Magazine article New Internationalist

Militias Active in West Papua

Magazine article New Internationalist

Militias Active in West Papua

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Human-rights observers fear that violence in the easterly Indonesian province of West Papua is set to spiral as the indefinite detention and arbitrary killing of West Papuan independence advocates increases (see NI 344, West Papua: 'We Will Be Free!').

Infamous Indonesian militia leader Eurico Guterres - already sentenced to 10 years in prison for his part in the campaign of terror that left up to 1,000 dead in East Timor before its independence from Indonesia in 1999 - is now forming a militia group in West Papua as he awaits his appeal.

Also indicted for war crimes in East Timor is its former Police Chief, Brigadier General Timbul Silaen. On 1 December - West Papua's self-proclaimed independence day - the Indonesian Government proclaimed him West Papua's new police chief. …

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