Allegations of "extrajudicial executions, fatal shootings of peaceful demonstrators, and persistent violence against Papuan women" were raised at the UN this week.
Indonesia announced on Sunday that foreign journalists will be allowed to travel unhindered to West Papau, a region where a 50-year separatist movement has challenged Indonesian territorial claims.
Two Indonesian officers were killed on January 1. Now West Papuans are collectively paying the price.
A protest in Paniai was broken up with force on Monday, leaving five demonstrators dead, just as West Papuan activists unified for independence.
'The Hardest Thing Was Not Knowing the Outcome': VICE News Talks to the French Journalists Freed From Jail in Papua
In an interview with VICE News, two French journalists who faced up to five years in jail in Indonesia explain the circumstances surrounding their arrest.
Valentine Bourrat and Thomas Dandois went on trial today in Jayapura and face five years behind bars, apparently for making a film on the separatist Free Papua Movement.
Two French journalists who have been trapped in a West Papuan jail for more than 40 days. Depending on how things pan out they could face 20 years behind bars.