victims and survivors
THE 2019 WEST PAPUA UPRISING: FULL REPORT
London, 30 September 2020
TAPOL, in collaboration with human rights lawyer Veronica Koman, has today published an extensive report on the 2019 West Papua Uprising ('the Uprising') on the anniversary of its last day in 2019. The written report is supplemented with a short video.
Jaringan Masyarakat Sipil (Civil Society Network) are pressuring President Joko Widodo to allow independent instutions into Nduga Regency, in the province of Papua, Indonesia. The pressure comes due to reports of a crossfire that could threaten residents’ safety. Until now, there have been no confirmations of the situation due to the lack of access. Meanwhile rumours are spreading that residents of Nduga have been terrified and fled to the surrounding forest, paralysing economic activity and education.
The results of investigations by Papuan media and local organisations found the bodies at least three victims of the crossfire. The discovery demonstrates that the situation is not yet under control — however access has still not been granted to the region. Without outside intervention the situation could fester with more civilians falling victim to the crossfire.
Today - July 6 2018 - we stand in solidarity with the people of West Papua in commemorating the 20th anniversary of the torture, rape, killing and disappearances of many children, women and men who gathered near a water tower by Biak Port in West Papua for a peaceful protest against the Indonesian Government.
Press Release: Gross human rights violation: Wasior, 17 years on and still looking for justice
13 June, 2018
"Bloody Wasior" is an unresolved case of gross human rights violations caused by the Indonesian State between April and October 2001 primarily in the area of Wasior district, West Papua province. It started with protest of local communities who demanded compensation from PT Dharma Mukti Persada (PT DMP), a logging company operating in Wasior district, who had illegally occupied community customary land and harvested timber resources.
It was early in the morning of 1 October 1965, that my family and I woke up to the deafening sound of army trucks driving up and down outside our house in Menteng, Jakarta. One of our close neighbours was General Nasution who had apparently been one of the targets of an attempt early that morning by a group of soldiers to overthrow the government of President Sukarno.
A new book sheds further light on the harrowing experiences of the survivors of the 1965 mass murders in Indonesia. Edited by former political prisoner, writer and film-maker, Putu Oka Sukanta, ‘Sulawesi Bersaksi’ (‘Sulawesi Testifies’) is based on interviews with survivors and their families and an accomplice to the murders of four detainees on the island of Sulawesi. Sulawesi Berkasi was sponsored by TAPOL and launched at the Goethe Institute in Jakarta in October 2013.
THE PRESIDENT OF INDONESIA SHOULD REPEAL KEPPRES 28/1975
On 4 April 2011, a Judicial Review was conveyed to the President of Indonesia to repeal Presidential
Decision (Keppres) 28/1975 by a group of 24 NGOs, lawyers and individuals headed by:
Haris Azhar, Constitutional Law Advocate and Coordinator Kontras, Commission for the Disappeared
and Victims of Violence.
Bedjo Untung, chairman of the Investigation Institute
Sumaun Utomo of 1965/66 (YPKP) Victims.
The basis for this Judicial Review is as follows:
Dear President Yudhoyono:
As Indonesia's National Day on 17 August approaches, we the undersigned non-governmental organizations engaged in the defense of human rights in Indonesia are deeply concerned that dozens of Papuans are incarcerated in prisons in Papua and West Papua simply for having been involved in non-violent demonstrations or expressions of opinion.