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Pages from Indonesia's history - past abuses remain unresolved (19 May 2010)
Asian Human Rights Commission - The violence on 13, 14 and 15 May 1998 followed as a culmination of a series of violence that occurred in Indonesia before the fall of President Suharto, who had been in power for 32 years. Two major events led to this violence on 13-15 May, namely the kidnappings and disappearances in the period 1997-1998 and the shootings that killed four students of Trisakti university. These incidents are part of the dark period in Indonesia 12 years ago. The economic crisis that hit Indonesia in this period led to people looting stores and malls in Jakarta and other big cities. During these incidents many people died or were injured. In addition, sexual violence was committed against ethnic groups, which has left the female victims still deeply traumatized. The damage that victims have suffered because of these incident is great, both in a material and in an immaterial sense.

Students condemn anti-Papua taunts (19 May 2010)
The Jakarta Post - A hundred students staged a rally in front of the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) campus on Jl. Ganesha on Tuesday in support of Papuan students who had been subject to racist online taunts by an ITB student.

New UK PM becomes West Papuan hero (19 May 2010)
BBC News - A province of Indonesia watched the outcome of the UK general election with great interest. Since David Cameron became the UK's prime minister, the tribespeople of West Papua have been celebrating. They hope Mr Cameron will help them in their bid to gain independence from Indonesia.

Papuan prisoner amnesty more effective if accompanied by dialogue (19 May 2010)
Kompas - The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) supports the idea of amnesties for political prisoners with a specific criterion from Papua. Such <br /> a step would be even more effective in creating a safer and more peaceful <br /> situation if accompanied by intensive dialogue with the Papuan community.

The Thinker: Papua Behind Bars (18 May 2010)
Jakarta Globe - In early May violence once again struck in Papua. This time the perpetrators were neither the security forces nor the armed resistance group the Free Papua Movement (OPM), but Abepura prison guards. They went on a rampage, and 18 prisoners escaped during the commotion. Afterward, Justice Minister Patrialis Akbar, promised a full-scale inquiry into the prison’s management.