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Raise the flag for West Papua

Despite cruel restrictions, every December 1st West Papuans gather to celebrate the day they were granted independence from the Dutch and risk their lives raising the Morning Star flag in remembrance. ...

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Mandawuy Yunupingu broke indigenous barriers

Mr Yunupingu was an Aboriginal musician, songwriter and campaigner who fought many battles - most of which he won. As the frontman of Yothu Yindi, he pushed indigenous music beyond Australian borders and gained a glo ...

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West Papuan cause getting new international support

New support for the West Papuan movement becoming member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and the New Caledonian Kanak nationalist coalition FLNKS (already an MSG member) are the stro ...

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Harsh Indonesian Rule of Papuan Political Prisoners

The Papuans Behind Bars website, which is supported by a range of human rights NGOs internationally as well as in Jakarta, displays the images and profiles of several of the at least 40 political detainees being held ...

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West Papuan Independence Leader Blocked from NZ Parliament

West Papuan freedom fighter Benny Wenda is on his way to New Zealand, and while he’s spoken at parliaments around the world, he won’t be allowed to here. Benny Wenda will bring with him West Papua human rights la ...

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Arming the Illegal Occupation of West Papua

Despite glaring human rights concerns, western nations are lining up to feed the Indonesian military's (TNI) thirst for blood in West Papua. While the TNI engages in ethnic cleansing "sweeps" in remote areas of West ...

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Sharp Increase in International Concern About Human Rights in West Papua

Indonesia's human rights record was reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Concerns about human rights in Papua increased sharply since the last review in 2008, with a significant number of m ...

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Indonesia must attend to the health of imprisoned Jayapura 5

Indonesia has been urged to pay close attention to the health and well-being of Forkorus and his colleagues who are now being held in Abepura Prison and to make sure that their conditions are being regularly monitore ...

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Indonesia’s treatment of prisoner Filep Karma labelled illegal

The Free Filep Karma Campaign says Indonesia must adhere to international obligations on the treatment of prisoners by addressing the Papuan political prisoner’s medical needs. Mr Karma, who is serving a 15-year ja ...

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Vote Rio Tinto for Greenwash Gold 2012

Rio Tinto is bad news for many communities around the world. Its operations have failed to provide adequate protection of public health, the environment, workers and human rights. It is a scandal that it should be pr ...

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West Papua’s political status can be challenged at the UN

After studying important documents at the Secretariat of the United Nations in relation to the Act of Free Choice, Yan Christian Warinussy of LP3BH concluded that the political status of West Papua is not yet final ...

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Maire Leadbeater: Treason Trial Threatens Fundamental Rights

Amnesty and Human Rights Watch say that Indonesia is defying its signed commitment to the International Conventions that protect the right to freedom of opinion and expression and the right to peaceful assembly. Inst ...

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The Urewera Four: Fear of a Black Planet in New Zealand

Stimulator: This week a special interview with Tame Iti, a Māori Freedom Fighter who was accused of terrorism during the most expensive trial in New Zealand's history. ...

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West Papua’s ‘Arab Spring’

It was not in the headlines, but our neighborhood has had its own ‘Arab Spring’. The Melanesian people of Indonesian-controlled West Papua, have shown the same determination to pursue non-violent struggle as thei ...

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