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Human Rights Court Mechanism and The 2014 Paniai Papua Case

31 August 2022

In this briefing, AJAR (Asia Justice and Rights), KontraS (the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence) and TAPOL, members of the Coalition of Civil Society for Monitoring of the 2014 Paniai Case which also consists of a number of human rights organizations in Papua, Indonesia and internationally, explain how Indonesia's Human Rights Court mechanism works and its past record.

Illegal arms sales, internal displacement and a ‘new approach’ in West Papua

27 May 2022

This briefing looks at reports of illegal sales of weaponry by the security forces, continuing internal displacement and the military's claimed new approach. It looks especially at the reasons behind these developments, and the lack of coherent action on the part of the Government.

Militarisation, Conflict and Injustice in Maybrat Regency, West Papua

17 February 2022

Following a period of military expansion in the region, Maybrat has been the scene of violence between the military and West Papua’s pro-independence armed group, TPNPB (Tentara Pembebasan Nasional Papua Barat, the National Liberation Army of West Papua). This briefing shows drivers of recent conflict in Maybrat, especially militarisation and natural resource contestation.

Militerisasi, konflik, dan ketidakadilan di Kabupaten Maybrat, Papua Barat

17 February 2022

Terletak persis di jantung semenanjung Kepala Burung, ujung barat daya West Papua (lihat peta di bawah), Maybrat kerap kali tersembunyi dari pengamatan karena terpencil dan kurang diberitakan. Maybrat adalah salah satu kabupaten di Provinsi Papua Barat hasil pemekaran tahun 2009. Gambar 1: Peta Provinsi Papua Barat. Kabupaten Maybrat adalah wilayah berwarna hijau di tengah, tanpa akses ke laut. (Sumber peta: Monitor Keadilan)Di bawah ini adalah sejumlah informasi umum tentang Kab. Maybrat:Luas wilayah: 5.461,69 km² Populasi: 40.649 jiwa98,65% KristenMenempati posisi tiga terendah dalam Indeks...

The Indonesian military and counter-terrorism: new business, same old ways

05 October 2021

From the early 2000s, terrorism in Indonesia was regarded as a matter of ‘security and order’, and dealt with by the police and its militarized anti-terror unit, Densus 88. However, in 2018, legislation was amended which marked a shift in that the Indonesian military was again given a key role in countering terrorism. In 2021, this legal provision was brought into play as the main West Papuan armed resistance, the TPNPB was designated as a ‘terrorist’ organisation by the Government.

Special autonomy – big on funds, short on human rights and democracy

25 May 2021

In this briefing we describe how the law has failed to achieve its objectives in two ways. First, despite promising to ‘protect’ West Papuan culture, and to economically empower indigenous West Papuans, many important aspects of the law have been only partly implemented or ignored altogether. Second, instead of implementing the law, the authorities have resorted to governing through a programme of development projects from abundant funds.

Entrenched militarism, the ‘prosperity’ approach and governance by exception in West Papua 

08 December 2020

TAPOL Briefing Entrenched militarism, the ‘prosperity’ approach and governance by exception in West Papua December 8, 2020 IntroductionSince the fall of the New Order regime (1966-1998), with one brief period of exception between 1998-2001, the power and authority of the Indonesian security forces in the region of West Papua have remained largely undiminished. We attribute this to two reasons, both of which stem from a failure to implement genuine political reform in West Papua and Indonesia more broadly. First, the power of the military and police in West Papua has remained unchecked by...

Indonesia: The New Omnibus Law

19 October 2020

TAPOL BriefingRecent changes to Indonesian labour law: why the country's workers are protestingOctober 19, 2020On 5 October 2020, the Indonesian Parliament passed an ‘Omnibus’ law. At the time of writing, the legislation has not yet been signed into law by President Widodo and reportedly has gone through further revisions since being passed by Parliament. The draft law remains the subject of extensive street protests across Indonesia. This was met with a significant security force crackdown in response, including violence committed against demonstrators - labour and environmental activists...

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.

Submission to Universal Periodic Review of Indonesia, third cycle (27th session)

07 October 2016

The joint submission by TAPOL and BUK provided information on human rights in Indonesia to the Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review in April 2017. The submission focuses on human rights issues in Papua, with a particular focus on ensuring freedom of expression in West Papua. To read the full submission please download the PDF.

Urgent Appeal - Indonesia: Killings, torture, mass arrests and excessive use of force against Papuans commemorating 1 December

11 December 2015

Mr Maina KiaiUN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly Mr David KayeUN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expressioncc.           Mr Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights                Mr Juan Mendez, UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, degrading or inhuman treatment or punishment                Ms. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples               Mr. Christof Heyns, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions                Mr. Laurent Meillan, Deputy Head, OHCHR Regional Office for South East...

TAPOL calls for action on Bloody Yotefa case

26 November 2014

Following a civil society investigation into the Bloody Yotefa case on 2 July 2014, today TAPOL called on the UN Special Procedures to intervene to ensure an independent investigation, safety of the surviving victims, justice and the right to remedy for the victims. During the incident, which occured following the death of a police officer in Yotefa Market, Abepura police carried out sweeping raids which resulted in the torture of four indigenous farmers by police and by migrant mobs with state-sanctioned complicity, as well as the arbitrary arrests and detention of forty people. While the...

UA: Arbitrary arrests, torture and killings following violence at Yotefa Market

26 November 2014

Dear Mr MendezIndonesia: Arbitrary arrests, torture and killings following violence at Yotefa Market, AbepuraWe are writing to you on behalf of TAPOL regarding a violent incident which occurred on 2 July 2014 at Yotefa Market in Abepura, Papua, Indonesia, after a policeman was killed while attempting to break up a dice game. Police conducted a sweep of the area making 40 arbitrary arrests, opening fire on a public bus and its passengers and torturing four men. During the police sweeping three students were killed in different locations near the market place by unknown masked assailants. All...

Urgent Appeal: Stop criminal proceedings against Papuan human rights lawyer

04 September 2014

The International Coalition for Papua (ICP) and TAPOL are writing to inform you of a case concerning the criminal investigation initiated by Papua Regional Police against prominent Papuan human rights lawyer, Gustaf Kawer. He has received two summonses under accusations of coercion and rebelliousness under Articles 211 and 212 of the Indonesian Penal Code.The criminal investigation against Mr. Kawer is based on a report filed by an administrative court judge who examined an indigenous land dispute in which Mr. Kawer’s client is a party. In a hearing held on June 12, 2014, Mr. Kawer protested...

Urgent Appeal: 2 Papuans arrested & tortured for calling for release of political prisoners

17 April 2014

Urgent Appeal Dear Mr La RueIndonesia: Two Papuan students arrested and tortured for calling for the release of political prisonersWe are writing to you on behalf of TAPOL and the undersigned organisations regarding the violent dispersal of a demonstration in Jayapura, Papua, on 2 April 2014, and the arrest and torture of two students, Alfares Kapisa and Yali Wenda. While the students have now been released, we believe that police conduct violated the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and assembly, the right to freedom from torture, the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers and...

Urgent Appeal to Special Rapporteur on EJs: West Papuan activist poisoned to death

23 December 2013

20 December 2013
Mr. Christof Heyns
UN Special Rapporteur on
extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
1211 Geneva 10
SWITZERLAND Fax: +41 22 917 9006Dear Mr. Heyns,Re: Letter of allegation – West Papuan activist poisoned to deathHuman Rights and Peace for Papua (ICP), Fransiscans International, TAPOL, the West Papua Netzwerk (WPN) and the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) are writing to inform you of a case regarding the suspicious death of Danny Kogoya, the Jayapura regional commander of the Free Papua Movement (Operasi Papua...

Urgent Appeal: freedom of expression in Papua

23 May 2013

Urgent Appeal to Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of ExpressionIndonesia: Killings, arrests and excessive use of force against peaceful protestors in Papua We are writing to you on behalf of TAPOL, International Coalition for Papua, Survival International, Franciscans International, West Papua Advocacy Team, East Timor and Indonesia Action Network, West Papua Action Auckland, Australia West Papua Association (Sydney), Peace Movement Aorearoa, Pacific Media Centre and Pacific Scoop in relation to the killings, arrests and excessive use of force against peaceful protestors in...

Killings, injuries and arrests of peaceful protestors: 1 May Papua commemoration

23 May 2013

TAPOL would like to bring your attention to an urgent deterioration in the situation in Papua. The killing of Papuan activists in Sorong, the arrest of at least 30 peaceful demonstrators in Timika, Sorong, Biak, Abepura and Jayapura and the brutal treatment of demonstrators by Indonesian security forces represent a significant deterioration in the handling of 1 May commemorative events when compared with recent years.1 May 2013 was the 50th anniversary of the administrative transfer of Papua to Indonesia. While the date is always a tense one in Papua, the 50 year anniversary held particular...

Impunity: The black mark against Indonesia's democracy

16 November 2012

Since Suharto seized power in Indonesia in October 1965, impunity has been deeply entrenched in Indonesia. Although the fall of the dictator in May 1998 led to the introduction of the basic mechanisms of democracy, it has done nothing to end the scourge of impunity.The 2009 elections have emphatically returned President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to power and he now has another opportunity to add more substance to the democratic transition by addressing the fundamental problem posed by the absence of accountability for serioushuman rights crimes.Impunity, which means crime without punishment,...

Aceh elections: A foregone conclusion

16 November 2012

General elections in Indonesia are held every five years, the most recent one being in April 2009. But this time round, the elections in Aceh on the northern tip of Sumatra were very different. For the first time, the Acehnese voted in free elections after almost three decades of conflict. The former rebel movement GAM had transformed itself into a political party and fielded its own candidates in the local elections.Aceh is the only Indonesian province where people have been allowed to set up their own parties. Six local parties have been officially recognized: Partai Aceh (PA, the Aceh...