Urgent Appeal: 5 Papuans killed | Launching of Filep Karma's book | Acts of state terrorism |KNPB still most targeted group
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Urgent Appeal: Extrajudicial and summary execution of five indigenous Papuans by Indonesian National Army 

altAn urgent appeal will be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council Special Procedures regarding the killing of four Indigenous Papuan civilians on the 8th December 2014 (and the subsequent death of two more indigenous Papuans injured during the incident) in Paniai District, Papua Province by members of the Indonesian National Army.

Launching of Filep Karma's Book "As if we're half Animals"

altPresident Joko Widodo must end all racism and discrimination in the Land of Papua, from impunity for human rights violators to restrictions on access for independent journalists to visit Papua, said publisher Deiyai.

Dr. Benny Giay, chair of the Deiyai publishing company, said that the racism and discrimination in question is highlighted by Filep Karma, a political prisoner in Abepura prison, in his book ‘As If we’re Half Animals: Indonesian Racism in the Land of Papua,’ launched today in Jayapura. It is 10 years to the day since Karma was jailed for a speech about the marginalisation of ethnic Melanesians in the Land of Papua on 1 December 2004.

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Not a mere case of bad apples: Acts of state terrorism

altThirteen years ago on Nov. 10 — Heroes’ Day — the Papuan leader Theys Eluay was found dead in the vicinity of Jayapura city after attending an event at the local headquarters of the Army’s Special Forces, Kopassus.

His body was left abandoned in a public place. His driver, Aristoteles Masoka, went missing, and remains unaccounted for.

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KNBP remain most targeted Papuan civil society group

altPapuans Behind Bars reports that at the end of November 2014, there were at least 65 political prisoners in Papuan jails.

The West Papua National Committee (Komite Nasional Papua Barat, KNPB) remains the most heavily targeted civil society group in Papua. So far this year, there have been 101 arrests of KNPB activists or those suspected of being affiliated to the KNPB. The pattern of mass arrests of KNPB members continued this month with 28 KNPB members arrested for participating in peaceful commemorative activities celebrating the 6th anniversary of the formation of the KNPB in 2008.

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Formation of united West Papua group seen as significant

As reported by Radio New Zealand, three main political groups advocating independence of West Papua have formed the United Liberation Movement for West Papua. Octo Mote is the General Secretary and Benny Wenda their international spokesperson. The movement is composed of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation and the Federal Republic of West Papua.

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Human Rights and Peace for Papua is an international coalition of faith-based and civil society organisations (the Coalition) addressing the serious human rights condition in West Papua and supporting a peaceful solution to the conflict there. West Papua (Papua) refers to the western half of the New Guinea island in the Pacific and comprises the eastern most provinces of Indonesia. Indigenous Papuans are suffering from a long and ongoing history of human rights violations and security forces subject them to violence including killings, torture and arbitrary arrests. Impunity prevails. A lack of adequate access to health care and education as well as demographical and economical marginalisation and discrimination mark the living condition for Papuans. A heavy presence of Indonesian security forces, lack of access for international observers such as journalists, corruption and transmigration from other parts of Indonesia aggravate the situation. Political prisoners and the persecution of political activists shows the extent of repression with which freedom of expression and indigenous peoples’ rights are being violated. Papua’s wealth in natural resources attracts businesses and security forces resulting in exploitation through mining, logging, harmful agricultural projects, and environmental degradation. This dynamic challenges traditional indigenous culture while Papuans demand their right to self-determination.
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Members of the Coalition:
Asian Human Rights Commission (Hong Kong)
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (London)
Dominicans for Justice and Peace (Geneva)
Franciscans International (Geneva)
Geneva for Human Rights (Geneva)
Lutheran World Federation (Geneva)
Mensen met een Missie (The Hague)
Mission 21 (Basel)
Pazifik Netzwerk e.V. (Neuendettelsau)
Pax Romana (Geneva)
Tapol (London)
United Evangelical Mission (Wuppertal)
Uniting World (Sydney)
Vivat International (Geneva)
West Papua Netzwerk (Wuppertal)
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Benny Wenda's statement on the massacre of youths and children in Paniai, West Papua 9th December 2014
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woensdag 10 december 2014 10:45

benny wenda west papua seal4-2Benny has written this statement on the recent massacre in Paniai, West Papua which has left at least 5 Papuan boys dead and up to 21 injured.






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Five Papuans shot dead for dancing and protesting
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dinsdag 09 december 2014 10:20

Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Headlines | Tue, December 09 2014, 9:10 AM



Five civilians were shot and killed and 21 others were injured on Monday when security personnel dispersed a crowd that was gathering and dancing at the Karel Gobai Field in Madi district, Paniai regency, Papua.

Paniai Customary Council head John Gobay said the shooting took place at 10 a.m. local time as residents from Togokotu village were gathering at the field, also known as Soeharto field, in protest over an incident from the previous night.

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