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Urgent Action: Fear for Safety Socrates Yoman (m), Head of the Baptist Churches (Papua) and others (3 Aug 2007)
Benny Giay, Noahk Nawipa and Socrates Yoman, all Christian church leaders in Papua province, have reportedly been threatened. Amnesty International believes that the lives of the three men could be in danger.

Indonesia - East Timor CTF: Why the UN must boycott it? (2 Aug 2007)
Asian Centre for Human Rights - On the sidelines of the ongoing ASEAN summit in Manila, Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda called on the Indonesia-East Timor Commission for Truth and Friendship (CTF) which was set up to examine violence surrounding East Timor's 1999 independence vote to ignore a UN boycott threat. The United Nations recently warned that it would not send any of its officials who served in East Timor to testify before the CTF unless the CTF changes its terms of reference by dropping the provision of recommending amnesties.

Indonesia: Piecemeal approaches to systematic and institutional discrimination (1 Aug 2007)
The message of Indonesia’s periodic reports under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) can be summarised in one sentence: since discrimination is prohibited by law, there

Indonesia: Military role in Papua challenged (30 Jul 2007)
Radio Australia - Indonesia is under pressure for posting a colonel indicted for crimes against humanity in East Timor, to the province of Papua. It comes as the Indonesian military is believed to be stepping up its activities in Papua and there are reports of Indonesian backed militias increasing their presence there too. Human rights groups are calling for international intervention.

Death rate of mothers in childbirth has risen again in Merauke (26 Jul 2007)
Cenderawasih Post - Death rate of mothers in childbirth has risen again Merauke, The number of women dying in childbirth has risen in the past two years. In 2005, the rate was 464 per 1000,000 births which rose to 499 in 2006. In the previous years, the numbers were declining. In 2001 the figure was 1,071 and 529 in 2003 and fell to 202 in 2004.