Human Rights Council: The Human Rights Situation in Papua

I. Introduction

1. This stakeholders’ report is a joint submission of the above-mentioned organizations. The report highlights key concerns related to the Human Rights situation in Papua in the following areas: torture; freedom of expression; human rights defenders; extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; Indigenous Peoples, and women. The term Papua refers to the Province of West Papua and the Province of Papua. Each section conveys recommendations to the Government of Indonesia.

2 The data and information obtained for this submission came from various sources and include information from Franciscans International members in Papua, the members of the Faith Based Network on West Papua (FBN), Asian Human Rights Commission (AHCR) and other partner organizations.

3. FI is a faith-based International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) with General Consultative Status with Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. It was founded in 1982 to bring to the UN the concerns of the most vulnerable.

4. FBN is an international network of faith based organizations working on Papua. Since 2003, FBN has supported the religious leaders of Papua in their campaign “Papua, land of peace” and aims to create a peaceful and just Papua where its indigenous population lives without fear and experiences social equality, economic prosperity and the rule of law.

5. AHCR is a regional non-governmental organization that monitors human rights in Asia, documents violations and advocates for justice and institutional reform to ensure the protection and promotion of these rights. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984.

6. FI together with other organisations made a submission for the Review of Indonesia in the first cycle of the Universal Periodic Review in 2008. FI continues to observe the human rights situation in Papua and monitor the implementation of the recommendations of the UPR for Indonesia.


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