Category: Human Rights
March 3, 2022
The UN Human Rights Council have raised alarm about the escalating violent oppression of the West Papuan people by Indonesia, citing child killings, disappearances, torture and enforced mass displacement. “Between April and November 2021, we have received allegations indicating several instances of extrajudicial killings, including of young children, enforced disappearance, torture and inhuman treatment and […]
February 21, 2022
The EU Commission, head of a bloc of 27 countries, has joined 81 countries in the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) in calling for Indonesia to stop blocking the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from visiting West Papua. Currently, there are over 60,000 people internally displaced inside West Papua. […]
February 5, 2022
Human rights groups are demanding the unconditional release of eight Papuan university students, who have been held without trial by the Indonesian authorities for more than three months accused of treason. The students were arrested and charged after staging a pro-independence rally on Dec. 1 in Jayapura, capital of Papua province. During the rally, they […]
December 9, 2021
Report from Radio New Zealand A Polish man imprisoned by an Indonesian court in 2018 after visiting West Papua as a tourist remains languishing in a cell in Papua’s remote interior with limited help from the government of Poland, and no compassion from Jakarta. Jakub Skrzypski is serving a seven-year…
November 29, 2021
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November 3, 2021
– The issue West Papua is a Pacific Island country under colonial occupation. Since Indonesia invaded and illegally occupied West Papua in 1963, over 500,000 indigenous West Papuan people have been killed. Home to one of the world’s largest rainforests, West Papua (bordering independent Papua New Guinea to the East) is one of the most biodiverse places […]
October 10, 2021
The latest annual report from Papuans Behind Bars has been released, covering the period October 2020 – September 2021. 418 new political prisoners were recorded in the period October 2020 to September 2021. Most new political prisoners have been released after being arrested or detained with as many as 106 still being held in…
May 28, 2021
URGENT – 5th WEST PAPUAN PRIEST SHOT IN MONTHS. We are devastated to report the killing of yet another West Papuan priest at the hands of the Indonesian military. Lagan Hagabal was shot dead by Indonesian soldiers in Demayu village this month amid the ongoing internet blackout.
March 23, 2021
The Spanish Senate has called for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to be allowed into West Papua, where a long-running Indonesian occupation is accused of severe human rights abuses. Underscoring the urgency of the visit, five West Papuan students in Jayapura were arrested today (Monday) by Indonesian police for backing the campaign for […]
December 9, 2020
A spate of killings of religious figures has taken place in West Papua in recent months, carried out by the Indonesian military. The ULMWP summarises the cases here.