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Government is serious about its New Deal for Papua, says SBY (11 Dec 2012)
Bintang Papua - A member of the special presidential team for development in the regions and regional autonomy has said that in the coming two years, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will reinforce the government's position by consolidating special autonomy for Papua. Velix V Wanggai said that the government regards the special autonomy law for Papua as a win-win situation that was agreed between the Papuan people and the government during the reformasi era.

A Papuan was tortured on the unreasonable allegation of engagement with separatist group (11 Dec 2012)
AHRC - The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to inform you of the case regarding the torture of a Papuan in Mimika, Papua. The victim was arrested by officers from the Mimika Sub-District Police wearing civilian clothes without any warrant. The police randomly accused him for being involved in the separatist movement organised by Free Papua Organisation (Organisasi Papua Merdeka, OPM). As result of the torture, the victim was severely injured and could not walk for four days.

Baptist leader calls for unconditional release of Forkorus (11 Dec 2012)
Bintang Papua - The Indonesian government has been urged to free all political prisoners in Papua, including Forkorus Yaboisembut and Filep Karma. On the occasion of World Human Rights Day, the human rights defender Socrates Sofyan Yoman spoke about the activities throughout 2012 of organisations such Polri (the police force), the TNI (the Indonesian military) and vicious armed civilian groups. He said 90 incidents of violence had been committed by these groups in all parts of Papua during the year so far.

Legal Aid Activist Warns Against Provocation in Papua (7 Dec 2012)
Jakarta Globe - A legal aid activist in Papua has said the recent unrest in Manokwari, West Papua, is a clear indication of efforts to destabilize the region to prompt a need for a stronger security presence. He urged tribal leaders in Papua and West Papua not to allow themselves to be provoked.

Papuan women angry about failure to provide them with permanent market (6 Dec 2012)
Tabloid Jubi - The Rev Dora Baluban, co-ordinator of Solpap, Solidarity of Indigenous Papuan traders, said that their organisation is being treated like a ping pong ball by the provincial administration because of their failure for so many years to provide women traders - mama-mama - with a permanent market-place.