by PT Freeport Indonesia in West Papua

17 December 2020

Indigenous tribes such as the Kamoro and the Amungme have been claiming their communities have been afflicted with poverty, violence and mostly environmental degradation since the Grasberg mine operated by PT Freeport Indonesia began its activities 48 years ago. Turning the spotlight again on this critical issue, the ICP, together with the Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), the Initiative Action for Ecology and Peoples' Emancipation (AEER), the Center for Study, Documentation and Advocacy on Peoples' Rights (PUSAKA), Friends of the Earth Papua (WALHI Papua), the Lokataru Law and Human...

Militerisme yang Mengakar, Pendekatan “Kesejahteraan”, dan Politik Pengecualian di West Papua

08 December 2020

TAPOL BriefingMiliterisme yang Mengakar, Pendekatan “Kesejahteraan”, dan Politik Pengecualian di West Papua8 Desember 2020 PendahuluanSejak rezim Orde Baru (1966-1998) tumbang, kecuali dalam satu periode singkat antara 1998-2001, kekuasaan dan otoritas pasukan keamanan Indonesia di wilayah West Papua secara umum tidak pernah berkurang. Menurut kami, hal itu terjadi karena dua alasan, dan kedua alasan itu berasal dari kegagalan menjalankan reformasi politik yang sejati di West Papua dan Indonesia.Pertama, kekuasaan militer dan polisi di West Papua tetap tidak terkendali oleh lembaga-lembaga...

Entrenched militarism, the ‘prosperity’ approach and governance by exception in West Papua 

08 December 2020

TAPOL Briefing Entrenched militarism, the ‘prosperity’ approach and governance by exception in West Papua December 8, 2020 IntroductionSince the fall of the New Order regime (1966-1998), with one brief period of exception between 1998-2001, the power and authority of the Indonesian security forces in the region of West Papua have remained largely undiminished. We attribute this to two reasons, both of which stem from a failure to implement genuine political reform in West Papua and Indonesia more broadly. First, the power of the military and police in West Papua has remained unchecked by...

Indonesia: The New Omnibus Law

19 October 2020

TAPOL BriefingRecent changes to Indonesian labour law: why the country's workers are protestingOctober 19, 2020On 5 October 2020, the Indonesian Parliament passed an ‘Omnibus’ law. At the time of writing, the legislation has not yet been signed into law by President Widodo and reportedly has gone through further revisions since being passed by Parliament. The draft law remains the subject of extensive street protests across Indonesia. This was met with a significant security force crackdown in response, including violence committed against demonstrators - labour and environmental activists...

THE 2019 WEST PAPUA UPRISING: FULL REPORT

30 September 2020

THE 2019 WEST PAPUA UPRISING: FULL REPORTLondon, 30 September 2020TAPOL, in collaboration with human rights lawyer Veronica Koman, has today published an extensive report on the 2019 West Papua Uprising ('the Uprising') on the anniversary of its last day in 2019. The written report is supplemented with a short video.The report, summarised in an executive summary, is a compilation of analyses and stories focusing on the human rights violations committed during the Uprising, including the racism which triggered it and the impunity which its perpetrators have enjoyed. The report shows that...

TAPOL and ETAN Letter to UK and US Ambassadors to UN on Anniversary of 30 September Movement

30 September 2020

TAPOL and ETAN Letter to UK and US Ambassadors to UN on Anniversary of 30 September Movement HE Dame Barbara Woodward,Permanent RepresentativeUnited Kingdom Mission to the UNNew York, NY and HE Kelly CraftPermanent RepresentativeUnited States Mission to the UN
New York, NY 30 September 2020Dear Ambassadors,We write to you on the fifty-fifth anniversary of the so-called September 30th movement (G30S) in Indonesia. The movement, which led to the mass killing of hundreds of thousands of people accused of being communists by the military and its proxies, marked the beginning of the New...