Saturday, October 24, 2015

ETAN Urges Obama to Raise West Papua Rights with Indonesia President

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ETAN Urges Obama to Raise West Papua Rights with Indonesia President

The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) today urged President Obama to forcefully urge Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to end human rights violations.

n a petition signed by nearly 1400 people, the U.S. president was urged "to condition U.S. support for the Indonesian security forces on concrete improvements in human rights."

John M. Miller, the national coordinator of ETAN, said that "President Widodo pledged to improve human rights in West Papua. By conditioning assistance to the Indonesian military and police, President Obama can support this policy by striking at those most reluctant to implement it."

Miller added that "Widodo's rights pledge has been undermined by Indonesia's security forces and some of Jokowi's own officials."

Obama and Widodo are scheduled to meet in Washington, DC, on Monday, October 26. 

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Demonstrate during Jokowi's U.S. Visit

If we didn't know any better, we would say President Widodo was avoiding us! He cancelled the two events on his preliminary schedule that we had planned to bring our messages of support for human rights and justice in Indonesia and West Papua. Stay tuned for future activities.-- John M. Miller for ETAN.

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Protest Freeport and Indonesia's Theft of West Papuan Resources

Please note; The Washington, DC demonstration is cancelled. President Jokowi's planned meeting with Freeport will not take place. The California demonstration is still on!

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Demand President Jokowi Support Justice for All

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 09:00 - noon
Where: Computer History Museum 
1401 N. Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043

Demand Jokowi Support Justice for All

Contact : Peter Phwan, ETAN/ICANet, San Francisco (415) 812-2414
Muhamad Amin,, San Francisco (415) 412-6372
John M. Miller, East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN), 917-690-4391

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Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will shortly visit the United States to meet with President Obama. On October 28, President Jokowi is set to give a speech at Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley. This forum will be all about business. Jokowi was elected with the promise that his administration would different. He has yet to fulfill this promise. Positive initiatives by President Jokowi have been undermined by his own officials and many important issues, such as justice and accountability for past human rights crimes, have not been seriously addressed.

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Monday, October 26, 2015, 8:45 - 9:45 am
Willard Hotel

Contact John M. Miller, East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN), 917-690-4391,

On Monday, Oct. 26, Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will meet with officials of the Freeport McMoRan mining company. Freeport, which runs what at among the world's largest copper and gold mine in West Papua. The mine is Indonesia's largest revenue generator. Monday's meeting is part of negotiations about the renewal of Freeport's license, including a new split of the mine's revenue. Revenue that rightfully belongs to the West Papuan people.

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Freeport's Grasberg mine in West Papua. Credit: Panos Pictures/Rob Huibers

Sunday, October 18, 2015

West Papua Report  October 2015


This edition's Perspective presents the views of the governments of Solomon Islands, Tonga and Indonesia as presented during the UN General Assembly's general debate.

Update summarizes the recent meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum where West Papua was prominent on the agenda. The Forum agreed to send a "fact-finding mission" to West Papua. The Widodo Administration to revive and expand the Merauke Industrial Food and Energy Estate Project (MIFEE), a project that will have disastrous consequences for local Papuans. Police twice this month assaulted Papuan students in the Timika area, killing one. The Defense Minister has announced plans to resume recruiting paramilitaries in certain areas, including West Papua. There is a long tradition of military employment of nationalist thugs to intimidate local populations. The investigation  of the December 2014 Paniai police murder of Papuans remains stalled.

Chronicle: New report over emphasizes alleged Papuan violence at the expense of what it even calls the "far larger and far more active presence" of the political pressure groups within and outside West Papua. Maori Television broadcasts first directly-reported segments on West Papua by a New Zealand network. Indonesian diplomat answers article on growing international efforts by West Papuans.

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Urge Obama to Support West Papua Rights