The Lancet - The recent Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, _Out of Sight_, alerted the international community to the hidden human-rights abuses in West Papua, Indonesia's most easterly province. 1[5] The effect of the crisis on the health and wellbeing of the indigenous population of West Papua is an issue that has attracted little attention in contemporary medical publications. West Papua occupies half of the island of New Guinea. Most of its 2 million indigenous inhabitants live in remote villages scattered across the mountainous and forested territory. In 1969, after a referendum brokered by the UN, Indonesia annexed West Papua following a decision-making process that was widely regarded as flawed.

UN racial discrimination committee (23 Aug 2007)
The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination's Concluding Observations from the examination of Indonesia's periodic report during the CERD 71st session (30 July to 18 August 07) is now available at

Tussle for Papuas forests (23 Aug 2007)
PAPUA Governor Barnabas Suebu appears to have put the brakes on a major palm oil plantation expansion that would have transformed the demographic balance in Indonesia's easternmost province and raised the spectre of widespread land disputes and a reinvigorated independence movement.

Papuans protest autonomy status (23 Aug 2007)
JAYAPURA, Papua: Some 300 protesters who said they were from the Coalition of People and Students Care of Papua held a rally at Papua Legislative Council on Monday demanding the provincial government, the local council and Papua People's Council reject the province's special autonomy status.

West Papua: Special Treatment (23 Aug 2007)
The rights and revenue that were supposed to flow from West Papua’s Special Autonomy Law — implemented by the Indonesian Government in 2001 — are yet to transpire for the majority of West Papuans, according to delegates at a conference in Sydney last week.