Magazine article New Internationalist

Indonesia Brings Terror Once Again

Magazine article New Internationalist

Indonesia Brings Terror Once Again

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A humanitarian crisis is worsening in West Papua's highlands, as Indonesian military and police activity escalates across the remote region, which has been occupied by Indonesia for decades. Radio New Zealand International is reporting that Papuans are fleeing to the jungle in terror as the military continues a so-called 'sweep operation' around the area of Puncak Jaya that began in April. The military claims it is hunting for members of the OPM Free West Papua movement, and is using this excuse to detain and question anyone who does not have an Indonesian ID card. Andreas Harsono, from Human Rights Watch Indonesia, says the military have been torturing people and destroying houses and critical infrastructure. There are reports of rapes and killings.

The Free West Papua movement is calling on the international community to help. …

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