URGENT: phone prisoners ASAP and especially on Tues 21st Dec when there will be a mass phone in...
FOLLOWING THE PRESS CONFERENCE ORGANIZED BY A COALITION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, CHURCH AND STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS YESTERDAY (16 DEC) ON THE DETERIORATING SITUATION OF THE HIGHLANDS OF WEST PAPUA, TODAY (FRIDAY, 17 DECEMBER 2004.MORE THAN 500 WEST PAPUANS OCCUPYING THE WEST PAPUAN PARLIAMENT BUILDING IN JAYAPURA, THE CAPITAL OF WEST PAPUA.
Embargo until 19.00 Eastern Indonesia Time, December 16th, 2004, Unless President Yudohyono stops military operation in the Highlands the West Papuan people will bar his visit. The deteriorating humanitarian situation in the highlands of the Indonesian province of West Papua has prompted a coalition of Papuan groups from across the country to stage a mass rally in protest at the military operation which has left thousands of tribes people homeless.
The following is the tenth in a series of regular reports prepared by the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights-Indonesia Support Group providing updates on developments in West Papua. The RFK Center has monitored and reported on the human rights situation in West Papua since 1993 when Bambang Widjojanto received the annual RFK Human Rights Award.
... ANALYSIS: -- West Papua is a "Ticking Time Bomb” – John Rumbiak
Yesterday, December 9th 2004, there was picket line in front of the Peace Palace in The Hague from 12.00 – 15.00 hour. There was gathering of Indigenous People, Speaking 4 Earth.
We have handed out some copies of the Puncak Jaya SOS message, that was forwarded by f P c N interCultural.
West Papua protest at the Peace Palace in the Hague
It was a good day.
West Papuans & Solidarity Activists in Holland
Dear friends, I just got news from Puncak Jaya by phone call that they said, many of refugee have no more food, no medical suply, so I am siting and thinking how they are now, because I have seen them directlly how the condition there. Please tell some people who can help them to bring them out from this situation. places I went to visited refugee are too far from their villages so this is very hard for me to think how can I help them. Thank you brother, I will wait for any hope.....
Your brother from Jungle,
THEY HAVE REFUSED TO EAT AND TALK - "They accused the police of breaking their promises and treating the people brutally" Elsham news service - Jayapura, 4 December 2004 - Two prisoners (pro-independence activists), Philip Karma (47) and Yusak Pakage(26) who have been arrested since 2nd of December 2004 at 15.30 West Papua Time(WPT) are reported to have been on a hunger strike. They have refused to eat and talk to the police and whoever comes to visit them.
1 December 2004. The anniversary of West Papua Independence Day, which was attended by students and the people of West Papua, was held at Abepura Trikora field [near Jayapura]. During the ceremony, a clash between military personnel and students left the following students wounded:
1. Name : Benny Edodi (injury /shot in the head) by M-16 weapon.
Occupation : Universitas Negeri Cenderawasih (UNCEN) student
Age : 22 .
2. Name : Marten Degei (injury/shot in his arm) by M-16 weapon.
Occupation : UNCEN student
Age : 23
3. Name : Yunus Kayame (Injury/shot in the head) by a Pistol.
The West Papuans' campaign calling on the UN Secretary-General to order a review of the UN's conduct during the 1969 Act of 'Free' Choice gathered further momentum this week when the Rt Hon. Lord Frank Judd of Portsea, a Labour Member of the UK House of Lords (Senate), former Foreign Office Minister and Director of Oxfam, and highly respected human rights and development consultant and champion, added his considerable personal authority to the campaign.