19 Aug 2020

Today marks the first anniversary of the West Papua Uprising. The Uprising swept across 22 towns in West Papua, 17 cities in Indonesia, and 3 cities overseas during the period of 19 August to 30 September 2019. 

At least an extra 6,500 police and military personnel were deployed to crush the Uprising. The civilian death toll during its duration period reached 61 people, of whom 35 were indigenous West Papuans. Of those 35 people who died, 30 had sustained bullet wounds, suggesting that they were killed by the Indonesian security forces. Five other deaths were from stab wounds inflicted by civil militias. 

Tagged: West Papua
12 Aug 2020

Surveillance, intimidation and harassment, protest dispersals, torture, arbitrary arrests and extra-judicial killings continued in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua, and in Indonesia more broadly, as the state tried to crack down on the contentious issue of West Papua’s self-determination in 2019.  Alarmingly, the Indonesian Government also used new tactics such as internet shutdown and cyber-attacks during the anti-racism protests and riots which culminated in the ‘West Papuan Uprising’ in August and September 2019.

Tagged: Democracy, Freedom of Expression, Security Forces, West Papua
3 Aug 2020

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Ganius Wenda, a West Papuan Political Prisoners advocate and human rights lawyer who passed away today in Jayapura, West Papua.

Tagged: Human Rights Defenders, Pembela HAM
18 Jun 2020

It is my fervent wish that future generations uphold the principles of political freedoms, peace and anti-militarism”

Tagged: Perempuan
17 Jun 2020

TAPOL regrets the sentencing of seven West Papuan political prisoners today in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan province. The Seven were arrested in early September 2019 and accused of being the masterminds behind the ‘West Papua Uprising’, mass anti-racism protests in August and September last year. Prosecutors demanded that harsh prison sentences should be handed to the Seven, which has caused a rise in tensions in recent weeks in West Papua.

Tagged: Freedom of Expression, Political Prisoners, West Papua
11 Jun 2020

Join TAPOL and ETAN in a LIVE WEBINAR exploring the consequences of a racist justice system for political activists in West Papua. Please see the invitation attached for details about how to join!

Tagged: Freedom of Expression, Political Prisoners, Tahanan Politik, West Papua