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students in Yogyakarta endure racist insults, multiple arrests in two day
siege CNN Indonesia. July 17, 2016. Animal names and racist insults
could be heard shouted at midday on Friday July 15. The shouts originated
from members of mass organisations besieging the Kamasan I Papua student
dormitory on Jalan Kusumanegara in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta.
police detain local residents, Red Cross workers helping besieged Papua
students Tempo.co. July 16, 2016. Students and activists at the Papuan
student dormitory in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta have been besieged
by hundreds of security personnel from the Yogyakarta regional police and
the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) paramilitary police.
Papua proclamation day commemorated with flag raising event in Yogyakarta
Suara Papua. July 1, 2016. Every year July 1 is commemorated by Papuans
as West Papua proclamation day. The proclamation was read out at the Victoria
Headquarters in Waris Village, Jayapura, in 1971.
Widodo will not apologise to PKI, abolish TNI territorial commands
Liputan 6. June 27, 2016. President Joko Widodo or Jokowi attended a
fast breaking event with TNI (Indonesian military) officers at the TNI's
headquarters in Cilangkap, Jakarta, where he took the opportunity to reaffirm
that he will not apologies to former members of the Indonesian Communist
and academics at the Palace useless in pushing for reforms Kompas.com.
June 3, 2016. The presence of activists and academics within Presidential
Palace circles are often considered an opportunity to push for democratic
reform in the bureaucracy.
HAM takes IPT verdict into consideration Jakarta Post. July 26, 2016.
Unlike other government institutions, the National Commission on Human
Rights (Komnas HAM) has warmly welcomed the International People's Tribunal's
(IPT) verdict finding the state of Indonesia guilty of crimes against humanity
seeks solutions following student attack Jakarta Post. July 26, 2016.
Papua Governor Lukas Enembe has sent a team to Yogyakarta following an
attack by a number of community organizations at a Papuan student dormitory
in Kamasan, Yogyakarta, on July 15.
PM urges MSG to stay true to founding principles Radio New Zealand
International. July 26, 2016. Following the move by the Melanesian Spearhead
Group to defer a decision on the United Liberation Movement for West Papua's
application to become full members, Vanuatu's prime minister Charlot Salwai
says there is a need for membership criteria to be developed which better
reflects the group's founding principles.
Bali gangs attend training Jakarta Post. July 26, 2016. Despite mounting
demands from Bali residents for the disbandment of mass organizations as
a result of their involvement in acts of violence, the police are training
them to help safeguard the island.
killed, but Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte says it's just the start
Sydney Morning Herald. July 26, 2016. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte
has ordered police to escalate his war on illegal drugs that has already
killed almost 300 people across the archipelago nation since the start
rise in Afghan child deaths and injuries, UN says BBC News. July
25, 2016. More Afghan children were killed or injured in the first half
of this year than in any six-month period since 2009, says the UN. The
report's authors said the toll was "alarming and shameful", and that history
would judge leaders on all sides on their response.
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Racism and assaults against indigenous Papuans ignored by government in
Yogyakarta province Asian Human Rights Commission Statement. July
media groups question Timor Leste PM commitment to press freedom
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Statement. July 19, 2016
Key must raise human rights concerns with Indonesian President Widodo
West Papua Action Auckland Media Release. July 18, 2016
China Sea ruling puts spotlight on Australia's untenable position in the
Timor Sea Timor Sea Justice Campaign Media Release. July 13, 2016
has called for a national action to be held over two day in West Papua
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. July 12, 2016
human rights and freedom of expression in West Papua West Papua Action
Auckland Media Release. July 7, 2016
years since the Biak Massacre Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)
Media Release. July 5, 2016
support for Papua New Guinean Student movement grows Joint Media
Release. July 1, 2016
intimidation of activists as anniversary of West Papuan independence declaration
approaches Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release.
June 30, 2016
Judges fail to meet standard of fair trial in activist murder case
Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal. June 28, 2016
Papua Action Auckland congratulates the governments of Vanuatu and Solomon
Islands West Papua Action Auckland. June 28, 2016
people of West Papua demand action against human rights violations
Foundation St. Legal Aids for the People of West Papua Press Statement.
June 25, 2016
End impunity and arbitrary arrests in West Papua TAPOL. June 24,
oral Statement at the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council
June 23, 2016
Security forces and a mining company-government supported, violently attacked
and shot villagers Asian Human Rights Commission Urgent Appeal -
June 23, 2016
Lack of genuine policy and rights in Papua Asian Human Rights Commission
Statement. June 17, 2016
of KNPB and student activists increases, 65 more activists arrested on
the 13 June Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release.
June 14, 2016
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Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli resigns minutes before no-confidence motion
Agence France Presse. July 25, 2016. Nepal's Prime Minister KP Sharma
Oli has resigned, minutes before facing a no-confidence motion in Parliament
he was certain to lose, plunging the impoverished, quake-hit nation into
electrocuted me' says Indonesia's death-row prisoner nearing execution
Sydney Morning Herald. July 24, 2016. A Nigerian man facing imminent
execution in Indonesia tearfully told a court that police electrocuted
his genitals to force him to confess to possessing heroin.
Ley: Thousands attend funeral of murdered Cambodian activist ABC
Radio Australia. July 24, 2016. Tens of thousands of Cambodians have poured
onto the streets of Phnom Penh for the funeral procession of a prominent
political analyst murdered in a brazen daylight shooting that shocked the
South-East Asian nation.
urged to respond to tribunal Jakarta Post. July 23, 2016. The International
People's Tribunal (IPT) on 1965 will move ahead with its fight for the
rights of victims of the 1965 purge, despite the government's dismissal
of the tribunal's recent report.
bear the brunt of Pakistan's obsession with dishonour Financial Times.
July 22, 2016. Pakistan is a country obsessed with dishonour. Though the
nation itself is hardly a paragon of integrity corrupt and incoherent
after 69 years of military misrule and elective kleptocracy it hounds
half of its citizenry constantly, patrolling behaviour, speech and lifestyle.
body remains optimistic '65 massacre will be resolved Jakarta Post.
July 22, 2016. Efforts to resolve the 1965 massacre, which has been called
a grave human rights violation, will continue despite differences among
the relevant parties, the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM)
tribunal pushes for justice despite govt's resistance Jakarta Post.
July 21, 2016. Members of the International People's Tribunal on the 1965
crimes against humanity in Indonesia (IPT 1965) are resolved to pursue
justice over the genocide of the 1965 anticommunist purge and will submit
the tribunal's hearing results that were published on Wednesday to the
Indonesian government, the IPT coordinator has said.
denies foreign involvement, genocide in 1965 communist purge Jakarta
Post. July 21, 2016. The government is denying the findings by the International
People's Tribunal on the 1965 crimes against humanity (IPT 1965) that claimed
three foreign countries were involved in the massacre conducted through
1965 and 1966.
Ham suspects rights abuses in Papuan student crackdown Jakarta Post.
July 21, 2016. The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) said
on Thursday that human rights abuses might have occurred during a crackdown
by the Yogyakarta police on Papuan students accused of promoting separatism.
police under fire over arrest of Papuan students, racial abuse Pacific
Media Centre. July 21, 2016. Indonesian Church officials and activists
have accused police in Yogyakarta of racism and using excessive force after
six Papuan students were arrested for singing Papuan songs in their college
Kong teen leader Joshua Wong guilty in protest trial Associated Press.
July 21, 2016. A Hong Kong court on Thursday found teen protest leader
Joshua Wong guilty of taking part in an illegal rally that sparked massive
student-led pro-democracy street protests in the southern Chinese city
two years ago.
says Indonesia responsible for genocide in 1965 Jakarta Post. July
20, 2016. The International People's Tribunal on the 1965 Crimes Against
Humanity concluded on Wednesday that the Indonesian government had committed
acts of genocide, as stipulated in the 1948 International Genocide Convention,
during the 1965 communist purge, which reportedly led to the death approximately
complicit in 1965 anti-communist purge in Indonesia: civil tribunal
Sydney Morning Herald. July 20, 2016. Australia was complicit in crimes
against humanity committed by Indonesia during an anti-communist purge
after October 1, 1965, according to a civil society initiative held in
a church in The Hague.
rejects IPT 1965 recommendations Jakarta Post. July 20, 2016. The
government has reaffirmed its stance of no apology to the victims and survivors
of the 1965 communist purge or their families as recommended by the International
People's Tribunal for the 1965 crimes against humanity (IPT 1965).
students in Indonesian cities fearful Radio New Zealand International.
July 20, 2016. West Papuan university students in various Indonesian cities
fear for their safety under close security forces' surveillance.
Liberation Movement undeterred on MSG bid Radio New Zealand International.
July 20, 2016. The United Liberation Movement for West Papua says its campaign
to become full members at the Melanesian Spearhead Group is not deterred,
following the latest MSG leaders summit in Honiara.
backs TNI's role in anti-terror law Jakarta Post. July 20, 2016.
The government is insisting on including the role of the Indonesian Military
(TNI) in the revision of the Terrorism Law in its efforts to safeguard
the country against the threat of terrorism, a minister said on Wednesday.
Police drops probe into 11 firms linked to forest fires Jakarta Post.
July 20, 2016. Riau Police reportedly have dropped investigations into
11 companies allegedly involved in forest fires in 2015, underlining the
poor law enforcement of last year's catastrophe that claimed five lives.
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