Pro-referendum demo, March 2009


Two men were arrested in Jayapura Harbour as they disembarked from a passenger ship, and fifteen other students were arrested in a police raid on the compound of the Papuan Customary Council. Three of these men were later charged with treason in connection with a rally organised by the West Papua National Committee (Komisi Nasional Papua Barat, KNPB) that had taken place on 10 March 2009, calling for elections to be boycotted and replaced by a referendum on Papua’s future. A fourth man, Victor Yeimo, was placed on the wanted list and arrested several months later.