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Impunity for soldiers accused of torturing an indigenous Papuan (10 Dec 2010)
Asian Human Rights Commission - An Indigenous Papuan man, Tuanliwor Kiwo was arbitrarily detained and tortured in May 2010 by the Indonesian military. Mr. Kiwo survived by escaping two days after being detained. Despite the significant international attention that the case received after a video of the torture was published by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in October 2010, there are serious concerns that the perpetrators will not be held accountable and adequately punished. The victim was arrested at the Kwanggok Nalime TNI post near Yogorini village on his way from Tingginambut towards Mulia, Papua, Indonesia. During two days of detention, Mr. Kiwo was subjected to several serious forms of torture, before he was able to escape in the morning of the third day. Mr. Kiwo is currently in hiding for security reasons. A summary of his testimony is available here.

Papuan Women confront sexual crimes everywhere (10 Dec 2010)
Bintang Papua - The anniversary of the Day to Combat Violence Against Women was marked on 10 December in Jayapura with a ceremony attended by people from a number of civil society organisations, as well as from the government's Institute to Empower Women and a number of religious bodies. On the occasion, deputy chair of the MRP, Hana Hikoyabi said that marking the day of violence against women is closely associated with the history of the Papuan people during which women have been the persistent victims of military acts of violence.

Human rights the dark side of the SBY administration (10 Dec 2010)
The Jakarta Post - The picture of Indonesian human rights at the end of 2010 has been tarnished as a result of the torture of indigenous Papuans in Puncak Jaya in Papua, which was recorded and uploaded to YouTube. The video shocked the world for two reasons. First was the nature of the torture, with Indonesian security forces using extremely cruel interrogation methods. The second, which was the most compelling, is that this torture happened under a democratic government.

AHRC criticises ongoing impunity in annual report (9 Dec 2010)
Asian Human Rights Commission - The Asian Human Rights Commission continued to monitor the human rights situation in Indonesia in 2010 and summarised its findings in an annual report released on the International Human Rights Day. In the report, the AHRC points out the lack of accountability for serious human rights violations in 2010 despite some reform efforts.

Papuans beg Jakarta to curb growing violence (9 Dec 2010)
UCANews - Papuan religious leaders have urged the Indonesian government to deal with cases of violence after the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) issued a report highlighting the worsening situation in the province.