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Statement: Torture and extrajudicial execution still take place in Papua (21 Mar 2012)
Franciscans International, Faith Based Network on West Papua and TAPOL would like to draw the attention on torture and extrajudicial execution still taking place in Papua. Our organisation is deeply concerned that, despite the fact that Indonesia ratified the UN Convention against Torture in 1998 and is therefore legally bound to prohibit torture and all other forms of ill-treatment, the use of torture continues unabated. Provisions have yet to be made in the military and civilian penal codes to criminalize torture so the Indonesian security forces still carry out this practice with impunity. The military regularly conducts anti-separatist sweeping operations to flush out alleged Free Papua Movement (OPM) supporters. These often involve the burning of villages, killing of livestock, arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings and torture. The people who suffer most from this military action are innocent civilians.

Papua Update (7 Mar 2012)
A Written Statement to the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, House Representatives of Australia Canberra, 28 February 2012.

West Papua Report - March 2012 (7 Mar 2012)
WPAT/ETAN - A proposed U.S. sale of assault helicopters to the Indonesian military (TNI) would augment the military's capacity to conduct "sweeping operations" against Papuans, especially against villagers who have for years suffered indiscriminate military attacks. The West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT), in comment, calls on the U.S. Congress to block this sale. Indonesian authorities continue to block efforts of respected international non-governmental organizations to work in West Papua. The international media freedom advocacy organization, Reporters without Borders, is calling on the Indonesian government to end its repression of journalist activity in West Papua. WPAT notes that impeding NGO activities in West Papua and restricting media are part of a deliberate government policy aimed at obscuring Jakarta's repression in the region. The policy, developed by the Suharto dictatorship, continues. Papuans, demonstrating peacefully, rejected Jakarta's latest plan to salvage its "special autonomy" policy and demanded a referendum. Jakarta's trial of Papuan leader Forkorus Yaboisembut and others for organizing the Papuan Third National Congress (October 16-19, 2011) is off to a rocky start as prosecution witnesses prove ineffective in documenting the government's case. The World Council of Churches has issued a "wake up call" to the international community regarding growing tension and rights abuse in West Papua. International Parliamentarians for West Papua launched its Australian-Pacific branch.

Amnesty International welcomes President’s commitment on accountability in Papua (29 Feb 2012)
Amnesty International Public Statement - Amnesty International welcomes the acknowledgement by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono that security forces have committed human rights violations in the region of Papua. The President said further that he wants an end to repressive actions by the military and police in Papua.

World Council of Churches expresses concern over human right violations in Tanah Papua (24 Feb 2012)
The World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee recently issued a statement expressing concern over the escalation of violence in Tanah Papua, Indonesia. They urged the Indonesian authorities to stop the killings of civilians at the hands of armed forces and protect the rights of Papuan people. The statement was released in a WCC Executive Committee meeting in Bossey, Switzerland, which took place from 14 to 17 February.