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Papuan Council Members Stage Protest Over Salary (9 Feb 2009)
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German Human Rights Commissioner Nooke leaves for Indonesia and Timor-Leste (9 Feb 2009)
G´┐Żnter Nooke, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, leaves today (9 February) on a ten-day trip to Indonesia and Timor-Leste (9-20 February). In Indonesia the Commissioner will first hold talks in Jakarta with representatives of the Government, the Constitutional Court, the National Human Rights Commission and non-governmental organizations. The main focus of the talks will be the human rights situation in Indonesia as well as developments on Papua. Following up his visit last year to Batam to attend a conference of the United Evangelical Mission, Mr Nooke is also due to meet religious leaders to find out more about relations between the country's different religious communities. He is also planning to meet Mrs Suciwati, the widow of the prominent human rights defender Munir.

Five arrested over killing Papuan tribal chief (9 Feb 2009)
The Jakarta Globe, Nurfika Osman - Police detained five people for allegedly beating to death the head of the Beoga tribe in Timika on Friday, Papua Police chief Bagus Eko Danto said on Sunday. Bagus said that a mob became enraged when Joker Japugao, the head of the tribe, injured the feelings of those around him by making disparaging comments about the Moni and other tribes. The five suspects could be charged with causing violence that led to the death of a person, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail, he said. "Joker was rushed to Mitra Masyarakat Hospital and he died on the way to the hospital," Bagus said. "The situation in Timika turned very tense on Friday and Saturday, but now [Sunday] it is back to normal."

Beoga tribal leader killed by mob (8 Feb 2009)
Markus Makur, The Jakarta Post - Joker Japugau, leader of the Beoga tribe was badly beaten by a violent mob late Friday in Mimika regency, Papua. The 58-year-old was taken to the Mitra Masyarakat hospital in Timika but died on the way.

Demilitarization And Its Discontents (6 Feb 2009)
Demilitarization in Papua, Aceh, and Maluku, the difficult process of removing military influence in politics. Indonesia Matters - A new paper from three Indonesian researchers has been published by Oxford University's Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE). It examines the changing role of the military in Indonesia, focusing on the dismantling of the territorial administration, and involvement by military and police in recent problems in Papua, Aceh and Maluku. The ethnicity of security personnel is a significant factor, it is claimed.