International community appeals for action to allow free expression in Papua

23 May 2013
Mr Frank La Rue

Following the killings, arbitrary arrests and excessive use of force against peaceful protestors in Papua between 30 April and 13 May, TAPOL and 10 other international organisations appealed to the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Mr Frank La Rue, to take action. Together with the International Coalition for Papua, Survival International, Franciscans International, West Papua Advocacy Team, East Timor and Indonesia Action Network, West Papua Action Auckland, Australia West Papua Association (Sydney), Peace Movement Aorearoa, Pacific Media Centre and Pacific Scoop, TAPOL submitted details of the killing of three people by police shooting into crowds, and arbitrary arrests in Timika, Sorong, Biak, Abepura and Jayapura. The appeal highlighted the violation of the rights to free expression and peaceful assembly, as well as the risk of torture faced by those currently in detention, and called on the Special Rapporteur to raise the issue with the government of Indonesia.

Read the Urgent Appeal.

Read a briefing on the case.