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Indonesian Press Slammed for Buying Military’s Line in Torture Trial (2 Dec 2010)
Jakarta Globe - Human Rights Watch on Thursday chastised the media for propagating misleading news that five soldiers caught on tape torturing two Papuan men had been summarily court-martialed. Elain Pearson, deputy Asia director for New York-based HRW, said “the media was led to believe” by military officials that the soldiers had been court-martialed. Instead, personnel from another abuse case were tried.

Military Continues Crackdown in Indonesian Papua (2 Dec 2010)
Jakarta Globe - At least one person has been reportedly killed in raids in Papua as the military steps up its search for members of the separatist Free Papua Movement (OPM), which marked its 45th anniversary on Wednesday. Markus Haluk, a member of the Papuan Customary Council (DAP), the largest nongovernmental organization in Papua and West Papua, told the Jakarta Globe on Thursday that Wendiman Wenda, a 55-year-old farmer, was killed outside his house.

Indonesian govt accused of failure to uphold Pancasila (1 Dec 2010)
CathNews Asia - An Indonesian Church official has accused the Indonesian government of failing to uphold the national ideology of Pancasila. Father Antonius Benny Susetyo, executive secretary of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference’s Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, says he is concerned over the findings of a survey that show high levels of religious intolerance among people in greater Jakarta.

West Papua Report, December 2010 (1 Dec 2010)
ETAN / WPAT - During his November 9-10 visit to Indonesia, President Obama and President Yudhoyono unveiled a "comprehensive partnership" that strongly reflects Washington's traditional perception of Indonesia as a platform servicing U.S. security and commercial interests. A key element of the "partnership," broadened security ties, comes at the expense of human rights and democratization which are under growing threat from corrupt and unaccountable Indonesian security forces. Secret Kopassus documents released by investigative journalist Alan Nairn reveal that the targeting of senior members of Papuan civil society is official policy, approved at senior levels. Papuans used the occasion of President Obama's visit to protest the denial of self determination and the continuing devastation of local resources by the U.S. mining giant Freeport McMoran. Journalists have complained loudly over Indonesian government subterfuge regarding the trial purportedly of security personnel involved in the torture of Papuans. On December 1, Papuans and their supporters in West Papua and in cities around the world celebrated the day in 1961 when the Papuans declared their independence from Dutch colonial rule. A late November visit to West Papua by President Yudhoyono and many members of his cabinet failed to address long-standing Papuan concerns. A statement by an Indonesian military leader indicates military intent to deepen already substantial military involvement in commercial activities in West Papua.

Friar urges NZ to take stand on West Papua (26 Nov 2010)
CathNews Asia - Franciscan Friar Budi Hernawan has told New Zealanders that their government need to take a stand against Indonesia’s use of torture in West Papua.