End Violence in West Papua

INDONESIA: Papuan Peace Declaration

Dear friends, We wish to share with you the following declaration from a group of Papuan organisations, indigenous and political Papuan stakeholders issued at the conference for peace in Papua which was held between 5-7 July 2011 in the UNCEN auditorium, Abepura Papua, Indonesia. The conference was organised by the Network of Peace in Papua […]

INDONESIA: The military ignores agreed settlement with an assault victim

Dear friends,  Two members of 756th Wimaneseli infantry battalion of the Indonesian National Military (TNI) in West Papua assaulted and threatened Yani Meage on 31 May, 2011 in the Kurima district, Yahukimo. After a quarrel between the victim and the TNI members, the soldiers threatened and attacked the victim by beating and kicking him which […]

INDONESIA: Torture Trial Must Be Open to Public

The Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) and the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) urge the military to make open to the public the upcoming trial in a case of military torture that was committed against Charles Mali and others in East Nusa Tenggara. Closed military tribunals have in the past contributed […]

INDONESIA: Delayed Criminal Code reform prolongs institutional use of torture

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission on the Occasion of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, June 26, 2011 Has the video showing military torture in Indonesia in October last year created any serious concern for torture in that country? In the video, members of the Indonesian military tortured two […]

INDONESIA: Army members stab indigenous Papuan to death following his complaint

Dear friends,  At least five members of the Indonesian national military killed an indigenous Papuan, Derek Adii on 14 May 2011 while he was boarding the Lalobar ship service, in Samabusa Nabire Port, West Papua. It is reported that the soldiers attacked and stabbed Mr. Adii to death after he had complained about the rough […]

INDONESIA: Impunity for soldiers accused of torturing an indigenous Papuan

Dear friends, An Indigenous Papuan man, Tuanliwor Kiwo was arbitrarily detained and tortured in May 2010 by the Indonesian military. Mr. Kiwo survived by escaping two days after being detained. Despite the significant international attention that the case received after a video of the torture was published by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in October 2010, […]

INDONESIA: Secret Files Show Kopassus Targets Papuan Churches, Civilians

Dear friends, We wish to share with you the following article from investigative journalist Allan Nairn regarding a secret Indonesian military report planning intelligence operations against civilians in Papua. The military has responded by justifying this approach. For more information please visit www.allannairn.com. Asian Human Rights Commission Hong Kong ————- (Jakarta, November 9, 2010) Secret […]

INDONESIA: Serious human rights abuses in Papua, Indonesia need your attention

An Open Letter to President Obama from the Asian Human Rights Commission President Obama, White House Washington D.C. USA For the attention of President Barack Obama, INDONESIA: Serious human rights abuses in Papua, Indonesia need your attention The Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), a human rights non-governmental organisation, calls upon your good offices […]

ASIA: Attacks on several human rights websites after release of Indonesian torture video

Since October 28, 2010, the Asian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) website has been subjected to a concerted “cyber-attack” in which computers with hidden locations and identities have been used to flood the website’s servers with fake requests, in order to overload it. This has resulted in visitors not being able to access the website’s content […]

INDONESIA: Video of the military torturing indigenous Papuans surfaced

(Hong Kong, October 17, 2010) The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received video footage from sources in West Papua, who must remain anonymous for security reasons, showing the torture of indigenous Papuans by the Indonesian military (TNI). The full video can be viewed here. The AHRC has chosen to remove some of the scenes showing […]

INDONESIA: Indiscriminate shooting by Wamena police results in one dead and two injured

Dear friends,  Police in Wamena, Papua killed Ismail Lokobal, fired near fatal shots at Amos Wetipo (which resulted in him slipping into a coma) and Frans Lokobal and arrested of at least 4 more persons. The shootings into the crowd and following arrests in Wamena, Papua followed the confiscation of an air cargo delivery to […]

INDONESIA: Radicalisation and Dialogue in Papua

Jakarta/Brussels, 11 March 2010: A substantive dialogue between the Indonesian government and Papuan leaders could help stem political radicalisation in the country’s easternmost province. Indonesia: ,* the latest report from the International Crisis Group, charts the radicalisation of activists from the central highlands, the province’s mountainous spine, and links a small group of them, the pro-independence […]

INDONESIA: The killing of a Papuan at a demonstration remains unpunished

Dear friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is concerned that no one has been held accountable for the shooting of indigenous Papuan Mr. Opinus Tabuni over a year ago during an operation by armed forces, and no progress has been seen in the investigation. Mr. Tabuni was shot dead in Wamena during a celebration […]

INDONESIA: Torture and maltreatment of political prisoners in Papua

Dear Friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) regrets to inform you that we have received information of detainees being tortured and ill-treated by prison officials in Abepura Prison, Papua province, Indonesia. According to the information received seven persons were tortured from February 1, until February 5, 2009. They were reportedly beaten and put in […]

INDONESIA: Police allegedly kill villagers and destroy their property in Papua

Dear Friends,  The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a man was shot dead by police constables allegedly under the influence of liquor in Teminabuan, south Sorong Regency, West Papua Province at midnight of December 31, 2008. Angry villagers have protested against the killing and in the ensuing violence a police officer […]

UPDATE (Indonesia): Another activist arrested for holding a peaceful protest

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) regrets to inform you that another activist has been arrested and charged with subversion over his role in organizing a peaceful protest two months ago. His arrest took place as he and his colleagues had just concluded a press conference calling for the release of an activist […]

INDONESIA: Rights activist Buktar Tabuni arrested after peaceful protests

[NOTICE: The AHRC encourages you to send your appeal letters via fax or post to them. Fax numbers and postal addresses of the Indonesian authorities are attached below with this appeal. You may reproduce with reference in part or in full the content of this urgent appeal including photos. Thank you.] Dear friends,   The […]

UPDATE (Indonesia): Army Special Forces threaten social workers to find out Father Johanes Djonga’s whereabouts in Papua

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received updated information regarding the continuing threats of social workers by the Army Special Forces in Papua since September 2007 to get location of Father Johanes Djonga working for human rights. The AHRC has earlier raised the alarm about the army’s threats against the Father Djonga […]

UPDATE(Indonesia): Continuing threat on the head of the Human Rights Commission in Papua; soldier threatens to kill a priest

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes with deep concern regarding the continuing threat and lack of protection to Mr. Albert Rumbekwan, head of the National Human Rights Commission’s (Komnas HAM) office in Papua. On September 23 unidentified persons broke into Rumbekwan’s house. It is believed this was yet another incident in the […]

INDONESIA: Human rights activists from West Papua targeted following meetings with UN Human Rights Defenders Special Representative

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received credible information of ongoing attacks, intimidation, surveillance and threats, including death threats, against human rights defenders from West Papua that occurred in mid-June 2007, following their meeting with Ms. Hina Jilani, the UN Special Representative to the Secretary General on Human Rights Defenders. It is […]