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Jakarta Post

Papua crisis overshadows Obama’s visit to Indonesia

  • Evi Mariani

    The Jakarta Post

Washington, DC   /   Fri, November 18 2011   /  08:02 am

US President Barack Obama is expected to raise human rights issues in Indonesia’s Papua during his second visit to Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy and a key US ally in the increasingly strategic region.

US Congressman Eni Faleomavaega, a ranking member of the subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific at the US House of Representatives, told The Jakarta Post on Thursday that he hoped Obama would raise the issue of Papua with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his visit to Bali for the East Asia Summit.

Faleomavaega raised concerns about a fatal shooting on Oct. 19 in Jayapura during the third Papuan People’s Congress, which attracted a crowd of about 5,000 Papuans.

The police and the military forcibly dispersed the assembly and arrested 300 people.

At least three dead bodies were found near the venue, leading to an allegation that the police...