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Papua police accused over abuse (5 Jul 2007)
BBC - Indonesian police have been accused of killing, raping and torturing civilians with impunity in the province of Papua.

Papuan culture under threat (4 Jul 2007)
Al Jazeera - The distinct culture of Indonesia's Papua province on the western part of the island of New Guinea is slowly disappearing with the increasing arrival of traders from other islands like Sulawesi and Java.

The West Papua Report June 2007 (3 Jul 2007)
Robert F Kennedy Memorial Centre, West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT): Amnesty International's annual report on Indonesia notes continued abuses in West Papua including extrajudicial killings by security forces and torture. Papuan children are among the victims. The Indonesian Government has sponsored travel of a delegation including Papuans to the US Congress in order to make the case for "special autonomy," a policy approach generally rejected in West Papua after six years of Government failure to implement the policy. The current Governor of West Papua has drawn attention to the vast misuse of special autonomy funds purportedly intended to ease the suffering of impoverished Papuans.

Indonesian embassy in Australia comments on the case of Colonel Siagan (2 Jul 2007)
The spokesperson for the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra, Dino Kusnadi, responded to claims made by Papuan church groups and NGOs that indicted war criminal Colonel Siagian should be removed from active duty in West Papua.

Urgent Action: Papuan Human Rights activist targeted (28 Jun 2007)
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received credible information of ongoing attacks, intimidation, surveillance and threats, including death threats, against human rights defenders from West Papua that occurred in mid-June 2007, following their meeting with Ms. Hina Jilani, the UN Special Representative to the Secretary General on Human Rights Defenders.