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Press Release Human Rights Solidarity for Nduga: Stop the Joint Operation in Nduga Regency, Papua Province

18 July 2018

Facts Regarding the Joint Apparatus OperationsIn the last two days (11-12 July 2018) the Papuan public has been concerned with the joint military and police operation operation against the alleged armed group TPN / OPM in the civilian village of Alguru, Kenyam District, Nduga Regency, Papua Province. According to various information reported by SuaraPapua.com and TabloidJubi.com, there has been an air attack by a joint apparatus against TPN / OPM group’s headquarter in Kampung Alguru. In the report, the Nduga District Government: the Regent and Vice Regent stated that since the 11th April...

Desakan Pengamanan Warga Sipil di Nduga Papua dan Penghentian Operasi yang Potensial Melanggar HAM

15 July 2018

Siaran Pers Jaringan Masyarakat Sipil Desakan Pengamanan Warga Sipil di Nduga Papua dan Penghentian Operasi yang Potensial Melanggar HAM Jaringan Masyarakat Sipil mendesak Presiden Jokowi membuka akses kepada lembaga-lembaga independen negara di Nduga, Papua, terkait dengan adanya berita kontak senjata yang mengancam keamanan warga sipil. Hingga saat ini, belum ada kepastian tentang informasi tersebut karena tidak adanya akses ke lokasi. Sementara itu, muncul kabar bahwa warga di Nduga  mengalami ketakutan luar biasa hingga sebagian telah mengungsi ke hutan, lumpuhnya aktivitas perekonomian...

PRESS RELEASE Civil Society Network: Civilians under crossfire in Nduga Regency, Papua, and demands for curtailing potential abuses of human rights

15 July 2018

Jaringan Masyarakat Sipil (Civil Society Network) are pressuring President Joko Widodo to allow independent instutions into Nduga Regency, in the province of Papua, Indonesia. The pressure comes due to reports of a crossfire that could threaten residents’ safety. Until now, there have been no confirmations of the situation due to the lack of access. Meanwhile rumours are spreading that residents of Nduga have been terrified and fled to the surrounding forest, paralysing economic activity and education. The results of investigations by Papuan media and local organisations found the bodies at...

Siaran Pers Jaringan Masyarakat Sipil: Desakan Pengamanan Warga Sipil di Nduga Papua dan Penghentian Operasi yang Potensial Melanggar HAM

15 July 2018

Jaringan Masyarakat Sipil mendesak Presiden Jokowi membuka akses kepada lembaga-lembaga independen negara di Nduga, Papua, terkait dengan adanya berita kontak senjata yang mengancam keamanan warga sipil. Hingga saat ini, belum ada kepastian tentang informasi tersebut karena tidak adanya akses ke lokasi. Sementara itu, muncul kabar bahwa warga di Nduga  mengalami ketakutan luar biasa hingga sebagian telah mengungsi ke hutan, lumpuhnya aktivitas perekonomian dan pendidikan.  Hasil penelusuran sejumlah media di Papua dan organisasi lokal, setidaknya ditemukan 3 jenazah sebagai korban peristiwa....

Civilians under crossfire in Nduga Regency, Papua, and demands for curtailing potential abuses of human rights

15 July 2018

PRESS RELEASE Jaringan Masyarakat Sipil Civilians under crossfire in Nduga Regency, Papua, and demands for curtailing potential abuses of human rights Jaringan Masyarakat Sipil (Civil Society Network) are pressuring President Joko Widodo to allow independent instutions into Nduga Regency, in the province of Papua, Indonesia. The pressure comes due to reports of a crossfire that could threaten residents’ safety. Until now, there have been no confirmations of the situation due to the lack of access. Meanwhile rumours are spreading that residents of Nduga have been terrified and fled to the...

Joint Statement of Solidarity: 20th Anniversary of the 'Biak Massacre', West Papua

06 July 2018

Today - July 6 2018 - we stand in solidarity with the people of West Papua in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the torture, rape, killing and disappearances of many children, women and men who gathered near a water tower by Biak Port in West Papua for a peaceful protest against the Indonesian Government.On July 6 1998, the Indonesian security forces open fired directly on the peaceful protestors, killing five people, injuring four, with  persons missing. Bodies -dead, alive and injured - were gathered up and taken away in military vehicles. Survivors were taken onto ships where torture...

Press Release: Gross human rights violation in Wasior, 17 years on and still looking for justice

16 June 2018

Press Release: Gross human rights violation: Wasior, 17 years on and still looking for justice13 June, 2018"Bloody Wasior" is an unresolved case of gross human rights violations caused by the Indonesian State between April and October 2001 primarily in the area of Wasior district, West Papua province. It started with protest of local communities who demanded compensation from PT Dharma Mukti Persada (PT DMP), a logging company operating in Wasior district, who had illegally occupied community customary land and harvested timber resources.The company, with the support of Brimob (Mobile Brigade...

Statement by Papuan Civil Society on the Visit to West Papua by the Solomon Islands Delegation

25 April 2018

Dear Sirs/Madams, We, West Papua civil society, consisting of people from Non-Government Organisations, youth, students, women, and indigenous peoples, welcome the government and civil society delegates from the Solomon Islands to our country, West Papua. We sincerely apologise that because we are not free to express ourselves in the land of our ancestors we cannot welcome you well and honorably as Melanesian relatives. To be honest we just heard about this visit. We did not expect this visit would be arranged secretly and unilaterally by the government of Indonesia through its foreign...

Press Release: Stop the sweeping and attacks against civilians in Nduga, Papua

21 December 2017

Five civilians allegedly shot, four were persecuted, two houses were burned by the Indonesian military/police. Press contact details below.    (Papua/Jakarta, 20th December 2017) The Coalition for Justice, Law and Human Rights in the Central Highlands of Papua, Civil Liberty Defenders and the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) request that the Indonesian security forces, militrary and police do not act indiscriminately in the Mugi district of the Nduga regency, Papua.   The tense situation in Mugi District resulting from the intimidating the presence of...

LP3BH calls on President Jokowi to immediately deal with conflict in West Papua

19 November 2017

Yan Christian Warinussy, Executive-Director of LP3BH Manokwari, has called on President Jokowi to immediately take action with regard to the conflict now underway in the region of Tembagapura, West Papua.   LP3BH calls on President Jokowi to immediately deal with conflict in West Papua   As yet, there has been no response from the President to reports about an armed conflict that is currently underway between the Indonesian security forces (Army and Police) and the TPNP (Papuan National Liberation Army) in the vicinity of Freeport's massive Grasberg mine.   However, there have been a...

Joint West Papua report details deterioration in the last two years

27 September 2017

More than 40 organisations in West Papua, Jakarta and worldwide have brought their analysis on the human rights and conflict situation in West Papua together. The executive summary of the 218-pages report explains how several human rights standards have deteriorated over the last two years. The report is compiled by the International Coalition for Papua (ICP) and the German Westpapua-Netzwerk (WPN). The years 2015 and 2016 were characterized by a significant aggravation of the human rights situation in West Papua compared to previous years. Reports by local human rights defenders describe an...

Indonesia: Government must make public the 2005 fact-finding report on Munir’s case

06 September 2017

JOINT PUBLIC STATEMENT6 September 2017Indonesia: Government must make public the 2005 fact-finding report on Munir’s caseIn commemorating the thirteen years after the killing of human rights defender Munir Said Thalib, 7th of September 2017, the undersigned regional and international human rights organizations call on the Indonesian President Joko Widodo to take decisive and concrete action to ensure those responsible – including those at the highest levels – are brought to justice. As a first key step towards establishing the truth, President Widodo must release the 2005 report prepared by...

Statement from Advocacy Team for Citizen Freedom - Tools of State Repression: Abolish treason articles in the Indonesian Criminal Code

22 March 2017

Tools of State Repression: Abolish treason articles in the Indonesian Criminal CodeAdvocacy Team for Citizen FreedomJakarta, 22 March 2016 — Political expression by those critical of the Government of Indonesia for not ensuring it’s citizens’ rights if often faced with repressive acts, especially in Papua where those who challenge the state are commonly labelled as rebels, separatists, and guilty of treason [makar].To challenge the State’s usage of the criminal code as an instrument of repression, we, the Advocacy Team for Citizen Freedom, have submitted a petition to the...

Joint oral statement at the 34th regular session of the Human Rights Council

15 March 2017

 Joint Oral Statement at the 34th regular session of the Human Right Council Item 4: General Debate – human rights situations that require the Council’s attention.    March 14, 2017  Delivered by: Andrzej Owca    Mr. President   VIVAT International, Franciscans International, the World Council of Churches and Geneva for Human Rights with support of the International Coalition for Papua, Tapol and Westpapua-Netzwerk, would like to draw the Council’s attention to the human rights situation in West Papua in particular regarding the rights of the indigenous people, including their right...

Permohonan Bersama Para Pemangku Kepentingan untuk Tinjauan Periodik Universal (UPR) Indonesia Putaran ke-3 (Sesi ke-27)

07 October 2016

Permohonan Bersama TAPOL dan BUK tentang situasi HAM di Indonesia kepada Dewan HAM PBB dalam mekanisme Tinjauan Periodik Universal (UPR). Permohonan ini berfokus pada situasi HAM di Papua yang berfokus untuk memastikan kebebasan berekspresi di Papua. Untuk melihat permohonan lengkap, silahkan unduh versi pdf. 

Submission to Universal Periodic Review of Indonesia, third cycle (27th session)

07 October 2016

The joint submission by TAPOL and BUK provided information on human rights in Indonesia to the Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review in April 2017. The submission focuses on human rights issues in Papua, with a particular focus on ensuring freedom of expression in West Papua. To read the full submission please download the PDF.

Indonesia: Close gap between rhetoric and reality on 1965 mass human rights violations

01 October 2016

PUBLIC STATEMENT1 October 2016Indonesia: Close gap between rhetoric and reality on 1965 mass human rights violations Despite President Joko Widodo’s repeated commitments to address human rights violations committed in 1965 – such as extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances and torture – more than five decades later millions of victims and their families are still waiting for truth, justice and reparation. On the 51st anniversary of these violations, Amnesty International, Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR), East-Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN), La’o Hamutuk, TAPOL, Watch...

A Historic Choice: West Papua, Human Rights, and Pacific Diplomacy at the Pacific Islands Forum and Melanesian Spearhead Group

23 September 2016

A new report by Dr. Jason Macleod, Rosa Moiwend and Jasmine Pilbrow analyses political developments and human rights violations in West Papua by the Indonesian state in response to the West Papuan people's aspirations for self-determination. It covers the period between January 2014, when a delegation of Melanesian Spearhead Group Foreign Ministers' visited the territory, and 15 July 2016, the day after Melanesian Spearhead Group Special Leaders meet in Honiara and decided to defer a decision on the United Liberation Movement for West Papua's application for full membership. 

Oral statement at the 33nd regular session of the Human Rights Council

19 September 2016

Oral statement at the 33nd regular session of the Human Rights CouncilItem 4 General debate – Human Rights situation that requires Council’s attention.19th September 2016Delivered by Andrzej Owca                          Mr. President, VIVAT International, Franciscans International, the International Coalition for Papua and TAPOL welcome and encourage the commitment and the efforts that have been already made by the government of Indonesia on human rights.However, we remain deeply concerned about the continuous violations of human rights in West Papua, as one of the most vulnerable regions of...

Open Statement: Appointment of Retired General Wiranto as Minister confirms the deep-rooted impunity in Indonesia

27 July 2016

Open StatementAppointment of General Wiranto (Retired) as Minister confirms the deep-rooted impunity in IndonesiaJuly 27, 2016 - Three human rights groups, TAPOL, ETAN, and Watch Indonesia!, today criticized President Joko (Jokowi) Widodo’s appointment of former Indonesian Military (TNI) commander General (Ret.) Wiranto as Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs. Wiranto replaces General (Ret.) Luhut Pandjaitan. Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, told the media that Wiranto was appointed “because he had been well-tested and was experienced in resolving various...