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Candidate ruling 'a democratic milestone' (25 Jul 2007)
The Jakarta Post - Monday's ruling by the Constitutional Court to allow independent candidates to run in local elections came as a shock to the country's major political parties, who greeted the move with both praise and caution.

Indonesia court rules independent candidates can contest elections (24 Jul 2007)
ANTARA News - Indonesia's Constitutional Court on Monday ruled that independent candidates can contest local elections in a move seen as further deepening political and democratic reforms in the post-Suharto era.

Action Alert: Urge Indonesia to Remove Indicted Officer from West Papua (22 Jul 2007)
East Timor and Indonesia Action Network & West Papua Advocacy Team - The presence in West Papua of Col. Burhanuddin Siagian, a senior Indonesian army officer indicted for crimes against humanity charges in East Timor (now called Timor-Leste) endangers human rights defenders and political activists. Recently Col. Siagian threatened to “destroy” peaceful dissidents in the contested region. Urge Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to withdraw Col. Siagian from Papua and suspend him from duty. See below for sample letter.

Continued detention of prisoners unconstitutional: Papuan activists must be released (20 Jul 2007)
TAPOL press release - Calls for the release of prisoners jailed under Indonesia’s draconian 'hate-sowing' laws, including Papuans Filep Karma and Yusak Pakage, have been reiterated today by TAPOL, which promotes human rights, peace and democracy in Indonesia.

Indonesian Papua: A Local Perspective on the Conflict (19 Jul 2007)
International Crisis Group Jakarta/Brussels: Local priorities in Papua are often quite different from those generally associated with the province. Indonesian Papua: A Local Perspective on the Conflict*, the latest Crisis Group briefing to examine micro-politics in Indonesia’s troubled regions, puts the remote Boven Digoel district under a microscope. It highlights two issues of broader relevance to Papua as a whole: first, the dangers of ethnic politics often triggered by pemekaran (the division of provinces and districts into ever more administrative units) and, secondly, the social tensions that large-scale natural resource investment can generate.