5 Oct 2021

Increasing militarization for most Indonesians appears to be limited to West Papua and Poso. However, D-88 has already abused its mandate in Java in pursuit of alleged terrorists without having been properly held to account by Government Institutions (including the National Commission for Human Rights, Komnas HAM) or other civil society organisations that may fear the consequences of questioning the legality of its operations. Likewise, the military operates in plain sight in Java with a visible public role, pronouncing on political affairs and with former army officers assuming roles in Government and the civil service. In other words, security force operations against ‘terrorists’ in West Papua are not as distant as is assumed. But this also means that with coordinated effort, the public in Indonesia and beyond may yet have the potential to hold their power to account and end impunity.

Tagged: Densus 88, Impunity, Police, Security Forces, West Papua
21 Sep 2021

London, 21 September 2021

The political trial of Victor Yeimo was adjourned by the District Court of Jayapura on 31 August 2021 until he is declared physically fit by the hospital. On the same day, the Court also dismissed his pretrial motion, challenging his arrest and detention for violating criminal procedural law, on the grounds that the main trial had begun.

Tagged: West Papua
16 Sep 2021

Press Release 
London, 16th September 2021

Peaceful demonstrators, student activists, West Papuan and Indonesian political activist groups, human rights lawyers and defenders and individual civilians experienced extreme repression for their involvement in peaceful demonstrations and meetings which occured in 2020 in West Papua and outside West Papua. 

Tagged: Democracy, Demonstrations, Freedom of Expression, Indigenous Rights, Laws and Regulations, Political Prisoners, Special Autonomy, West Papua
1 Sep 2021

Campaigner, TAPOL

September 2021

Position: Campaigner (UK-based)

Part-time: two days per week equivalent

Salary: £24,000 - £27,500 (pro rata), depending on experience

Tagged: TAPOL
24 Aug 2021

Today is the first day of the trial of West Papuan political leader Victor Yeimo, the international spokes-person of the West Papuan National Committee (Komite Nasional Papua Barat, KNPB) and the Papuan People's Petition (Petisi Rakyat Papua, PRP). Victor Yeimo was arrested on 9th May 2021 for his alleged role in the 2019 West Papua Uprising protests. The State Prosecutors indicted Victor Yeimo on three counts of treason and one count of incitement which could put him in prison for life.

Tagged: Political Prisoners, West Papua
14 Aug 2021

President Widodo Should Revoke Award for Human Rights Violator, Committing Crimes Against Humanity is Not for Celebration

TAPOL, ETAN and Watch Indonesia! strongly condemn President Joko Widodo’s decision to grant ‘Bintang Jasa Utama’, one the highest national awards, to Eurico Guterres on Thursday, 12 August 2021. 

Tagged: Impunity