West Papua Report March 2013

News and Press Release
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This is the 107th in a series of monthly reports that focus on developments affecting Papuans. This series is produced by the non-profit West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) drawing on media accounts, other NGO assessments, and analysis and reporting from sources within West Papua. This report is co-published by the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN). Back issues are posted online at Questions regarding this report can be addressed to Edmund McWilliams at If you wish to receive the report directly via e-mail, send a note to

The Report leads with "Perspective," an opinion piece; followed by "Update," a summary of some developments during the covered period; and then "Chronicle" which lists of analyses, statements, new resources, appeals and action alerts related to West Papua. Anyone interested in contributing a "Perspective" or responding to one should write to The opinions expressed in Perspectives are the author's and not necessarily those of WPAT or ETAN. For additional news on West Papua see the reg.westpapua listserv archive or on Twitter.


Perspective: Civilians Suffer as Security Force Sweeps Perpetuate Cycle of Violence

Papuans Seek to Join Melanesian Spearhead Group
Author Defames Papuan People
Tensions Grow Along Indonesia-PNG Border

A Half Century of Failure
Appeals on Behalf of Papuans Detained and Tortured by Police
Papuans Behind Bars