The prospect of a democratic wave sweeping through Malaysia is simply too terrifying for supporters of the status quo over here – hence the need for a bogeyman, observes Azmil Tayeb.
The Jayapura state court on 16 March found five Papuan leaders guilty of treason, sentencing them each to three years imprisonment. Tapol, the Asian Human Rights Commission, the Faith-Based Network on West Papua, Franciscans International, and the West Papua Netzwerk seriously regret the verdict and question the fairness of the trial proceedings.
Amnesty International welcomes the acknowledgement by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono that security forces have committed human rights violations in the region of Papua.
As nations move forward to develop sustainability, Malaysia and Indonesia slide backwards and continue to sustain a form of modern-day slavery, writes Tenaganita.
Amnesty International calls on the governments of Timor-Leste and Indonesia to provide justice for the victims of the Santa Cruz massacre which took place 20 years ago in Dili, the capital.
Farish A Noor longs to see the day when the political and ideological boundaries between Malaysia and Indonesia will be overcome by a higher humane spirit that transcends the narrow parochialism of cheap, crass politics.
There seems to be a complete lack of will on the part of the government to resolve the issue of undocumented migrants, writes John Inbaraj.
Internal military documents that recently came to light expose the Indonesian military’s surveillance of peaceful activists, politicians, and clergy in the easternmost province of Papua, Human Rights Watch said on 15 August.
The plight of Indonesian domestic workers has once again come under the media spotlight with the beheading of Ruyati binti Sapubi in Saudi Arabia in June 2011.
A mobile phone video showing apparent torture of two Papuan men highlights the need for the Indonesian government to credibly investigate serious human rights violations and hold those responsible accountable, Human Rights Watch has said.