16 May 2002

Protest outside Papuan parliament in Jayapura

3:53 pm on 16 May 2002

A crowd estimated at more than two thousand is protesting outside parliament in Jayapura, the capital of Indonesia's Papua province.

The protest organised by the Papuan Presidium Council, is about several issues including the findings of a commission set up by Jakarta to investigate last November's murder of the independence leader, Theys Eluay.

The commission has reportedly concluded the killing was not a gross violation of human rights, and that it has not uncovered a motive for the killing.

But Papuans say the killing of the independence leader was an attempt to undermine the independence movement, and as such represented an attack on their human rights.

Willie Mandowen of the Presidium says they want an independent organisation to look into the killing.