Since 2003, we trained many defenders from West Papua in our Geneva Courses. We also conducted courses within Papua. In the communications of our trainees and in our meetings with victims and
witnesses, we have been shocked by the massive human rights violations occurring in Papua province since its integration into Indonesia in 1969.
In July 2016, Geneva for Human Rights urged the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to consider the deteriorating situation in West Papua under its Early Warning Measure,
and called for action to prevent the extinction of the Papuan population.
Following this, we decided to create a Working Group on West Papua (2016), composed by both members and alumni of GHR. The aim is to empower indigenous peoples from West Papua and to raise
awareness on the violations of human rights.