15 Nov 2022

On 9th November 2022, Indonesia’s 4th cycle of Indonesia's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) began at the UN in Geneva. A total of 108 Member States offered oral statements and recommendations on how Indonesia may be able to improve their human rights situation. Eight of which called out Indonesia's actions in West Papua.

Take a look at our full statement.

Tagged: Crimes Against Humanity, Democracy, Demonstrations, Extrajudicial Execution, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Courts, Human Rights Defenders, Impunity, Indigenous Rights, Justice and Trials, Police, Political Prisoners, Security Forces, UN, Victims and Survivors, Violence against Women, West Papua
4 Nov 2022

After news of the deaths of Zode Hilapok and Filep Karma, we have received more sad news. This time, it is news of the death of Abraham Mate (29), one of the West Papuan youths accused of involvement in attacking a military post in Kisor, Maybrat, Papua Barat Province. He died in Sorong Prison on the night of Wednesday 2nd November.

Tagged: Obituary, Political Prisoners
25 Oct 2022

TAPOL expresses its sadness at the passing of Zode Hilapok, a West Papuan political prisoner, on 22nd October 2022. Zode was one of eight people accused of treason for raising the Morning Star flag above Cenderawasih Sports Centre in Jayapura on 1st December 2021.

Tagged: Democracy, Freedom of Expression, Obituary, Political Prisoners, West Papua
21 Oct 2022

Criminalisation, collusion and broken promises have been the main issues in regard to the state of freedom of expression and assembly in and related to West Papua in 2021. Our report, released today, shows the erosion of free expression and assembly in West Papua and on West Papua-related issues, with activists subject to criminalisation and security forces engaged in collusion with non-state actors.

Read the Press Release, Executive Summary & Full Report.

Tagged: Democracy, Demonstrations, Freedom of Expression, Indigenous Rights, Laws and Regulations, Political Prisoners, Special Autonomy, West Papua
31 Aug 2022

On 16 April 2022, Indonesia’s Attorney General announced that they were preparing prosecution of a suspect allegedly responsible for unlawful killings in Paniai, Papua in 2014, under the ‘Human Rights Court’ mechanism (under Law No. 26/2000).  This mechanism is the country’s special criminal tribunal dealing with cases of gross violations of human rights. If the case is brought before a special court under Law No. 26/2000, which is planned to be held in Makassar, South Sulawesi, the Paniai Case would be the first case tried at a Human Rights Court for 18 years. In this briefing, AJAR (Asia Justice and Rights), KontraS (the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence) and TAPOL, members of the Coalition of Civil Society for Monitoring of the 2014 Paniai Case which also consists of a number of human rights organizations in Papua, Indonesia and internationally, explain how Indonesia's Human Rights Court mechanism works and its past record.

Read the briefing in full

Tagged: Human Rights Courts, Impunity, Massacre, Security Forces, Victims and Survivors, West Papua
3 Aug 2022

We condemn the execution of four political prisoners in Myanmar, Kyaw Min Yu, Phyo Zeya Thaw, Hla Myo Aung and Aung Thura Zaw. The four were convicted in a secret military court. Member states of the United Nations and multilateral blocs from within the international community have denounced the executions. But international reactions have been basically in line with a position since the military's coup d'etat in February 2021. There has been criticism, followed by inaction and in some cases, indifference. More must be done to end the Myanmar military's illegal power grab.

Read the statemen in full.

Tagged: Democracy, Political Prisoners