Church leaders protest Papua Assembly selection process (16 Feb 2011)
The Jakarta Post - Leaders of three major churches in Papua object to the ongoing selection of new members of the Papuan People's Assembly (MRP), which they say fails to represent the interests of Papuans. The church leaders are currently visiting Jakarta to meet legislators and members of the Regional Representatives Council, among other organizations, to voice the objection.

Papua Protesters Sever Access to Manokwari (16 Feb 2011)
Jakarta Globe - Hundreds of candidates who failed to gain government jobs took the streets of Manokwari, West Papua, on Wednesday. The demonstrators blocked access to the city at 7:30 a.m. after toppling trees and electricity poles on the main streets leading to the city.

West Papua Report - February 2011 (15 Feb 2011)
WPAT / ETAN - Summary: An Indonesian military tribunal failed to properly prosecute military personnel for the torture of two Papuans whose agony was viewed around the world online in October 2010. Instead, the tribunal convicted three soldiers for the minor offense of "disobeying orders," sentencing them to between eight and ten months imprisonment. This failure to prosecute the soldiers to the full extent of the law and to try them in a civilian court was broadly criticized by Indonesian and international observers, including the U.S. State Department. U.S., UK and Australian organizations called for suspension of foreign assistance to the Indonesian military which continues to violate human rights with impunity, particularly in West Papua. President Yudhoyono's pre-sentencing description of the torture as a "minor incident" was prejudicial and contributed to an atmosphere of impunity. Papuans, organized by leading Papuan churches and other organizations demonstrated in large numbers calling for abolition of the Peoples Consultative Council (MRP). The body was created by the widely-rejected 2001 "Special Autonomy" law. Prisoners of Conscience Filep Karma and Buchtar Tabuni continue to languish in police custody following a December 3 prison riot. They suffer from health-threatening conditions and do not have regular access to their families or to legal counsel. Papua New Guinea security personnel attacked villages and encampments of West Papuan civilians living in PNG territory near the border with Indonesia. PNG authorities have detained nine of the scores of people displaced, who were moved into camps or have fled into the forests. Their plight, particularly those who were chased into forests, is uncertain.West Papuan students continue to call for dialogue in the wake of the failure of "special autonomy." They note that the central government has failed to issue implementing regulations required to give the decade-old law life.

Churches push for Jakarta-Papua dialogue (15 Feb 2011)
JUBI - Speaking on behalf of the United Baptist Churches in Papua, the Rev. Socrates Sofyan Yoman said since it is clear that OTSUS (Special Autonomy) in Papua is a failure, they will be pressing for a dialogue between the Papuan people and the central government, mediated by an international party. 'A dialogue is the dignified way forward for the two sides,' he said.

Papuan Leader Takes Bid For Re-election to Court (27 Jan 2011)
Jakarta Globe - Papua Governor Barnabas Suebu on Thursday mounted a legal challenge against a law that prevents him seeking a third term in office later this year. Under Article 17 of the 2001 Papuan Special Autonomy Law, a governor is limited to two five-year terms in office. The 2004 Regional Governance Law also sets a similar cap. Based on these regulations, the Papuan General Elections Commission (KPUD) has barred Barnabas from running for re-election this year. However, in a judicial review being heard by the Constitutional Court, Barnabas’s lawyers are arguing that the laws do not apply in his situation.