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Papua Abuse Trial a Military ‘Showcase,’ Activists Say (11 Nov 2010)
Jakarta Globe - A military tribunal on Thursday sentenced four soldiers filmed beating unarmed civilians to between five and seven months in prison, but human rights activists remain unappeased by the “showcase” trial.

Texts and speeches by President Obama during his Indonesia visit (10 Nov 2010)
4 Texts: - Lecture at the University of Indonesia Campus, Nov. 10; - Remarks in a Toast at the State Dinner at Presidential Palace, Nov. 9; - Remarks by President Obama and President Yudhoyono of Indonesia Before Expanded; Bilateral Meeting, Presidential Palace, Jakarta, Nov. 9, 2010; - Press Conference by President Obama and President Yudhoyono of Indonesia.

Obama speech in Indonesia (9 Nov 2010)
YouTube - President Obama speaks to a crowd at the University of Indonesia. He lived there for four years as a small boy.

As Obama Arrives in Jakarta, Secret Docs Show U.S.-backed Indonesian Special Forces Unit Targets Papuan Churches, Civilians (9 Nov 2010)
Democracy Now! - President Obama arrived in Indonesia today on the second stop of a ten-day trip to Asia. It’s Obama’s first state visit to Indonesia after having lived there for four years as a child. We go to Jakarta to speak with investigative journalist and activist Allan Nairn, who has just released secret documents from Kopassus—the feared Indonesian special forces—which has been responsible for human rights abuses since the 1950s. Earlier this year, the Obama administration lifted a 12-year funding ban for the training of Kopassus. While Obama talks about human rights, the documents indicate that Kopassus targets churches and civilians and includes a Kopassus enemies list topped by a local Baptist minister in West Papua.

Indonesia Under Fire Over 'Farcical' Abuse Trial (9 Nov 2010)
Baltimore Nonviolence Center / AFP - US President Barack Obama must challenge Indonesia over its abuse and torture of Papuan civilians during his talks in Jakarta this week, human rights activists said on Monday.