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Carmel Budiardjo 95 years young

18 June 2020

   “It is my fervent wish that future generations uphold the principles of political freedoms, peace and anti-militarism”(London, 18 June 2020)Ninety-five years ago today Carmel Brickman was born in London, later taking her Indonesian husband's last name to become Carmel Budiardjo. Having been an activist since a young age as a student, she carried on to set up TAPOL in 1973 on her release as a political prisoner in Indonesia. TAPOL carries on her legacy. Happy birthday, Carmel!The Right Livelihood Award's tribute on Carmel’s birthday:

TAPOL regrets Court sentencing of ‘Balikpapan Seven’ political prisoners

17 June 2020

(London, 17 June 2020) TAPOL regrets the sentencing of seven West Papuan political prisoners today in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan province. The Seven were arrested in early September 2019 and accused of being the masterminds behind the ‘West Papua Uprising’, mass anti-racism protests in August and September last year. Prosecutors demanded that harsh prison sentences should be handed to the Seven, which has caused a rise in tensions in recent weeks in West Papua. However, judges took a different view and displayed more leniency:Buchtar Tabuni was sentenced to 11 months in prison after...

Indonesia: Free the West Papuan Political Prisoners

11 June 2020

Join TAPOL and ETAN in a LIVE WEBINAR exploring the consequences of a racist justice system for political activists in West Papua. Please see the invitation attached for details about how to join!About the WebinarThe anti-racism movement is sweeping across the globe, inspired by Black Lives Matter in the United States. The activism has resonated in Indonesia with the emergence of the Papuan Lives Matter movement. Both the current uprising in Minneapolis and in West Papua last year were triggered by recorded incidents of racist police violence.Last week Indonesian prosecutors demanded...

TAPOL Denounces sentencing for Buchtar Tabuni and Irwanus Uropmabin

03 June 2020

TAPOL condemns the demand by Prosecutors seeking seventeen and five years imprisonment respectively, for West Papuan activists Buchtar Tabuni and Irwanus Uropmabin.On June 2, the Jayapura District Prosecutor's Office issued a 33 pages charges against the defendant Irwanus Uropmabin. In the document, the Public Prosecutor concluded that Irwanus Uropmabin was proven to have violated Article 106 in conjunction with Article 55 paragraph (1) of the Criminal Code, and stipulated a five-year prison sentence.Irwanus is a student activist, arrested on 11 September 2019 for participating in an anti-...

Seven More People in Indonesia Detained for Treason

18 May 2020

Since the complaint submitted to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and UN Special Rapporteurs by Jennifer Robinson and Veronica Koman with the support of TAPOL on 15th April 2020, seven more people have been detained on treason charges in Indonesia.

Tujuh Orang Tahanan Makar Baru di Indonesia

18 May 2020

Sejak pengaduan disampaikan kepada Kelompok Kerja PBB tentang Penahanan Sewenang-wenang dan beberapa Pelapor Khusus PBB oleh Jennifer Robinson dan Veronica Koman dengan dukungan TAPOL pada 15 April 2020, tujuh orang lagi telah ditahan atas tuduhan makar di Indonesia.

UPDATE The Jakarta Six: Cancellation of Release

12 May 2020

TAPOL condemns the political decision to cancel the early release of five political prisoners that were arrested in Jakarta for demonstrating in favour of self-determination of West Papua.

TAPOL Denounces Sentences handed to Jakarta Six

24 April 2020

TAPOL denounces the sentencing by the district court of Central Jakarta which found six political prisoners guilty of treason today and demands their immediate release. Paulus Suryanta Ginting, Ambrosius Mulait, Ariana Elopere, Dano Tabuni, and Charles Kossay were sentenced to nine months imprisonment, whereas Isay Wenda was sentenced to eight months imprisonment.

Urgent Appeals Filed with UN by 63 Political Prisoners in Indonesia Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

15 April 2020

Sixty-three political prisoners detained on treason charges in Indonesia have made a joint urgent appeal to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and UN Special Rapporteurs.

NGO Joint Statement - 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council

11 March 2020

43rd Session of the Human Rights Council Item 4: General Debate NGO Joint statement - 10 March 2020 Delivered by Ms. Latifah Anum Siregar

Indonesia: Officers in Office

02 March 2020

It has been more than two decades since a process of democratic reform was initiated in Indonesia under which the military stepped back from its political role. As part of the reforms, the military were gradually removed both from legislative posts that guaranteed it political representation and also posts in Indonesia’s civilian bureaucracy.

243 deaths in West Papua: the international community must call for an impartial investigation and an end to the security forces’ operations.

12 February 2020

TAPOL is extremely concerned by reports that the Indonesian military’s operations in Nduga Regency, West Papua, cost the lives of 243 people, 45 percent of whom were children, between 4th December 2018 and 8thFebruary 2019. Several hundred civilians fled their homes on 4thDecember 2018 when a joint police and military operation launched an attack on villages in Mbuwa district, Nduga Regency, in apparent ‘retaliation’ for the killing of 18 road construction workers two days earlier by West Papuan freedom fighters, the National Liberation Army of West Papua (TPNPB) led by Egianus Kogeya.

243 orang tewas di West Papua: masyarakat internasional harus menyerukan investigasi yang tidak memihak dan mengakhiri operasi pasukan keamanan.

12 February 2020

TAPOL sangat prihatin dengan laporan bahwa operasi militer Indonesia di Kabupaten Nduga, West Papua, telah merenggut nyawa 243 orang, 45 persen di antaranya adalah anak-anak, dalam kurun waktu 4 Desember 2018 dan 8 Februari 2019. Ratusan warga sipil meninggalkan rumah mereka pada tanggal 4 Desember 2018 ketika sebuah operasi gabungan polisi dan militer melancarkan serangan ke desa-desa di distrik Mbuwa, Kabupaten Nduga, sebagai 'pembalasan' atas pembunuhan 18 pekerja pembangunan jalan dua hari sebelumnya oleh pejuang kemerdekaan West Papua, Tentara Pembebasan Nasional Papua Barat (TPNPB)...

Gustaf Kawer dan Yohanis Mambrasar memenangkan Pro Bono Champions 2019

12 December 2019

TAPOL mengucapkan selamat kepada Gustaf Kawer dan Yohanis Mambrasar, dua pengacara dari West Papua yang pada Rabu malam, 11 Desember 2019, memenangkan penghargaan Pro Bono Champions 2019 dari Hukumonline. adalah portal internet yang didirikan di awal reformasi oleh para praktisi hukum demi menyediakan informasi dan pelatihan tentang dunia hukum di Indonesia. Sejak 2018 penghargaan Pro Bono Champions diberikan setiap tahunnya kepada lembaga hukum dan pengacara komersial yang memberikan waktu mereka melayani mereka yang terpinggirkan secara cuma-cuma. Gustaf...

Gustaf Kawer and Yohanis Mambrasar: Pro Bono Champions 2019

12 December 2019

TAPOL congratulates West Papuan lawyers Gustaf Kawer and Yohanis Mambrasar as the winners of Hukumonline Awards Pro Bono Champions 2019.  The awards for Pro Bono Excellence Hours and the Most Inspiring Lawyer in the Field of Pro Bono Non-Litigation respectively were given in Jakarta on Wednesday, 11 December 2019. is an internet portal established in Indonesia at the turn of the millenium by lawyers and legal practitioners to provide educational information and training about law and legal matters. Since 2018, the prize of Pro Bono Champion is being awarded annually to...

West Papua: 61 tahanan politik baru pada peringatan Hari Nasional Papua 1 Desember

09 December 2019

Orang Papua telah memperingati Hari Nasional mereka pada 1 Desember tiap tahunnya sejak 1961. Hal ini seringkali disambut dengan represi keras oleh aparat keamanan Indonesia.TAPOL sangat khawatir dengan tindakan keras aparat keamanan menjelang peringatan 1 Desember tahun ini. Khususnya, kami risau dengan penggunaan pasal makar terhadap mereka yang memperingati Hari Nasional tersebut, serta yang lainnya. Aparat keamanan menangkap 126 orang, hingga muncul 61 tahanan politik baru yang dikenakan pasal makar. Hal ini adalah lanjutan dari penangkapan atas makar yang terjadi antara 30 Agustus hingga...

West Papua: 61 new political prisoners on 1st December West Papuan National Day commemoration crackdown

09 December 2019

West Papuans have been commemorating their National Day on 1st December every year since 1961. This has often resulted in violent repression by the Indonesian security forces.TAPOL is very alarmed by the security forces’ crackdown in the lead up to the 1st December commemoration day this year. In particular, we are concerned with the use of treason charges against those commemorating the National Day, and others. The security forces arrested 126 people, resulting in 61 new political prisoners who have been charged with treason. This follows a spate of arrests for treason between 30th August...

ACFID Awards Human Rights Recognition for Veronica Koman

23 October 2019

 TAPOL congratulates Veronica Koman for receiving the Sir Ronald Wilson Human Rights Award for her work on West Papua. Ms. Koman is a human rights lawyer and activist who advocates for the rights to freedom of expression and self-determination. The award was given by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) on Wednesday 23 October 2019. ACFID created the award in 2002 to honour the legacy of Sir Ron Wilson AC KBE CMG QC, who served as a judge on the High Court of Australia, as President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission until 1997 and was President of...

OHCHR Statement to the Indonesian Government on the Protection of Rights and Freedom of Expression in the Current West Papua Situation

19 September 2019

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have expressed their concern at the Indonesian government increasing the presence of police and military personnel in West Papua and continued crack down on human rights defenders using criminal law  over reporting on West Papua.On Monday 16 September, the UN human rights special experts made an appeal to the Indonesian government for immediate measures to protect freedom of expression and stop the harassment, intimidation, restrictions and threats against those who report on the protests in West Papua. To the...


15 September 2019

Human rights lawyer Veronica Koman has been consistent in defending West Papuan activists, and Free West Papua activist Surya Anta has been consistent in fighting for the right to self-determination for the indigenous West Papuan population. Veronica Koman protects activists who speak about West Papua across Indonesia, and Surya Anta has supported the right to self-determination with various groups and networks. This is extremely rare, as there are very few non-Papuan Indonesian lawyers and pro-democracy activists who are ready to take on this kind of work. Both Vero and Surya Anta have been...