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West Papuan pro-independence activists arrested, severely beaten
Suara Papua. August 8, 2014. Two members of the Manokwari district
West Papua National Committee (KNPB), Robert Helemaken (17) and Oni Weya
(21) were arrested and severely beaten by Manokwari city municipal police
on August 8.
election monitoring website targeted by hackers
Tempo.co. July 16, 2014. The Kawal Pemilu (Guard the Elections)
website www.kawalpemilu.org, which is maintained by volunteers to report
the movement of vote results from the presidential election was attacked
by hundreds of hackers throughout Wednesday afternoon.
against 1969 annexation of West Papua held in three Java cities
Selangkah Magazine. July 15, 2014. Insisting that the annexation of West
Papua into Indonesia through the 1969 referendum was done undemocratically
and was a gross human rights violation, the Papuan Students Alliance has
held peaceful actions in several university cities in Java.
quick count institutions declaring Widodo victory pass ethics council audit
Kompas.com. July 15, 2014. The Association of Indonesian Public Opinion
Surveys Firms completed its audit of the CSIS-Cyrus, Indikator Politik,
the LSI and SMRC on Tuesday July 15. The results, the four survey institutions
were declared to have used valid survey methodologies.
count institution declaring Prabowo victory refuses to be audited
Kompas.com. July 15, 2014. The strategic Development and Policy Research
Center (Puskaptis) has refused to attend an audit by the Association of
Indonesian Public Opinion Surveys Firms (Persepi).
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Lack of truth, justice and reparation in Aceh for past abuses undermines
peace process Amnesty International Public Statement. August 15,
raises concerns about crackdown on civil society groups, journalists
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. August 12, 2014
French journalists held for past five days in Indonesian province of Papua
Reporters Without Boarders Statement. August 11, 2014
Prisoners of conscience being tortured Amnesty International Urgent
Action. August 8, 2014
condemned for failing to meet Papuan journalist West Papua Action
Auckland Media Release. July 29, 2014
leaders should discuss West Papua at its Koror Summit Australia West
Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. July 28, 2014
Human rights challenges await Indonesia next president Asian Human
Rights Commission Statement. July 23, 2014
New president Widodo must make good on human rights pledges Amnesty
International Public Statement. July 22, 2014
rights abuses in Papua and West Papua Joint Statement. July 17, 2014
Timor: Revise repressive media law Human Rights Watch Statement.
July 16, 2014
Governments must expedite establishing fate of the disappeared Amnesty
International Public Statement. July 15, 2014
on Indonesia presidential election East Timor and Indonesia Action
Network (ETAN). July 10, 2014
Papua on 'Siaga Satu' (full alert), West Papuan leaders call for a boycott
Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Media Release. July 7, 2014
KNPB activists arrested and beaten Australia West Papua Association
(Sydney) Media Release. July 4, 2014
UN Committee calls for better protection of child rights Amnesty
International Public Statement. July 1, 2014
urge any new government of Indonesia to pursue justice and respect rights
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military indicts 26 suspects over alleged plot to attack city Agence
France Presse. August 24, 2014. A Thai military court has indicted 26 people
accused of plotting an attack in north eastern Thailand, on several charges
including weapon possession and conspiring to commit terrorism.
vote in Macau unofficial referendum on electoral reform despite objection
from Beijing Agence France Presse. August 24, 2014. Activists in
the Chinese casino centre Macau have began voting in an unofficial referendum
on electoral reform despite strong objections from Beijing.
Widodo promises to focus on West Papua Sydney Morning Herald. August
23, 2014. Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo has promised to build
a presidential palace on the shores of West Papua's picturesque Lake Sentani
as a sign he will pay more attention to the resource-rich but troubled
woes swamp East Timor medics New Zealand Herald. August 23, 2014.
A major health crisis is emerging in East Timor as the impoverished nation's
few doctors, hospitals and clinics are overwhelmed by endemic diseases,
malnutrition, and serious illnesses they have no hope of treating.
finance minister criticised for calling Delhi 2013 gang rape a 'small incident'
Reuters. August 23, 2014. India's finance minister is facing criticism
for making light of the gang rape of a Delhi woman in 2012 and her subsequent
death by calling it a "small incident" that had harmed the country's tourism.
junta leader asks nation to move on from coup Agence France Presse.
August 23, 2014. General Prayuth made the request in an address to the
nation titled "returning happiness to the people", a day after he was elected
prime minister by a legislature he hand-picked.
gap widening despite development programs Jakarta Post. August 22,
2014. Economists have concluded that despite the country's intensified
development program, income inequality has worsened over the past 10 years.
Sharmila: India hunger striker re-arrested BBC News. August 22, 2014.
Indian activist Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a hunger strike for
14 years, has been re-arrested two days after she was freed on a court
loses as court rules in favor of KPU Jakarta Post. August 22, 2014.
It appears to be the end of the road for Prabowo Subianto after the Constitutional
Court issued its verdict on Thursday, rejecting his demand to overturn
the General Elections Commission's decision to name Joko Widodo winner
of the July 9 presidential election.
over, Prabowo! Jakarta Post. August 22, 2014. Exactly 16 years to
the day that an Officers Ethics Council issued an order dismissing him
from military service for his alleged role in the abduction and torture
of political activists, the Constitutional Court ended Prabowo's protracted
legal challenge of the electoral victory of Joko Widodo.
Prayut appoints himself as Prime Minister Red Thai Socialist. August
21, 2014. The self-appointment of dictator Prayut Chan-ocha as Prime Minister,
by his hand-picked military parliament, was an unsurprising non-event.
Prayut did not even bother to attend and the so-called "vote" was unanimous.
Court rejects East Timor's media law as 'unconstitutional' Pacific
Scoop. August 21, 2014. Timor-Leste's controversial media law has been
declared unconstitutional by the country's Court of Appeal.
stop Prabowo Subianto supporters from storming Constitutional Court
Sydney Morning Herald. August 21, 2014. Supporters of presidential candidate
Prabowo Subianto tried to overrun police lines and attack the country's
Constitutional Court as the court's nine justices began reading a ruling
expected to finally deliver the presidency to his rival, Joko Widodo.
KPU, Bawaslu guilty of misconduct: Ethics Council Jakarta Post. August
21, 2014. The Election Organizers Ethics Council (DKPP) said Jakarta General
Elections Commission (KPU) commissioners breached ethical codes by opening
ballot boxes without a court order.
activists disappointed with Jokowi Jakarta Post. August 21, 2014.
Human rights activists have expressed doubt over president-elect Joko "Jokowi"
Widodo's willingness to resolve past human rights abuse cases once he takes
junta leader appointed PM by hand-picked parliament Reuters. August
21, 2014. Thailand's coup leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha was appointed prime
minister on Thursday by a legislature he hand-picked, giving the army chief
a veneer of legitimacy even while the military presses on with efforts
to silence its critics.
hope for Papua with Widodo, says Wenda Radio New Zealand International.
August 20, 2014. An exiled West Papuan independence activist, Benny Wenda,
says he doubts Indonesia's newly elected president, Joko Widodo, will make
any difference to the suffering of his people under Indonesia's military
won't go quietly Jakarta Post. August 20, 2014. As the hearing on
the July 9 presidential election dispute approaches its denouement at the
Constitutional Court, the camp of losing candidate Prabowo Subianto vowed
that if the court ruled in favor of president-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo,
it would not acquiesce.
Papua censorship obsession The Diplomat. August 19, 2014. French
reporters Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat have spent the past two
weeks in a police jail cell on Indonesia's island of Papua.
abortion clause at 40 days draws further ire Jakarta Globe. August
19, 2014. A new government regulation on reproductive health, which gives
pregnant rape victims 40 days to decide whether they wish to keep the baby
or undergo an abortion continues to draw controversy.
of the samurai: Japan steps away from pacifist constitution as military
eyes threat from China ABC Radio Australia. August 19, 2014. The
Japanese Self-Defence Forces have been precisely that remaining vigilant
to outside threats but constitutionally restrained from striking the first
Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse refuses entry to UN investigators probing
alleged war crimes Agence France Presse. August 19, 2014. Sri Lanka
will not grant visas to United Nations investigators probing war crimes
allegedly committed during the island's decades-long separatist conflict.
Ibrahim's lawyer Surendran charged with sedition over sodomy conviction
comments Agence France Presse. August 19, 2014. The lawyer representing
Malaysian Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been charged with sedition.
Sharmila: India court orders release of hunger striker BBC News.
August 19, 2014. A court in India has ordered the release of a human rights
activist who has been on hunger strike for 14 years.
to inherit past rights abuse cases from SBY Jakarta Post. August
19, 2014. President-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will inherit a number of
unresolved human rights cases, with outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
failing to bring closure to the cases after 10 years in power.
Munir's widow, Jokowi's pick of Hendropriyono as adviser grates Jakarta
Globe. August 18, 2014. The widow of slain rights activist Munir has urged
president-elect Joko Widodo to bar anyone serving in his administration
with a questionable rights record, after one of the men linked to Munir's
murder was named an adviser to the team preparing the new government for
rights takes back seat to trade in NZ-Indonesian relationship Pacific
Scoop. August 18, 2014. A recent seminar on human rights issues in West
Papua has focused questions about New Zealand's priority on trade relations
over press freedom and rights violations.
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