Press Releases

31 May 2013

Two human rights lawyers from West Papua, Olga Hamadi and Gustaf Kawer, are being honoured at a ceremony for the Lawyers for Lawyers Award in Amsterdam. An expert jury placed them third on the shortlist for the Award.

29 Apr 2013

This report forcefully challenges the Indonesian government’s repeated assertion that the country has ‘no political prisoners.’ It urges President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to open up democratic space in West Papua and release political prisoners.

4 Feb 2013

Leaders across West Papua have demanded controversial author Jared Diamond apologizes for describing them in his new book as warlike, and strengthening the idea that indigenous people are ‘backwards’.

30 Nov 2012

By tomorrow, 1 December 2012, the Indonesian people are due to pay the UK government £27 million. Of this, £20 million is for arms sales to past dictator General Suharto.

30 Oct 2012

British-funded training of Indonesia’s anti-terror police, Special Detachment 88, should be reviewed in light of serious concerns about the unit’s human rights record and its operations in Papua.

24 Oct 2012

As Indonesian security forces opened fire on unarmed demonstrators in Papua, human rights groups plan to mark the state visit of Indonesian President with protests on behalf the victims of abuses in Papua, Timor-Leste and elsewhere.