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Obama Has the Power to Help Papua, the ‘Weak Man’ Under Indonesian Rule (21 Feb 2010)
The Jakarta Globe - If Obama doesn’t act on Papua, perhaps it will be because young Obama grew up in Jakarta, not in Papua. If he had, he would likely see the Papuan question from the point of view of the “weak man,” of a victim. But if Obama does act, maybe then in Indonesia there will be a recognition that a strong man is one who assists the weak.

INDONESIA: AHRC denounces the lack of effective witness and victim protection (18 Feb 2010)
Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) - "Since the Witness and Victim Protection Law was enacted in 2006, little progress has been made regarding witness and victim protection because of a lack of political will", says an analyst from the Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

West Papuans tell their stories - Pride of warriors (16 Feb 2010)
Al Jazeera - With strictly limited international media access to West Papua, Australian filmmaker Jono van Hest decided that he wanted to help West Papuans tell their own stories. The four remarkable stories that ensued provide unparalleled access and a strikingly personal insight into the West Papuan resistance filmed by the West Papuans themselves.

Serious threats to modern state and society (16 Feb 2010)
Only a year after the two most comprehensive Indonesian democracy surveys, an update is needed. The final report by activist researchers supported by academicians at the Yogyakarta-based Gadjah Mada University and myself pointed to some deterioration of the remarkably improved quality of elections, freedoms and human rights (www.pcd.ugm.ac.id).

Papua: Indonesia's great enigma (7 Feb 2010)
The Jakarta Post - The country's easternmost territory has been a bane of security and development for a long time. With Timor Leste separated from the republic and Aceh peacefully consolidating itself, Papua remains an enigma despite the numerous political initiatives taken at various levels.