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The West Papua Murders (6 Jul 2012)
AWPA - This month in West Papua several human rights activists were threatened or even killed. Witnesses are blaming the Indonesian security forces but no one is listening in Jakarta.

Pictures of Mako Tabunis Funeral (6 Jul 2012)
infopapua.org - Please see some pictures of the Funeral of Mako Tabuni.

West Papua Report - July 2012 (5 Jul 2012)
WPAT / ETAN - The West Papua Advocacy Team gives its annual John Rumbiak Human Rights Defenders Award to Anne Noonan and Joe Collins and the Australia West Papua Association (Sydney). Detachment 88 forces gunned down leading Papuan activist Mako Tabuni in what witness describe as an extrajudicial killing. Tabuni was a key official of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), an organization pressing for a referendum on West Papua's status. Indonesia's security forces and Detachment 88, a purportedly anti-terror unit supported by the U.S. and Australian governments, are ratcheting up pressure on KNPB and other Papuan groups at a time of growing tension in the territory. That tension derives in part from an early June assault on the village of Honai Lama by Indonesian military personnel which led to the death of at least one Papuan civilian, the beating of others, and destruction of villagers' homes. The Asian Legal Resource Center warned the UN Human Rights Council of "escalating violence" in West Papua and the failure of Indonesian authorities to arrest the perpetrators of this violence. WPAT urges the U.S. government to suspend support for Detachment 88. WPAT also endorses a Human Right Watch call for the Indonesian government to admit the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions.

Oral Statement: Extrajudicial killing in Papua (29 Jun 2012)
Franciscans International, on behalf of supporting organisations, made an oral statement during the general debate of the UN Human Rights Council yesterday (28/6/2012). Please read further.

Three Papuans engaged in a peaceful demonstration were killed allegedly by security officers while 45 others were arrested (29 Jun 2012)
AHRC - The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the shooting, beatings and assaults directed by security officers against peaceful protesters in Sentani, Papua on 4 June 2012. The shooting and attacks allegedly resulted in the death of three protesters while 45 others were arrested and some ill-treated. The protest was organised by the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) to urge the government to investigate several shootings against civilians which recently took place in Papua.