Opinion piece by prominent Papuan church leader, analsying why exactly the Indonesian government will not release permits for foreign journalists to visit West Papua.
The Indonesian government today came under fire for its policy on political prisoners in West Papua. The publication of a new TAPOL report forcefully challenges the government’s claim that there are no political prisoners in Indonesia.
Disturbing documentary-drama, The Act of Killing, is to hit UK screens this summer. The film shows local gangsters in Medan, Sumatra re-enacting in vivid and sometimes surreal and sickening detail the killing of alleged communists during the horrific events that followed former President Suharto’s rise to power in Indonesia in 1965.
At the end of March 2013 there were at least 40 political prisoners in West Papuan jails. A few prisoners were released, but political arrests continued in Sarmi, Manokwari and Paniai. Prisoner news plus updates on the Biak explosives trial, the Timika treason and explosives trial, and the Deny Hisage Cs trial.
February Update from Papuans Behind Bars, a new project about political prisoners in West Papua, initated by Papuans civil society groups working together as the Civil Society Coalition to Uphold Law and Human Rights in Papua