Human Rights Violations
Human Rights Abuses
Human Rights violation in West Papua is well documented and has led to a number of Pacific Island nations calling for a UN investigators to visit West Papua. So far, the Indonesian government has rejected the idea and continues to prevent international monitors from visiting West Papua.
After the fall of the Suharto regime in 1999, the Indonesian government continues to undermine the rights of indigenous West Papuans; suppressing any public dialogue on West Papua and Indonesian relationship. In 2007, the government in Jakarta outlawed all cultural symbols including the West Papuan morning star resulting in an increase in human rights violations – mass arrests and incarcerations of innocent people including men, women and children. Criminalizing indigenous cultural symbol is a gross violation of International law.
The West Papuan Human Rights center focuses on three major areas of human rights violations: human, religious and environmental rights abuses.
In indigenous West Papuan being threatened with a huge snake during interrogation
According to the AP, as reported by the RNZI, the Indonesia government has apologized for using a snake to intimidate an indigenous suspect during interrogation. This act is seen by many experts as a form of “torture,” which is banned under international law. The footage shows a man with hands bound with a huge snake crawling all over him. The suspect appears to be extremely frightened by the experience. This tactic is inhumane and must be condemned. The Indonesian TNI and Police have used various tactics to intimidate political activists and other suspects during interrogation. Some tactics used during interrogation are sleep deprivation, loud music, threat of death, lack of food and water, long hours in the dark, and off course using of snakes etc.
Last year, West Papuans freedom fighters attacked Indonesian workers of the New highway that is cutting through the heart of the Highlands and into most tribal territories. In retaliation, the Indonesian government authorized in discriminant bombing of indigenous villages in the Ndunga area killing civilians and destroyed properties. Worst, amongst the bombs used in this instance were the banned Napalm bombs.
Caption – Journalism in West Papua won an award
Caption A short film demonstrating the danger of journalism in Indonesia won an International Film Award according to RNZI.