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Helicopters supplied by Australia used in genocide: report

Sydney Morning Herald, 24 October: Research to be released Thursday into one of the most violent episodes in the history of West Papua claims that helicopters provided to Indonesia by the Australian government were used in military operations in the 1970s that amounted to genocide. According to a report by the Hong Kong-based Asian Human … Continue reading

Swedish pension funds divest Freeport McMoRan holdings

Environment News Service, October 18: Swedish pension fund authorities have followed the lead of counterparts in Norway and New Zealand in divesting all holdings in the American company Freeport McMoRan, which operates the world’s biggest copper and gold mine in the contested province of Papua, in Indonesia. Following the recommendation of their ethical advisory council, … Continue reading

West Papuans ‘tortured, terrorised’

Sydney Morning Herald, 7 October 2013: Indonesia has been accused of using torture as a ”mode of governance” in West Papua – security forces have committed at least one incident of torture, on average, every six weeks for the past half century, a study has found. The research, which collected documentation on 431 cases of … Continue reading