The Indonesian government must respond to a statement made by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression at the UN Human Rights Council on 3 June asking the government to agree the programme for his official visit.
Two human rights lawyers from West Papua, Olga Hamadi and Gustaf Kawer, are being honoured at a ceremony for the Lawyers for Lawyers Award in Amsterdam. An expert jury placed them third on the shortlist for the Award.
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.