This report forcefully challenges the Indonesian government’s repeated assertion that the country has ‘no political prisoners.’ It urges President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to open up democratic space in West Papua and release political prisoners.
Leaders across West Papua have demanded controversial author Jared Diamond apologizes for describing them in his new book as warlike, and strengthening the idea that indigenous people are ‘backwards’.
By tomorrow, 1 December 2012, the Indonesian people are due to pay the UK government £27 million. Of this, £20 million is for arms sales to past dictator General Suharto.
British-funded training of Indonesia’s anti-terror police, Special Detachment 88, should be reviewed in light of serious concerns about the unit’s human rights record and its operations in Papua.
As Indonesian security forces opened fire on unarmed demonstrators in Papua, human rights groups plan to mark the state visit of Indonesian President with protests on behalf the victims of abuses in Papua, Timor-Leste and elsewhere.
As the 47th commemoration of the events of 30 September 1965 approach, TAPOL has published a new report, warning that failure to address the legacy of past abuses could stir community divisions, fuel conflict and result in further atrocities