Recent Updates

  • October 2014: ‘Bloody Yotefa’: police turn a blind eye to violence against indigenous Papuans

    ‘Bloody Yotefa’ demonstrated police tolerance of public torture and extreme violence against indigenous Papuan highlanders – Areki Wanimbo still facing charges of conspiracy to commit treason while French journalists released after 11 weeks in detention – 46 people arrested at demonstrations urging for the release of French journalists

  • September 2014: Culture of impunity in Papua threatens human rights and democracy

    New reports of attacks against human rights lawyers in Papua – Police complicity in allowing violence to continue in Lanny Jaya and Abepura – Indigenous Papuan publicly tortured, mutilated and murdered by group of non-Papuan youth – 18 men in Boycott Presidential Elections case in Wamena tortured by military and police officers – Indonesian authorities fail to investigate into murder of Martinus Yohame

  • August 2014: Widespread crackdown on civil society intensifies

    Intensified crackdown on lawyers, activists, human rights defenders, priests, tribal leaders and journalists – Detention of two French journalists and Papuan tribal leader highlight ongoing restrictions on access to Papua – Increased crackdown on the KNPB – KNPB Sorong leader Martinus Yohame murdered – Mass arrests continue in Nimbokrang district – Humanitarian situation in Lanny Jaya of particular concern

  • July 2014: Election arrests signal lack of democratic rights in Papua

    Highest recorded number of political arrests so far in 2014 – Most arrested faced ill-treatment – Many arrests related to boycott of 9 July Presidential Elections – More arrests due to internal disagreements between UNCEN authorities and students – Alarming use of excessive force, unprocedural use of firearms and extrajudicial killing at Youtefa market incident

  • June 2014: New Ormas Law used to back police repression in Papua

    KNPB heavily targeted this month, with at least 24 members arrested – New Ormas Law used to delegtimise and control indigenous civil society groups – Reported arrests ahead of 1 July and the Indonesian Presidential elections on 9 July – Dutch Papuan arrested in the Hague for peacefully waving a Morning Star flag

  • May 2014: FoE threatened by corporate and institutional agendas

    Ongoing corporate complicity in the violation of human rights – Role of Freeport in Timika conflict questioned – Unprocedural use of firearms pose serious threat to safety of Papuans – UNCEN student Samuel Womsiwor continues to be detained under order of university authorities – Reported arrests and torture suggests deteriorating environment of terror and surveillance in Merauke

  • April 2014: Torture of detainees remains rife in Papua

    Torture remains rife in Papua with 12 new incidents reported in Nabire, Sasawa and Jayapura – Incontrovertible photographic evidence of torture and degrading treatment in Yalengga flag-raising case from 2010 – Demonstrations in nine cities worldwide call for the release of Papuan political prisoners – Police again adopted strategy of stigmatising political activists

  • Papuans Behind Bars: March 2014

    Charge of conspiracy to commit treason continues to be applied to wide range of alleged offences – Jayapura police fabricated contents of police investigation reports – Prison authorities continue to refused urgent medical treatment for Stefanus Banal – Security forces continue to disperse demonstrations condemning Special Autonomy

  • Papuans Behind Bars: February 2014

    Arrests, indiscriminate shooting, torture in Yapen island and Puncak Jaya police and military operations – Negligence towards injuries sustained by political prisoners – Six in Biak 1 May case sentenced

  • Papuans Behind Bars: January 2014

    Arrests of senior civil society leaders at MSG delegation demonstrations – Heavy sentences for Biak 1 May case detainees – Reported torture of 12 arrested in demonstrations in support of FWPC PNG office – Political arrests in Sarmi over Morning Star flags – Five detained in Timika 1 May case sentenced

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