Repression of West Papua Activists
12 Jul 2007 07:20 GMT
Eight West Papuan men and women were arrested at a Tribal Congress as West Papuans continue to assert their cause of independence from Indonesia and protest the invasion and colonisation of Papua by Indonesia resulting in the sham "Act of Free Choice in 1969".
U.S Congressman Eni Faleomavega, from American Samoa, was banned by Indonesian Authorities from visiting West Papua and attending the Tribal Congress. In Yogyakarta the Indonesian police, military and local government have teamed up with Islamic militias and hardline nationalist groups to crack down on West Papuan activists. Forty-five student leaders in Yogyakarta have fled their dormitories, left their studies and gone into hiding following statements issued by hardline Islamic and nationalist organisations. (Report - Jakarta IMC (id))
This repression comes after a damning report by Human Rights Watch accusing Indonesian police of endemic abuse and violence in West Papua.
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