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West Papua Report - November 2011 (3 Nov 2011)
WPAT / ETAN - Indonesian security forces attacked a mass gathering in the Papua capital, Jayapura, and striking workers at the Freeport mine in the southern highlands. At least five people were killed and many more injured in the assaults, which show a renewed pattern of overt violence against peaceful dissent. A brutal and unjustified October 19 attack on thousands of Papuans exercising their rights to assembly and freedom of speech resulted in the death of at least three Papuan civilians, the beating of many, detention of hundreds and arrest of six, reportedly on treason charges. The Obama administration has largely ignored the egregious violation of human rights, instead advancing U.S.-Indonesian military ties. U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, who arrived in Indonesia in the immediate wake of the Jayapura attack, avoided criticism of the assault and reaffirmed U.S. support for Indonesia's territorial integrity, a snub to Papuans quest for self-determination. Panetta also reportedly commended Indonesia's handling of a weeks-long strike at the U.S.-based Freeport McMoRan mine which has seen eight killings and revealed cash payments by Freeport to the police. Indonesia's response to the growing crisis in West Papua is to increase the militarization of the territory and to dispatch a special unit that is headed by a notorious former military officer whose record in dealing with Aceh bears ominous implications for the Papuans.

Troops Open Fire On Papuan Gathering (20 Oct 2011)
AHRC - The Indonesian military and police started shooting at around 2:37pm West Papua time, yesterday 19 October. Information about what exactly transpired are still sketchy but at least one person was shot (believed dead), scores have been arrested, hundreds have fled to the hills and jungle surrounding the capital, and the capital is in a state of lockdown.

Authoritarian style show of force at Third Papuan People's Congress (19 Oct 2011)
AHRC - About 100 TNI soldiers and several members of the mobile brigade of the police (BRIMOB) are reported to have approached closer to the location where the Third Papuan People's Congress in Jayapura, Papua is currently being held. The organisers fear that the mass violence frequently perpetrated by the armed forces and police may be repeated in this event.

Announcement: Working Workshop on the Human Rights Situation in West Papua, Indonesia (19 Oct 2011)
The Workshop will take place in Geneva, at the Office of Franciscans International, 37-39 rue de Vermont, 2nd of November 2011, 14:00 to 17:00, organized by Franciscans International (FI) and the Faith Based Network on West Papua (FBN). Objectives are the informal launching of the 2010 FBN Report on Human Rights in Papua and Discussions on the human rights situation in West Papua. The FBN Human Rights Report on Papua 2010 will be presented by Kristina Neubauer, Coordinator of the FBN. Markus Haluk of the Papua Peace Network (JDP) will clarify the state of human rights in West Papua. An exchange of views among participants will take place afterwards.

Police in Timika kill one union protester and injure others at Freeport (13 Oct 2011)
AHRC - The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information regarding the extrajudicial killing of trade union member Peter W. Ayamiseba and the injury of several persons in police shootings during a union protest on October 10, 2011 at PT Freeport Indonesia in West Papua. The workers were protesting against the illegal termination of their contracts following their earlier union strike for wage increases. The police appear to have used lethal ammunition against the protesters.