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Tensions Rise As Traditions Die In Highlands Of Indonesian Papua (15 Dec 2008)
Agence France-Presse - The "car wash" in the remote Baliem Valley of Indonesia's Papua region is not as innocent as it seems at first glance, and just decades ago anything like it would have been inconceivable.

Health and human security in West Papua (15 Dec 2008)
� Recent publications have highlighted the impact of human rights violations, poverty and extraction of natural resources on the health status of the indigenous people of West Papua. However, the Australian medical literature has so far remained silent on this issue.� Long-standing allegations of violence being perpetrated against Papuan civil society are supported by accounts given by West Papuan refugees involved in an Australian-based study. � Health data collected by M�decins du Monde and other sources provide an insight into the poor health and lack of health care in the province, with high rates of infant mortality and morbidity, maternal mortality, and HIV/AIDS. � Extraction of natural resources is causing major disruptions to the traditional livelihoods of indigenous Papuans, as a result of environmental degradation, mass displacement and an influx of migrant workers. � Australian health professionals are urged to assist in remediating this dire situation, in keeping with our tradition of contributing to the health care of societies in our region.

Activists Demand Human Rights Review (11 Dec 2008)
The Jakarta Post - Rights activists across the country celebrated International Human Rights Day on Wednesday by staging rallies and other events expressing their views and voicing their demands about the current state of human rights in Indonesia.

Indonesia: Killings continue after 10 years of reformation (10 Dec 2008)
Asian Human Rights Commission - A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the Occasion of the International Human Rights Day 2008 and the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

NGOs Attack 'Draconian' Funding Rule (10 Dec 2008)
Financial Times (UK) - Non-governmental organisations in Indonesia are threatening to resist a new rule requiring state approval of foreign funding.