This article is from the Free West Papua blog. Similar reports have been coming in from numerous sources.
Remember that Indonesia’s military activities and human rights abuses in West Papua are made possible in large part due to the support of foreign companies and governments involved in the exploitation of West Papua’s natural resources.
There are fears of an escalating humanitarian crisis today as news broke that Indonesian military are launching new sweeping operations in the Mulia region of the highlands. 6 people are so far confirmed dead, and 3 women raped by Indonesian military around the village of Tinginnambut, as Indonesian troops step up their efforts to find Free Papua rebel leader Goliath Tabuni. Villagers are now reported to be hiding in the jungle.
We appeal to the United Nations to intervene and send peacekeepers to the region. We have suffered for too long now. Please hear our cries for help.