On 6 July 1998, West Papuans demonstrating for independence on the island of Biak were murdered in a co-ordinated attack by the Indonesian military and police and a large number were detained, according to the findings of the Biak Massacre Citizens\’ Tribunal.Many of those in custody were subsequently raped and mutilated in horrific circumstances and the security personnel responsible for the attack have never been held accountable, the tribunal heard.The citizens’ tribunal was held this year at the University of Sydney on the 15th anniversary of the incident. The event was conducted in the manner of a coroner’s inquest before presiding jurists John Dowd and Keith Suter, with former NSW director of public prosecutions Nick Cowdery as counsel assisting.
- West Papuans tortured, killed and dumped at sea (pacific.scoop.co.nz)
- Citizen’s tribunal calls on Indonesia to investigate Biak massacre (abc.net.au)
- West Papua massacre: Sydney University ‘tribunal’ demands Biak slaughter probe (pacific.scoop.co.nz)
- Massacre investigation exposes Indonesian army atrocities (survivalinternational.org)
- Key Findings of the Biak Massacre Citizens Tribunal (westpapuamedia.info)
- A Tale of a Flag (westpapuamedia.info)