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Indonesia must attend to the health of imprisoned Jayapura 5

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 ...

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

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 ...

West Papua: Lawyers to appeal the sentence of the Jayapura 5

West Papua: Lawyers to appeal the sentence of the Jayapura 5

"We are asking the court to reconsider its verdict passed against Forkorus and his four co-defendants. Basically our appeal calls for the court to release the five men because the trial failed to prove that they were ...

Who Will Arrest Bosco Ntaganda, “The Lord of Impunity”?

Who Will Arrest Bosco Ntaganda, “The Lord of Impunity”?

The "general" has been implicated in rape, the abduction of child soldiers and possible ethnic cleansing. Why has Ntaganda remained so elusive and untouchable? Is it really possible that the 17,000 UN peacekeeping ...

West Papua and the United Nations

West Papua and the United Nations

Upon hearing that the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, will be attending The Jakarta International Defence Dialogue on 21 March 2012, West Papuan activists rallied in various cities to bring ...

Jennifer Robinson: The UN’s Chequered Record in West Papua

Jennifer Robinson: The UN’s Chequered Record in West Papua

IN THE 1960S, WEST PAPUANS WERE SACRIFICED IN THE NAME OF COLD WAR POLITICS – AND THE UN DID NOTHING ABOUT IT. Thousands have taken part in rallies across West Papua and in Australia to mark the UN Secretary- ...

March 19th: Protests in Papua & Australia demanding UN protection for Papuans

March 19th: Protests in Papua & Australia demanding UN protection for Papuans

“The Indonesian government brands us as separatists, and then hosts international fora to escalate support for what it says are ‘non-war military operations’ against us” ...

Sri Lanka: You Can’t Hide the Truth Forever

Sri Lanka: You Can’t Hide the Truth Forever

“We have proof of war crimes- we demand justice” – that was the message from thousands of Tamil protesters gathered outside the 19th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this week. The ...

Federal Republic of West Papua is registered at the UN

Federal Republic of West Papua is registered at the UN

At the latest hearing of the trial of Forkorus Yaboisembut, Forkorus announced that the proclamation of the Federal Republic of West Papua had been registered with the UN Security Council in order to receive intern ...

Indonesia and Australia: The Illegitimate States of the Asia Pacific Region

Indonesia and Australia: The Illegitimate States of the Asia Pacific Region

The notion of self-determination as a universal principle, whether viewed through a political, moral, or legal lens, has been and continues to be imprecise and in dire need of further clarification. U.S. president Wo ...

Rwanda, Unsafe to Speak Out
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Rwanda, Unsafe to Speak Out

If there’s one person in the world that Kagame fears today, it is Victoire Ingabire - the Rwandan Aung San Suu Kyi ...

Jayapura’s Call to London and the World – 11 October 2011 Rally
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Jayapura’s Call to London and the World – 11 October 2011 Rally

The National Committee for West Papua (KNPB) held a rally to support the continuation of the International Lawyer for West Papua (ILWP) talk organised in London... ...

You can’t preach the moral high ground and walk in the gutter: Australia and West Papua

You can’t preach the moral high ground and walk in the gutter: Australia and West Papua

If Australia wants to continue being the Deputy Sheriff of the Pacific (albeit with a rusty badge), it has to dispense justice without fear or favour... ...

West Papua Peaceful Rally in Abepura (Jayapura)
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West Papua Peaceful Rally in Abepura (Jayapura)

On August 2, 2011, Papuan students took to the streets in Abepura to remind the public of their struggle, and they also welcome the International Lawyers for West Papua who began the Road to Freedom Conference in Lon ...

The Persecution of the Rohingya

The Persecution of the Rohingya

The Rohingya are one of Burma’s most oppressed groups – an enormous statement when one considers the horrendous overall context. ...

West Papuan refugees’ Village Burnt Down in Papua New Guinea
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West Papuan refugees’ Village Burnt Down in Papua New Guinea

Shows West Papuan refugees returning to their village for the first time since it was burnt 3 weeks earlier by special operation "Sunset Merona" led by Papua New Guinea Police and Defense Force. ...

South Sudan: Tumultuous Birth of a New State

South Sudan: Tumultuous Birth of a New State

After a long, always troubled and often bloody journey, South Sudan's independence is just days away. July 9th will be a historic day for Sudan, for Africa and for the world. It will mark the end of a long, hard stru ...

UN Report: Internet Access is a Human Right

UN Report: Internet Access is a Human Right

Given that the Internet has become an indispensable tool for realizing a range of human rights, combating inequality, and accelerating development and human progress, ensuring universal access to the Internet should ...

Somalia: UN Mission on the Rocks

Somalia: UN Mission on the Rocks

The UN-mandated African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia has long seemed inadequate considering the enormous significance of the situation for the region, the continent and the wider international community. ...

UN Report: Sudan- “Ethnic Cleansing” Warning!
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UN Report: Sudan- “Ethnic Cleansing” Warning!

UN Security council has demanded the immediate withdrawal of Sudanese troops,from the disputed Abyei region, on the border with South Sudan. ...