International Committee of the Red Cross thrown out of West Papua

In another episode of intense paranoia, the Indonesian regime have thrown out the International Committee of the Red Cross from West Papua, simply because they visited Papuan political prisoners.

What is Indonesia trying to hide from the outside world? They already ban human rights observers and foreign journalists. Now they ban the only remaining humanitarian relief group in the country.

Indonesia’s actions send a clear message to the outside world that in West Papua now there is only suffering, intimidation. Indonesia are killing, raping and torturing Papuans every day. The crimes against humanity that Indonesia are trying to hide from the outside world must be acted upon by the international community.

We must not forget that it was only ten years ago that the world looked on in horror as Indonesia committed the most evil genocide in East Timor. The UN must ensure that the same does not happen in West Papua. A UN peacekeeping force must be sent to West Papua immediately. Urgent international intervention is required.

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West Papua activist kit

With this being such a crucial year for West Papua, we have put together a West Papua activist kit that people around the world can download from their computers and take action to spread awareness about the ongoing atrocities an crimes against humanity being committed by the Indonesian authorities in West Papua, as well as
developing support for the Papuans right to self-determination.

The kit includes print ready posters and flyers. We are asking you to print off copies and circulate these as far and wide as possible (schools, workplaces, universities, cafes, community centres etc).
Included in this download file are:

– A sign up letter including background information about IPWP for you to pass onto your local member of parliament asking them to join IPWP
– Three different A3 size posters calling for the release of Papuan political prisoners, a re-run of the Act of Free Choice, and information on the human rights violations that have been committed against Papuans over the years by Indonesian authorities.
– Three different A6 postcard size flyers including ones that you can send to the Indonesian Ambassador in your country.

If you wish to print these in bulk at a professional printers, all the files are print ready.

For those based in the UK we are able to do print runs for free (courtesy of a print works who are supporters of the Free West Papua Campaign), so if anyone needs copies made in the UK please get back in touch.
If anyone needs any other posters or postcards designed, please get back in touch and we will arrange.

You can download the ‘Activist kit’ at this link:

You will need Rar software installed on your computer (similar to zip file extraction capability). If you haven’t already got Rar software on your computer, you can download a free program here

As well an old favourite, a complete set of A4 display text & 10 graphics. Everything anyone would need to present a talk about West Papua.
Download a zipped up copy of all files here:

Papua Merdeka

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West Papuan Political Prisoner is physically abused by Public Prosecutors and Police in Jayapura Courthouse

Indonesian Public Prosecutors have triggered an attack against a Political Prisoner, Buchtar Tabuni, at the Jayapura District Court, 22 April 2009, in Jayapura, West Papua

On Thursday 22 April 2009, Buchtar Tabuni, was taken by members of the public prosecution team and police from prison to attend a hearing of his trial at the Jayapura District Court. The hearing was scheduled to hear the testimony of an expert witness.

Upon entry to the courthouse Buchtar requested to be put in the cell at the back of the court. He said that wished to see his defense lawyer’s as had been the usual practice before the trial commenced. Team members of public prosecutor and police responded to his request with repressive actions by dragging and beating Buchtar and forcing him into the court cell.

During the incident Buchtar Tabuni said he was held tightly by 3 of the team members of public prosecutor office while he was attacked by members of the Indonesian Police and Indonesia security forces intelligent agents, who were wearing civilian’s clothes and carrying pistols. The Police and intelligence agents beat him and kicked him. This resulted in him suffering back and backbone pain and a wound to his left arm and blisters on his feet. A witness also independently verified that he saw the members of public prosecutor drag Buchtar forcefully and police beat him.

Buchtar said that he was trying to protect his head and face from the attackers while being held and dragged. Buchtar said that members of public prosecutor who were holding his arms had also laid their hands on him. He said that he was hit by a hard object at his back and his arm when he covering his head during the attack. This was confirmed with the medical report (Fig.2 below), that states 1.there is a scratch wound at left elbow; 2.there is a pain in the back bone; 3.there is a pain oat the leg marks of beaten. The diagnose states there is a wound (ulkus luka) and marks of in sharp object (trauma tumpul).

One of Buchtar’s defense lawyers said the hearing was cancelled because the expert witness did not show up. He said that Buchtar Tabuni’s defense team was angry at the police and members of public prosecutors because these two institutions used violence against their client.

He said that the incident happened while team of defense lawyers were waiting in their room and had not realized that Buchtar had been taking to the courthouse through another gate (not the usual one). The defense lawyer also reported that 80% of the courtroom was stacked by Indonesian security forces members, including intelligent agents.

The defense lawyer said that in front of judges, the public prosecutor pronounced that he got a direct order from his superior (office of Chief Public Prosecutor) to bring Buchtar through non-formal gate, but did not state a clear reason for this change of procedure. The Judge asked the Public Prosecutor to take Buchtar Tabuni to the hospital and that he be checked by a doctor immediately.

Instead Buchtar was taken to Abepura prison by Public Prosecutor and left there. His defense lawyers came at the prison and asked officials of the prison to provide a medical treatment and check (visum report) in the prison for Buchtar.

Buchtar received a medical check by a nurse, appointed to work as a health worker in the prison. Some of his defense team then went to the police office to report the incident.

On 18 February 2009, Buchtar Tabuni (30) had been charged under article 106 of the Criminal Code regarding ‘makar’ or ‘subversion’, Article 160 of the Criminal Code regarding acts of incitement (rebellion) and article 212 of the Criminal Code regarding resisting personnel of the state, on his first trial. Buchtar Tabuni was arrest on 2 December 2008 in relation to a mass demonstration, which occurred in Jayapura supporting the establishment of International Parliamentarians for West Papua, which took place in London of 15 October 2008.

Paula Makabory from Institute for Papuan Advocacy and Human Rights said today, “This attack on Buchtar Tabuni shows the fundamental bias in the Indonesian judiciary system in courts prosecuting West Papuan political prisoners. There is little hope that Indonesian judicial procedure will bring about a fair or safe trial for Buchtar Tabuni and the many other West Papuan political prisoners.”

“A culture of injustice, persecution and Human Rights abuse exists within Indonesian state institutions which are hostile to West Papuan people. Indonesian state institutions, such as public prosecutors office and the court system, which have obligations under International law and Indonesia’s national laws to ensure justice for West Papuan people are actually at the fore front of the attack on the indigenous people of West Papua and their civil & political rights.”

Reported by Paula Makabory
Institute of Papuan Advocacy and Human Rights (IPAHR)

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2009 – a time for all Papuans to rise up against Indonesia and state their desire to be free

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Influx of foreign politicans sign up to International Parliamentarians for West Papua in light of recent increase in violence from Indonesian authorities

The deteriorating situation in West Papua where Indonesian forces have killed and imprisoned hundreds of people in recent days for peacefully calling for independence, has led to an influx of international politicians signing up the International Parliamentarians for West Papua. Those now signed up to the declaration recognising the right of the people of West Papua to self-determination include the widely respected US democrat senator Ted Kennedy.
The steadily growing list of politicians at is a reminder that the actions of the Indonesian authorities are not going unnoticed in the outside world, and the IPWP is growing in support and strength towards bringing long lasting change for West Papua

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Human rights lawyers pressing for West Papua self determination

From the Guyana Chronicle

INTERNATIONAL Lawyers for West Papua (ILWP), a global network of legal practitioners dedicated to promoting respect for the rule of law in that country, brought the campaign to Guyana last week.

Speaking, last Friday at Cara Lodge, in Quamina Street, Georgetown, Co-Chair of ILWP, Ms. Melinda Janki said their quest could have been taken anywhere else in the world but the West Papuan people selected this country.

“Because, 40 years ago, Guyana was one of a tiny number of countries that voted in support of West Papua’s freedom and its right to self-determination,” she explained.

West Papua is the western half of New Guinea, the world’s second largest island and Janki said the population has been denied one of the fundamental rights in the United Nations (UN) International Charter of Human Rights, self- determination, the right to choose their own government and national status.

She said ILWP is determined to help the indigenous peoples of West Papua freely and peacefully exercise their fundamental rights and freedom as guaranteed by international law and human rights standards, including the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Paramount among these rights is the collective legal right of indigenous Papuans to self-determination which was violated in the ‘Act of Free Choice’ in 1969, Janki said.

She said: “West Papua is on the island of New Guinea. There is a line down the middle of that island and, on the eastern side, is Papua New Guinea and, on the western side, is West Papua. The same Papuan people live on both sides of that line.”

Janki said Papua New Guinea is a free and independent sovereign state but West Papua is an occupied territory annexed in 1969 by Indonesia.

According to her: “In 1969, at the time of the annexation, the Papuan people had a right to self-determination, a right which is guaranteed by the UN Charter. The issue went before the UN General Assembly. The West Papuan people had no voice in the General Assembly and they could not claim their right to freedom.”

Janki said powerful states in the General Assembly voted for Indonesia to have West Papua. However, a small group of states objected and asked the General Assembly to follow international law.

“They asked the General Assembly to give the West Papuans people the right to exercise self-determination and give them their chance for freedom. Guyana was one of those states,” she revealed.

Annexation “Today, West Papua is still a colony. The annexation was a terrible violation of West Papua’s right to self-determination. The ILWP is working to redress that wrong,” Janki declared.

She said one of the UN purposes is to develop friendly relations, based on the principles of equal rights and self-determination of peoples.

“Peace is the basis of the International Legal Order. The UN was established to maintain international peace and security. The ILWP is committed to helping the indigenous people’s of West Papua to exercise freely and peacefully their right to self-determination,” Janki reiterated.

Towards that objective, the ILWP is working closely with the International Parliamentarians for West Papua, which was formed 2008, at the House of Commons in London, England.

“These are parliamentarians from around the world who support West Papua’s right to self-determination. The ILWP has members from all over the world and we invite all lawyers who believe in the rule of law and justice to join,” Janki said.

She said one of the most important things the ILWP is doing and intends to continue is educate people about West Papua’s right to self-determination that was confirmed in the UN Declaration.

Janki observed that, while many former ones are no longer colonies, West Papua still does not have freedom.

She said other important aspects of ILWP work, is the protection of rights and freedoms and to advocate for people to be able to exercise their rights freely and peacefully.

Leader of the West Papuan Independence Movement in the United Kingdom (UK) and Chairman of Demmak, the Koteka Tribal Assembly, Mr. Benny Wenda, who was imprisoned and tortured in Indonesia and accepted as a refugee in the UK, acknowledged that ILWP is very important for his people in West Papua, where there are more than 250 tribes.

He said the country is very rich in gold, copper, timber, minerals and gas and the Guyana visit marks the start of putting West Papua’s case internationally.

“Our voice has never been recognised. So, through this, ILWP could help support West Papuan people,” Wenda said.

He said his people have been crying for freedom more than 46 years and he is carrying their burden around the world seeking help.

Wenda lamented that his people are being killed, tortured and raped and lands, mountains and forests destroyed and one of his legs was broken when his village was bombed by Indonesian military.

“Now I have a crutch with me all the time,” he lamented.

Chairman of the Guyana National Toshaos Council, Mr. Colin Andrews assured of his people’s support to West Papua.

He said: “Today, I recognise that, even with the struggles that we have here as indigenous people, they are the ones who are struggling more.”

“In this country, as indigenous people, we have had a fair share of neglect, too, but what we did and I think all our people are proud to make strong representation, so that we can be where we are today and I can proudly say that we are climbing the ladder,” Andrews said.

Encouraging Wenda to continue his advocacy, he said: “There should be no turning back…we are going to be supporting your cause.”

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Amnesty International call for investigation into Indonesian police brutality in West Papua

From Amnesty International
Amnesty International urges the National Head of Police, Bambang Hendarso Danuri to initiate an immediate investigation into reports of police using excessive force to disperse a demonstration in Nabire, Papua. This is the third reported incident of such abuses by the Nabire police force since December 2008.
On 3 April 2009, police opened fire on a protest demonstration in Indonesia’s remote Papua region, injuring at least seven people. According to local sources, four are currently in critical condition in hospital, including a 10 year-old student who was shot as he was returning from school. A police officer was also injured by an arrow. The police arrested at least 15 political activists for “rebellion” prior to the demonstration, who are believed to still be detained.

The 200 demonstrators had called for the boycott of upcoming parliamentary elections and investigations into past human rights violations in Papua. They also celebrated the launch of the International Lawyers for West Papua (ILWP) in the United States in early April 2009.

Amnesty International recognizes the challenges involved in policing demonstrations. However, opening fire on protestors may contravene the UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials and the Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials. These state that force should be used only as a last resort, in proportion to the threat posed, and should be designed to minimize damage or injury.

Amnesty International urges that an impartial and independent inquiry into all three incidents in Nabire be carried out; with a review of police tactics and weapons in the policing of demonstrations. The authorities should make the findings and recommendations public in a timely manner.

The Indonesian authorities should discipline and bring to justice those involved if the force used is found to have been excessive and to have contravened the principles of necessity and proportionality. They should also put in place measures and training to ensure that future policing operations comply with international standards.

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