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-- Thousands of people have been taking to the streets of the provinical capital Jayapura on an almost daily basis now calling for a referendum on independence and for the international community to help.

 

-- Indonesian authorities have arrested 4 Dutch journalists in Jayapura after they were caught attempting to report on a demonstration being held by Papauns calling for independence. This episode further highlights the climate of paranoia and fear running through the Indonesian administration who for decades have banned human rights obsevers and journalists from the region.

 

-- Indonesian military have stepped up sweeping operations in the Puncak Jaya region. Confirmed reports state that 15 people including women and children have been killed by the military so far, and hundreds of others remain in hiding in the jungle. We are making an urgent appeal to the international community to lobby the United Nations to act at this time before a full blown crisis unfurls.

 

-- The undercover report on the West Papua independence struggle broadcast on BBC Newsnight including interviews with members of the OPM and human rights victims can now be seen on the BBC website at this link http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/7941787.stm