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Papan independence fighter dies in Netherlands (19 Oct 2010)
TAPOL - One of the first leaders of the OPM (Organisasi Papua Merdeka) Zeth <br /> Rumkorem, the man who proclaimed the establishment of the Independent <br /> State of Papua on 1 July 1971, has died in The Netherlands, aged 72.

Papua 'torture video' must be independently investigated (19 Oct 2010)
Amnesty International - The Indonesian government should initiate an independent investigation into reports of torture and other ill-treatment in Papua over the last two years, Amnesty International said today.

Minister Mum on Papua Torture Video, but Promises Investigation (19 Oct 2010)
Jakarta Globe - Minister of Justice and Human Rights Patrialis Akbar declined comment on an Internet video that appears to show Indonesian soldiers torturing Papuans, but promised a probe. He made the remarks on Wednesday at the launch of the Human Rights Resource Center for Asean.

Rights may improve in RI-led ASEAN (19 Oct 2010)
The Jakarta Post - Hope is high for Indonesia, which will take over an ASEAN chair next year, to push for improvement in human rights in the region through the ASEAN Inter-Governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). Activists and experts said they believed the AICHR would be able to show its teeth under Indonesia’s leadership.

Govt urged to verify Papua torture video (19 Oct 2010)
The Jakarta Post - Legislators and human rights activists have urged the government to verify the authenticity of a video that appears to show men in military uniform torturing an indigenous Papuan, including one scene in which soldiers press a red-hot stick against the man’s genitals. The Asian Human Rights Commission posted the nearly five-minute-long video on YouTube for 22 hours Saturday before removing it, Kompas.com reported.