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-Latest News
  • Almost 1700 arrests in West Papua demos – Radio New Zealand International. May 3, 2016. Latest reports from Indonesia indicate police arrested almost 1700 West Papuans yesterday for taking part in a series of demonstrations across Papua region.
  • West Papua: UN must supervise vote on independence, says coalition – The Guardian (Australia). May 3, 2016. The United Nations must pass a resolution for an internationally supervised vote for independence in West Papua, global parliamentarians and independence advocates have said.
  • No improvement in Papua human rights – UN must help, says report – Asia Pacific Report. May 3, 2016. The report of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission on its "shadow" human rights fact-finding mission to West Papua this year has found no improvement in human rights.
  • Activists report 122 mass graves of 1965 victims across Java and Sumatra – Jakarta Post. May 3, 2016. Right activists visited the Office of the Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister on Monday to report their findings on 122 mass graves across Java and Sumatra containing the bodies of at least 13,900 victims of the 1965 communist purge.
  • Hundreds of North Jakartans protest evictions – Jakarta Post. May 3, 2016. Hundreds of North Jakarta residents held a rally in front of Jakarta City Hall on Tuesday to protest the frequent evictions by the Jakarta administration under the leadership of Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama.
  • Hundreds arrested in pro-MSG protests in Papua – Jakarta Globe. May 2, 2016. Police have arrested 500 demonstrators during a rally in support for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, or ULM, and its effort to reach full member status of the regional Melanesian Spearhead Group in Jayapura on Monday (02/05).
  • Arrests begin in West Papua mobilisations, after night of Armed police terror raids across Papua – West Papua Media. May 2, 2016. Arrests by Indonesian security forces of West Papuan demonstrators have just begun minutes ago in Jayapura, as West Papuan people begin planned mass mobilisations to demand self-determination and referendum on the occupied colony's future.
  • Vanuatu chiefs again push for West Papua full MSG bid – Radio New Zealand International. May 2, 2016. A public march in Vanuatu's capital delivered a petition to the Melanesian Spearhead Group secretariat calling for full membership for West Papua.

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-Earlier this week
  • Workers stage peaceful rally for fair wages – Jakarta Post. May 2, 2016. Workers and labor activists spent their Sunday celebrating International Labor Day, also known as May Day, staging rallies in major cities nationwide, demanding the government provide fair wages.
  • Workers demand wage rule revocation on May Day – Jakarta Post. May 2, 2016. Tens of thousands of workers from diverse unions in Greater Jakarta participated in a high-spirited rally in commemoration of International Labor Day, also known as May Day, on Sunday in the capital, demanding the revocation of a regulation on wages.
  • East Timor's Xanana Gusmao says small nations angry with Australia, and will put bid for UN seat in peril – Sydney Morning Herald. May 1, 2016. Australia's bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council is under threat due to its refusal to negotiate directly with East Timor over the disputed maritime boundary, the former president of the fledgling state, Xanana Gusmao, says.
  • 'It was a game': former Timor PM – The New Daily. May 1, 2016. Former East Timor leader Xanana Gusmao is a softly-spoken man, but is firm when it comes to talking about Australian prime ministers, past and present.
  • Government urged to protect rights of Indonesian migrant workers – Jakarta Post. May 1, 2016. Workers' rights NGO Migrant Care says Indonesian workers are still facing restrictions in expressing their opposition to the vulnerability and oppression they face in their workplaces.
  • Somyot Prueksakasemsuk is still in jail – Ugly Truth Thailand. May 1, 2016. Somyot Prueksakasemsuk is a Thai activist and magazine editor who in 2013 was sentenced to eleven years' imprisonment for lese majeste. He was arrested on 30th April 2011 and has been in jail ever since.
  • AWPA condemns arrest of 41 West Papua activists in Jayapura – Asia Pacific Report. April 30, 2016. The Australia West Papua Association today condemned the arrest of 41 KNPB (National Committee of West Papua) activists in Jayapura yesterday.
  • Timor-Leste: PM Rui de Araujo lashes out at Western press critics – Pacific Media Centre. April 30, 2016. Timor-Leste Prime Minister Rui de Araujo has lashed out at Western critics, saying their nations had "acquiesced" to the 24 years of Indonesian occupation.
  • Activists urge Jakarta to involve victims in addressing human rights cases in Papua – . Tabloid JUBI – April 29, 2016. Papuans reacted coolly to the central government's plans to resolve alleged human rights violations in Papua, saying that they doubted that the victims would be involved.
  • MSG leaders summit postponed but big West Papua rally goes ahead – Asia Pacific Report. April 29, 2016. The Melanesian Spearhead Group Special Leaders Summit scheduled to be held in the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila next week has been postponed to a date yet to be confirmed.
  • Kontras demand government declassify Munir case – Jakarta Post. April 29, 2016. The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) reported the State Secretary to the Central Information Commission (KIP) Thursday following the former's rejection to disclose the investigation refusal on the death of human rights champion Munir Said Thalib.
  • Security personnel prepare for May Day – Jakarta Post. April 29, 2016. About 17,000 security officers will be deployed to secure the commemoration of International Labor Day, or May Day, this coming Sunday, the same day when residents of Jakarta and its neighboring cities enjoy Car Free Day (CFD) on Jl. M.H. Thamrin and Jl. Sudirman.
  • Pacific leaders head to UK for West Papua meeting – Radio New Zealand International. April 29, 2016. Several Pacific leaders are headed for London to participate in the International Parliamentarians for West Papua meeting at Westminster.
  • Support needed for Jokowi's resolve to locate mass graves: HRW – Jakarta Post. April 28, 2016. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's efforts to start a reconciliation process around the tragedy of 1965 demands both domestic and international recognition and support, a rights activist has said.
  • Indonesia's search for mass graves met with skepticism – Associated Press. April 28, 2016. The Indonesian government's decision to investigate anti-communist massacres in 1965 is being met with wariness by rights groups, some of which are reluctant to share information about mass graves until the government shows how it will conduct the probe.
  • Thai Facebook group charged over 'foul language' about draft constitution – Reuters. April 28, 2016. Thailand's election commission on Wednesday filed charges against a group for posting "foul and strong" comments online criticizing a military-backed draft constitution, the first case filed under a law that prohibits campaigning on the charter.

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