U.S. Lifts Ban on Indonesian Special Forces Unit (22 Jul 2010)
The New York Times - The United States is lifting a ban of more than a decade on military contact with an elite Indonesian special forces unit implicated in past killings of civilians and other abuses, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced Thursday, after meeting here with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia.

Leahy Reaction to the Obama Administration's Decision to Resume Engagement With the Indonesian Special Forces (Kopassus) (22 Jul 2010)
PRNewswire / USNewswire - Following are the comments of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chairman, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations, and author of the 'Leahy Law' on U.S. overseas military cooperation and violations of human rights.

ETAN Condemns U.S. Plan to Get Back in Bed with Indonesia's Kopassus Killers (22 Jul 2010)
ETAN - The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) today condemned the Obama administration's decision to resume engagement with Indonesia's notorious Kopassus special forces. "Slipping back into bed with Kopassus is a betrayal of the brutal unit's many victims in Timor-Leste, West Papua and throughout Indonesia. It will lead to more people to suffer abuses."

Indonesia: US Resumes Military Assistance to Abusive Force - Obama Administration Lifts Ban Despite Military’s Lack of Reform, Accountability (22 Jul 2010)
Human Rights Watch - The Obama administration's decision to lift a more than decade-long ban on US military assistance to Indonesia's abusive special forces seriously undermines its commitment to promoting respect for human rights in Indonesia and weakens US standards for military cooperation globally, Human Rights Watch said today. The US secretary of defense, Robert Gates, announced a limited program of engagement with the elite force, Komando Pasukan Khusus (Kopassus), while in Jakarta today.

A Mediating Hand to Pull Papua Back From the Edge (22 Jul 2010)
Jakarta Globe - The need for an international mediator in the case of Papuan autonomy has been frequently raised, most recently two weeks ago when thousands of Papuans rallied in Jayapura to demand a referendum to determine their own fate . A number of civil society organizations support the idea of outside engagement to bring the problems in Papua to a peaceful and sustainable end. The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) has even suggested that Jakarta “put aside paranoia of foreign parties and no longer use nationalist sentiment as pretext.”