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Governor warns for possibility of conflicts during elections (20 Feb 2009)
Cenderawasih Pos - The governor of the province of Papua is worried that the majority vote principle is likely to cause conflicts between the parties or even within parties. This is because it intensifies the competition between candidates in their bid to win a seat. He has urged the local election supervisory agencies to act in a spirit of independence and prevent any unwanted intervention.

The trial against Buchtar Tabuni begins (19 Feb 2009)
Report from GKI, Christian Evangelical Church The first hearing in the trial of Buchtar Tabuni (30) opened at the Jayapura District Court on 18 February 2009. This hearing was devoted to the presentation of the charge sheet against the accused which was delivered by prosecutor Maskel Rambolangi SH.

Papuan Student Activist's Treason Trial Opens as 300 Supporters Rally (19 Feb 2009)
The Jakarta Post, Nethy Dharma Somba Around 300 supporters of a Papuan student activist facing trial for treason staged a rally at Jayapura District Court on Wednesday. They demanded the court free Buchtar Tabuni, 29, deputy secretary of the Central Mountain Papua Indonesia Students Alliance (AMPTPI) of all charges.

Buchtar Tabuni on trial for subversion (18 Feb 2009)
Cenderawasih Post A 29-year old Papuan, Buchtar Tabuni, was due to go on trial today in Jayapura, charged with subversion (makar). The charge arises from an action he took, along with other West Papuans, in response to the launch in London on 16 October last year of International Parliamentarians for West Papua.

Rights Severely Curtailed in West Papua (18 Feb 2009)
United Press International, Norman Voss - The increasing number of arrests and detentions on political grounds in the Papuan provinces of Indonesia are a matter of grave concern. In recent months, several incidents were reported in which indigenous Papuans were arrested and charged with subversion and secession after engaging in peaceful political protests.