Recent Updates

  • Political prisoners on the rise (March – June 2018)

    Over the past four months, eleven West Papuan people have become political prisoners. The case profiles included in this update are listed in chronological order of when they were arrested between March to June 2018. Police violated the domestic procedural criminal law in all cases, mainly regarding the obligation to provide letters of arrest and detention. Ill treatment was also present in cases involving people thought to be freedom fighters.

  • Intimidation and Harassment of West Papuan Students and Civil Society Groups

    This Papuans Behind Bars update focuses on exposing police and military intimidation of West Papuan students and civil society groups outside of West Papua between September and December 2017.

  • Joint West Papua report details deterioration in the last two years

    More than 40 organisations in West Papua, Jakarta and worldwide have brought their analysis on the human rights and conflict situation in West Papua together. The executive summary of the 218-pages report explains how several human rights standards have deteriorated over the last two years. The report is compiled by the International Coalition for Papua (ICP) and the German Westpapua-Netzwerk (WPN).

  • Urgent Action: Papua Prisoner of Conscience Denied Parole (Amnesty International)

    Political activist, Oktovianus Warnares was convicted of “rebellion” (makar) in 2013 after peacefully commemorating the 50th anniversary of the handover of Papua to the Indonesian government. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

  • Court Ruling Criticised as Racist by Rights Activists

    Obby Kogoya was found guilty of attacking police officers by a district court yesterday in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (27/07/2017). Rights activists condemned the ruling as racist and unjust. The verdict is part of the aftermath of one of the most racially-charged incidents targeting West Papuans that has occurred in recent years.

  • Prisoner Update: July – September 2016

    At the end of June 2016, there were at least 17 political prisoners in Papua.

  • Prisoner Update: April – June 2016

    At the end of June 2016, there were at least 32 political prisoners in Papua.

  • Indonesia: End impunity and arbitrary arrests in West Papua

    A new report by Papuans Behind Bars (PBB) exposes the Indonesian government’s increased use of arbitrary arrests to shut down protests in West Papua in 2015, and urges the Government of Indonesia to answer for ongoing impunity, state violence and increased arbitrary arrests in West Papua.

  • January – March 2016: Sentencing of police and military brutality insufficient

    In Brief In the first three months of 2016, Indonesian authorities continue to react repressively to developments surrounding the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), a Papuan civil society coalition advocating self-determination and a representative to the West Papuan … Continue reading

  • December 2015: Jakarta police action show discrimination against Papuans

    1 December commemorative events met with killings, torture, mass arrest, ill-treatment and excessive use of force against indigenous Papuans by Indonesian security forces – 306 people arrested in Jakarta, at least 133 suffered injuries due to police brutality – Four killed and eight others injured as a result of shootings by police and military forces in Yapen island – 49 arrested in Nabire for attempting to hod a prayer session – Huge jump in number of arrests this year at odds with Jokowi’s message of securing human rights and peace in Papua.

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