WPAT Comments on State Department’s Annual Country Report on Human Rights for 2012 – Indonesia/West Papua

West Papua Media Alerts

May 17, 2013

Comments on the U.S. Department of State’s Annual Country Report on Human Rights for 2012 Concerning Indonesia/West Papua
By Ed McWilliams (West Papua Advocacy Team) with John M. Miller (ETAN)


The U.S. Department of State annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012 includes a detailed review of Indonesia. As in past years, this portion of the Report devotes significant attention to developments in West Papua. The heavy focus on the region, which comprises only one percent of the Indonesian archipelago’s population, underscores the reality that human rights violations and impunity continue at very high levels in West Papua. (Please note we refer throughout to the western half of the island of New Guinea as West Papua. This is how people in the region commonly refer to the area that includes the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua.)

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