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Seven Papuans are arrested and tortured on false allegations of having a relationship with pro-independence activists (19 Feb 2013)
AHRC - According to interviews and fact gathering conducted by local activists, including Yasons Sambom, on 15 February 2013 at 9am, a silver painted car stopped Daniel Gobay, Arsel Kobak and Eneko Pahabol who were driving on their way home from Depapre to Doprena. Five police officers, one of whom was identified as Iptu Beduh Rahman, got out of the silver-painted car and pointed their weapons at Daniel, Arsel and Eneko. The police then ordered the three men to crawl on their stomachs to Depapre Sub-District Police Station which is approximately 30 metres away from the place where they were stopped.

Six KNPB activists on trial for subversion (18 Feb 2013)
JUBI - Six KNPB (National Committee of West Papua) activists from Timika are on trial. The first hearing of the case was held on 7 February.

Another ojek driver shot, wounded in Papua (15 Feb 2013)
The Jakarta Post - Yet again the streets of Papua were left bloody after another violent incident occurred at Kampung Pugo, East Paniai district, Paniai regency on Thursday. The victim was identified as Warigan, 48, an ojek (local motorcycle taxi) driver.

Navy to build new base in Papua (8 Feb 2013)
Jakarta Post - The Navy is to enhance the monitoring of maritime defense by establishing a new primary base in Papua.

West Papua Report February 2013 (4 Feb 2013)
WPAT / ETAN - In this edition of the WPAT Report we are pleased to publish Jeremy Bally's PERSPECTIVE. Bally has carried his campaign for Papuan human rights across Canada by bicycle. In UPDATE we report the release of Papuan political leader Buchtar Tabuni and call attention to the growing militarization of security policy in Indonesia. In the CHRONICLE section Ed McWilliams takes issue with Sidney Jones's recent argument that Indonesia should apply its "anti-terror" law to address "separatism" in West Papua. We highlight a recent analysis that questions whether fascism is a threat in Indonesia; we note new reports on the devastating impact of the MIFEE project. We also highlight new videos, one from Al Jazeera English on repression in West Papua and two new video reports offering Papuan perspectives on life in a transmigration zone the human rights environment in the Wamena area. On its Silver Jubilee, the Melanesian Spearhead Group is urged to support West Papua.