AWPA Summary of events in West Papua –(11 April -3rd May 2017).
The last update (March) overlapped to the 11 April. This short update covers the last few weeks in April and up to 3rd May. It consists of links to a number of interesting articles re West Papua, although brief as have been away.
Indonesia hosted this year’s World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) 1-4 May. A terrific “First Dog on the Moon” cartoon on the issue.
Happy Press Freedom Day from sunny Indonesia
No talk of Papua at Press Freedom Day
HRW calls for tougher measures to combat violence against journalists
Rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Indonesian government to adopt bolder steps to ensure the dismissal and prosecution of security officials implicated in violence against journalists.
HRW deputy Asia director Phelim Kine specifically called UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova to publicly address the increase in assaults against journalists during the commemoration of the 2017 World Press Freedom Day next week. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/04/26/hrw-calls-for-tougher-measures-to-combat-violence-against-journalists.html
AWPA Media release 30 April 2017
54 years after Indonesian takeover, he West Papuan people still continue their struggle for self-determination.
On the 1st May in 1963 Indonesia took over the administration of West Papua from United Nations Temporary Executive Authority (UNTEA) and 54 years later the West Papuan people still continue their struggle for self-determination.
Every year West Papuans commemorate and protest this tragic betrayal of the West Papuan people by the international community. Last year leading up to and around the 1st May up to 2000 West Papuans were arrested in rallies which had also been called to show support for the bid by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) for full membership of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) and to support the International Parliamentarians for West Papua (IPWP) who were meeting at the Houses of Parliament in London to discuss the issue.
This year a rally planned to commemorate (and reject) Indonesia’s takeover of West Papua was to take place in Sentani, Jayapura. However, the police arrived and destroyed a stage that had been set up for the rally. They are also intimidating people outside the KNPB secretariat, stopping the local people from their activities. The situation remains tense and dangerous.
Full release http://awpasydneynews.blogspot.com.au/2017/04/media-release-54-years-after-indonesian.html
Photos of protest outside Indonesian Consulate in Sydney (2nd May)
A snap rally outside the Indonesian Consulate was called by supporters of West Papua in Sydney. The rally was in response to the brutal arrest of 200 West Papuans (many beaten) including a Jubi journalist in Sentani Jayapura.
INDONESIA : What are you going to do for Papua, Mr. President?
April 11, 2017
Since Suharto stepped down in 1998, and political reform occurring for the last 18 years, Papua has yet to enjoy real reform, as enjoyed by other provinces in Indonesia. While there have been initiatives to address human rights problems in Papua and West Papua provinces, they have not resulted in significant improvements on the ground. Former President Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) for instance, changed the name of Irian Jaya province to Papua, when he was in power. Unfortunately, Gus Dur’s effort occurred in a very short period; after one year he was forced to step down by the Parliament.
Papua lacks medical support to combat whooping cough, HIV/AIDS: Group
PAPUA TIMBER EXPORTS EARNED RP22 BILLION
Rio Tinto ponders future in Indonesia’s Grasberg copper mine
33rd commemoration-The death of Arnold Ap
May issue if New Internationalist magazine is focused on West Papua
Two of the articles below
Morning star rising
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