18 Apr 2023

As a defendant, Viktor also expressed his frustration in the courtroom. He was surprised by the prosecutor's reasoning about "having to coordinate with Jakarta", and addressed the court and prosecutor directly: "Do you guys actually want to try me politically or legally? Prosecutor, if you have other, political intentions, then resolve this case well. Throughout the trial, the prosecutors could not prove my guilt but have detained me all this time. What does all this mean? What is there to be afraid of?”

Tagged: Political Prisoners
27 Mar 2023

Franciscans International, Amnesty International, World Council of Churches, CIVICUS, Human Rights Monitoring and TAPOL appreciate the Government of Indonesia’s support for five recommendations on the human rights situation in West Papua. We regret that five other recommendations on West Papua including on the visit of the High Commissioner for Human Rights are only noted, despite an invitation to the previous High Commissioner.

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Tagged: Democracy, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Courts, Human Rights Defenders, Impunity, Indigenous Rights, Political Prisoners, Refugees, UN, West Papua
8 Mar 2023

It has been a month since Susi Air pilot Philip Mark Mehrtens was taken hostage by the National Liberation Army of West Papua (TPNPB) in Nduga, in the highlands of Papua Pegunungan Province. Despite putting the West Papua issue back in the international spotlight, the hostage-taking of civilians is regrettable and unjustified based on international human rights and humanitarian norms.

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Tagged: Dialogue, Kopassus, Refugees, Security Forces, West Papua
31 Jan 2023

Melkias Ky (23) has become the victim of a wrongful arrest by the police, during the trial surrounding the events that took place in Kisor, Maybrat, on 2nd September 2021. The sentencing will take place on Friday 3rd February 2023. For more information on the background of this event and the broader situation in Maybrat, please take a look at our video series and our briefing.

Tagged: Justice and Trials, Political Prisoners, Security Forces, West Papua
20 Jan 2023

TAPOL and awasMIFEE’s latest reports explore the increasing prominence of food estates in West Papua and Indonesia, diving into its history, purported reasoning and who stands to benefit from their creation.

Tagged: Indigenous Rights, MIFEE, West Papua
17 Jan 2023

Webinar: A Look at the State of Food Estates: Food Estates and Food System Power Grabs

24th January 2023,

Youtube Recording: 

Tagged: Indigenous Rights, Laws and Regulations, MIFEE, Security Forces, West Papua