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
9 Dec 2022

The trial of Isak Sattu, a retired soldier who was a liaison officer present during the Paniai killings in 2014, came to a close on 8 December, with him being found not guilty of the crimes against humanity that he had been charged with.  The trial has taken place in Makassar State Court since the 21st September and has been the first case tried at a Human Rights Court for 18 years. With such a history, one question arises: Was this trial a parody of justice rigged to fail?

Read our full statement here.

Tagged: Crimes Against Humanity, Human Rights Courts, Impunity, Massacre, Victims and Survivors, West Papua
7 Dec 2022

On 14th November 2022, the public prosecutor in the Isak Sattu case demanded he be given a ten years sentence for his actions during the Paniai Shootings in December 2014. 

At this stage, it is important to analyse some of the revelations that have come out of the trial, what light that has shed on the events, including within the framework of national and international law obligations and also to analyse the effectiveness of this process so far and advocate to ensure justice is found here and in future similar situations. This joint update is prepared by The Coalition of Civil Society for Monitoring of the 2014 Paniai Case.

Read the full update here.

Tagged: Crimes Against Humanity, Human Rights Courts, Massacre, Security Forces, Victims and Survivors, West Papua