West Papua Report March 2009 PDF Afdrukken

This is the 58th in a series of monthly reports that focus on developments affecting Papuans. This series is produced by the non-profit West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) drawing on media accounts, other NGO assessments, and analysis and reporting from sources within West Papua. This report is co-published with the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) Back issues are posted online at http://etan.org/issues/wpapua/default.htm Questions regarding this report can be addressed to Edmund McWilliams at Dit e-mailadres is beschermd tegen spambots. U heeft Javascript nodig om het te kunnen zien. .



The US State Department's just-published Annual Human Rights Report for Indonesia candidly describes repression of Papuan rights including security force murder, beatings and torture of peaceful dissenters and security force collusion in people trafficking and theft of Papuans' traditional lands. Notwithstanding her Department's strong report, Secretary of State Clinton failed to discuss human rights or not meet with Papuans. Her failure to publicly raise human rights concerns prompts concern that the Obama administration may proceed with Bush Administration plans to pursue ties with Indonesian Special Forces and intelligence agencies notwithstanding their egregious human rights records. An ETAN spokesperson urged the Obama administration to utilize its leverage to spur reform of the Indonesian military. Buchtar Tabuni faces charges of subversion because of his peaceful dissent. An Indonesian Human Rights Commission official has accused the Yudhoyono government of failure to prosecute Indonesian military officers for "widespread abuses in Papua." A Jakarta human rights official has criticized Jakarta's "Special Autonomy" as failing to make a difference in the lives of Papuans. A Papuan, also commenting on "Special Autonomy" observed that funds intended to be made available to assist Papuans have been used to "build the military" and spur migrant displacement of Papuans.

Contents (For details : http://www.etan.org/issues/wpapua/0903wpap.htm)

  • US State Department Reports Repression of Papuan Rights in Annual Human Rights Report

  • Secretary Clinton in Jakarta Generally Ignores Human Rights Issues, Fails to Meet with Papuans

  • Human Rights Group Urges US to Use Its Leverage to Spur Reform of Indonesian Military

  • Buchtar Tabuni Charged Under Repressive Criminal Code Statues

  • Indonesian Government Human Rights Commission Accuses Government of Failing to Prosecute

  • Human Rights Crimes in West Papua and Elsewhere

  • Boiling Rocks in West Papua

  • Papuan Official Rejects "Special Autonomy"