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New Report Exposes Myth of ‘No Political Prisoners’ in Indonesia

A new report by UK-based NGO, TAPOL, forcefully challenges the Indonesian government’s repeated assertion that the country has ‘no political prisoners.’ There were at least 210 political arrests in West Papua d ...

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 ...

Indonesian Military ‘Development’ Program Spreads Fear in West Papua

The military presence in West Papua is almost always accompanied by human rights violations such as killings, arbitrary arrests, rape and torture. Papuan leaders have voiced their concern at plans for more than a tho ...

A Glimpse of the Persistent, Widespread Practice of Torture in West Papua

Put in a broader context of the politics of torture in Papua, the cases of Gobay and Klembiap are not uncommon or isolated. Rather, they reveal a glimpse of the ways the Indonesian state has governed Papua for the la ...

Who burned 13 orphan boys alive in Yangon, Myanmar?

Buddhist Nationalism provides the perfect cover for the military elite of Myanmar to continue their decades-long campaign of ethnic cleansing of Muslims, Christians and other indigenous minority groups throughout the ...

Chevron to Expand to West Papua

US-based Chevron, the leading crude oil producer in Indonesia, is set to spread its wings to the eastern part of the country after wrapping up a seismic survey of two exploration blocks in West Papua. The firm’s pr ...

Malnutrition Claims 95 Lives in West Papua, Gov’t Accused of Negligence

Several sources are reporting that over 500 people have fallen ill and close to a hundred people have already died from malnutrition and “disease outbreaks” since November of last year in five remote villages in ...

Another PNG Government Official Speaks Up About West Papua

The Papua New Guinea Health minister Michael Malabag, speaking as a private citizen, has said it is time PNG made a bold stand for the independence struggle of the mostly Melanesian indigenous people of the Indonesia ...

Public Servants Bearing Witness Vol. 3

Public Servants BEARING WITNESS serves as a supplement to mainstream news’ output. P.S. BEARING WITNESS was created to help maintain an informed public by covering the major international stories mainstream media h ...

PNG Takes Regional Lead In Supporting West Papua Freedom Campaign

Ordinary people in this part of the Pacific are painfully aware that the West Papuan people continue to live under the gun. It is the politicians in Melanesia who have been slow to take up the cause. But that may be ...

West Papua: Indonesia Uses Soldier Deaths to Escalate Conflict

Eight Indonesian soldiers were killed on February 21 in West Papua. The attacks were claimed by the armed wing of the Free Papua Movement (TPN-OPM). The attacks came after a series of violent crackdowns by Indonesian ...

PNG-made: The development of Melanesian law

The situation today is that most of the legal principles governing PNG have been borrowed from England and Australia. That is good to some extent but most of our problems are Melanesian in nature, so English common l ...

West Papuan Leaders Apply For Melanesian Spearhead Group Membership

Officials from the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL) have submitted an application for Melanesian Spearhead Group membership at the organisation’s headquarters in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Dr John Onda ...

Public Servants Bearing Witness Vol. 2

Public Servants Bearing Witness Vol. 2

Public Servants BEARING WITNESS serves as a supplement to mainstream news’ output. P.S. BEARING WITNESS was created to help maintain an informed public by covering the major international stories mainstream media h ...

7 Papuans Arbitrarily Arrested, Tortured and Interrogated by Indonesian Police

The Asian Human Rights Commission are reporting that seven West Papuan men were arbitrarily arrested, tortured and interrogated, in two separate incidents, by Indonesian police on February 15th, 2013. ...

Papua New Guinea Government Orders Urgent Military Deployment to Indonesian Border

Papua New Guinea’s cabinet has approved 2.5 million US dollars to deploy defence force soldiers to patrol and protect the border with Indonesia. President O’Neill ordered the Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato to iss ...

100th Self-Immolation Reported Inside Tibet

A former Tibetan Buddhist monk protested Chinese rule by killing himself through self-immolation this month, becoming the 100th person to do so inside Chinese-governed Tibet since 2009. ...

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 ...

Public Servants Bearing Witness Vol. 1

What’s mainstream news not telling you? Quite a lot, actually. But that’s a problem Sarah Jones (@SarahJReports) endeavors to remedy as editor of the new monthly online publication “Public Servants BEARING WITN ...

Information Instead of Arrows – Next Generation Activism in Papua

For decades, the struggle for West Papuan independence has been fought from the vast rainforests along the border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG). But there has been little progress, and now second gener ...