Newsletter of the International Coalition for Papua May 2016
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maandag 23 mei 2016 08:26

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Press Release by the International Coalition for Papua


Unlawful mass arrest of over 1700 West Papuans

On 2 May 2016, thousands of West Papuans conducted peaceful demonstrations simultaneously in Jayapura, Sorong, Merauke, Wamena, Semarang, Makassar and Manokwari. The demonstrations were held in support of the ULMWP to be recognized as a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), protested the commemoration of 1 May 1963 as Indonesia’s accession of West Papua, and to support the International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP) forum in London on 3 May 2016 which will discuss international supervised referendum for West Papua. In total, 1,735 people were unlawfully arrested Papua in just one day which is on 2 May 2016. In Jayapura, police also arrested at least one child, delivered beatings to a journalist and numerous arrestees, and no less than a thousand of arrestees were forced to take their shirts off. The police beat and forbid journalists to cover in Jayapura and Fakfak. Intimidation by the security forces existed in all areas where the demonstrations took place including in Kaimana and Manokwari, although the latter did not end up in arrest.There were 1,783 people unlawfully arrested from 25 April 2016, the beginning of the preparation of the demonstration, to 2 May 2016. And since April 2016 to 2 May 2016, there were 1,846 people unlawfully arrested in Papua.
Read the full joint appeal
Read the report from LBH Jakarta

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Australia's Punk Documentary About West Papua Is Touring Bars Nationally
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zondag 08 mei 2016 07:26

You might not have heard of PFWP, but you need to see this award-winning film.

Aussie documentary Punks For West Papua has no intentions of turning the noise down. Following April's craft beer screening at Sydney's Wayward Brewing Co., this must-see doco has been gaining volume over the last few weeks and will begin a tour of screenings (and paired live gigs) across Australia's bars this month.

Never heard of Punks For West Papua? No sweat, we'll clue you in. PFWP is an Australia-wide movement organised by Jody Bartolo and his band Diggers with Attitude. Released earlier this year, the movement's documentary follows the Australian punk scene's fight for people in West Papua, who've experienced genocide at the hands of the Indonesian government since the 1960s. "Punks are used to raising their voice against the government, so this is a natural cause for them," says the doco's Australian director Ash Brennan.


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Petitie voor referendum in West-Papua
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dinsdag 03 mei 2016 12:07

ND – door Sophia Geuze – 3 Mei 2016

De Nederlandse overheid moet meer doen voor de mensenrechten in West-Papua, vinden de indieners van een burgerinitiatief. Zij hebben het benodigde aantal handtekeningen bijna binnen, zegt Oscar den Ouden, initiatiefnemer van de Week van de Papoea, die zondag begon.


‘Nog 5000 handtekeningen en we hebben er 40.000 voor een burgerinitiatief, en dus een plek op de Kamer-agenda.’

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