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ASEAN chairmanship helps Indonesia bring peace in Papua (27 Jan 2011)
The Jakarta Post - Having officially assumed the chairmanship of ASEAN, Indonesia brings forth an agenda of making ASEAN a people-centered community. This has proved that the widely held cynicism that views ASEAN as merely a forum for the Southeast Asia’s government elites is baseless. But what does this new approach really mean? What then is the role played by the government elites and notably the ASEAN Secretariat? And, with a very specific interest, does will the new agenda have any impact on Papua?

RI, int’l public push for civilian court for torture (27 Jan 2011)
The Jakarta Post - The perpetrators of torture against two Papuans should be brought to a civilian court, activists said on Wednesday, in response to an eight to 10-month sentence from the Jayapura military tribunal. Usman Hamid of the International Center for Transitional Justice said Indonesian law allowed such cases to be tried before civilian courts. “The [National Commission for Human Rights] is supposed to push the government, including the President, the Defense Ministry and the Attorney General’s Office, to bring the case to a civilian court,” he said.

Harsh reality of Indonesian rule exposed (27 Jan 2011)
The Sydney Morning Herald - In his Independence Day address to the Indonesian Parliament in 2005, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he wished to resolve the Papua question in a just, peaceful and dignified manner. If anyone took that wish seriously, the announcement that the three soldiers shown on video torturing two West Papuan captives had been sentenced by a military court to prison terms of eight to 10 months for ''disobeying orders'', and that none would be discharged, reveals the reality of Indonesian attitudes and policy in West Papua.

Papuans rally for independence (26 Jan 2011)
The Sydney Morning Herald / AFP - Hundreds of Papuans have protested in Jayapura rejecting the region's special autonomy within Indonesia and demanding a referendum on self-determination. Carrying a wooden coffin covered with a black cloth which said "Special Autonomy is Dead in Papua," more than 1000 activists, students and church leaders protested on Wednesday in front of the provincial parliament, witnesses said.

PNG targets rebel camps along Indonesian border (18 Jan 2011)
Radio Australia News - Papua New Guinea's government has deployed a joint security operation to destroy alleged free West Papua activist training camps along the PNG-Indonesia border. The government says illegal activities in Vanimo along its side of the border pose a national security threat to its sovereignty.