Category: Political Prisoners
October 9, 2018
The third quarter of 2018 was characterized by a considerable increase in political arrests resulting from police action during the dispersal of various peaceful demonstrations.
Breaking news: More mass arrests of peaceful protesters in West Papua during demonstration over Pacific Islands Forum
September 8, 2018
Breaking news from Bintuni Bay, West Papua. Reports that colonial Indonesian police have arrested at least 15 more people for supporting Pacific Island leaders to take West Papua to the UN. Saturday 8th September, 2018. TELUK BINTUNI- The Bintuni community again held a demonstration supporting Vanuatu to push for a…
Amnesty International to Indonesia: Authorities must stop the crackdown on public events and peaceful assemblies
September 8, 2018
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT Index: ASA 21/9040/2018 Indonesia: Authorities must stop the crackdown on public events and peaceful assemblies Amnesty International is concerned about attempts by the Indonesian authorities over the last few weeks to ban public events and peaceful assemblies relating to the political opposition’s campaign to call for…
April 5, 2018
The following article comes from The Guardian and was originally published here. Indonesian forces detain dozens at West Papua university More than 40 people taken into custody at the University of Cenderawasih in Jayapura Photo: KNPB. Dozens of students and activists have been detained by Indonesian…
April 2, 2018
The following article was written by Benny Wenda, Chairman of The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), following the release of West Papuan political prisoner Yanto Awerkion. The article was originally published here. As the world celebrates Easter Sunday, in West Papua we are also celebrating the long-awaited release…
March 27, 2018
The following article comes from Benar News and was written by West Papuan journalist Victor Mambor. It was originally published here. Teen’s Death Underscores Impunity in West Papua, Activists Say High school student Riko Ayomi was already dying when police brought him home in Sorong, a city on the western…
March 12, 2018
After 8 months in jail and 15 appearances in court, West Papuan political prisoner Yanto Awerkion’s trial verdict is finally set to take place tomorrow and under Indonesian law he could be given 15 year jail sentence for “treason”.
February 6, 2018
Yanto Awerkion, one of West Papua’s most prominent political prisoners has recorded a new video message today in secret, calling upon the leaders of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) to welcome West Papua back as a full MSG member at its leaders summit next week. Yanto’s trial has now…
January 12, 2018
‘Treason trial’ of Independence petitioner Yanto Awerkion adjourned until Tuesday 16th January after prosecution witnesses ‘fail to answer questions’ Independence activist facing 15-year jail sentence for supporting a petition Prosecution witnesses were unable to answer questions from the judge On Tuesday 9th January at 16:00 West Papua time, the trial
January 10, 2018
We have received urgent reports from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) that on 7th January at 09:13 (West Papua time), 14 activists were arrested by the Indonesian military and police.