Monday, December 29, 2014

1) Widodo's condemnation of Papua shootings too late, says HRW

1) Widodo's condemnation of Papua shootings too late, says HRW

2) JENNIFER ROBINSON, LAWYER AND DIRECTOR OF LEGAL ADVOCACY FOR THE BERTHA FOUNDATION.

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http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/262777/widodo's-condemnation-of-papua-shootings-too-late,-says-hrw

1) Widodo's condemnation of Papua shootings too late, says HRW

Human Rights Watch says the Indonesian President's condemnation of the killing of Papuan civilians by the military has come too late.
Joko Widodo, who has been in the province for Christmas celebrations, says the incident in Paniai in which 5 protesters were killed, and 17 people -- including children -- were injured was deplorable.
President Joko Widodo is welcomed to Jayapura, the capital of PapuaBut Andreas Harsono says it took 20 days for the President to condemn the killings, and is questioning whether Mr Widodo will allow full access for a proper investigation.
Mr Harsono says the police have complained that they cannot properly investigate because they aren't being allowed to interview soldiers who were at the scene.
He says the government also needs to ensure victim safety.
"The fear among victims is so high to the extent that they do not want to talk to police or military investigators because they fear reprisal if they speak up. That's why it is important for the government to send the witness protection agency to go to Paniai and to provide their protection if they want to speak up."

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2) JENNIFER ROBINSON, LAWYER AND DIRECTOR OF LEGAL ADVOCACY FOR THE BERTHA FOUNDATION.

Jennifer Robinson, Lawyer and Director of Legal Advocay for the Bertha Foundation.
Jennifer Robinson leaving the Ecuador Embassy in London after visiting WiliLeaks' Julian Assange. (2012)

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Jennifer Robinson, Bertha Foundation Director of Legal Advocacy.

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Jennifer Robinson was thrust into the global spotlight when she became the legal advisor to WikiLeaks' Julian Assange. But it�s her long held interest in Indonesia�s relationship with the province of West Papua that sparked her passion for human rights law and advocacy.

It's fair to say that Jennifer Robinson has an unusual life.
The London based lawyer is Director of Legal Advocacy for theBertha Foundation � a global philanthropic organisation that works to bring about change in areas such as human rights. It means she�s on a plane for much of the year.
She's also a passionate advocate for West Papuan independence � a legacy of her year in Indonesia while at university.
Jennifer Robinson went from a public school on the New South Wales south coast to the Australian National University. She won a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford where she came under the wing of Geoffrey Robertson, QC.
Having just arrived back in Australia for Christmas, Jennifer Robinson spoke to Richard Aedy.



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