Papuan political prisoner Yohanes Boseren, currently on trial in Biak, is suffering from mental health problems thought to be related to the heavy beating he suffered when he was arrested. Human rights lawyers are calling for his immediate release and for him to be given the medical treatment he urgently needs.
A new book, sponsored by TAPOL, sheds further light on the harrowing experiences of the survivors of the 1965 mass murders in Indonesia. Edited by former political prisoner, Putu Oka Sukanta, ‘Sulawesi Testifies’ is based on interviews with survivors and a murderer's accomplice on the island of Sulawesi.
The Balim La Pago Papua Customary Council confirms the truth of recent AHRC/ICP report on the 'Forgotten Genocide' in Papua's central highlands, stating that the massacres caused trauma which has lasted for generations.
98 international and Pacific non-governmental organisations, academics, politicians and individuals have written to the leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), welcoming their leadership on the West Papua issue and adding their wholehearted support for the application of West Papua to join the MSG.
A delegation of Papuan human rights defenders this week met the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances in Geneva to follow up the case of Aristotelses Masoka. Mr Masoka has not been seen since the murder on 10 November 2001 of Papuan leader Theys Eluay for whom he was working as a driver. The Indonesian government has previously failed to respond to a request from the Working Group for information about the case.