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Indonesia Respect Rights of Papuan Prisoners Filep Karma and Buchtar Tabuni (9 Dec 2010)
ETAN / WPAT - The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) and the West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) urge the Indonesian Government to respect the rights of and end the persecution of internationally recognized prisoners of conscience Filep Karma and Buchtar Tabuni who were transferred from Abepura Prison to Jayapura Police Headquarters on December 3.

Preventing Violence in Local Elections (8 Dec 2010)
International Crisis Group - Indonesia needs to learn promptly the lessons from the sporadic violence witnessed in its local elections during 2010 as there is some evidence these easily preventable incidents could be increasing in frequency since the last cycle. While most district polls pass peacefully, the small number that do not reveals nationwide institutional weaknesses that should be fixed.

Leader in Jail, Papua District Stalls (8 Dec 2010)
Jakarta Globe - The Ministry of Home Affairs should look for a solution to resolve the prolonged absence of leadership in the impoverished district of Boven Digoel in Papua, a nongovernmental organization said on Monday. Boven Digoel district head Yusak Yaluwo was taken into custody by the antigraft commission in mid-April this year on graft charges, and last month, the Anti-Corruption Court sentenced him to four and a half years in prison.

Rights commission reports increasing violence in Papua (7 Dec 2010)
The Jakarta Post - The Papua chapter of the National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM) reported a 70 percent increase in the number of cases of violence in Papua, most of which were allegedly committed by security officers. Komnas HAM Jayapura chapter deputy Matius Murib told the press Tuesday that increasing violence from 2009 to 2010 mostly involved security officers in the Papuan regency of Puncak Jaya.

Papuan Military Urged to Probe Indonesian Torture Videos (7 Dec 2010)
Jakarta Globe - The Papuan chapter of the National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has called on the local police and military to immediately investigate the alleged torture of Puncak Jaya residents by military personnel. While the military has already held a tribunal for a torture case that took place in March this year, no investigation has yet been conducted into another torture case that was recorded on video and widely circulated on the Internet in May, causing international outrage.