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

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.

Press Release: Gross human rights violation in Wasior, 17 years on and still looking for justice

Press Release: Gross human rights violation: Wasior, 17 years on and still looking for justice

13 June, 2018

"Bloody Wasior" is an unresolved case of gross human rights violations caused by the Indonesian State between April and October 2001 primarily in the area of Wasior district, West Papua province. It started with protest of local communities who demanded compensation from PT Dharma Mukti Persada (PT DMP), a logging company operating in Wasior district, who had illegally occupied community customary land and harvested timber resources.

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

Mr Maina Kiai

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Assembly


Mr David Kaye

UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression

cc.           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

Human Rights in Papua 2011/2012

2010 and 2011 have been particularly singular for the indigenous Papuans who live in the Western half of the Island of New Guinea. In 2010 episodes of torture perpetrated against Indigenous Papuans were displayed worldwide. Through shocking and horrific video images, the entire world has discovered how the Indonesian Army deliberately commits torture against Indigenous Papuans.

New Report Reveals Extent of Papua Human Rights Violations

Following last month’s violent dispersal by Indonesian security forces of the Third Papuan Peoples’ Congress in Jayapura, Indonesia has been confronted with the full scale of human rights problems in Papua by the new Report ‘Human Rights in Papua 2010/2011. This was launched yesterday by the Faith Based Network on West Papua (FBN), Franciscans International (FI), and the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

Papuan Women: Victims of Discrimination and Abuse

For the past forty years, Indonesia has relied heavily on revenues from West Papua, the richest of its provinces, to keep its economy afloat, while the Papuan people have enjoyed little benefit from these riches. Few journalists have been allowed to visit the huge territory, which is out of bounds to foreign NGOs. Hence, little is known about the conditions for Papuan women. To read the article in full, please download the PDF.

Book Review: Recollections of 13 Women Detained and Tortured after October 1965

Kembang Kembang Genjer, (Genjer Flowers) by Fransisca Ria Susanti, September 2006. Published by Lembaga Sastra Pembebasan, 165 pages, with forewords by Prof. Saskia E. Wieringa and Dr. Asvi Warman Adam.

A poster on the wall in my office presents a vivid depiction of mass murder set against scenes of people going about their daily lives and engaged in recreational activities. Splashed across the top are the words: 'Akui Negara Bertanggungjawab Atas Tragedi 1965' (The State Should Take Responsible for the 1965 Tragedy).