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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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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calls on the Australian Foreign Minister to condemn the arrests in West
Papua Australia West PapuAssociation (Sydney) Media release. May
deadline looms for Australia over Timor Sea dispute Timor Sea Justice
Campaign Media Release. April 30, 2016
condemns the arrest of 41 KNPB activists in Jayapura Australia West
Papua Association (SydneyMedia Release. April 30, 2016
media groups call on Timor Leste PM to drop defamation case Joint
Statement. April 22, 2016
What next after symposium on 1965 massacre, Mr. President? Asian
Human Rights CommissioStatement. April 21, 2016
visit of Indonesian President Joko Widodo is a farce: Indonesia is misleading
the EU and its member states International Lawyers for West Papua
(ILWP) Press Release. April 19, 2016
Cameron must raise 'deeply troubling human rights abuses' under leadership
of visiting President Joko Widodo Amnesty International UK Press
Releases. April 19, 2016
Navy personnel sentenced with light punishment for assassinating environmental
activist AsiaHuman Rights Commission Urgent Appeal. April 18, 2016
Independent autopsy reveals anti-terror unit tortured victim to death
Asian Human RightCommission Urgent Appeal. April 14, 2016
stands in solidarity with Indonesia's LGBT community East Timor and
Indonesia Action NetworStatement. April 13, 2016
repression and curbs on freedom of expression for the Papuan people!
Joint Statement. April 12, 2016
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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