Seventh comprehensive report on West Papua's human rights

Der 7. Bericht zur Lage der Menschenrechte in Westpapua ist erschienen

The International Coalition for Papua (ICP) and the Westpapua-Netzwerk (WPN) are publishing this joint report after extensive documentation and research work in close collaboration with local groups in West Papua and in Jakarta. Twenty-two stakeholders - consisting of local, national and international NGOs, faith-based organisations and international experts - have contributed to the publication, making it a comprehensive and accurate compilation of events throughout 2019 and 2020.

The executive summary of the 137-page report explains how the human rights situation in West Papua has significantly deteriorated over the last two years. This was caused by the aggravation of the armed conflict, an increasing number of extra-judicial executions, enforced disappearances, and the internal displacement of thousands of indigenous Papuans in the central highlands. At the same time, ‘the Uprising’ led to a wave of legal prosecutions against protesters and the persecution of political activists and human rights defenders using vague criminal provisions such as treason and criminal conspiracy. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic in West Papua served as a justification for the government to add further restrictions on the right to peaceful assembly, the freedom of movement, and freedom of expression in the province.

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