11 Dec 2018

Papuans arrested for marking Human Rights Day

9:33 am on 11 December 2018

Dozens of West Papuans have been arrested by Indonesian police for demonstrating to mark World Human Rights Day.

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Photo: RNZI

Reports from Indonesia indicated as many as 90 Papuans were taken in by police in Timika after holding a public event to support human rights.

A lawyer representing Papuans, Veronica Koman, said another 41 were arrested in Merauke.

The pro-independence West Papua National Committee, or KNPB, has issued a statement saying its activists were among those taken in by police in Timika.

Offices of the KNPB's secretariat around Papua region were raided by police on 1 December, the anniversary of 1961's West Papuan declaration of independence.

Police arrested around 500 people for marking the anniversary last week.