Monday, June 30, 2014

1) Reports of Indonesian clamp in Papua

1) Reports of Indonesian clamp in Papua
2) Advocate wants Papua abuses addressed
3) Police want detectors at  Papua border


1) Reports of Indonesian clamp in Papua

Updated at 7:38 pm today

There are reports of pressure from the Indonesian military on Papuan activist groups ahead of a planned rally in the provinces tomorrow.
July the 1st marks the day in 1971 when Papuan leaders proclaimed the region's independence from Jakarta.
The Free West Papua Movement was planning activities in Jayapura, including hoisting the Morning Star flag.
But the Antara News reports Major General Christian Zebua saying soldiers will shoot any independence supporters who attend.
A spokesperson for the Australia West Papua Association, Joe Collins, says the intimidation tactics by security forces belie Indonesia's claim of being a democracy.
He says the activists' freedom of opinion and expression is being quashed.

2) Advocate wants Papua abuses addressed

Updated at 5:03 pm today

A human rights advocacy group is calling for a new Indonesian government to end human rights abuses by previous governments, and bring those responsible to account.
The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network, or ETAN, says the government in power following next weeks election in Indonesia should rein in military activity in West Papua.
The statement is supported by 32 organisations in 12 countries.
ETAN's American co-ordinator John Miller says the new government should compensate the families of those killed and survivors of torture.
"We also think it's important to give those people some closure and make clear that that kind of behaviour is no longer acceptable in Indonesia. Some of those that were responsible for ordering or carrying out those violations be brought to justice."
John Miller says that could happen in Indonesia but an international tribunal is needed to address the invasion of Timor-Leste in 1975.

3) Police want detectors at  Papua border
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Mon, June 30 2014, 7:23 AM
Indonesia should install detection devices at the Skouw-Wutung entry gate on its border with Papua New Guinea to prevent unwanted items such as firearms from entering the country, Papua Police chief Brig. Gen. Tito Karnavian said on Sunday.
“We will propose the placement of detector devices at the entry gate,” Tito told Antara news agency.
He also said the proposal needed to be realized soon because the police had learned from its investigation of three suspected members of an armed group that their guns and ammo had been brought into Papua from Papua New Guinea.
According to Tito, the arms had been brought in through the entry gate.
He said that given the confession from the suspects and the evidence in hand, devices like a metal detector and X-ray machine should be installed soon.

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