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West Papua: Trouble in the Highlands - AGAIN!!

A humanitarian crisis is emerging in the Punjak Jaya region of West Papua. Local human rights workers report that thousands of people fled the regions of Tingginabbut, Yamu, Illu and Mulia Ambat in mid-December and have gone into the jungle. No figures are available at this stage, but it is believed thousands of people have been displaced.

UPDATE ON LATEST SITUATION IN WEST PAPUA, POST MARCH 3 DEMONSTRATIONS

Latest CONFIRMED information received on situation inside is as follows. This is a follow on to the previous media alerts on the demonstrations in West Papua to call for referendum.

*Abepura*

At 1000 AM East Indonesia time, MONDAY MARCH 3, West Papuan students and political figures were gathering in Abepura to demand a referendum and dialogue with Indonesian government.

STOP PRESS: WEST PAPUAN LEADERS RELEASED FROM PRISON

AFTER INTERNATIONAL PRESSURE; VOW DEMONSTRATIONS UNTIL INDONESIA LISTENS TO WEST PAPUANS

*JAYAPURA, WEST PAPUA, MARCH 5 2008*

WEST PAPUAN leaders calling for a Referendum on the future of West Papua who were arrested by Indonesian Police for “spreading hatred against the government”, have been released without charge from Police Regional Headquarters this afternoon.

BRAZIL: Indigenous Groups Defend Constitutional Right to Land

MIRANDA and ANTONIO JOAO, Brazil, Feb 29 (IPS) - Thousands of indigenous people in the west-central Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul are living in precarious camps or small overcrowded reservations, lacking the land they need to grow the food needed to overcome high levels of malnutrition.

But despite government recognition of their ancestral land, their claims are tied up in court. Meanwhile, their community leaders face the threat of being killed for attempting to secure respect for indigenous people’s constitutional right to their traditional lands.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ VOICE SUPPRESSED AT UNITED NATIONS

United Nations

Rome, Feb. 14, 2008 - This morning Indigenous Peoples’ representatives formally withdrew from meeting of the Working Group on Protected Areas of the International Convention on Biological Diversity to protest their suppression of their effective participation at the meeting, being held at FAO headquarters in the Italian capital.

Ogiek killed like rabbits by rampant militia in Kenya

Ogiek

Mon, 02/04/2008 - Realizing that the Ogiek had fled the area around Chepyuk and took refuge at Teldet and Chepkitale, the Sabaot Land Defense Force (SLDF), Kenya's most dangerous and notorious, at least 1000 men strong armed militia, has now taken advantage of the lawlessness and the commitments of the police elsewhere to hunt and kill the Ogiek like rabbits.

Human Rights Situation in West Papua since 1st December 2007

From 1 December 2007 – 9 January 2008

Police arrest 36 people for flying the Morning Star Flag in Timika
On 1 December the police arrested at least 36 Papuans for flying the Morning Star flag in Kwamki Lama, district of Mimika Baru. Seven are due to be charged for the crime of makar (rebellion) at the district court.

Soldier tortures ELSHAM activist in Fakfak.
On 1 December a soldier named Ahmad Heremba, who is from the Babinsa command in Kramomonggo, 40 kms from Fakfak, is reported to have severely beaten Elias Kredenggo, 27 years old

West Papua - urgent action request to release political prisoners

Thu, 12/06/2007 - Dear all friends of West Papua,

I just want to say a big THANK YOU on behalf of my people to all of you for your solidarity and support for Freedom & Justice for West Papua!

On Friday, our West Papua Independence Day demo outside the Indonesian Embassy in London and our March for Justice to BP & Rio Tinto was the biggest ever! Because so many of you were with us you helped show all the world that we Papuans are not alone in our struggle any more.

US Missionaries Force Sterilisation of the Akha woman

Akha

Fri, 11/30/2007 - 09:24 — Carried out by North American missionaries, this ethnocide, is an outrage that just has to be stopped, before the extermination of the home less & land less Akha is completed. What kind of a world is this, if we just stand by and allow these so called christians! to get away with this.

Lani Singers of West Papua to perform on BBC Radio

Thu, 11/22/2007 - 23:44 — The Lani Singers will be he guests of DJ Ritu on her World Music Show on BBC Radio London 94.9fm, on Saturday 2nd February 2008.

Tune in for the 2 hour long session from 8-10pm, and hear Benny and Maria Wenda talk about the plight of the West Papuan people, their struggle for freedom, and the importance of music in acting as a unifying bond amongst them and their fellowcountrymen. They will also be playing music live on air.

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