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Flood desaster in Bukit Lawang

Flood desaster in Bukit Lawang


09 November, 2003

Watch Indonesia! – call for help

Dear readers,

enclosed we send you some new information on the flood disaster in Bukit Lawang/Bohorok, North Sumatra. Politicians blame illegal loggers for the disaster, labelling them as „terrorists“. However, we don´t know yet what kind of action they are planning to take in this new kind of „war on terrorism“. Meanwhile The Jakarta Post reports on heavy irregularities in the distribution of donations to ... read more

Posted on 03:17 PM in Disasters, Indonesia, Publications, Rainforest, Environment & Climate, Watch's Press Releases & Statements
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The Federal Government of Germany and the German Bundestag must ban the import of illegal timber now!

The Federal Government of Germany and the German Bundestag must ban the import of illegal timber now!


13 October 2003

Appeal for measures against illegal timber trade

Illegal logging and timber trade are – as well as legal overexploitation – one of the main reasons for the destruction of forests, especially primary forests. According to World Bank estimates, the timber exporting countries are losing about EUR 10 – 15 billion in taxes by these illegal dealings. Illegal logging destroys enormous forest areas, threatens biodiversity and ruins the basis of life of the local population. Forest and ... read more

Posted on 09:47 AM in Joint Press Releases & Statements, Indonesia, Publications, Rainforest, Environment & Climate
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Representatives of the Papuan Provincial Parliament recalled


Watch Indonesia! Press Release, 18 July 2003

by Alex Flor

According to information received by Watch Indonesia! yesterday, three PDI-P Members of the Papuan Provincial Parliament have been recalled from Parliament by their party, the Indonesian Democratic Party – Struggle (PDI-P) of President Megawati Soekarnoputri. One of the MPs concerned is Mrs. Agustina Iwanggin-Tanamal. Only recently, at the beginning of June, Mrs. Iwanggin-Tanamal had been in Berlin where she participated in the Conference on Special Autonomy for Papua, which had ... read more

Posted on 04:29 AM in Indonesia, Papua, Watch's Press Releases & Statements
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Conference „Autonomy for Papua. Opportunity or Illusion?”, Berlin, June 4th-5th, 2003

Conference „Autonomy for Papua. Opportunity or Illusion?”, Berlin, June 4th-5th, 2003


Media Release, 05 June 2003

From June 4th to June 5th, 2003, the Conference „Autonomy for Papua. Opportunity or Illusion?” took place in Berlin. The Conference was jointly organised by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, the Westpapua Network, Watch Indonesia!, the German Commission Justice and Peace, the United Evangelical Mission, the Human Rights Desk of the Diakonisches Werk, Misereor, missio Aachen and the Missionszentrale der Franziskaner. Participants came from Indonesia, Germany and other countries and comprised representatives from civil society organisations (NGOs, ... read more

Posted on 08:21 AM in Activities, Conference Autonomy for Papua, June 2003, Joint Press Releases & Statements, Indonesia, Papua, Publications, Past Events
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International Federation for East Timor urges UN Security Council to create International Tribunal for East Timor

International Federation for East Timor urges UN Security Council to create International Tribunal for East Timor


Media Release, May, 20, 2003

For Immediate Release Contact: John M. Miller, +1-718-596-7668 (New York, USA) Charles Scheiner, +670-723-4335 (Dili, East Timor)

May 20, 2003 - On the first anniversary of the new country’s independence, the International Federation for East Timor (IFET) urged the UN Security Council to establish an international tribunal to try the masterminds of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the territory from 1975 to 1999. In an open letter to council members, IFET called a tribunal ... read more

Posted on 06:29 PM in Joint Press Releases & Statements, Human Rights, Indonesia, East Timor, Publications, Transitional Justice
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Watch Indonesia! has appealed to the German Chancellor to vehemently speak out against military intervention in Aceh

Watch Indonesia! has appealed to the German Chancellor to vehemently speak out against military intervention in Aceh


12th May 2003

On the occasion of the German Chancellor’s official visit in Jakarta the Berlin-based human rights organisation Watch Indonesia! has written to Chancellor Schroeder. In all urgency we appeal to the Chancellor to prevent the Indonesian authorities from executing the planned military intervention in Aceh and to call for a return to the negotiating table of all parties concerned. After troops had already been deployed in and around Aceh for weeks, preparations for military intervention have been geared up ... read more

Posted on 02:55 AM in Aceh, Indonesia, Publications, Regional Conflicts, Watch's Press Releases & Statements
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International Federation for East Timor Urges Nations’ President to Fully Support Accountability for Past Abuses

International Federation for East Timor Urges Nations’ President to Fully Support Accountability for Past Abuses


Media Release, 01 April, 2003

For Immediate Release Contact: John M. Miller, +1-718-596-7668 (USA) Paul Barber, +44-1420-80153 (Britain) Charles Scheiner, +670-723-4335 (East Timor)

April 1, 2003 - The International Federation for East Timor (IFET) today urged the new nation’s President to fully support meaningful justice for crimes against humanity and other crimes committed in the territory. In a letter to President Xanana Gusmao, IFET expressed dismay at his reaction to February’s indictment by the joint UN-East Timor Serious Crimes Unit of high-ranking ... read more

Posted on 05:51 PM in Joint Press Releases & Statements, East Timor, Publications, Transitional Justice
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Indorayon puts human life and environment at risk

Indorayon puts human life and environment at risk


Vereinte Evangelische Mission
Gemeinschaft von Kirchen in drei Erdteilen
United Evangelical Mission
Communion of Churches in three Continents
Mission Evangélique Unie
Communion d’Eglises dans trois Continents
Rudolfstr. 137
D-42285 Wuppertal-Germany

Telefax: 0202 / 89004-179
Telefon: 0202 / 89004-132
E-Mail: info@vemission.org

Press Release, 01/30/2003

UEM against the reopening of pulp mill in Indonesia

Wuppertal, 30th January 2003 – The UEM supports the protest of Indonesian churches and NGOs against the reopening of the PT Inti Indorayon Utama pulp mill in North ... read more

Posted on 05:13 PM in Joint Press Releases & Statements, Indonesia, Publications, Pulp & Paper, Environment & Climate
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Court Verdict Concerning Former Governor of East Timor is a Breach of Law

Court Verdict Concerning Former Governor of East Timor is a Breach of Law


14 August 2002

The first verdict of the trials concerning human rights violations perpetrated in East Timor in 1999 had been eagerly expected. But from their very start human rights organisations, amongst others Watch Indonesia!, have been doubtful whether the Indonesian judiciary would have the ability as well as the necessary will to bring the perpetrators to justice. Demands for an international tribunal, which had been recommended also by a specially established United Nations investigation commission, did not find much support. ... read more

Posted on 10:38 AM in Human Rights, Indonesia, East Timor, Publications, Transitional Justice, Transitional Justice, Watch's Press Releases & Statements
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Herzlichen Glückwunsch Osttimor!<BR>Um Mitternacht die Unabhängigkeit

Herzlichen Glückwunsch Osttimor!
Um Mitternacht die Unabhängigkeit


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Posted on 04:55 PM in History & Overview, East Timor, Publications, State- & Nation-Building, Watch's Press Releases & Statements
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