What improvement in West Papua?
Crackdown on civil society groups and intimidation of journalists
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. Article 19
Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. Article 20 (1) The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
We continue to hear that there is an improvement in the situation in West Papua. That Indonesia is now a democracy and human rights abuses are something that occurred in the past. Where is the improvement in West Papua?
The security forces continue to crack down on peaceful demonstrators and intimidate journalists covering rallies in West Papua. On the 15 August members of the Student Movement, Youth and People of Papua (Gempar) or Uproar held a peaceful rally at Cenderawasih University Campus (Uncen), Jayapura in order to denounce the New York Agreement. A number of activists were arrested. The Jayapura police chief, Superintendent Alfred Papare said the arrests were made because Uproar is an illegal organisation and they did not have a permit to hold the rally. A spokesperson for Uproar said that permission to hold the rally was presented to the Papua Police at the beginning of August.