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Papua Tribe Files $32b Lawsuit Against Freeport (8 Mar 2010)
The Jakarta Globe - Papua’s Amungme tribe on Monday lodged a new class-action lawsuit against US mining giant Freeport-McMoRan seeking $32.5 billion in material and non-material damages for the alleged illegal acquisition of its ancestral land.

Monthly report on West Papua - West Papua Advocacy Team (3 Mar 2010)
WPAT - This is the 70th in a series of monthly reports that focus on developments affecting Papuans. This series is produced by the non-profit West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) drawing on media accounts, other NGO assessments, and analysis and reporting from sources within West Papua.

Amnesty International USA letter to President Obama on Indonesia (2 Mar 2010)
Amnesty International USA - As you prepare to travel to launch the US–Indonnesia Comprehensive Partnership, Amnesty International would like to bring to your attention the human rights situation in Indonesia and urge you to press President Susilo Bangbang Yudhoyono for meaningful human rights improvements. Failure to do so would send the wrong signal: that the United States is not concerned about human rights in Indonesia.

Problems rife in Indonesia's police (2 Mar 2010)
UPI Asia - The successes of Indonesia's police were the highlight of public interest over the past year. The police were credited with stripping terrorist groups of their powers and hunting down key terrorists, including the country's most wanted terrorist, Noordin M. Top, the alleged mastermind behind terrorist actions in Indonesia in the past nine years. Actually, the real issues that shame the police as an institution are not the ones seen in media reports. They are the practice of violence and the abuse of authority. Cases of police torture, arbitrary detention, denial of civil liberty and excessive use of force, which sometimes results in death, are all documented by human rights organizations.

Aide-Mémoire - 13th UN Human Rights Council (1 Mar 2010)
Watch Indonesia!, WPN, Diakonie & VEM - Indonesia: The government must reign in on increasing violence and restrictions of free expression. These four organisations urge the UN Human Rights Council to focus on the deteriorating human rights situation in the provinces of Papua, the repression and persecution faced by human rights defenders, arbitrary limitations on the right to free expression, and the ongoing impunity for serious human rights violations.