West Papua: Protest met with violence by Indonesian police
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West Papua: Protest met with violence by Indonesian police

Indonesian paramilitary police have shot and killed one person and wounded a number of others at a protest in a West Papuan village, according to human rights groups and local witnesses. The Asian Human Rights Commission called for a full transparent investigation by human rights groups, and for the officers to be held accountable. There are frequent reports of violence and mass arrests by authorities against West Papuans, the indigenous people of an Indonesia-controlled region on the western half of an island shared with Papua New Guinea, and which has battled for independence for decades. But information is difficult to verify, largely because of the restrictions on foreign media.


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