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PNG launches border security operation (17 Jan 2011)
Sydney Morning Herald - Papua New Guinea has launched its biggest ever joint forces security crackdown on the border with Indonesia to combat illegal activities like people smuggling, gun and drug trafficking. PNG's Defence Force has massed in Vanimo, in PNG's West Sepik Province, along with police, customs and foreign affairs officials, to tackle the numerous illicit acts perpetrated along the border region.

Chilis Rubbed Into Wounds, Papua Torture Victim Testifies (17 Jan 2011)
Jakarta Globe - Jayapura. One of the three soldiers facing a military tribunal over the torture of two Papuan men has been identified by his fellow defendants as the one caught on video egging the other soldiers on. One of the victims, who is still in hiding, told the tribunal via recorded testimony on Monday that soldiers had beaten him for two days and then rubbed salt and chili paste into his open wounds. Video footage of the torture prompted international furor when it was posted on YouTube in October last year.

Military must investigate Papua shootings: Ministry (17 Jan 2011)
The Jakarta Post - The military must conduct a thorough investigation of a shooting incident left two civilians dead in Papua on Friday, the Defense Ministry says. “We cannot conclude yet what happened there or why the incident occurred without first investigating it,” Defense Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. I Wayan Midhio said on Sunday.

Rights Abuses and Rise of Intolerance ‘A Risk to Freedom’ (17 Jan 2011)
Jakarta Globe - Despite a recent report identifying Indonesia as the only truly free country in Southeast Asia, the country’s Asean human rights commissioner said weak law enforcement and rising intolerance could threaten this freedom. According to the latest Freedom in the World findings released on Thursday by civil rights watchdog Freedom House, Indonesia was listed as a “free” country in terms of political rights and civil liberties — the only country to receive this rating in the region. The full report will be available by April 2011.

Amnesty urges torture charges on Indonesia soldiers (15 Jan 2011)
AFP - Indonesian soldiers on trial for the alleged brutal abuse of two Papuans should be charged with torture rather than the minor offence of disobeying orders, says Amnesty International. The three soldiers appeared Thursday before a military tribunal, after the online broadcast of a video showing the torture of unarmed men sparked an outcry. But they were charged with disobedience to orders rather than more serious crimes such as illegal detention and abuse.