Recent Updates

  • 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.

  • October/November 2015: State accountability for abuses remain exception rather than the rule

    Filep Karma released after 11 years in prison – Four detainees arresting for supporting ULMWP sentenced to 1.5 years – Concerns over health of detainee, Narko Murib, who is reportedly not receiving adequate medical attention – Three soldiers sentenced to imprisonment, with another awaiting verdict over Timika killings in August

  • Briefing Paper: Political arrests in West Papua from 2012-2014

    Analysis on 2012 – 2014 Papuans Behind Bars data – Charges of treason and conspiracy to commit treason most frequently used charges against political detainees – Substitution of Emergency Law 12/1951 with other politically motivated charges of criminal violence – Sharp five-fold increase in 2014 of detainees tortured for participating in demonstrations

  • August / September 2015: Shootings in Timika echo Bloody Paniai incident

    Three separate incidents of shootings against young indigenous Papuans in Timika – Three young man kidnapped and tortured by Jayapura City police officers – Students arrested in Sorong and Intan Jaya for protesting the poor state of the education system in Papua

  • July 2015: Threats to human rights defenders in Papua on the rise

    Increasing climate of intimidation against HRDs – Arbitrary shooting and ill-treatment of Roby Pekey in Wamena hospital – One killed and 11 injured in Tolikara as security forces open fire to crowd protesting use of loudspeakers during Eid prayers – 40 ULMWP members arrested

  • June 2015: Lawyers denied access while detainees tortured

    Detainees beaten and tortured by Brimob officers in Manokwari while lawyers denied access – 19-year-old fatally shot by Brimob officers in Dogiyai Regency – Komnas HAM investigations into ‘Bloody Paniai’ stalled due to lack of funding – Students arrested for fundraising in support of Bloody Paniai investigations

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