12 Nov 2013

A new book, sponsored by TAPOL, sheds further light on the harrowing experiences of the survivors of the 1965 mass murders in Indonesia. Edited by former political prisoner, Putu Oka Sukanta, ‘Sulawesi Testifies’ is based on interviews with survivors and a murderer's accomplice on the island of Sulawesi.

Tagged: 1965 massacres, Crimes Against Humanity, Impunity, Literature, Torture, Victims and Survivors
4 Nov 2013
Papua Customary Council: Indonesia must recognise forgotten genocide

The Balim La Pago Papua Customary Council confirms the truth of recent AHRC/ICP report on the 'Forgotten Genocide' in Papua's central highlands, stating that the massacres caused trauma which has lasted for generations.

Tagged: Impunity, West Papua
15 Oct 2013

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.

Tagged: Act of Free Choice, Democracy, Peace Process, West Papua
26 Sep 2013

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.  

Tagged: Enforced Disappearances, Impunity, Kopassus, West Papua
21 Aug 2013

The EU's Foreign Affairs Chief, Catherine Ashton, has expressed concern about the excessive use of force by security forces in West Papua and restrictions on access to the territory. Ms Ashton, was responding to a Parliamentary Question by Liberal Democrat MEP, Fiona Hall, which cited TAPOL’s report, 'No Political Prisoners?' and  asked what action the EU intended to take to curb political arrests and support freedom of speech in West Papua.

Tagged: Democracy, Demonstrations, Freedom of Expression, Political Prisoners, West Papua
26 Jul 2013

Members of the House of Lords held a debate on West Papua on 24 July. They raised serious concerns about the human rights situation and called on the British government to take a stronger stand on issues such as the targeting of political activists, freedom of expression and access by foreign journalists and NGOs.

Tagged: Act of Free Choice, BP Tangguh, Densus 88, Dialogue, Freedom of Expression, West Papua