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West Papuan leaders put themselves in danger to draw attention   
Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Produced by Anokhee Shah

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Reports of ongoing violence against West Papuan independence leaders continue to leak to international media. On Friday the West Papuan National Committee or ‘KNPB’ was raided by Australian-funded counter-terrorism force Detachment-88, which allegedly attacked student dormitories, beat up and arrested students. Indonesian police blame KNPB for recent shootings in the region, but KNPB Chairman Victor Yeimo denies such allegations and says the military carries out violent attacks in order to suppress civilian dissent.

Camellia Webb-Gannon, coordinator of the West Papua Project at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, says leaders of KNPB willingly put themselves in danger in order to draw international attention to the ongoing human rights abuses. (Image: 'West Papua flag' by lussqueittt on Flickr)

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