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Displaced and Disempowered: Military expansionism at the cost of civilian lives

This report asks several questions about the spread of conflict in West Papua. The report also identifies the drivers of militarisation including increasing numbers of security force posts and bases allowing access to business opportunities, a deepening military role in ‘counter-terror’ operations, and looks at recent initiatives to stop conflict.

TAPOL Statement on the Involvement of the Security Forces in the IDPs Situation in Intan Jaya

A firefight took place between the National Liberation Army of West Papua (Tentara Pembebasan Nasional Papua Barat - TPNPB) and members of the Indonesian military and police force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia dan Kepolisian RI - TNI-POLRI) in Intan Jaya Regency, Central Papua Province, between 19th to 23rd January 2024. According to reports we received, the Indonesian security forces shot two civilians.

TAPOL's Latest Report - West Papua 2022: Laws, arrests and harassment worsens, despite Jakarta’s sweet words

With the ink now drying on the laws creating the new provinces in West Papua, claimed by Jakarta to have support from Papuans, TAPOL’s new report, 'West Papua 2022: Freedom Of Expression And Freedom Of Assembly', shows a picture of increasing incidents, including  arrests, dispersals, intimidation and killings for expressing dissent.


We report on the continuing power and influence of the security forces in Indonesia, as we have done since 1973. We monitor both security force actions and state policies which normalises the military, war and paramilitarism, advocating instead for demilitarisation and civilian power over the military.