Press Releases

11 Jun 2008

The imposition of severe restrictions on members of Ahmadiyah in the practice of their beliefs according to their own understanding of Islam represents a serious setback in Indonesia’s advance towards democracy.

20 Mar 2008

According to latest reports from West Papua, more than a dozen Papuans have been arrested for taking part in peacefully unfurling their flag, the Morning Star (Bintang Kejora), some or all of whom are likely to be charged for treason (makar).

13 Dec 2007

A worldwide coalition of human rights and other organizations has written an open letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, calling on him to work to achieve substantive justice for the people of Timor-Leste.

30 Oct 2007

On 18 October, members of the anti-terrorist squad, Detachment 88 arrested Iwanggin Sabar Olif, a human rights activist in Jayapura. A few days later, he was moved to Jakarta where he is now being held at police headquarters.

20 Jul 2007

Calls for the release of prisoners jailed under Indonesia’s draconian ‘hate-sowing’ laws, including Papuans Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage, have been reiterated today by TAPOL, which promotes human rights, peace and democracy in Indonesia.

28 Jun 2007

The presence in Papua of a senior Indonesian army officer indicted on crimes against humanity charges in East Timor (now Timor-Leste) endangers human rights defenders and political activists and is a sign of the Indonesian government’s lack of commitment to justice and accountability.